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Vintage Drag Race Photo

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Racing • TAGS: .

When’s the last time you saw a drag race between a truck and a wagon?  Ron Day forwarded this unique drag race photo from the early 1980s in Tampico, Washington.  You may remember the Yakima Jeep Jockey photos he posted on his website.  Reader responses were so positive to these, that Ron has begun to spend some time looking through his negatives to see what else he has.

 

 
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1950 PNW Racer Woodinville, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  Was listed at $1500. This is Steve Carters’ rig.  It does include a short block, but no heads.  This was Gary Rich’s El Coyote, which some older PNW Jeepers might remember.

The springs have been out boarded in the back.

“1950 willys race jeep currently setup for v6 but scatter shield has been drilled for v8, comes with 350 short block, t-10 four speed w/ advance early adapter to dana 18 offset transfer case. 44 tapered offset rear. dana 44 front with 30 ends, two desert dogs on super offset wheels, buckshots in the front. does not come with a body.”

http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/3158439915.html

 
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Barrels Racing at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds Sunday July 29th

• CATEGORIES: Event, Racing

Marty gave me a heads up about this barrel racing event at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds.  He’ll be racing with the racer he just purchased.  Good luck!

 
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1959 Racing Truck Rhinelander, WI $9900

• CATEGORIES: Racing, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $9900.

(05/18/2012) “1959 wills mud dragger 555 ci merlan block power glide with trans brake alcohol injected brodix heads new 38.5 boggers to run dot classes cut boggers front and rear to run mod or open classes best of all parts 150ft pit in 3 seconds abount 937 on horse power call for more details 715-896-4162 thankyou lookin for a rat rod or camaro-chevelle-nova ect.”

http://northernwi.craigslist.org/cto/3102294990.html

 
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December 1982 Offroad Magazine on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Event, Features, Magazine, Old Images, Racing

Here’s a nice looking race flattie that appears on the cover of Offroad Magazine and taken at Gravelrama.  Gravelrama is held in Ohio and has been since its inception in 1971.  The Magazine is currently listed on eBay for $15.

Here’s a nice looking CJ-3B Hill Climber and Drag Jeep.  You can see more vintage photos here.

 
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Classic Jeep Racing Photos from Yakima, Washington

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Racing • TAGS: , .

These photographs were taken by Ron Day, who wrote articles about the races and has hundreds of additional photos.  I’ve contacted him, thanked him for publishing the photos, and asked if he had any additional information he could share.  Ron now lives in Alaska and continues to photograph.  You can see his website here:  http://rondayvous.com/

This is a link to his jeep photos: http://rondayvous.com/YakimaJeeps.html

Racer driving modified racing willys jeep through the mud in Yakima

Not all the vehicles were modified.  Many 1970s racers were trail jeeps with winches and tow bars still attached, such as this drag racer.

Tags: Yakima Ridge Runners : Jeep Jockeys

 
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Fiberglass Racing Body Wilson, WI **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Racing • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $175.

The price is right.  I don’t know who made these or whether new ones are still available.

“I have an all fiberglass Jeep racing body up for sale. Super light fiberglass with wooden braces molded in. measures 56 1/2″ wide, 133″ long, 25 tall. the engine bay/hood is 44″ long. the hood scoop is not factory and needs patchwork done around the edge of it. other than that it isnt cracked or anything anythere that i can see. would like it to be picked up but i am wiling to deliver from baldwin, Wi area to Maplewood, MN any weekday”

 
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Newhouse Hi-Performance Equipment from 1952

• CATEGORIES: Engine, Features, Racing

Glenn forwarded a couple pages of this old catalog for hi-performance parts that included a few for the jeep.  He sent these to me after a short discussion with Scott, who races using F-head and L-head motors (more on that to come).

According to Scott, “I have bored them up to .092 oversized and I have had about 6 different cams made by crane cams.  The motor I have had the best luck with so far is .060 over with dome style pistons.  It has 1.7 ratio roller rockers.  It is a F head. I cut the side of the head open and welded the water jackets and built an intake manifold that is 8″ high.  With a 500 cfm holley ive been able to get 7000 rpm out of it.”

Scott’s experimentation has been done simultaneous to Sam at Flatfender Willys, who experimented, just for fun, with hi-po parts in a flat head with modern honda fuel injection. Sam did a few other things to the engine, but I don’t precisely remember what.  Sam and a friend drove the motor hard, before it finally gave out, though a couple transfer cases and a drive line gave out before the motor did.

Here are the two pages from Glenn.

 
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1953 Sand Jeep Ramona, Ca $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Still Available

(10/13/09) This has an unusual windshield.

“1953 desert Jeep Willy 350 Turbo
350 Auto Trans.
Full roll cage
20 inch Sand Paddle tires
alum rims,
Compression ratio 11,
Carburetor size 750”

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/cto/3008119068.html

 
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Hot Rod or Drag Jeep from Cali

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeep Rods, Racing • TAGS: .

