Old Hot-Rodders ?

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WatchDog

Baxley, GA

#1 Jul 14, 2009
Let's see if anyone can round up some old "Hot Rodders" from a few years back?
Where are they now? Dead or Alive.
Some of the one's who are gone now are...
Jimmy Owens (Heart Attack?)
Louie Kinsler (Hard Living?)
Tim Eastin (?)(Crash)
Tim Reagan (and brother Dean)(Crash)
ONE'S WHO HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND IN A WHILE???
Patrick Trent ('66 Chevelle)
Pat (Jefferson City)('70 Chevelle)
LIME GREEN '55 CHEVY "Gasser" (White Pine) 25E Bridge

A lot of people are still around...some building cars again.(Champ Hardin Hickeys)
Some still have their old cars from back in the day...Harold Music.(Comet) Greg Flora.(Trucks)

Let's hear some good old stories from back in the day...no crazy Bull-Stories.
Don't need another "Fastest Car" post like before.
Go back to the late 70's till the 80's.
BusterCrab

Morristown, TN

#2 Jul 15, 2009
"Back in the day" as you put it sure would not be the late 70's or 80's in my book. Maybe that just shows my age? How about mid 50's and on? And let us not forget about a great American car...the 1950 Mercury "lead sleds".

Since: Oct 08

Edwardsville IL

#3 Jul 15, 2009
One old Mustang/Ford hotrodder I remember was E C Long. Anybody remember his ranchero and mustangs from the late 60's. I remember he use to drag race alot at Rogersville. He also built several hot Fords He was famous for building the small block 289 Ford engines.Anybody else rember him?
BusterCrab wrote:
"Back in the day" as you put it sure would not be the late 70's or 80's in my book. Maybe that just shows my age? How about mid 50's and on? And let us not forget about a great American car...the 1950 Mercury "lead sleds".
WatchDog

Baxley, GA

#4 Jul 15, 2009
I guess I need to look in the mirrow and see my age now.(Back In The Day)
The 50's and 60's were some good times too I'm sure.
I just looked in the mirrow....I'm NOW -
THE MAN IN THE MIRROW???
flower

Morristown, TN

#5 Jul 15, 2009
WatchDog wrote:
I guess I need to look in the mirrow and see my age now.(Back In The Day)
The 50's and 60's were some good times too I'm sure.
I just looked in the mirrow....I'm NOW -
THE MAN IN THE MIRROW???
80's were the best!!
Devil dawg

Morristown, TN

#6 Jul 15, 2009
I was in the speed and custom parts business for several years and once worked as a sales rep for a performance warehouse in Knoxville,and ran the English Mountain track for a couple of seasons doing heads up street races many years ago, so I remember a lot of the old rodders in the area, many of them close friends. Many of them are gone now for various reasons but I do enjoy looking back at old pictures and remembering the fun we all had building the cars, going out to the bridges and to the drag strip, and to the car shows and swap meets around the southeast. I don't even have a hot rod any more but I still like to look at the cars and appreciate all the work that goes into building them. I miss all the guys getting together and talking cars and having a cold one or two.
Nice

Morristown, TN

#7 Jul 15, 2009
WatchDog wrote:
Let's see if anyone can round up some old "Hot Rodders" from a few years back?
Where are they now? Dead or Alive.
Some of the one's who are gone now are...
Jimmy Owens (Heart Attack?)
Louie Kinsler (Hard Living?)
Tim Eastin (?)(Crash)
Tim Reagan (and brother Dean)(Crash)
ONE'S WHO HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND IN A WHILE???
Patrick Trent ('66 Chevelle)
Pat (Jefferson City)('70 Chevelle)
LIME GREEN '55 CHEVY "Gasser" (White Pine) 25E Bridge
A lot of people are still around...some building cars again.(Champ Hardin Hickeys)
Some still have their old cars from back in the day...Harold Music.(Comet) Greg Flora.(Trucks)
Let's hear some good old stories from back in the day...no crazy Bull-Stories.
Don't need another "Fastest Car" post like before.
Go back to the late 70's till the 80's.
Love hot rods
red

Morristown, TN

#8 Jul 15, 2009
WatchDog wrote:
Let's see if anyone can round up some old "Hot Rodders" from a few years back?
Where are they now? Dead or Alive.
Some of the one's who are gone now are...
Jimmy Owens (Heart Attack?)
Louie Kinsler (Hard Living?)
Tim Eastin (?)(Crash)
Tim Reagan (and brother Dean)(Crash)
ONE'S WHO HAVEN'T BEEN AROUND IN A WHILE???
Patrick Trent ('66 Chevelle)
Pat (Jefferson City)('70 Chevelle)
LIME GREEN '55 CHEVY "Gasser" (White Pine) 25E Bridge
A lot of people are still around...some building cars again.(Champ Hardin Hickeys)
Some still have their old cars from back in the day...Harold Music.(Comet) Greg Flora.(Trucks)
Let's hear some good old stories from back in the day...no crazy Bull-Stories.
Don't need another "Fastest Car" post like before.
Go back to the late 70's till the 80's.
harold and flora man are you kidding.i have never seen them run anybody.don't get me wrong that got nice cars but fast isn't one of them.
Dirty Dan

Knoxville, TN

#9 Jul 15, 2009
Easy now, whats the definition of a hot rodder here? You don't have to be a racer do ya? I've seen the comet shed some rubber. Don't tell Harrold but I spun it a little when I drove it hee hee.

