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johnwitzke

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  1. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Gas Ronda Passes away ..... RIP   

    Dick Brannan sent me this photo of the three original Ford Drag Team members.  Dick, Gas, and Les.

  2. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 11th Annual Mid-America Nationals   

    Any photo's from the show?
  3. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Whoopiekat Notice   

    Very sorry to hear of your loss Alan.  My sincere condolences to you and your family
  4. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1963 Total Performance is Born   

    Council Bluffs
  5. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Building Les Ritchey's '63 Lightweight Galaxie   

    Thanks Tom
  6. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Gas Ronda Passes away ..... RIP   

    Sad to learn of Mr. Ronda's passing.  A true gentlemen racer.  He along with Les Ritchey and Dick Brannan were the original three Ford Drag Team members.   Mr. Ritchey lost his life in 1966 from a racing accident. 
  7. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1963 Total Performance is Born   

    I have built Dick Brannan's 63 lightweight.  See attached photo.  My build was approved by Mr. Brannan as I consulted with him during my build.  His pre-production lightweight #823 with beige interior was the first Ford with set a NHRA National record.  He accumulated 65 wins and set 22 track records in this car.  The red interior car #824 was one of the 200 lightweights built that year and was his backup car.  Only the first five pre-production lightweights had beige interior.   

  8. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 1963 Total Performance is Born   

    Hi Ron, the hood is from MCW.  I have MCW's kit in addition to the Motor City kit.
  9. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Building Les Ritchey's '63 Lightweight Galaxie   

    Thanks Tom.  I used Tamyia TS-84 Metallic Gold Spray
  10. johnwitzke added a topic in Drag Racing Models   

    1963 Total Performance is Born
    1963 saw the birth of Ford's Total Performance.  Using their 427 cu.in. 425 HP engine during 1963, Ford created some of the most competitive Super Stock cars on the drag strip.  These cars also make great modeling subject.
    What I have planned for 2018 in addition to the two pre-production 63 lightweight Galaxies's, Gas Ronda and Les Ritchey, will be Tasca's 1963 427 Fairlane (test bed for the 1964 Thunderbolt) and the 1963 F100 XL 427.  At some point I will build all five of the pre-production lightweight Galaxie's 
    These will make a great collection of Ford's 1963 Total Performance        

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  11. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Building Les Ritchey's '63 Lightweight Galaxie   

    Oops, sorry about the F-100 XL 427 photo.  Not sure how that got in there.  Could this be a future project?  Stay tune, you just never know.  
     
     
  12. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Building Les Ritchey's '63 Lightweight Galaxie   

    Update on body work.  All door and trunk seams have been scribed a little deeper, imperfections, mold lines, etc., have been removed and is now in primer status.  Tamyia white prime lays down a flawless finish.  Simply the best primer.  Moving closer to exterior finish.  I will be using MCW # 6233 Viking Blue lacquer.  

     
     


  13. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Ed Martin 62 Ford SA/A   

    Rangoon Red with Red interior.  It was a 406, with 2-4bbls. This is one of the 10 or 11 lightweights
  14. johnwitzke added a post in a topic Building Les Ritchey's '63 Lightweight Galaxie   

    Update on engine build.  Making progress, but a lot still left to do.  The wiring will be per original firing order.  Next photo will be of the completed engine.  Until then, here is what I have done so far.  The oil filter is a true red and has the correct Rotunda marking on it.
    Thanks all for your feedback
     
     


     

  15. johnwitzke added a post in a topic 11th Annual Mid-America Nationals   

    I plan to be there next year with my '63 Lightweight Galaxie driven by Les Ritchey.  You can see the build under Drag Racing.