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Welcome to the Jungle…

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Welcome to the Jungle…

In the sixties, drag racing was mostly “show” with some “go.” There were a lot of cars competing on the drag circuit up and down the East Coast. Some of them were a little more colorful than others. One of the most colorful duo on the funny car circuit was James “Jungle Jim” Liberman and of course “Jungle Pam” Hardy. They were the Best show in drag racing. Not only was Jim a showman, his cars were hard to beat.

He was always competitive. On several occasions, some cars I worked on or built ran against him. He was considered the guy to beat.

Jim and Pam would put on a show, the burnouts, Pam backing him up to the starting line. She was and still is the greatest “Back up girl” in drag racing.

I remember in the early seventies, Jungle Jim and Frank Federici put on one of the greatest shows at York Pennsylvania Raceway. It was a night to remember! Flames were shooting out of the zoomie headers, 300’ burnouts! Pam backing up Jim in the tire tracks with her cutoff jeans and tight t-shirts. Of course, Frank had two back up girls with short shorts and halter tops. Jim and Frank would back in and out of the pre-stage to syce each other out! The start was something out of a futuristic movie. Flames shooting out of the headers, smoke off the tires, zig zagging down the quarter mile, Frank won once, then Jim won twice. What a show! Jim is ranked 17th among the top 50 drivers in NHRA. He died in a tragic traffic accident on September 9, 1977 in Pennsylvania. Hitting a bus head on in his Corvette.

Pam Hardy is still around talking about drag racing.

If you want more information Google “Jungle Jim” or “Jungle Pam.”

They were the legends of drag racing in the sixties and seventies.

R.I.P. Jim

Keep them Rolling!

Bill

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Thank you Zora Arkus-Duntov…

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Thank you Zora Arkus-Duntov

In 1955, Chevrolet introduced the small block overhead valve 265-cubic inch (cu in), 162 HP motor; it was the engineering brainchild of Ed Cole and dubbed “Mighty Mouse”.

Chevy small block 265 cubic inch. In 1956, a “Power Pack” kit was available and produced 205 HP. A special package was put in the 1956 Corvette which produced 225 HP @ 5200 RPM.

In 1957, the 283-cubic inch motor was introduced with a fuel injection package with a Duntov cam. Then came the 327 and a host of other small block combinations 302, 305-307, 400 cu in.

In 1967, Chevy introduced the 350-cubic inch. The little “Mighty Mouse” contributions were a quantum leap in the automotive industry in passenger cars, commercial and racing sector. These “Small Blocks” were used in every facet of racing from Indy cars to Drag racing. They were also used in Car Racing and Hot Rod building and Zora Arkus-Duntov was a big part of that success.

Zora Arkus-Duntov, an engineer with GM Chevy Division. Duntov was considered the brain trust behind the High-Performance packages that were introduced to the small block. Duntov was called “The Father of the Corvette”.

While some manufacturers were getting horse power out of big blocks, the little “Mighty Mouse” was getting more power out of a smaller, lighter motor. Aftermarket manufacturers started to produce high performance parts that made the motor perform with outstanding results with horse power and durability.

Chevy small block 265 cubic inch
Chevy small block 265 cubic inch

So, theB did more for the car industry than any other motor in its class.

So, thank you Zora Arkus-Duntov!

(12-25-1909 – 4-12-1996)

Bill

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5th Year Anniversary…Old Iron AZ LLC

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5th Year Anniversary…Old Iron AZ LLC

Well it’s our 5th Year Anniversary…Old Iron AZ LLC since my wife and I started Old Iron. We listed several hundred cars and sold some. We help buyers buy and sellers sell. Meeting many car lovers at car shows and cruise nights. Also, along the way made contacts with car people from all over the country and some in foreign countries.

We have clients from France, Italy, England, Australia, Croatia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and other countries. But the best business was here in the USA, we dealt with clients in almost every state.

One experience was a fine Southern gentleman from South Carolina. He had a long drawn out Southern accent sometimes it was very difficult to understand. But after our twice a week conversation, I could understand him and with my Southern New England accent he was able to understand me. After about 2 months of talking and dealing back and forth, we found a car that fit his needs and he knew he would enjoy.

We still talk from time to time and send e-mails periodically. We enjoy keeping in touch with our clients.

