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Wow a Marlin Gasser/Funny type car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Wisenheimer, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. Wisenheimer
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 27


    Here's a shot of all things an American Motors Marlin from back in the mid 60's, I never recall seeing this one. The car was from So-Cal and was called the Bill Kraft Marlin and the drivers were Preston Honea and Lefty Mudersbach.

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  2. bigken
    Joined: Jul 7, 2005
    Posts: 2,788


    Great pic, I always liked that car. They were such an oddity.
  3. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
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    The Marlin was a great design. Not sure who beat who to the punch. Plymouth (Barracuda) or AMC

    My buddy's Dad in Portland had an awesome example in his garage up until, about 10 years ago.

    Anymore pics on this particular car? It's bitchin'.
  4. DE SOTO
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,857


    Was a Light Blue one at the Roadster show a couple years ago...

    Only time i ever saw it, Was cruising around the Swap area.

  5. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,418


    Rodders Round Table moderator and HAMB member enjenjo has had a Pro Street/Stock Marlin he built for as long as I can remember and it's HOT PINK!
    And I gotta add, I cant imagine it being any other color! :cool:
  6. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598


    Yup, I saw that at Lions back in about '65 or early '66. It was at the East vs. West A/FX meet. I remember the trans was built by Art Carr in Arcadia. I worked at the Shell gas station two buildings north of Carrs shop.
    I always liked the looks of the Marlin, especially that one. Nasty.
    Lefty died at Irwindale after that meet at Lions.
  7. Big Dad
    Joined: Dec 20, 2005
    Posts: 4,703

    Big Dad

    There is a stock one just south of Fort Worth in junk yard for sale
    its complete, think might even run

    If memory serves, asking like 800 bucks for it
  8. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Actually the Barracuda came out before the Mustang or Marlin or Charger, not that anyone noticed.
  9. rixrex
    Joined: Jun 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,433


    Way cool car, what engine did it use?..I've always had a thing for Fastbacks,2+2s,Torpedos,Club Coupes,Sedanets, Wayfarers, Aerocoupes, whatever they were called..last Marlin I looked at, six cyl. for 1500.00, when you looked down at the footwells, kick panel corners, all you saw was asphalt....
  10. cool ride thanks for the pic
  11. Wisenheimer
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
    Posts: 27


    From what I have found out they started with a 327 Rambler motor and quickly changed over to a Hemi, here is one side shot.

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  12. big feature in hot rod mag back in the day.same issue with the uncretian T on the cover
  13. Wisenheimer
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
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    Here is an earlier shot at Pomona Winternationals

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  14. Jeem
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    Well, in my feeble mind, I knew they arrived on the scene about the same time. The UnderDog in me was rooting for the AMC.
  15. yekoms
    Joined: Jan 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,088


    Fiberglass Trends copied the Marlin roof and made a few conversion pieces for ChevyIIs. The A/FX,early funny cars are cool as fastbacks and roadsters. Have fun,Smokey
  16. Jeem
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    Ahhh-Haaa! I thought that looked like a very similar top to those on the fastback Chevy IIs.....

    That's cool to know.
  17. Hyfire
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,232


    The AMC Tarpon was based on the '64 American. Still would have been beat by the Barracuda though....

    Great photos Wisenheimer...


  18. tomslik
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 2,162


    goddamn you!!!!
    now i gotta find a marlin roof for one of my americans!
  19. breeder
    Joined: Jul 13, 2005
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    Member Emeritus

    i love amc's!
    thx for sharing!!!!:)
  20. Here's a couple.-MIKE:cool:


  21. wetspeed
    Joined: Oct 22, 2007
    Posts: 40

    from So Cal

    Any Idea of the color? Or any additional Photos of this car?


  22. heavyhitter 57
    Joined: Oct 22, 2009
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    heavyhitter 57

    preston honea campained this car in 65 66 mostly on the west coast only first with a wedge rambler then a chrysler hemi with hemi amc on the valve covers it ran low 10,s at 135 not very fast by funny car standards but a crowdpleaser just the same
    preston also had a max wedge plymouth he raced in 64
  23. skyspop
    Joined: Sep 9, 2002
    Posts: 389


    I looked at a couple marlins years ago with a friend,and when we were talking with the owner,he gave us a long lesson,saying he worked for dodge years ago and that the guy mostly responsible for the design of the chargers (66) left and went to amc for reasons that he could not do what he would have liked at dodge and basically was given the opportunity to design the marlin.I really have no idea to how much truth this was,but the old guy was pretty convincing and knowledgable about his marlins,one had the 327 with a manual,the other had a different motor I believe.neat cars for sure.
  24. 64 DODGE 440
    Joined: Sep 2, 2006
    Posts: 4,385

    64 DODGE 440
    from so cal

    Saw that car run at Irwindale. Back when "Funny Cars" were built from door slammers...before the fiberglass flip up bodies.

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