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Old 09-25-2007, 09:28 AM
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70's drag question

Didn't I see somewhere that the old Ramcharger coupe was either being restored or cloned?

Sorry...must have skipped page 3.....

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Here's the last picture I have. Again Detroit Dragway.
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Isn't the original car the reason NHRA has a maximum allowable height of the crank centerline at rest rule now?
I'm assuming you're directing this question to me (with regard to the Ramchargers' C/A). The answer is "yes," but not because of any safety problems. (At least, that's my opinion.) The car was dominating to such an extent that, when it showed up at other strips, the Chevy powered cars would often refuse to run. I'm guessing that pressure was applied on the NHRA. I could be wrong, but it's very strange that, shortly after the crankshaft height rule, the NHRA changed the pounds per cube for C/A and the Chevy powered cars were quickly able to set new C/A records.
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Bill, I did tell you that right after you answered my original post that I got an email from one of the guys in the pictures and I'm having a senior moment but he is the VP for Chryslers transmission group. I've since lost that email but I did forward it on to Hot Rod magazine and they posted the email and the pictures about a year or so back, I had forgotten about this thread.
They did have the clone at the Detroit autorama last year, I even picked out one of the Tee shirts.
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If I remember these were mostly gassers but I seem to remember them having a name. Anyone know what it was?

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If your talking about a car that looks like this they were AFX racers...predecessors to the funny car. The factory got behind too and they were really popular.
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These cars were ALTERED period the AFX cars were late model for the year were like a 63 Chevy Nova with a 327 FI engine or maybe a Fairlane with a big engine. Usually the AFX cars had altered wheel bases and great big engine but don't confuse them with altered cars.
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You can trace the evolution of the top 'stock bodied' class drag racing cars directly from the Willys gassers of the '60s to the fuel funny cars of today. Nice pedigree!
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It's interesting the note on NHRA changing the rules when a particular car began dominating. Happened all the time. Many guys got very upset and left the sport as a result. Take the top gas dragster guys (me). In it's height they dropped the class. At the same time they killed the twin engine cars. These were great spectator cars. Fans loved them. As a gas dragster guy we put on a lot of shows for tracks that could not afford top fuel shows and the fans really liked it. Heck I even signed a few posters and pictures. Many of the gas guys quit racing and started hotrod shops and are making piles of dough today, I was dumb and continued racing for another decade. Now I'm poor, retired and happy.

The gassers were the so called leaders of the day as they were constantly coming up with new stuff. A lot of it resulted in the streetrod of today.

I actually got to see the "High and Mighty" run but I didn't figure they would be as cool as they are today. What did we know?? It was considered ugly and a rat rod in it's day but no doubt about how fast it was. Very controversial.
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I ran this car at both Carlsbad & Orange County Raceway in the early 70's
It was a C/MP car kind of a C/Gas car with no engine setback and a front bumper.
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New here but the High & Mighty post caught my attention this picture was taken in 1960 at Detroit Dragway I have a couple of more but wondering if anyone could help with the names been to many years for me.
Whoever stole this photo & the other of the Ramchargers High & Mighty had better take it down now or you will be infringing on copyright protection laws. I don't know how you got the picture because I have it up on the *********.com website watermark protected & right click protected. If I sold this photograph to you, you are still by law, required to ask permission to use these photo's and I would say no to this.
I expect to see them off of this site immediately and to anybody that you shared these with, I suggest you tell them the same.
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Patrice, I took those down but I've owned my copies for better than 8 years, got them from the persons brother that took them a long time ago, if you somehow own them also, what can I say sorry to upset you.
They never have nor do they now have watermarks on them.

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You talkin' about the RamChargers? They did some wild cars in the 60's-70's. Your description, these guys are what come to mind. I know they're not really gassers, but they did have thefront lifted, and slicks in the 70's Could be. They were also the guys who moved the rear-end forward in the car (I think they were first)


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Correct. That's why they called them "funny cars". They looked funny because the rear end was under where the back seat was.
Gasser's where in a league of their own. The straight axle front end was primarily on early 60's box Nova's and Falcon's. They carried over to the street seen in California first. Nothing like sitting at a red light and have a Nova with 2 ft of clearance under it pull up and look down on you!
They were easy to pull the front end off the ground but very unstable at high speed and dangerous going around corners. They went out of style and eventually were banded from the street by the cops for bumper height laws.
Most definatly a straight line racer.
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