Engage the Improbability Drive

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  1. stormsedge

    stormsedge Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Have you had something happen to you that was odd, one of a kind, or just plain improbable, but was caught in a photo? I ran across this one...that's me in my '68 Chrysler sleeper, which was more than a match for the new Camaros and Firebirds in '77, bracket racing at the local drag strip. My buddy caught this photo at the green saying I holeshotted the other guy perfectly and was three car lengths ahead in a cloud of tire smoke before he got his rail hooked up and left me like I was standing still...LOL. Witness to my hard launch is the CB whip antenna (c'mon, I wasn't the only one) on the rear bumper. Those were the days...glad I lived through that:cool:.


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    61fury Friend of Leo's

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    Cool, what made that fat ass Chrysler so fast?
     
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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    Great catch! The front tyres are in the air too.
     
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    Looks a lot like my '65 Dodge Polara. Monster engine, you could have held a catered dinner on the hood. Good memories.
     
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    Cool shot! I can’t top you for ETs, but I can top you for sheer size. I used to bracket race a ‘73 Buick Estate Wagon. Turned out to be very consistent, which is what counts in bracket racing, right?
     
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    I'll guess: a cross ram 413 wedge police pursuit motor?
     
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    This one had the same motor/cam as the '68 Road Runner...383HP, but the heads had been ported a bit. By today's standards, it was slow...but a match for the late 70's smog motors.
     
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    Yes...consistency was key. And you win the big car award:D.
     
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    The Hemi got the press but all those wedge head big blocks dominated lots of drag racing for smaller budgets.
    Seems like the clumpy (Hemi) valve train cost so much to build reliable with a hotter cam that they priced themselves out out low budget door slammer racing.

    It’s notable that much engineering which ultimately informed car corps came from shade tree hot rodders.
     
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    I have read the the Estate Wagon was the longest standard production car America ever turned out, although the '74 squeaks past mine because of the safety bumpers that started that year. Even if not true, that thing was a monster.
     
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    '71 Ford Galaxy 500, here ... 350 Cleveland could smoke most anything ... blew the radiator/heat exchanger and sold it for $50 more than I bought it to a guy who pulled the engine and dropped it into a stock car ...
     
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    Sadly, that Chrysler was sold into the local demolition derby (really), where it reigned until the transmission grenaded. There has been several times over the years that I’ve wished I still had the motor. Probably best.
     
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    Took a few spins down the quarter myself. First quarter pounder was a '68 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback - great looking car, but it only had a 318 under the hood. Second up was a Dodge Charger SE in triple black, but here again - just a 318 under the hood. Fun times, fun times...
     
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