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Who's got info on the Burk Roadster???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Evel, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,038

    1. 60s Show Rods

    I was at borders looking at a book.. Hot Rod chronicle???? Or somthing
    but they had the Burk roadster in there and MAN that thing is crazy...

    just want to see more about it ...I could only Look at the picture cause they were closing...And Im too broke to buy the book...

  2. HotRodJosh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2002
    Posts: 321


    That car belongs to Dave Burk. He was a big help on my car. He lives nearby. Do you have any specific ?s Here is a pic...



  3. Lookin at an old thread, this roadster is wild! Any info?
  4. rasputin
    Joined: Aug 10, 2005
    Posts: 179

    from Chicago

    I shot the photos for that book. When they were compiling it I made it a point that they had to include that car.

    Before I met Dave I had little interest in hot rods. Even though I still don't consider myself a rod guy, that car is so over the top that it made me learn alot more about stuff that I hadn't thought of before.

    Burk is a kickass builder and really good guy.


  5. Norm47
    Joined: Apr 22, 2006
    Posts: 4


    [Haven't talked to "ELVIS" for a while. Does he hang out on this board very often?:)
  6. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,512

    from California

    Hey Evel what is this about?
  7. I`ve got that book evel...i bought it in a cheapo booksale store last time i was over in Boston..12 bucks bargain..i`ll scan the 2 pages and email it to you

  8. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,440

    Kevin Lee
    Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Wow. I'd like to know anything about that motor. From the pics I see the obvious:

    Latham (spelling?) Supercharger
    Insane looking amount of overdrive.
    One off heads... or at least head covers. (still has 3 exhaust ports)
    Funky motor mounts.
  9. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Insane overdrive is normal Latham...very high RPM blower. I've got an old installation story on the thing, and pulley was a major installation hassle on a late model! Everything had to be perfectly aligned, if anything was off by a gnat's eyelash belt would be shucked off immediately.
  10. Django
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 10,196

    from Chicago

    He's got (or at least built) a wicked coupe sister car too.
  11. rasputin
    Joined: Aug 10, 2005
    Posts: 179

    from Chicago

    If I remember correctly, he fabbed all the one-off stuff himself... blower pulley, brake backing plates, and even the heads.

    I'll look around and see if I can find the info sheet I had him fill out when I photographed the car.

    I think I have some B&W shots of his coupe somewhere too. That car is a little more conventional than the roadster.
  12. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,977


    That would be homemade heads! and all of the rest of the goodies.. Cool guy, great machinist and a ton of ideas just waiting to be made!!!

  13. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,038

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Wow...This is a real old post..

    I was in the book store and saw it in a book and was blown away,,,

    I just wanted to see more pix....I love this car!!!!
  14. Dat Dirty Rat
    Joined: Jan 15, 2003
    Posts: 3,504

    Dat Dirty Rat

    Its the only reason why i bought the book....its insane!
  15. wow...i didn`t even look when the original post was put up

  16. mikef1331
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 86


    I know that car I've seen that in person several times at the car show in my hometown. As cool as it looks in pics it's even better in person.
  17. that's a Judson supercharger, right?
  18. olcurmdgeon
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,298


    No I believe it is a Latham, popular to some degree in the 60s on SBC's. Used to see them occasionally at swap meets but haven't seen one in years. This roadster is definetly evil, love it. Reminds me of the T bucket Roger Hunington did for Hot Rod years ago, bolted aluminum channel frame, no radiator or shell up front, just a 389 Poncho with 3x2s staring at you as it came down the street.
  19. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    O/t here, but one of the family rides in the sixties and early seventies was a Jag XKE 6cylider with a Latham supercharger... Just remember it sounded like a giant pissed off vacuum cleaner!
  20. Holy crap I thought these threads disappeared with the mainframe crash and change!
  21. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,038

    1. 60s Show Rods

    2003 post?? .... hahaha crazy..

    I still love that car.. and to thins day have never seen much on it..

    Any one know if its still around?
  22. showrod
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 731


    yes Dave still has it. I ran into him at a couple cruise nights this summer but he was driving his latham powered coupe instead. he said he has been building a quarter panel car.
  23. CWR63
    Joined: Aug 11, 2012
    Posts: 11

    from So Cal

    I had always thought that they were favored for nailheads - when me and my buddy Rick both had 64 Rivieras, that was the most desired mill-topper; possibly because it could remain underhood, allowing Q-ship status.
  24. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,777

    from Omaha, NE

    wow, took ten years to get here??? I think we would still like to see more pics , learn more about the build, and even some in car video would be alright..
  25. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Did I miss how it's cooled?
  26. srs1
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 206


    Did I miss how it's cooled?

    that's what I was wondering
  27. cmarcus
    Joined: May 23, 2012
    Posts: 953


    Thought I'd throw this up here as I stumbled across this thread. This is Dave's most recent build that he has been driving for a few weeks now, nearly 100% handbuilt from scratch. Not sure if this one is going to get the same custom water cooled head treatment or not. I didn't see it mentioned before, but Dave mills his heads and the mechanical fuel injection in his garage. The guy is an absolute genius. 20150801_190226.jpg
    EVL401 and bct like this.
  28. Bulletnose26
    Joined: Jul 21, 2013
    Posts: 170


    I just met him at a local event. Super nice guy, very cool ride.
  29. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,173

    A Boner

    Somebody tell Burk to bring his roadster to the IRON INVASION this October 3rd.

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