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HELP: MYSTERY SHELBY MUSTANG!! – Dennis Collins Coffewalk

HELP: MYSTERY SHELBY MUSTANG!! – Dennis Collins Coffewalk

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Welcome to Coffee Walk Ep. 180! There’s no better way to kick off a new year than with an OUTSTANDING 1967 Mustang GT350 Shelby! The only catch is, we don’t know the full history of it! We need your help finding out how this Shelby got here! Please email any information or video to Social@CBJeep.com

Even an expert Mustang restorer had the challenge of his career with Bill Goldberg’s “Lawman” Mustang – David Conwill @Hemmings

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Dreams seem to have their own mass, derived from the devotion of the dreamer. Cherish one long enough and hard enough and its gravity will draw you in. Sometimes it’s a lot of work and a long time before that trajectory becomes apparent.

Take the Lawman Mustang on these pages. You saw it last month and learned its story. How Ford used it as a morale booster for troops serving in Southeast Asia, improved road safety among returning vets, and sold a few new cars in the bargain. The way it wound up restored is a testament to how dreams can work out in unlikely ways.

Marcus Anghel, owner of Anghel Restorations in Scottsdale, Arizona, has long been a fan of the Lawman.“I followed this car for years.

I never thought I’d have the opportunity to restore it.”

As delivered to Anghel Restoration, the Lawman showed only 829 miles on the odometer, but they’d been hard miles. Not only was the engine blown and out of the car, but the wiring harness was a mess, and the car was just generally worn out.

Nor is Marcus the natural choice for such a restoration. He’s a Mustang guru, yes: A Mustang Club of America National Gold Card Judge and National Head Judge for the Shelby American Automobile Club. He’s renowned for his knowledge of 1969-’71 Boss Mustangs. Thanks to that, he has his choice of projects to take on. Typically, he restores these Mustangs back to stock—which is how his clients generally like them. People, as Marcus says, who “want them Day One, the way they were in the showroom.

”Admittedly, 21st-century circumstances being what they are, he’s had to embrace certain departures from showroom-stock for cars meant to be driven extensively. These are always hidden things, though, like a five-speed where a four-speed once resided, or a vintage radio rehabilitated with a Bluetooth receiver concealed inside.

A heavily worn drag car was a pony of a different color, as it were.

Read on

Exclusive Interview: Mike Finnegan Shows Off His 2800hp Cadillac Drag Car Build Progress – Holley @YouTube

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​ While it’s got a ways to go before punishing pavement under its own power, Mike Finnegan’s Caddy drag build is a seriously cool project. We attended his open house and he gave us a full run down on the build progress.

Read the full feature here: https://www.holley.com/blog/post/get_…

Buick G-bodies did nothing less than dominate the Pure Stock Drags scene in the Eighties – Josh Skibbee @Hemmings

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Turbos and Regals and Grand Nationals, oh my! In the ’80s, the high-performance muscle car was supposedly a dying breed — fuel and emissions standards stifled manufacturers and forced them to put the kibosh on performance.

Starting in the late ’70s, though, General Motors searched for unorthodox methods to pump out performance while staying within emissions and fuel guidelines, a quest that led the company to Buick’s turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6.I know what you’re thinking… “V-6 engines don’t belong on the strip!” “Turbos are for imports!” or, “My great-grandfather had a Buick.” Take a look at the vintage Pure Stock Drags video below and see just how that little Buick V-6 ate Foxes, 442s, and IROCs for dinner — and even a 1985 Omni GLH for dessert.

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A little Studebaker V-8 history with one of the most successful Stude drag racers – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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In every niche in the collector car world, there are people you stop and listen to, no matter the occasion. When it comes to Studebaker drag racing, that person is Ted Harbit, who’s been campaigning the cars from South Bend on dragstrips since the Fifties. We’ve covered Ted’s Flyin’ Tomato in the pages of Hemmings Muscle Machines and have caught him at the Pure Stock Drags over the years, but more recently Ted weighed in on Bob Palma’s recently highlighted column about the Studebaker V-8. So let’s stop and listen to Ted’s story, told from his own keyboard.

I’m 84 years old and have driven Studebakers since I got my license at 16. My first car was a ’50 Champion and being a very economical six it was not a “hot” car. My next car was a ’51 Commander with the first year Stude V8 and found it to be almost impossible to destroy. It was a convertible and I entered it in the first NHRA National Drag Race held in Indianapolis. The oil pressure was really low on it and since I was going to enter it in the NHRA Summer National Drags in Indy I wanted to overhaul it but when I tried to “blow” the engine, I could not. I run it until the valves floated in first and second many times but it just kept on running. The oil pressure was about 5 pounds at idle and only would go up to about 20 while driving it even up to about 5000+ rpms when the valves would start to float.

When I gave up trying to blow it up I tore it down and the rod bearings looked worn but not completely shot. The main bearings still looked decent. I think the cam bearings

Allentown Fairgrounds Vintage Drags – Irontrap Garage

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Vintage racing has been growing rapidly in our area, and Iron Trap Garage is finally going to be joining in with the fun! E.J Kowalski and Bill Rowe are hosting a weekend of vintage drags at the Allentown Fairgrounds on the old circle track. The track was open from 1915 until 1969 and saw the likes of Mario Andretti, Aj Foyt, and Parnelli Jones. The dirt track has since been replaced with cinders, and the grandstands mostly used for concerts during the summer. It is amazing to be apart of such an amazing event on a track with so much history. Join us as we take the Pagoda City Coupe out for a day of trashing!!!

 

U.S. Automobile and Transportation Magazine Covers 1945 – 1975

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I recently came across a this really great resource provided by 99W Speed, R.H. Carroll, Lake Oswego, OR

The site catalogues magazine covers from 1945 to 1975 and it’s a truly excellent effort with over 6000 images grouped in seven content areas:

 

 

TROG Brings Street Racing to Drag Racing’s SoCal Birthplace – Stephan Szantai @HotRod

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Back in 2012, a small drag-oriented event held on the East Coast called the Race of Gentlemen (TROG) shook the hot rod scene. Although it gathered only 15 hot rods and 15 motorcycles, it still captured the imagination of gearheads the world over. It was organized on the beach and featured aesthetics reminiscent of faded pictures glued in a 1950s photo album.

Over the years, other TROGs have come and gone, including one in 2016 that tread the sand of Pismo Beach, California (unfortunately plagued by stormy weather). Promoter Mel Stultz and his crew traveled back home afterwards, thinking another race was unlikely to take place on the West Coast. Yet, surprisingly, officials from the scenic city of Santa Barbara contacted Stultz in 2018 and asked him to have an event in town! They made it clear racing on the sand would not be an option, but how about using a street along the beach?

Read the article here

Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen, 1937-2018

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Sad news this week with the passing of Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen who along with Don “The Snake” Prudhomme set the drag racing world alight in the 60’s. The two eventually toured as a pair sponsored by Mattel who produced a range of toys to match.

There was also been a film released in 2013 celebrating the pair’s rivalry entitled Snake & Mongoose

Read Kurt Ernst’s detailed article here at Hemmings