Since: Apr 09

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#11 Jul 15, 2009
red wrote:
<quoted text> harold and flora man are you kidding.i have never seen them run anybody.don't get me wrong that got nice cars but fast isn't one of them.
Perhaps you wasn't able to attend ALL the races at the bridges from the mid eightys till the early ninety's then,I know Harold was at the bridges,and all those guys watchdog listed DID drive their own vehicles when running at the bridges or at the track unlike SOME people,'UUMMM I think the last name Bagg comes to mind there.
buku

Oak Ridge, TN

#12 Jul 15, 2009
we had some nice ones in sneedpatch too.

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#13 Jul 15, 2009
Dirty Dan wrote:
Easy now, whats the definition of a hot rodder here? You don't have to be a racer do ya? I've seen the comet shed some rubber. Don't tell Harrold but I spun it a little when I drove it hee hee.
Shame on you,Harold has had that car for a long time now,and its very nice looking and looks good tubbed and it can hold its fair share,I've seen him gun it,and it runs very good.
BusterCrab

Morristown, TN

#14 Jul 15, 2009
Old Days wrote:
One old Mustang/Ford hotrodder I remember was E C Long. Anybody remember his ranchero and mustangs from the late 60's. I remember he use to drag race alot at Rogersville. He also built several hot Fords He was famous for building the small block 289 Ford engines.Anybody else rember him? <quoted text>
As luck would have it, I owned both a 1969 Ranchero and a 1969 Boss Mustang...Ranchero was a 3 on the tree and mauual steering and brakes but sure would smoke the tires.'69 Boss was a 4 speed and one of the most troublesome cars/engines I ever owned. Of course, maybe my heavy right foot had something to do with that. I built many engines in my day, small blocks, big blocks, strokers, etc. Probably my favorite of all was the 1970 351 Cleveland engine I built for my 1973 Mustang drag car. No low end power but that thing would rev like crazy and had tons of top end horsepower. Dyno tested at almost 600 horses on a single carb, no blower, nitrous, or turbo.

My all time favorite car that I owned was a 502 big block powered Chevy Vega station wagon that I used to race. Was going to turn it back into a street car but never did. I kept it until I started running in the 9.90's and the NHRA restrictions were too expensive for me so I sold it.

I sure have spent more than my share of money on cars and engines...but when I look back at the good times I had and friends I made along the way, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Those were good times...
Lumbago

Murfreesboro, TN

#15 Jul 15, 2009
Don't remember much about any racing at the bridges, but I have seen some races down in the west industrial park and also seen some run a few times on the old road in front of the entrance to Colgate, before the bypass was cut through there. Can't remember a lot of names, but the biggest crowd I ever remember seeing down there was a race between a puke green car maybe a Barracuda and a Maroon 69 Chevelle.
buku

Oak Ridge, TN

#16 Jul 15, 2009
i loved the 70 grabber blue boss 302 and the black 64 sprint i had in the day,wish i had them back.

“FAST CARS”

Since: Dec 08

MORRISTOWN

#17 Jul 15, 2009
Ronnie Cline's white 66 chevelle, Carrol Hardin's 64 comet, Stoney Jackson's yellow 66 chevelle, Junior Purkey's 64 farline, Otto Purkey's big block 57 chevy. I most remember the Chevelles because they always looked good and was fast.
buku

Oak Ridge, TN

#18 Jul 15, 2009
otto had a fine 62 falcon when he had the station.larry cody had a bad 64 fairlane too.the stanfers has some nice stuff.as you can tell im a fairley old codger.
Dirty Dan

Knoxville, TN

#20 Jul 15, 2009
echostar wrote:
<quoted text>Shame on you,Harold has had that car for a long time now,and its very nice looking and looks good tubbed and it can hold its fair share,I've seen him gun it,and it runs very good.
Well he hadn't had it a real long time when I drove it, I didn't get in it hard but it seemed like it wouldn't take much for things to get hairy. Yea, it could hold it's fair shair to put it mildly.I don't think he was cuttin mine any slack either though. I really liked his old black '68 chevy truck he used to have, 307 3 speed it wasnt fast just cool.

Since: Apr 09

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#21 Jul 15, 2009
I can still remember coming out in town around 1986 or so,and seeing Steve Holt out and about.He would sometimes have an argument at home,then deink a little and come out.He would see me and we would cruise along in that maroon s.s. 396 Chevelle,or that black Vega with the small block in it.Sometimes he would pull through the car wash that was down a little from All-pro,I believe it was called Moody's Car Wash,and do a burn-out coming out of one of the stalls,yes good times then in town.Also around back in 1983 or '84 a guy named Carter was out in a '65 or so Vette running around,it was black with sidepipes,ralley wheels and a four speed.It was cammed uo pretty good and ran real strong,he use to always wear a hat and worked at Danny's Automotive,later on he painted that car red,does anybody remember him??

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#22 Jul 15, 2009
I'm a little tired tonight,and prone to many typing mistakes,before I get corrected,I meant to state,"then drink a little",and "It was 'cammed up pretty good".

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