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The body freshly
anodized awaiting paint. In the back ground is Don Purdhomme's
Pepsi Challenger F/C being restored at Paint-N-Place. Kenny Youngblood
is in the process of lettering the car as he originally did.
cowl awaits Jerry Severs final prep for painting.
Prior to paint
all parts have to be taped off to protect the gold anodizing.
Jerry Severs has a large crew of employees but shows the best
way to lead is to be able to do every aspect of the body/paint
work himself. He's shot more race cars over the years than he
paint library. It's no wonder the best of the best are painted
here as they have everything!
makes the blend of Pearl he has chosen and records the mix for
Of course after the paint is mixed a great professional painter
such as Jerry downs a "Painters Brew" (Miller Lite)
to get him in the creative mood!
In the paint
booth Jerry Severs gets ready to load the gun with the pearl
white paint that was the base color of the car originally.
lays on the layers of Pearl on the seat back the color comes
a base coat has been applied Jerry starts shooting the pearl.
Crew chief Ronnie Rapp and Alex
Michelsen Get the block ready to fill with Hard Block, the first
step in the
"Bearpaw" wheels have been glass beaded to clean up
the years of abuse and now are in Al Reed's polishing plant to
polish the outer rim.
cylinder all mounted with custom brackets.
Bruce Dyda fitting
drive line parts. Jimmy Boyd's "Red Turkey" Nostalgia
Top Fuel car behind him. Bruce is raising the seat location and
building a new roll cage for Boyd.
anodized and plated the front end is perfect.
The can, now
polished and controls all finished (except brake handle), after
final fitting the handle will be chromed.
on jig - Jimmy Boyd's NTF car in background.
ready for the seat and rear end to be installed.
Ronnie Rapp fits
the trick pan which was donated by Dave West to the now filled
block. It was the first pan he had built for the Beebe-Mulligan
Barry Barber of Baer's Canvas
& Upholstery crafted a perfect replication of the original
upholstery. He he used less padding than ordinally for more "older
Drive line is ready (except
Unique Buttera steering
back in shape.
Bruce Dyda making sure
"The Wallet" fits in the car - its tight!
Cockpit is done except for the
wood on the steering wheel and some chrome.
Jerry Sweeney from BRC spent
plenty of time going through all the old M/T rods, stress testing,
grinding the tops, setting them up for the bearings and putting
in the pins.
Alex Mikkelson had to mill the
small end of the rods to fit the pin bosses of the modern style
Arias pistons as the old M/T's had a wider head for the old style
pistons with less material in the bosses.
Ronnie and John ring
the pistons. John with a piston? That's scary!!!
The Arias Pistons and refurbished M/T rods ready
Alex Mikkelsen and Ronnie
do the final prep on the block.
392 Ready for internal
Ronnie installs the Chet
Herbert cam with Jim Davis cheering him on.
Ronnie and Rick Kepler
fitting the crank.
Alex and Ronnie fill
Crew Chief, Ronnie Rapp is a
happy camper with this new project to play with.
Short block ready to have the
pan installed and then its off to Dyda's shop (below) for final
linkage adjustments and fuel tank fittings.
paw" wheels ready for the Firestones.
Every team needs a mascot
- this is ours - "Indy".
Larry Ofrea of Valley Head Service
proudly shows off the 392 heads he prepared for the project.
Larry also did the original heads for the car in 1969. Of course
his hair was a lot darker then.
Jerry Severs who owns Paint-N-Place
lays out the blocking for the final paint on the cowl and side
panels. John is looking at, what?
Prepped cowl and side
The short block is in the car
at Dyda's shot so he can do the fuel tank and control adjustments.
Da push car is nearly
done and like the digger, photos don't do it justice.
Bottom end of the 383 Chevy engine
in the push car shows the trick headers from Dean LaPole and
the chrome powder coated pans.
Moving right along, with the
body painted, Kenny Youngblood spent two days recreating the
graphics he did 34 years ago. These were taken at Paint-N-Place
Prepped cowl and side
Kenny shows off his finest work
- the cowl. As memories do fade with age, he through my name
was in red - it was in black. He fixed it.
Back at Dyda Engineering, Bruce
labors over the replication of our one-of-a-kind steering wheel.
The driveline became
complete when Dyda installed the shaft cover.
Prior to polishing, the
fuel tank was fitted to the pump.
Phase two of the lettering moved
Blood to Dyda's shop where the car and seat were.
gets the trailer ready to accommodate the car.
Kenny tries out the seat.
Back at the shop (John's
garage) Ronnie gets the heads ready.
After its incredible makeover,
the car left Dyda's and returned to John's garage. Here Ronnie
Rapp, Larry Mersch, Kenny Youngblood and Alex Mikkelsen take
a break before the heads go on.
With the heads seated, the business
end of the car takes shape. The headers are not what we wanted
but will have to do as time is running out. At least no one will
get a face full of nitro on a cackle.
Ronnie and Alex set the
rocker assembly in place.
The Bankameripushcar is done
and ready for the CHRR. It was featured by Firestone at the Route
66 bash in San Bernardino on 9-20 & 21.
9-30-03 - FINAL BEFORE CHRR
Bruce Dyda puts his last
touch on the car - the helmet strap in the cage.
Taking nothing to chance, Donnie
Johansen himself (from Chet Herbert's) degrees in the cam as
Prepped cowl and side
Ronnie and Rick start
the top end while Alex, Bruce and Dave look on.
With engine completed,
Ronnie adjusts the valves.
John checks out the seat
of the now complete Bankamericar!
She's all dressed up and ready
for the dance. Next stop the CHRR! Hope to see a lot of you there.
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Thank You List
The people who are making this happen - either
by contributing parts (big or small) or giving us deals that
are too good to be true......
First and foremost: John Ewald - "The
Wallet". Without him
this never would have happened, period. His means and desire
to see this car saved are appreciated more than he'll ever know.
Bruce Dyda -
Dyda Race Engineering: A superb fabricator who took a pile of photos and
perfectly restored the Buttera chassis and Hanna body. Although
he had access to Buttera for collaboration, he didn't need any
help other than the pictures. If you have any fabrication or
restoration in mind call Bruce at 310.768.3163
Lynn Kane - stepped up "just because he wanted
to be part of the project".
Kent & Evelyn Fuller
John Jennings -
Leroy Shaver - Centerline Welding
Larry Ofrea - Valley Head Service
Dale "The Coyote" Smith
Ronnie Rapp (crew chief)
Baer's Canvas & Upholstry 310-324-4591
Mikkelsen - American Roadster
Jerry Sweeney -
- LaPole Headers
Ken Rappaport - Race
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