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  • #14240
    storm-king-2
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      Drake,
      Your on. With all the talk of why don’t you move up the rear wheels on that Dart, I think Gary is begining to see the possibilities. So do I see a challenge here? Lets have at it. By the time we get the rest of the carbon body parts done we should weigh in around, oh, maybe
      1,200 #, but we can always add ballast. We should have it running by 2012.
      Bill

      #14247
      vindicator
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        😀 😀 😀 HEY BILL & GARY/STORM KING…2012???!!!***….WTF….U…KIDDIN’ ME??? 😆 😆 😆 ….HAVE BEEN DEALIN’ WITH SOME HEALTH (CANCER) ISSUES…THE LAST 4-5 YEARS…BEEN IN REMISSION FOR A WHILE…I’D READILY “TAKE” A GUARANTEE… @ THE MOMENT…THAT I’LL STILL BE WALKIN’ AROUND IN 2012…LET ALONE TRYING TO “SHOE” SOME MIS-GUIDED RACE CAR!!!…MY PLANS/GOALS ARE MORE WEEK TO WEEK…MAYBE MONTH TO MONTH…U…GET THE IDEA… 😆 😆 😆 ….FOR ’09…HAVE YOU GOT A SCHWINN BICYCLE… W/MOPAR DECAL…OF COURSE…HANGIN’ AROUND??…OR HOW ‘BOUT A GOLF CART???…I GOT ONE BAD YAMAHA CART…”SLOW”… BUT IT LOOKS NICE…GOT A RADIO FLYER WAGON…TOO…MEEBE’ WE COULD “GO @ IT” WITH ‘DEM… 😆 😆 :lol:…’09 LOOKS LIKE A “WEINER” @ THE MOMENT…2010…AND BEYOND…GOTTA’ CHECK THE ODDS IN VEGAS…IT COULD BE 50/50… OR LESS… 😆 😆 😆 MY KIDS’ JUST LOOK @ THESE PERIOD/NOSTALGIA CARS AS OLD/SLOW…@ 21…THEY’VE BEEN “SPOILED” SEEING ALL THESE “MODERN” CARS RUNNING 7.20-.30 W/A SINGLE CARB… SO THEY AIN’T INTERESTED…HOW FAST DO YOU WANNA’ “SHOOT” FOR??…WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOME “FUN”…BUT LIKE THE COMMERCIAL…I WANT IT NOW… KINDA’ LIKE THE DRIVE-THRU SERVICE @ THE GOOEY “DISCOUNT” HOUSE OF WORSHIP…LOCATED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD…IN MOORESVILLE…OR WAY SOONER THAN 3 YEARS FROM NOW…IF “CACTUS” JACK DON’T START SELLIN’ MORE FORD PARTS…REAL SOON…YA’ HEAH…I WON’T HAVE ANY FUNDING LEFT…IN 3 YEARS… 😆 😆 😆 DRAKE…P.S. I JUST CAN’T HELP BUT LUV…U…WALTER P. CHRYSLER GUYS…THE SMRTIC FAMILY/STORM KING IS/WAS…ALWAYS WILL BE (A LIL’ MIS-GUIDED WITH THE MOPAR STUFF)…A CLASS ACT! 😀 😀 😀

        #14252
        storm-king
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          Easy, now Drake; I’m not waiting till ’12 to finish my Dart!
          I’m going to run iron factory heads, and I’m pretty sure no more than 500″, I want it like they were back in the day, not like these guys who put aero scoops on a 7/8ths scale ’64 Biscayne with a nose slicker than a Studebaker Hawks’ and call it nostalgia, with an 800″ Sonny Leonard motor and nitrous.
          Iron Mopar heads, 500 inches, torqueflite, 8 3/4 Mopar rear (no Ford parts, pa-leese). No electronics, no cross overs, delay boxes or any of that junk. I figure to run low nines, high eights; that’s all. Just like in ’66. I’m going to start with 10 ” pie crust slicks and hopefully they’ll be up to the task.
          I’ve owned and ridden a turbo-nitrous funny bike to 7 flat @ 192 mph, that’s probably as fast as I’ll ever go. Older, slower, don’t heal as fast anymore. (and I was the “kid” of the family!)
          I hope to have the Dart as an exhibitable roller by the Chrysler Classic here in Bowling Green in April, and running next season with all new, old Dino hand painted graphics.
          Sorry to hear you had it at all; but glad to hear your cancer has been in remission. My first wife, and my high school sweetheart, died of it when she was just 32 years old. Our kids were just 7 at the time, twin girls actually, and I lost the oldest of them a few years later when she was just 15, so I know how those struggles are. Keep on fightiing the good fight!