My wife, Miki, and I started Old Iron not to make a ton of money but to enjoy the process of helping buyers buy and sellers sell, so far it has been a very enjoyable experience.

(Memories: fun vehicles, car shows, we have enjoyed)

Old Iron - Casino Del Sol Car Show
Old Iron – Casino Del Sol Car Show
Mac & Molly & Shelby - Old Iron NewsLetter Contibutors
Mac & Molly & Shelby – Old Iron NewsLetter Contibutors
My Little Red Volks Wagon
My Little Red Volks Wagon
Ram Rod Express
Ram Rod Express
Torque Fest Pima Air Space Museum
Torque Fest Pima Air Space Museum

We just finished with a client in Croatia. We took care of the process of purchasing a vehicle from the US. He was very pleased with the service Old Iron provided.

So, we are happy doing what we are doing with Old Iron and hope to Keep Them Rolling!

Bill & Miki

 

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Interesting Car Trivia – Friends Sharing

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Interesting Car Trivia – Friends Sharing

Interesting Car Trivia – Friends Sharing – Memories – Fun – History – Logos – Facts

Q: Who opened the first drive-in gas station?


A: Gulf opened up the first station in Pittsburgh in 1913.

Q: What city was the first to use parking meters?

A: Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.

Q: Where was the first drive-in restaurant?

A: Royce Hailey’s Pig Stand opened in Dallas in 1921.

Q: True or False? The 1953 Corvette came in white, red and black.

A: False. The 1953 ‘Vett’s were available in one color, Polo White.

Q: What was Ford’s answer to the Chevy Corvette, and other legal street racers of the 1960’s?

A: Carroll Shelby’s Mustang GT350.

Q: What was the first car fitted with an alternator, rather than a direct current dynamo?

A: The 1960 Plymouth Valiant

Q: What was the first car fitted with a replaceable cartridge oil filter?

A: The 1924 Chrysler.

Q: What was the first car to be offered with a “perpetual guarantee”?

A: The 1904 Acme, from Reading, PA. Perpetuity was disturbing in this case, as Acme closed down in 1911.

Q: What American luxury automaker began by making cages for birds and squirrels?

A: The George N. Pierce Co. of Buffalo, who made the Pierce Arrow, also made iceboxes.

Q: What car first referred to itself as a convertible?

A: The 1904 Thomas Flyer, which had a removable hard top.

Q: What car was the first to have it’s radio antenna embedded in the windshield?

A: The 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix

Q: What car used the first successful series-production hydraulic valve lifters?

A: The 1930 Cadillac 452, the first production V16

Q: Where was the World’s first three-color traffic lights installed?

A: Detroit, Michigan in 1919. Two years later they experimented with synchronized lights.

1966 Olds Tornado

Q: What type of car had the distinction of being GM’s 100 millionth car built in the U.S.?

A: March 16, 1966 saw an Olds Tornado roll out of Lansing, Michigan with that honor.

Q: Where was the first drive-in movie theater opened, and when?

A: Camden, NJ in 1933

Q: What autos were the first to use a standardized production key-start system?

A: The 1949 Chrysler’s

Q: What did the Olds designation 4-4-2 stand for?

A: 4 barrel carburetor, 4 speed transmission, and dual exhaust.

Q: What car was the first to place the horn button in the center of the steering wheel?

A: The 1915 Scripps-Booth Model C. The car also was the first with electric door latches.

Q: What U.S. production car had the quickest 0-60 mph time?

A: The 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409.

Q: What’s the only car to appear simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek?

A: The Mustang

Q: What was the lowest priced mass produced American car?

A: The 1925 Ford Model T Runabout. Cost $260, $5 less than 1924.

Q: What is the fastest internal-combustion American production car?

A: The 1998 Dodge Viper GETS-R, tested by Motor Trend magazine at 192.6 mph.

(This is old news….)

Q: What automaker’s first logo incorporated the Star of David?

A: The Dodge Brothers.

Q: Who wrote to Henry Ford, “I have drove fords exclusively when I could get away with one It has got every other car skinned, and even if my business hasn’t been strictly legal it don’t hurt anything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V-8”?

A: Clyde Barrow (of Bonnie and Clyde ) in 1934.

Q: What car was the first production V12, as well as the first production car with aluminum pistons?