Buz spotted this flatfender online from the 2012 Good Guys Del Mar car show.  I’m not sure if this is a drag or just a hot rod jeep.

http://public.fotki.com/wackydave/car_shows/car-shows-2012/goodguys-del-mar-na-1/page9.html

 
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Barrel Racing this Weekend (May 5th) in Longview, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Event, FC150-FC170-M677, Racing • TAGS: .

Marty asked me to post this flyer.

 
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May 2012 Issue of Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine

• CATEGORIES: CJ-6, Features, Magazine, Old Images, Racing

Mark reports that the recent edition of Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine has a variety of jeep pictures in it.  Here are a couple.  I have yet to pick up my copy.

Mark writes, “Found this cool copy of Hot Rod Deluxe magazine – May 2012 edition while in Barnes and Noble the other day. This nice little gem features a ton of Willys cars, trucks and quite a few Willys Jeeps as well. See pics attached. Page 6 features the first Four Wheel Drive Grand Prix in 1965 with allot of Jeeps in the pic. Page 33 features Bob Panella’s huge collection of Willys cars and trucks. Scattered throughout the rest of the pages you will find race jeeps and tricked out jeeps from back in the day which are pretty cool.”

 
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Flatfender Race Jeep Renton, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8000.

(04/17/2012) “i have a fiberglass willys race jeep it is on a wagoneer frame with blazer front and rear ends 12 bolt rear and 44 front 4:10 gears welded rear power lock in the front the front end has chromoly axles and u joints it has wagoneer rear springs in the rear and 1/2 ton chevy rear springs in the front the springs in the front are also 2 inch lift springs it has a chevy 350 motor with roller rockers aluminum intake valve covers cross over tubes aluminum radiator holley 750 carb toyota land cruiser conversion headers the transmission is a turbo 350 with a shift kit and an ultra bell with a 3500 stall converter the transfer case is a 205 it has beard seats with five point harnesses the tires are 31×10.5 good year wranglers on the rear and co-op on the front it also comes with two spare rebuildable turbo 350s a bunch spare 12 bolt and 44 axles spare drive lines spare tires including 2 brand new never been mounted co-ops this jeep has never been rolled over or wrecked and is a proven winner it has even been raced in the tacoma dome for more information or any questions shoot me an email”

 
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1959 Wagon Rio Rancho, NM **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Jeep Rods, Racing, Willys Wagons • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $19,950.

“I have an absolutely awesome 59 Willys Wagon Pro Street. It has a professionally built full square tube chassis and a Mustang 2 front end with rack and pinion steering. The 14 point cage was certified for 8.80s about 16 years ago. This was a drag car converted to a 9.0 second pro street car. It has a full roller, blown small block 400 punched to a 406 with an 8 quart oil pan, MSD ignition, E curve distributor and Wiend 671 Blower . Included are two 750 demon blower carbs and Dart 230 pro heads. Has NOS (never hooked up, never tried). The trans is a built Turbo 350 with a 3500 stall converter. Also has a 15 gallon fuel cell, wheelie bars and fan cooled oil and trans oil coolers under the rear. Dana 60 with 4.10s and detroit locker. Engine and trans have about 700 miles on them.

Wheels and Tires: Front and rear wheels are draglites. Rear tires are Mickey Thompson 33×19.5×15 Sportsman Pros. Front tires – Front Runners

HP? How does 650-750 sound?!?! And that’s without the 250 shot of nitrous! Can you say better than sex?!?!?

So let’s talk about what all of the above would cost. Buying the vehicle before engine and other grades – $30,000 with full square tube chassis, rack and pinion, etc. The engine alone would cost approximately $22,000 (with blower, etc.) NOS $1,000. Turbo 350 trans with stall converter another $1,500. Oil and Trans oil coolers $1,000. So all in – to build it yourself (AND THAT’S IF YOU COULD FIND ONE!) would cost you $55,000+!!!!!”

 
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Swamp Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: .

Tim Dolan from Willysjeep.com forwarded these great videos of Swamp Racing in Florida.

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1948 Racing Flattie Conifer, CO **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** 

(01/20/2012) Plenty of work has been done, but still some left.