          #14253
          dino
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            …hearing these recent and private heartbreaks, reminds me of The Monkees from the sixties …..came back one more time ….got together with a song that says it all………….”that was then…..this is now”….and as John Galli told me on the phone….”lifes too short …enjoy what ya got.”………..hey guys , thats why we’re here…. “Back home”…….we’ve all been through a lot , ….almost embarassed with my war stories ….but we still got the memories and Nobody can take ’em………………….

            #14254
            vindicator
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              😀 😀 😀 HEY GUYS..I’M PLANNIN’ (OR IS IT HOPE) ON BEING AROUND ON THIS PLANET ANOTHER 5…MAYBE 10 YEARS…BUT KNOW THE “REALITY” COULD BE WAY LESS (BUT I BE FIGHTIN’ IT…LIKE ONE OF MICHAEL VICK’S X-PIT BULLS’) 😆 😆 😆 …BILL … FOR SURE YA’ KNOW ALL ‘BOUT THAT…GLAD TO HEAR…WE GONNA’ TURN THE TIRES…SOMETIME IN ’09…THAT 2012 “CONFUSION”…REMINDS ME A LIL’ OF MIKE WEAVER WITH THE FALCON…HE’S WORKIN’ ON ABOUT A 10 YEAR “PLAN” @ THE MOMENT…. 😆 😆 😆 …ALL-RIGHT BILL & GARY/STORM KING…I GET THE “PLAN” AS YOU “PROFESS” IT…BUT YA’ KNOW WE BOTH BEEN THROUGH…THAT…OH “YEAH”… 430″…LIMIT… STUFF…’COURSE EVERYBODY WAS LIKE 480+…HAVIN’ A “FOOORD” (IS A BIT OF A HANDICAP…DON’T-CHA KNOW)…MIGHT TAKE A “LIL’ BIT” MORE… TO BE COMPETITIVE!! 😆 😆 :lol:…40 YEARS AGO…WE’D RUN A LADDER W/4WHEELS (AND NO ROLLBAR/CAGE…WE WUZ’ FEARLESS…OR WUZ’ IT BRAINLESS???… 😆 😆 :lol:…SO WE’LL HAVE TO GO TO THE “LONELY” DRAWING BOARD (US FIX OR REPAIR DAILY… ENTHUSIASTS)…AND SEE IF WE CAN COME UP WITH A ALTERED WHEELBASE ’58 EDSEL CORSAIR…TO “COMPETE”…WITH ALL THAT “HEMI-HOSSPOWER”…U…GUYS MAKE…DON’T BE IN NO “DENIAL” MODE…THE SMRTICS’/STORM KING BOYZ WELL KNOW HOW TO MAKE THAT HEMI…”HAUL THE MAIL” 😀 😀 :D…BILL,GARY,FAMILY…YA’ ALL ARE…DA’…”CREAM OF THE CROP” JUST LIKE YOUR DAD…THE APPLES DIDN’T FALL FAR…FROM THE TREE…ON THE RACIN’ SIDE…AWESOME…ON THE “REAL LIFE” VENUE….PILLARS OF STRENGTH & INTEGRITY…AND U…B…MY FRIENDS..TOO.. AT LEAST I TELL EVERYBODY..U..ARE…AIN’T THAT SUMPTIN’… 😆 😆 :lol:DRAKE

              #14255
              storm-king-2
              • Total Posts: 137

                Drake – I was just messin with you. Went and made Gary mad cause I said the Dart wouldn’t be done til ’12’. Also, don’t think we will really get it below 1600#, er 1800, would you believe maybe 2400#, with iron wedge heads. Don’t think the budget ( you remember them) will allow a hemi in this one.
                How was that Falcon to drive with the straight axle, short wheelbase, & a 4 spd? Did you get in the 10’s with it? That year Falcon is still on my list of cars to own.

