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Offline LZ

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the Prisoner
« on: January 22, 2015, 07:32:47 PM »
Hello all:
Will try to keep this short .........  Loved Drag racing as long as I can remember. MY one(late) Brother set me straight on music and my other Brother got me into Drag racing. One day he took me to the late great  Niagara dragstrip in 67. I saw my first Fiat Altered and it forever engrained into my life. Met a close friend (Frontenginedragsters)in Grades school and he loved it as much as I do and it bonds us till this day.
Started on my beloved Fiat project several years ago and a lot has changed since then. Last year I got to a point were knew had to make a change .  Thus started my search for a car that was near done and get my aging ass out to the track and stop screwing around. Searched Craigslist and racing junk religiously several times a day everyday for either a different Altered or a FED. 6 months later...... Bingo one morning it showed up and things happened fast. Its a Newstalgia FED and will make some people groan, But its mine and Im gonna have fun. ;)
I build stuff for a living so was bound and determined to build my own car. Buying a near ready to go car and somebody else s build is really tearing me up. But this is the sacrifice that must be made to get out soon.  :-\
It does free up time to do a couple things to the engine build that have been thinking about for quit awhile. We will see where this journey ends up. Goal is to get car out this year to at least get license and tuning runs in. Its doable but theres a lot of things out of my control.
So now that I have completely bored you, let me introduce you to  "the Prisoner"

BCinU
« Last Edit: January 22, 2015, 07:38:34 PM by LZ »
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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2015, 05:30:09 AM »
Nice introduction LZ. That's a bitchin looking FED!

Decades ago I started building my FED from scratch as well, but at that pace it would take me an eternity to complete it. I put that build on hold when a friend showed me an ad with pretty much the car I had in mind.

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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2015, 06:55:27 AM »
Good looking car LZ, is that Don Kanka's S&W 'Jersey Junior Fueler' ?
I wondered what had become of Don's project, he had some health issues I believe.
Hope you enjoy the car it looks like a good build, what motor you gonna run?

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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2015, 08:34:35 AM »
Nice piece! I seem to remember S&W using that car in promotions for their chassis shop. I think it was set up with a stack injected BBC. Best of luck!

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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 05:03:08 AM »
 Can't wait to get this to the track. Its been along time coming.
The kids are grown and its time to play.
When the Prisoner hits the track all the others in the village will take notice!
Driving a Front Engine Dragster builds character and keeps you awake for a 1/4 mile at a time.
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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2015, 05:20:56 PM »
Hi guys and thanks:

Yes oldboy bought this from Captain Kanka. He says hes in process of having S&W build an Altered. Got the opportunity to buy him lunch when we picked up car. Nice guy wish I had more time to hear some of his exploits. Funny.
Going to have a 331 Whale with a Glide behind.

Hi Chuck: Yes S&W had this car on a couple of there promotions. I did not even realize it till I had car home. He was running a BBC with a glide.

Don and Scott did a nice job on the car. Its a little strange as Scott passed just a couple days after our phone handshake deal for this. Still a little shocked when I open the Barn door and see this. How blessed I am to have a supportive family for this madness and great friends. Measurements, plans and some fab work is starting. If something looks interesting will post it.

In case anyone is wondering what Frontenginedragsters and I are talking about. The name comes from an old BBC show we both love. Its fitting as when you get wrapped up in Drag Racing you are a Prisoner. There is no escape. :o

Working the Engine plate now. Lots of measuring and writing notes, checking parts , planning ahead, you know the usual.  Hoping to have Engine in place in next few weeks so can start the layout work.  Then get it back out to start the machine work etc.
If I am boring y'all or if you want some other detail and such please let me know. Just as excited as heck about this and  probobly rambling on sorry.
Thank you
Luke
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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2015, 05:46:41 PM »
Ramble on, Luke; we will avidly follow!

Just keep the same amount of stuff on the right
as there is on the left. Seeing straight ahead is highly overrated....

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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2015, 06:22:13 PM »
Hi Luke

Thats a real nice ride!! I saw that at Island a couple years back. He was having tuning issues that day. Good luck with it. I'm in NJ, and coordinate for The Southern Slingshots northern division.

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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2015, 06:30:59 PM »
Hi Luke

Thats a real nice ride!! I saw that at Island a couple years back. He was having tuning issues that day. Good luck with it. I'm in NJ, and coordinate for The Southern Slingshots northern division.

Jim Cummings

Really:
Wow Jim cool.   Do you have a schedule, plans or any info you could share? Thats really neat . Wish we could have something like that around here. Love to follow you guys
thanks
Luke
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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2015, 08:26:41 PM »
NDRL is a series you might want to look into
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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2015, 06:18:10 AM »
NDRL is a series you might want to look into

Oops , no Glenn my bad choice of words. By follow I mean watch a race, talk to somebody or watch any posts online. Im a looong way from heading to any race.
NDRL is a great group.
c ya
Luke
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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2015, 01:56:30 PM »
Love the car luke


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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2015, 12:15:11 PM »
Luke
Where are you located? We have a schedule posted for now and prob. add to it as the year moves on.

Jim

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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2015, 01:13:12 PM »
Luke
Where are you located? We have a schedule posted for now and prob. add to it as the year moves on.

Jim

Have you added the schedule to our calendar here?
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Re: the Prisoner
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2015, 05:40:51 PM »
Glen where would I put it?

Jim