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150" FED possible build.

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Well, my sister sent me a boatload of old pics yesterday, and among them were shots of my dads old 150" FED. These were taken somewhere is the 1976-79 timeframe, so please excuse the picture quality. I have most of the kits/supplies I need to scratchbuild/kitbash the car. I want to build it (and the Semi he drove.....that is in the CBP thread) and present it to him for his upcoming birthday. Wish me luck as I build slow, and he will be 71 this year!

dadsrailin19794.jpg, dadsrailin19793.jpg, dadsrailin19792.jpg

His birthday is in October. Maybe I had better hope for next October!

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That is going to be a cool build. Looking forward to seeing pics and progress on it.

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Thanks Chris.......the car is a 150" Chassis Research bar car built by Loghhe Stamping in 1964 and lengthened in 1965. It ran for a while in BB/R class with a blown Big Block Olds under the 'Glass Chariot' name (supposedly, the car was originally built as a fuel car for Dick Lahaie in 1964, but Dick has looked at the car and says it isn't his. Loghhe confirmed the car as one of his by the change in tube diameter forward of the firewall, but can't provide any real info on who it went to after his stretch job.

Anyway, my dad ran the car in the mid 70s through the middle 80s at a lot of Michigan tracks with the 426 Hemi (in multiple types of induction through the years) and later a 440+6 engine. I grew up with this car firmly implanted in my psychie as I was at the track every weekend with dad and this car. The body is a narrowed fiberglass '27 T Roadster Pick-up body that was popular in the late 60s-early 70s, the paint is Medium Flake Mica Blue with lettering in White One-Shot. Headers were B-body Mopar units flipped with the 45* turndowns welded to turn the gases out away from the car.

I have the 'Hippie Hemi' rail that will provide some of the tubing, the Tony Nancy 22JR kit for the Chassis Research rollbar pattern and the basic body, and the wheels/tires from the Hippie Hemi as well as widened Cragars for the rears. The fuel tank is a Pony Keg and I have one in scale. Hemi will come from a Revell 1967 GTX kit with a kitbashed tunnel-ram intake (unless I go with the later Hilborn Mechanical Fuel Injection unit he ran towards the end of the Hemis time in the rails). Fingernail Polish that I got at 'Hot Topic' is an almost dead match for the paint on the car. Most of the parts are here, I just have to find the time among all the other builds to get it done. Dads birthday present being the premise for this build might speed it on its way though.

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I'm going to watch this build with eager eyes! i love the old slingshot style dragsters! Best of luck mate!

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Wow, what a great project! Wish my Dad had been in to dragsters rather than golf...

One thing though, the Nancy kit doesn't have the Chassis Research rollcage(Chassis Research was Scotty Fenn's company, I'm assuming the Logghes did the extension? The pic looks like a Logghe chassis with the Fenn cage.). You should be able to modify the Nancy T body to suit your purposes though. The Double Dragster kit has that cage configuration I believe.

I'm partial to injectors but the scratched tunnel ram/carb set up would definitely be more unique.

Again, great project, post progress pics!

Edited by funhouse1

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Whale that is so awesome the history of this build. I am going to be following for sure. I actually have a similar story although my dad didn't drive but he was part of the pit crew of a top alcohol dragster team from when I was 7 months old til I was about 13 and that's where my love of dragracing came from. I want to build that dragster in 1/16th scale. When I get home I will have to post a pic to show you, its the only one I have at the moment of it. Just hoping that my parents have pictures of it in their old photo albums.

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Hey Bradely, Hope you don't mind me sharing the pic of dragster my dad used to pit on. Have been thinking for the past year how cool it would be to build one in 1/16th scale. Anyway here it is:

SpaghettiBender.jpg

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Jack, thanks for correcting me on the bar origins (I had both kits in front of me and mistook the DD kit for the 22JR kit). I am still working on collecting parts, so the build won't be started right away. I have about 15 pics of the car I need to go through as well (all of them are in as bad a shape or worse than the ones I posted) to determine just what all I will need for the build. Believe it or not, we don't have or know a lot of the cars history before coming to dads possession. After owning it since 1975, dads memories of the car are also a little hazy!

Chris, That looks like an early RED, 225"? I like it, and think a reasonably close build could be made starting with the Garlits Swamp Rat 1R kit.

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Hey Chris thanks for posting that picture. I always likied that car and never see any pictures of it!

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Tedly.... You remember this car?? that is to cool. I think I have been to all of the drag strips in Cali from the Mid '70's to late 80's when my dad was on the team. Few of them no longer exists which stinks.

Bradley, I think I may end up using the dragster from this kit to build the Spagetti Bender:

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