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donsrods 01-18-2009 11:56 AM

I don't know how I missed this thread Bob, but this is going to be one of the most exciting builds on here. I love the concept, inexpensive fun the way it used to be done. These nostalgia cars are the very best. We went to the Nostalgia Drags a few months ago and it was so much cooler than normal drag racing. I've posted a few pictures to whet your appetite.

You are moving right along, and have to be excited to take that first run down the strip. :D You HAVE to do a video and post it on Youtube so we can all take that ride with you. I have the itch to race again and as soon as my '39 Dodge truck is out of the way I am going to start putting some of the stashed parts I have together into a little Altered.

This is gonna be sooooooooooo cool. Now get out into the garage and get this thing together. :)





bob w 01-18-2009 04:10 PM

Thanks for the inspiration, Don. I remember when you posted after going to the event. I've been to some Goodguys drag events and a few others. Way more fun than a pure car show. I sure don't need another drag car. I have the Crosley and an Anglia that is almost race legal. But, I have this uncontrolable urge to build stuff and a HA/GR seemed like a fun thing to build. Not expensive either. This morning I made the plates that will be welded to the rear end and bolted to the frame rails.

bob w 01-18-2009 04:14 PM

There are thick wall tubes welded in the frame to prevent crushing when the 5/8" bolts are tightened. I have since made some 1 1/2" holes in the plates to make them a little "prettier" and a tiny bit lighter too. Sure wish I had the engine and trans to build around. I'm worried about making a mistake that will require a lot of rework when I get those items. The truck the engine and trans in is way back in the snowbound junkyard. It will be a while before I can get them.
There is a HA/GR dragster from Florida that tows to MoKan every August. Maybe the Donsrods Racing Team will build one too.:D

24dodge 01-19-2009 08:50 PM

here ya go Bob , can`t beat this deal http://rmn.craigslist.org/pts/971357086.html

bob w 01-22-2009 07:48 PM

I brought the borrowed tubing bender home today. Got some 2 by 8's and lagscrewed the bender to them. I made a very long (rusty in pic) cheater bar because I am old, short and weak and I'm bending 1 1/2" O.D. .133" wall mild steel.

24dodge, I've been watching that engine on Craigslist for a while now. Waiting for him to come down in price.

bob w 01-22-2009 07:52 PM

I read the instructions, Then I read 'em again, and again. Finally, I bent a test piece. It went well and didn't take too much force. It made a very nice bend with no crushing of kinking. It was time to figure out how to make two bends and get the correct distance between them. So I read the instructions a bunch more times. Finally, I made the hoop for the firewall. And I got it the right size!

bob w 01-22-2009 07:57 PM

I made a few more pieces before calling it a day. Tomorrow I'll borrow a jig for angle cutting the tubes where they meet, then I can continue. The Kirkey seat will be cut down to look a bit more "vintage". And the tape line is the angle the shoulder tube will run. I sure am enjoying this.

rockb1 01-22-2009 08:09 PM

look at that! its coming together nice.

bob w 01-22-2009 08:36 PM

Huryinhoosier, you need to tell me more about your dragster. You can do it my this thread. No problem, I'm very interested in all FED's.

24dodge 01-22-2009 08:43 PM

here`s another ...http://rmn.craigslist.org/pts/998202159.html , theres also a 64 d400 truck on there with a slant 6 - 4 spd.

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