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Old 04-04-2016, 08:46 AM  
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Wondering if any of you have ever been around or have done building Drag Race cars?

I ask as I grew up around my Dad building cars. First was a C modified sports out of an old 1934 (I believe it was the correct year). He started in Fort Walton Beach Fl and later in Huntsville AL. I remember the car parts on the car port and then the A frame swing set with a pulley set up where he would pull an engine to build. If I remember correctly he used a Chevy engine where he would get new boring and valves and such.

The last car he built was from the ground up, and was an A Modified Sports. It was mostly in a roadster configuration, but had an older car hood for the back of it, and a Pink Pig was painted there, as he called the car "Pink Pig". That car would get money for just showing up at the Huntsville area Drag strip. 1/4 mile. And a lot of red dirt.

Did you grow up around Drag racing, or have you done it? I'd love to hear your stories.

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Didn't get into strip racing, use to do a lil street racing. When I was young and dumb I use to do some 1/4 mile on the water with an outboard drag boat. 100 on the water feels like 300 on asphalt.


 
 
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As soon as I get a raise moderating, I want to buy a few race cars. I'm not holding my breath though.
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You haven't got yours, shucks, mine come every year. 😉
 
 
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Will send a message asking where you are on the list.

In the meantime, if you know of a junk yard you could start accumulating tires and springs to start building the frame for one race car!
 
 
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Back in the late 70s, I drove a Falcon on the strip a few times. My "stock" 6 cyl would beat stock Chevy V8s.
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Did a little round-track racing on a 1/4 mile dirt too.
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In the meantime, if you know of a junk yard you could start accumulating tires and springs to start building the frame for one race car!
I had to do this exact thing when I was rebuilding Keith's personal jet. Have you ever replaced the milk carton with a real pilot seat?
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Man, rebuilding Keith's personal jet. I've not put a real chair where the milk carton was. You are some mechanic!

Rusty, Dad use to take us to the circle track some also, and we'd go down to the pit area. I remember the gummy feeling of the asphalt after the races were done.
I liked to see the demolition races. As an adult, those races remind me of what would be neat to do to some drivers during a "rush" hour.

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Man, rebuilding Keith's personal jet. I've not put a real chair where the milk carton was. You are some mechanic!

Rusty, Dad use to take us to the circle track some also, and we'd go down to the pit area. I remember the gummy feeling of the asphalt after the races were done.
I liked to see the demolition races. As an adult, those races remind me of what would be neat to do to some drivers during a "rush" hour.

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We circle-raced on dirt.
Wonder if the drag racers still cheat? We would bore out the cylinders and mill the heads. They looked completely stock from the outside.


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