Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Ol' School DirtyMax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    4,478

    "Barn" Find - Vintage Dirt Modified Race Car

    Dirt racing is/has been a big passion of my family forever. My brother and I were practically raised at Hales Corners, the same as my dad and uncle before us. My dad and uncle have 2 old Modified race cars already. One of them that they recently restored is a Bill Johnson 3-track championship car from 1963. This was considered one of the "crown jewels" of local vintage race cars and my uncle happened upon it up north completely transformed into a completely different car. What these old timers would do is sell their old cars to racers up north in Escanaba, etc. so thet they wouldn't be competing against their own old cars locally when they built their new ones. That's where so many of these cars ended up but most of them are long gone....

    Since then, we've been on the lookout for a project that the 4 of us could take on as a family project. They're pretty hard to find nowadays. They're either rotting away outside or restored and fetching big $$.

    My uncle had his on display at the Auto Show and a guy came up and gave him compliments and said he had one of them buried in his garage that was about 90% intact and was wondering if he knew of anyone would have any interest in it. So my dad and uncle went and looked at it for us and here we are today....

    This thing is damn near the way it was left the day it came off the track back in 1971. A few pieces were borrowed off of it over the years (dash, seat, floorpan, fuel cell, torsion bars) but aside from that, we stumbled upon a time capsule. The engine is a 1956 Buick 322 c.i. Nailhead V8 with an Offenhauser intake and (3) 2bbl carbs.

    The plan... find/make some of the missing parts and "weather" them as best we can. We'd like to try and leave it in this condition versus doing a frame off for the time being, seeing as how this was so well preserved for so long.











    We're really looking forward to reviving this car and hopefully being able to show the former owner/driver (pictured above) the progress at Slinger reunion show in mid-June.

    Here are the other 2 "Family" cars as well....




  2. #2
    wow, thats awesome!! thats a really cool find
    2002 dodge cummins - mechanically injected, stupid built.. never ending project
    2013 Toyota Tacoma - crewcab, v6, 6 spd, 4wd, TRD package

  3. #3
    2006 roadking custom. KF 9000 Champion 0TransAm0's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Franksville
    Posts
    4,417
    sweet find..

    id drive them fuckers down the road...that would be fun...till the cops came..

  4. #4
    Ol' School DirtyMax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    4,478
    They're pretty loud with the straight headers. If anyone knows of any more of these around, we would love to see them!

  5. #5
    WHO LAUGHS LAST THINKS SLOWEST GRAMPS SS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    GERMANTOWN, U.S.A.
    Posts
    7,097

    now that's cool...now you have another project to do as a family....
    R.I.P BOB BUDDY

    Everyday driver...2010 EXPLORER

    Weekend car....1970 DUSTER 340 Now with a 416 w/ EFI SIX PACK

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •