Looking through the Bill Cullin collection I found something interesting about my '55. I didn't remember the car running B/Gas till I saw the two pictures that follow. After blowing up the 283 I put the 409 in the car and that's how it has the B/G on the windshield. The two pictures were taken on the same day even though they were in the "1963-1 and the mixed years". Looking at the people in the back ground it had to be the same day. You just never know what is in some of the pictures people have taken over the years. Thanks to Bill Cullin for more of the memories that would have been lost forever.
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That's correct on the 409 being in three different drag cars that all raced at Dover. The engine came with a '62 Chevy 2 door hardtop that I bought, the blown up engine was in the trunk. Rebuilt the engine, Don Scinto did all the machine work and I assembled it for the 55 Chevy, that's when it ran in B/Gas except for the first weekend when it ran in E/Gas with the 409. Bill MacWilliams got the '37 Ford that we partnered up with and put the 409 engine with the 4 speed out of the '55 into it to run B/A. There is another picture of the '37 with an A/G on the window that I didn't remember till looking at the Bill Cullin collection. That picture is posted here. Than finally it went into the A/MSP fiberglass body car and that's were it stayed till the crash in South Carolina.
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Last edited by TomBlake on Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:50 am, edited 1 time in total.
Maso.....Believe you are correct about the decals but they were not won by Bill or myself. The win stickers were on the car when we put it together. The engine survived the crash but I didn't have a place for it at the time so I sold it to a guy in South Carolina.
Could be WAY OFF BASE on this,but I think the Mid Port '40 Chev. belonged to "Frog" from Harrison. Algon injected small block,fabrication & paint by Brian Dowling(Fenimore A.B.). Grover may remember,Tom Ceruzzi certainly would. John
John....If you remember the Mid Port '40 Chevy do you remember if that car ran B/Gas? I posted that picture because it looks like the '40 Chevy and my '55 behind it were both marked B/G. I have been making a time line on my '55. It seems like when it was painted orange without lettering it was too early to have the 409 engine in it. But this picture looks like it was running B/G. Looks like to me both cars are B/G.