                Bill

                #14257
                vindicator
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                  😀 😀 😀 HEY BILL…YA’ RASCAL…I KINDA’ FIGURED YA ‘WUZ’ “SNORKIN” ME…LET’S HOPE EARLY ON IN ’09…U..LAND A BIG DEAL @ THE BUSINESS…’COURSE IF YA’ WOULD’VE “PARTNERED” UP WITH OPRAH & THE PRESIDENT ELECT…MAYBE YOU COULDA’ GOT YOURSELF A “APPOINTMENT”…OF SOME SORT… 😆 😆 😆 THE DART JUST AIN’T GONNA’ BE “RIGHT” WITH ITSELF…WITHOUT A HEMI…BUDGET???…U…DON’T NEED/HAVE NO STINKIN’ BUDGET…U…STILL HAVE YOUR CONFIRMATION MONEY (UNDER THE MATTRESS)… 😆 😆 😆 LIKE THE MAN (DINO) SEZ’…OR WUZ’ IT TOMMY???..THE LIL’ ENGINE THAT COULD…”I THINK I CAN”…TELL GARY NO MORE FLYIN’ AROUND IN THE CORPORATE JET…LAY OFF THOSE 5 STAR HOTELS…AND THE LUNCHEONS @ MAISON LEFITE…THE HEMI…WILL JUST BE POCKET CHANGE… 😆 😆 😆 ‘COURSE IF YA’ REALLY WANT TO GET WITH THE “PROGRAM”…JUST HAPPEN TO HAVE A “FRESH” TOMMY GROVE 528″ KONG “FOORD” BLOWN FUEL MOTOR…NOW WOULDN’T THAT BE DIFFERENT…IN THE DART??!! 😆 😆 😆 U…WOULD HAVE TO KEEP THE HOOD ON THE DART CLOSED @ ALL TIMES @ THE TRACK (NO MAINTAINANCE) OR LOSE ALL YOUR “CREDIBILITY” AS CHRYSLER GUYS 😀 😀 😀 DRAKE…P.S….KNOW A LIL’ BIT ‘BOUT “BUDGET” TOO…2 MONKIES @ COLLEGE…43,000 A YEAR…BEFORE THEY EAT THE FIRST ‘BURGER…JUST ONE MORE (OF MANY) REASON(S)…MY “BUDDY”…”CACTUS” JACK…GOTTA’ SELL A LOT MORE FORD PARTS 😆 😆 😆 DRAKE… P.S.WE ACTUALLY JUST BARELY GOT IN THE 10’S ON CARBS @ 3000-3,200 LBS…RAN SOME 40’S-50’S…INJECTED ON ALCOHOL @ SAME WEIGHT…THAT THING WAS WAY HIGH OFF GROUND…NEEDED A LADDER TO GET IN IT…LITTLE DID WE KNOW ‘BOUT AERODYNAMICS…IT WUZ’ SUPPOSED TO BE ‘BOUT WEIGHT TRANSFER (LIKE THE A/GS WILLYS OF THE DAY)….ACTUALLY HANDLED WELL…BUT REMEMBER WE WERE ONLY GOING 130-34 MPH…WHICH SURE “SEEMED” LIKE A RIDE…7-8 YEARS LATER WE WERE GOING 200+…NOT NEARLY THE “FUN” OF A STICK-SHIFT CAR…LIKE THE FALCON OR AL JONIEC’S OLD “BATCAR”/”HAIRY ONE”…WHICH WERE ‘BOUT 60 MPH SLOWER 😀 😀 😀

                  #14278
                  vbob
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                    Hey
                    found this one upstairs under V.

                    ‘V’Bob


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                    #14280
                    tomblake
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                      How many Vindicator cars have there been? Seems like there has been lots of picture of this site.

                      #14289
                      dino
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                        Drake sent all these …whateve rphotos He had ….He’s the expert there…maybe we’re missing some ?

                        #14290
                        vbob
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                          Hey

                          I’ll need some time to look UNOWHERE !!

                          ‘V’

                          #14292
                          dino
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                            It’s in the V-isle V-Bob

