South Side Street Racers
Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:11 AM
Posted 07 April 2013 - 08:18 AM
Posted 10 April 2013 - 01:13 PM
Since no one seems to have any objections, I'm going to try and post my first work in progress here, and if you allow me a little back story, hopefully you will understand why I wanted to Post this here. I was around when street racing was still popular. Back in 1975, I was 17 years old and hung out at the White Castle on South Kingshighway, in St. Louis Mo. There were nights when there was a line waiting to cruise the parking lot. The big nights were Saturday and Sunday, Saturday would consist of new plugs, check the timing and running the valves, checking the tire pressure in the slicks you just mounted for the nights activities, finished by a car wash and polish if your car was'nt primered.There was 7 of us that took the racing serious, though we normally did'nt race for money, bragging rights were king, Money led to fights and or possibly damaged cars and we all worked too hard to have our stuff tore up needlessly. My plan is to recreate most, or all of my friends cars, starting with the simpler ones. My car is the 65 Chevelle with flames, also is a pic of my motor. These are the only photos of my car taken in 1975 with a 110 instamatic LOL... My Chevelle will have to wait for now as the paint will be hard to duplicate. The other cars I dont have any photos of so I will be working from memory. Two of the cars were Camaros so I decided to build these together as they are so similar.
First up is Pats 68 Camaro.... this car was Butternut yellow with a black interior, Pat built a 302 small block Chevy backed by a turbo 350 trans and 12 bolt rear axle. I started with AMT 68 Camaro kit The SBC came from the AMT Corvrtte LT1 kit as it was more detailed than the original kits motor. I also used this kits Rally Wheels, the Automatic trans came from the Vega Twister kit which I scratch built a more accurate transmission pan for using sheet plastic and hex rod. I have the body and interior and chassis painted but not detailed.
Second is Eddies 67 Camaro, Eddie painted his car Ermine White, It was a Big Block, though the actual cubic inches were never really known, It was a single Holley carb, 4 speed Muncie and 12 bolt rear axle. Eddie ran slicks on open ralley wheels that I took from the same AMT Corvette LT1 kit listed above. The AMTs rear axle lacked detail so I added rear cover detail and 12 hex bolts. I then scratct built the lakewood traction bars by glueing .100 Evergreen Channel cut to length,squared up and then used the kits rear shocks with the shock removed for the U bolts to connect to the rear end. I started the Big Block using the Revell 396 from the 65 Chevelle kit. I have the body painted as well as the base coat on the chassie and interior, I hope to post an update soon. OPINIONS COMMENTS SUGGESTIONS ALL WELCOME.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:06 PM
Sweet! My kind of builds. Will be checking on this for updates.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:07 AM
Got some work done on the rear axle today still need to add U-bolts.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:06 PM
A 12 second street car.
Edited by Green Duster, 11 April 2013 - 04:06 PM.
Posted 11 April 2013 - 04:33 PM
Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:12 PM
I got some work done on Eddies Interior today, First time I've ever flocked carpet, not sure I like the results, Need pratice Im sure.
Posted 12 April 2013 - 01:45 PM
Those are looking good, I really didn't get into street racing( way to much stupidity)..of coarse I am 28 and the world is much different now. I like the story and the fact that you get to remember the "glory day's" as you recreate your friend's car's.
Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:08 AM
Rear axle installed. not real sure about the axle shackels, may redo. BMF on bodies.Front suspension installed on white Camaro.posed the wheels. Im happy with stance Eddies camaro didnt use air shocks and didnt have the 70s jacked up stance. Slow progress is better than no progress.
Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:23 AM
Very cool. We did quite a bit of street racing back in the mid 60s. The races were held on Saturday nights out on Ogden Ave. and Kostner, Chicago. The organizer; s had the full sanction of the Chicago Police Department who posted 1 squad car at the start and the other at the finish line. Most of the races were challenges matches with no money involved. However, sometime we had a grudge match for car titles. After the finish line the road started an incline to the Cicero Ave interchange.
There were very few accidents, anf if/when they happened, a safety crew was always on scene.
We had a great time; didn't hurt anybody or their property; booze was not allowed at any time; and it beat going all the way out to the track in Oswego.
By the way, I used to run a '56 Chevy 2 door post with a 325hp 327 out of a '64 Chevy Impala. Too much money in a couple of years spent trying to be competitive forced me to sell it and I bought a '58 VW bug. No speed parts for that puppy and I saved some money.
Posted 06 May 2013 - 12:03 AM
Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:40 AM
These are very cool!!
One of my favorite things to do is build models of my cars and my friends cars.
Keep with the updates!!! I'm enjoying this project!!!
Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:41 AM
I was heavily involved in the local street racing scene back in the day with my 70 Monte Carlo, 454, TH400 3000 conv. 12 bolt 4:88's. I did pretty well ................. I have a few of these types of builds in the works as well. I am diggin all of these Roger !
Here is a 72 I am working on now, 550HP 454 LS-6 TH400 3000 conv. 12 bolt 4:11
Edited by Alan, 06 May 2013 - 05:47 AM.
Posted 06 May 2013 - 02:10 PM