A: The 1915 Packard Twin-Six. Used during WWI in Italy, these motors inspired Enzi Ferrari to adopt the V12 himself in 1948.

Q: What was the first car to use power operated seats?

A: They were first used on the 1947 Packard line.

Q: Which of the Chrysler “letter cars” sold the fewest amount?

A: Only 400, 1963, 300J’s were sold

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Q: What car company was originally known as Swallow Sidecars (aka SS)?

A: Jaguar, which was an SS model first in 1935, and ultimately the whole company by 1945.

Q: What car delivered the first production V12 engine?

A: The cylinder wars were kicked off in 1915 after Packard’s chief engineer, Col. Jesse Vincent, introduced its Twin-Six.

Q: When were seat belts first fitted to a motor vehicle?

A: In 1902, in a Baker Electric streamliner racer which crashed at 100 mph. on Staten Island!

Q: In January 1930, Cadillac debuted it’s V16 in a car named for a theatrical version of a 1920’s film seen by Harley Earl while designing the body, What’s that name?

A: The “Madam X”, a custom coach designed by Earl and built by Fleetwood. The sedan featured a retractable landau top above the rear seat.

Q: Which car company started out German, yet became French after WWI?

A: Bugatti, founded in Molsheim in 1909, became French when Alsace returned to French rule.

Q: In what model year did Cadillac introduce the first electric sunroof?

A: 1969

Q: What U.S. production car had the largest 4 cylinder engine?

A: The 1907 Thomas sported a 571 cu. in. (9.2liter) engine.

Q: What car was reportedly designed on the back of a Northwest Airlines airsickness bag and released on April Fool’s Day, 1970?

A: 1970 Gremlin, (AMC)

Q: What is the Spirit of Ecstasy?

A: The official name of the mascot of Rolls Royce, she is the lady on top of their radiators.  Also known as “Nellie in her nighty”.

Q: What was the inspiration for MG’s famed octagon-shaped badge?

A: The shape of founder Cecil Kimber’s dining table.  MG stands for Morris Garages.

Q: In what year did the “double-R” Rolls Royce badge change from red to black?

A: 1933

Trivia…
Ford, who made the first pick-up trucks, shipped them to dealers in crates that the new owners had to assemble using the crates as the beds of the trucks.  The new owners had to go to the dealers to get them, thus they had to “pick-up” the trucks. And now you know the “rest of the story.”

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DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA…Part II

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DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA…Part II

    The drama continues… It seems that every few weeks, a new TV car show pops up with a new cast and crew.

     It looks like all the other TV car shows. They follow the same boring old pattern, but with different players. But the same old theme; six-man shop does all this work in an unrealistic “tv” period. 

     They buy some beat up rust bucket and in only 10 short days turn it into a beautiful classic! They buy the wreck for Three Grand and sell it for Seventy Grand.

     During the build, they incorporate all this DRAMA, car has major rust issues, the motor is junk, the trans is no good, the suspension is crap, it needs all new wiring and interior.

     For example, to replace a motor with a Crate engine might take a day, however, if you need to send out the old motor it may take weeks or months. Rust issues and body will take at least two weeks for body work and paint. The upholstery is at least a week. The interior is at least another week, unless you must order parts.

     But they seem, with all these problems, to get the car done on time and under budget. 

     But in real life this doesn’t happen. There are issues when restoring a classic, there are major issues that take not days but weeks to overcome.

    These shows in some ways have helped the classic car industry, but in the other ways have hurt it. They give a sense of unrealistic expectations that this could happen in such a short time.

     I hope someday a realistic car building show will make its way on to TV with truth and show what really happens when you rebuild a classic.

     “Chip Foose” comes the closest to that and “Wheelers Dealers”.

     So, the Drama continues… Maybe the next car TV show will be more correct in its narrative.

Keep them Rolling!… Bill

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Slip Sliding Away…

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Slip Sliding Away…

Every so often. There is a shifting trend in every business, whether it be Real Estate, Food, or any other industry.

