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  1. Show Yer Drag Racers!

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    The traction bar is visible in the photo you have. These are longer than the kit supplied ones and would require scratch building to look correct
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    I think the valve covers would be a choice and ether would be correct. I built my Brannan car with the Thunderbird covers since I had photos.
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    This car the same maroon as the Thunderbolts ? - No it is Heritage Burgundy. The T-Bolts were Vintage Burgundy
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    The blue car that you see in the photo of Ronda's car on jack stands I believe is Ritchey's Viking blue car. See the reverse traction bars like the Ronda car.
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    Like the Brannan car, the Ronda car is one of the 5 pre-production 1963 Galaxie Lightweights, I would assume that it would have the "Thunderbird" valve covers initially. However, they may have been switched out at some point. I would also point out that Ronda's car was originally Viking blue when it left the factory. When I build mine I will have blue overspray on the underside floors in addition to some of the burgundy. On the Ritchey car that I have under construction, I put the 427 valve covers on
  7. John Witzke 77 T/A

    Took 1st in class at the World of Wheels Omaha 2018
  8. My cars over the years

    John, that Council Bluffs dealer was McIntyre Olds Cadillac Another Council Bluffs new car dealer was Floyd Hughes Chevrolet. I do know of a 1966 Chevy Biscayne 2 dr post, dark blue ordered with the 427 425 hp engine, M21 4speed and 4.10 gears for dealer inventory. Local guy raced it. It is now restored and in New Zeland.
  9. My cars over the years

    Yes I have lived in Council Bluffs, IA all my life and know the area very well. Was that a factory W30? If it was, only 16 were made in that body style. Would be a nice car to have today
  10. My cars over the years

    John, I noticed the license plate on the 1966 W30 Olds is that 59 county Nebraska, Offutt AFB? I believe that O'daniel Olds in Omaha, NE had a dealer tag like the one on the trunk
  11. John Witzke 77 T/A

    Automatic. The automatic behind the optional W72 400 cu.in engine had some enhanced internals, increased shift points and an 11 inch higher stall torque converter. In 1977 this combination was good for mid 15 sec @ 90 mph in the quarter mile off the showroom floor. High 14's were possible with open scoop and dropping the catalytic converter. Slow by todays standards but impressive for mid 1970's standards.
  12. '63 F100 - XL

    Sorry no new updates yet
  13. John Witzke 77 T/A

    Very nice Mach 1! I have always liked that Mustang body style. Good luck at your show.
  14. John Witzke 77 T/A

    Yes, in addition to Fords I am also a Pontiac guy too. I have owned this one since new. It was ordered on Dec 29, 1976 and took delivery on March 18, 1977. This is an original 11,000 miles unrestored factory original including factory applied lacquer paint and tires. The car was ordered with the optional W72 400 cu.in. engine and is a factory aluminum wheel car. Thought you might like to see what a new, original 1977 Trans Am looks like. 2013 World of Wheels Best in Class Winner. Will be at the 2018 World of Wheels Omaha, NE in March
  15. '63 F100 - XL

    Ben, I have cut away some of the center section of the seat and will use half round Plastruct styrene plastic to create the pattern Vinnie....close up photos show that the top is vinyl