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1983 Ford Exp Blue Max Funny Car

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This is the car that got me into drag racing. My Mom,Dad, and I saw Raymond Beadle race this car race on the 4th of July 1983 at Milan Dragway in Michigan. I was 5yrs old at the time. At one point Raymond did a burnout in the near lane and stopped in front of us. I held up a toy of the Blue Max and he gave me a thumbs up through the window. That car and how Raymond Beadle drove it was the coolest thing I had ever seen and now I'm going to build it!!!

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That's 2800hp doing about a 300ft burnout!!!! You gotta love it

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The body is the (1:24) '83 Dodge Charger F/C

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:P it is gOIN TO BE A BAD CAR!!!!

tHE FRONT IS GOIN TO BE EASY, THE CHALLENGE YOU HAVE IS THE

REAR QUATER PANELS, BUT IT CAN BE DONE VERY CLOSE.

THANKS....FOR USING MY BLUE MAX FOR INSPIRATION.

DOING RESEARCH I FOUND THIS OMNI BLUE MAX.....CHECK IN THE NEXT LANE.

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This was another FordEXP THAT WAS MAKING SOME NOISE

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Can you see the roof of this tempo, I wonder if it can be use for the

EXP convertion. I notice the Omni is more slanted thet the ford.

Will see how you do it, You can do it!!!!

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The body is the (1:24) '83 Dodge Charger F/C

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Look how sunburned the dude is in the second picture!! :):)

This is going to be a cool build, I'm looking foward to seeing how this plays out.....

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hey erik how does the exp you bought sunday match up with it when do we start cuttin :lol::blink::lol:

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Oh I DID forget to mention that on here, oops. I was able to buy a stock '82 Ford EXP to use for the bodywork if I need it.

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i got this EXP body along with a 56 crown victoria body, and a olds cutlass stage 2 as a set from ebay for 30 bucks. Not sure when i will do anything with them. I got a set of Blue Max decals from fred cady, but they appear to be for his mid 1980's mustang SVO body. I wish you the best on your venture, as i am sure it will be DY-NO-MITE!! Chris Coffey, Spokane, WA

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:huh: You build it and they will come........It seems that every one wants you to built this thing.

If anybody have a way to let Raymond Beadle know what is going on here....maybe we can get his

signature on this one of a kind build up. :):huh:B)

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whatzup erick. hows that built?

have not forgot about our trade, i have been working two jobs and i have been getting late.

and the model i have them in storage. will get them out today or tomorow, i got your address.

just wanted to bust your shops, look what i saw :lol:

this is a 1/32 scale, remember those kits, they had a few f/c styles.

can't wait to see what you do in 1/24.

Danny

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Bust my chops? More like wet my appitite, that 1:32 came out GREAT!!! I just got the body today and it's going to work out great! I started on the engine, painted it with aluminum metalizer and the trans with straight silver. That should give it the look of an aluminum block/heads/ bell housing and a cast iron trans. Now I need two engine wiring kits for the dual magneaatos.

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Bust my chops? More like wet my appitite, that 1:32 came out GREAT!!! I just got the body today and it's going to work out great! I started on the engine, painted it with aluminum metalizer and the trans with straight silver. That should give it the look of an aluminum block/heads/ bell housing and a cast iron trans. Now I need two engine wiring kits for the dual magneaatos.

DID THEY USE THE DOUBLE MAGNETO IN 83? LET ME CHECK? BECAUSE MY 85 STANG CAME WITH ONE.

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DID THEY USE THE DOUBLE MAGNETO IN 83? LET ME CHECK? BECAUSE MY 85 STANG CAME WITH ONE.

Thanks, let me know. I really don't have a clear pic of the engine to work from as a reference.

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This is a pfoto of a funny car of that era, you can see that the double magneto was not

incorporated yet, I think that it started in the early 90's when everyone was looking to break the

300mph record, around the time of Eddie Hill,

Loved when funny cars had chrome valve covers and blowers.

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It IS a double magneto!! This is on the back of my autographed handout! Check out the valve cover.

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Progress is a little slow but, I have to modify (with help from my friend Brian) the body to fit the frame. I also have to move the front spindles to get the correct wheelbase.

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A page from the book "Funny Car Fever"

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The body looks great....and the photos show what a great f/c it was.

not to long or to short....just right to kick some B)

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FINALLY some progress!!!! I got a new place to work on my cars.

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Those are the correct wheels for the Blue Max! The fronts were given to me by my friend Bill and the rears were given to me by my friend Brian. Thanks you guys!

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Lookin good so far! If that EXP body turns out to be surplus, I will negotiate with you. It would make a cool mini-stock!

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Lookin good so far! If that EXP body turns out to be surplus, I will negotiate with you. It would make a cool mini-stock!

If you mean the stock Exp body, I traded it for a pro stock '83 Mercury Capri pro stocker to make Roy Hill's car. I can see if I can locate another one I'll let you know.

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:lol: GLad to see this project moving along.

will be watching.

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