                            #14293
                            vindicator
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                              😀 😀 😀 HEY TOM…BELIEVE THE “NUMBER” IS NORTH OF 30…BUT LESS THAN 40 (HAVE SOLD OVER 100 DRAG RACE CARS…THAT WE …NEVER RACED… TO EUROPE)……NEVER REALLY COUNTED ‘EM UP…BEING A “USED CAR SALESMAN”…THE “PLAN” WAS PRETTY SIMPLE…HAVE NEAT…ATTRACTIVE “STUFF”…THAT RAN HALFWAY RESPECTABLE…AND SHO’ ‘NUFF SOMEBODY WOULD COME ALONG…U KNOW…FIGURE THEY COULD MAKE IT GO FASTER…MAKE AN OFFER AND…B…NEW OWNER..A LOT OF TIMES…THEY WENT FASTER…( WE NEVER CLAIMED… TO BE THE “SMARTEST GUYS)… 😆 😆 :lol:…SO IT WUZN’T ONLY ‘BOUT “PEDDLE TO THE METAL”…IT WUZ’ PEDDLIN’ THE METAL/FIBERGLASS TOO… 😀 😀 😀 DON’T HAVE PICTURES’ OF SEVERAL CARS…THEY’RE WITH SOME “LOST” FILMS…ANOTHER “STORY”…WE NEED A “FAIRY TALE” ENDING TO…HOPE TO LOCATE FELLOW(S)…I “LENT” ‘EM TO… 😥 😥 😥 HEY VIDEO BOB…THE JR DRAGSTER RIGHT BEHIND THE PHOTO WUZ’ MY OTHER KID…TELL YA’ WHAT… THE 7-8 YEARS WE HAD WITH ‘DEM LITTLE RASCALS’…WUZ’ THE MOST PURE FUN…I EVER HAD WITH MY KIDS 😀 😀 😀 CHA$IN’ MONEY… ‘CAUSED ME TO MISS ALL THE OTHER “STUFF”…U… JUST GOTTA’ DO WITH YOUR KIDS…LIKE LITTLE LEAGUE…ALL THE SCHOOL STUFF…ALL THE HIGH SCHOOL BALL GAMES…WUZ’ “ABSENT-MIA”…FOR IT ALL… 🙁 🙁 🙁 THE RACIN’ IS OUR BOND…FROM THE JR’S..TO THE HIGH SCHOOL ELIMINATOR…TO THE 10.90 CARS NOW…AND HOPEFULLY BEYOND…IF THEY CHOOSE TO… 😀 😀 😀 DRAKE…P.S. SEEM TO REMEMBER…A OLD TRUE “PAL”…THE LATE DODGER GLENN..(FRANTIC FORD FC)…THE VERY FIRST GUY WHO TOLD ME..’IT WUZ’ WHAT IT WUZ”…AND “IT IS WOT’ IT IS”… 😆 😆 😆

                              #14308
                              tomblake
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                                That’s quite a history and the kids are carrying on from here. Great.
                                I know the feeling when the kids get into it. My son got into motorcycle drag racing with Prostar. Got to be the world champion one year.

                                (Dino.. I think the Prostar series called the winner at the end of the year a world champion and that’s where the national record became the world record from another post)

                                #14319
                                vindicator
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                                  😀 😀 😀 HEY TOM…THERE IS SOME “HISTORY”…IN-HINDSIGHT…WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE “FOCUSED” ON THE RACE/KILL/WIN (“EYE OF THE TIGER”…DON’T-CHA’ KNOW..) FACTOR…AND LESS FOCUSED…ON “BABES”… THERE WERE MORE THAN A FEW…(SOME… PRETTY “STEAMY”) 😆 😆 😆 …”GOOD TIMES”…AND CHASIN’ “ALL” THE $$$$… 😆 😆 😆 WE DID/DO OK…WE’VE WON AT THE VERY “LEAST”… OUR SHARE… (HAD A LOTTA’ LUCK) IN A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT SLYLE/CLASS CARS…FROM GAS/CARB TO… NITRO/BLOWER.. WITH & WITHOUT “DOORS”… BUT WITH THE QUALITY OF EQUIPMENT WE HAD…WE SHUDDA’ DONE BETTER…GUESS WE DON’T GET A “MULLIGAN” 😆 😆 😆 THE “FUTURE” WILL BE PRETTY MUCH IN THE KIDS’ “HANDS”…THEY SEEMINGLY ARE WAY LESS “PRONE”… TO THE “EARLY IN LIFE” (30-40 years ago…)… “WILD” THANG’…WAYS OF THE ‘OL MAN…NO “COOTER MADNESS” EVIDENT @ THIS TIME… 😆 😆 😆 THEY’VE GOT A BETTER “PERSPECTIVE”/CORE VALUES ABOUT IT ALL… 😀 😀 😀 DRAKE…P.S. SPENT A COUPLE OF WINTERS’ (’96-’97) IN FLORIDA…FOLKS HAD A PLACE ON HUTCHINSON ISLAND…RAN THE WINTER “SERIES”…THEN UP TO GAINESVILLE FOR NATS’…HEAD BACK TO NORTH…RAN A NUMBER OF TIMES @ MOROSOS’ TRACK…MEMORY ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE..FOR SURE…BUT I SEEM TO REMEMBER SEEING YOUR WIFE’S ROADSTER..EITHER THERE…ORLANDO?.. BRADENTON?… 😀 😀 😀

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