In the last five years of operating Old Iron AZ LLC we’ve noted a changing trend. As the older generation is reaching retirement age (Baby boomers). They are selling off their cars for other reasons. Instead of buying another classic vehicle. They are buying motors homes to travel. Saving money for retirement investment. Or spending it on golf, fishing, or purchasing a summer/winter home, or just putting the dollars aside for personal reasons.
The new trend is purchasing factory high-performance cars, such as newer Camaros or Mustangs or Chargers and even high-performance Imports. They rather have the comfort and performance these new vehicles offer.
The day of the Hot Rod Roadster is staring to “Slip Away”. It seems increasingly car enthusiasts are purchasing a high-performance car from a dealer. The car manufacturers are building and designing high-performance vehicles because the demand is there for these types of cars. They want fast and comfort and are foregoing style.
There is still a Big market for 60’s and 70’s Camaros, Chevelle, Mustangs and rare and unique vehicles. But hot rods are slowly on a downward “Slide”. Who knows maybe in 20 or 30 years from now, these cars may double or triple in value. When the grandchildren want to capture some nostalgia of their parents’ and grandparents’ lives. That is how this business trend is. This is just my opinion, the great car generation is slowly “Slip Sliding Away” …
The new generation has a whole new approach to performance vehicles with computers. It’s more about comfort, gadgets and high-performance motors with super chargers and high-tech suspensions. In the 1960s, the car industry was trending towards factory high-performance vehicles; such as the GTOs, 442s, Chevelles, etc. I see this trend happening again.
Keep them Rolling!… Bill

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When Chrome was King!…Chrome loaded cars in the 50s – 60s

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When Chrome was King!…Chrome loaded cars in the 50s – 60s

A few of weeks ago, someone called me and asked if I would checkout his Oldsmobile he was restoring. I said great and made an appointment to look at the car. It was a 1957 Oldsmobile 88 two door Coupe. He was in the middle of a frame off restoration. The chassis, the engine compartment is all cleaned and painted. There is all new wiring. He was doing a good job with the resto. He showed me all the parts he had sent out to be chromed, it looked like all of them. There must be 200 items to be sent out to be chromed.

The cars in the Fifties and Sixties are loaded with chrome, both inside and out. I have a soft spot for the 1957 Oldsmobile, I owned three of them in the Seventies. A 98 Four Door, an 88 Convertible, and an 88 Station Wagon. I spent hours cleaning the chrome just on the inside of the car; half the dash is chrome. They had massive bumpers and grills, they are all chromed. Most of the manufacturers in the Fifties and Sixties used a lot of chrome. That is all gone now.

 

I see some of the newer cars do not have an ounce of chrome on them. Everything is plastic. The bumpers are plastic, the grills, even the interiors are mostly plastic and vinyl.

So, the days When Chrome was King!…The chrome loaded cars in the 50s – 60s are all behind us. Now we can find a car from the Fifties and Sixties eras to be restored with all the beautiful chrome.

The client who has the Oldsmobile said he would finish the resto around August. He would like to list it around November. I cannot wait to see and take photos of all that chrome!

Keep them Rolling!… Bill

Old Iron AZ LLC

Bill Abatecola

Miki Abatecola

www.oldironaz.com

Tucson, AZ

520.390.7180

(844)OLD-IRON 844.653.4766

Fax: 844-771-3132

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Old School…

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OLD SCHOOL…

A couple of weeks ago I was having lunch with a friend of mine when I overheard a conversation from the next table about cars. Most of the talk was about building cars. One of them, talked about “changing out components on the engine, one being a computer chip, he said it was “Old School”. Well, “Old School” to me was not back in the “90’s”, it was more like the 50’s and 60’s; when we built cars with a torch and hammer and not with a computer.

My 1952 Studebaker Coupe was my first racecar that I built for stock car racing. I cut out the fender wells and built front and back crash bars, also fabricated headers and roll bar.

There were no computers back then or places you could order parts “online” like there are now. I (we) cut out templates out of card board and cut metal out with a torch and drilled holes on a drill press – if we were lucky enough to own one. The brackets were welded into place with an arc welder and you hoped they held.

Today it’s all computer stuff – fabricated aftermarket bolt on components, computer ignition systems, fuel injection. If you can use a computer you can build a car.

There are companies out there building aftermarket components that are “Old School”, but with high tech material and technology. Some of these components are better than factory and make the cars safer and more responsive. I noticed in an ad somewhere that an aftermarket company designed and built a 4 link arm and rear suspension for the early Camaros. It is all bolt in and looks great!

So to me when some one says “Old School” it takes me back to the fifties and sixties and not the 90’s!

Keep them Rolling!… Bill

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