“This is the makings of a great Jeep Ice Racer or Rock Crawler! Everything is new or near new. Features include:Complete, nicely done custom tube cage welded to the orignal frame, stinger out front
New Racing Suspension seats with Crow Racing Harnesses – seats mounted to tubing NOT the body
Power steering setup with removable steering wheel
Rebuilt 3-speed transmission (unkown model) with rebuilt Dana 20 transfer case
New Clutch
Hydraulic clutch setup and HD dual master cylinder installed and plumbed
New Tom Wood’s custom rear drive shaft with CV Joint, front driveshaft has new u-joints
Fuel Cell and Optima battery
Rancho lift springs for the Willys CJ-2a
Stainless steel braided brakelines
LED front turn signals and rear tail lights
Axles are narrow track Dana 44 rear and Dana 30 front from a ’73 CJ-5 with 4.27 gears

Engine is a Rebuilt and Built Chevy 350 (looking for the internal specs) :
High rise manifold with Holley 4bbl carb
Billet accessory brakets
New powder coated alternator
ON BOARD AIR COMPRESSOR
Be Cool aluminum radiator with electric cooling fan
Shorty mid dump headers and exhaust
Power steering pump

This is a PROJECT which is 90% completed – turn it into an ice racer or rock crawler!
Will need some final electrical, front brakes, brakelines hooked up, maybe some final welding, different pitman arm.
ASKING $1600 WITH OUT ENGINE AND RADIATOR
ASKING $2800 WITH ENGINE AND RADIATOR”

 
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1963 Truck Stratford, NJ eBay

• CATEGORIES: Racing, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Now on eBay

(03/08/2012) Not a daily driver.

“400 sbc bored to 406. -Roller cam, aluminum heads -edelbrock intake -holley 1040 carb, msd ignition headers. -Racing power glide tranny with trans brake. -12 bolt chevy rear end with spool -411 gears -10 point roll cage -10 gallon fuel cell -Electric fuel pump -Aluminum Centerline racing wheels This is a very fast fun truck. It is race ready. motor has Less than 25 passes the tranny has 2. Few recipts from the build, and few of the, time slips running 11.13 at 115.9 mph also Available. The body is in very good condition minus cosmetic scratches on the front. All windows replaced for racing. ORIGINAL TITLE AVAILABLE. TAKES 105 OCTANE GAS. Engine: 8 – Cyl. Cylinder Transmission: Automatic Fuel type: Gasoline Interior color: Black.
Vehicle listed elsewhere so serious replies only!!! Thank you…

VIN 5526873752

516 477 8613 Shuri (Owner).
856-309-8808 John”

View the pics and info on eBay

 
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Drag Jeep Visalia, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7500.

I like this drag jeep.

“This is a super cool sand drag or pro-street JEEP. It is registered as a 1954 Willys. It was built in the early 90s and stored inside. It is powered by a BBC 454 with 350 transmission and a 9″ rearend. Please look at the photobucket link before asking questions. There are a lot of photos on the link.”

 

 
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Year? Sand Jeep Camas, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7400

(03/04/2012) This looks fun.

“sand jeep for sale with a fresh 327, aluminum heads, roller motor, nice condition”

 
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Barbie Jeep Racing

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing, toys, videos

Once again, something I couldn’t make up ….

 
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1950 Sand Drag Jeep $20,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , .

This is a nice looking drag jeep.  There are more sand drag jeeps here, too.

“1950 Jeep Willys Sand Drag Jeep. This is an original (Titled & Registered) 1950 steel body Willys. It has been professionally rebuilt. It is one of a kind, no expense spared, best parts money can buy.

Fresh (new) 600 Plus HP 355 SB Chevy (Nitrous Motor) built by Denunzio Race Engines. New powerglide transmission built by Remac. New Curry Ford 9 inch rear end. New driveline, steering, front end (2WD). New digital 6 plus MSD computer. New seats, yellow top optima battery. NEW EVERYTHING….MINT CONDITION.”

http://sand-drags.com/nsda-classifieds

 
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1948 Pulling Truck Amarillo, Tx $15,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing, Willys Trucks • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  Price dropped to $15,000

(02/16/2012) Probably not too many buyers for this unique rig?

“HAVE A 1948 WILLYS JEEP PRO STATUS PULLING RIG. THIS HAS A TUBE FRAME A PRO FAB TRANSFER CASE WITH FIVE DIFFERENT EXTRA SETS OF GEARS FOR IT. ALSO HAS THREE EXTRA SETS OF TIRES FOR IT. HAS A 632 SOLID BLOCK CHEVY ENGINE INJECTED. THIS TRUCK HAS COMPETED BEFORE IT WAS KNOWN AS “WET WILLY”. IT IS READY TO GO. NEW BATTERIES. ALL THE WEIGHTS. HASA DANA DIIFERENTIALS. THIS IS ONE MEAN SOUNDING MACHINE. CALL ROBERT 806-683-0471. PLEASE NO E-MAILS OR TEXTS. CALLS ONLY. PLEASE NO TIRE KICKERS SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. THANKS FOR LOOKING. ASKING $20,000.00″

http://amarillo.craigslist.org/grd/2854166976.html

 
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Drag Racing Jeep Green Bay, Wi $3000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $3000

(05/15/2009) I haven’t seen many racing jeeps for sale outside of the west coast.

“willys jeep body. narrowed 9 in rearend with coil over shocks and ladder bars 350 chev smallblock. dual 500 holleys. 350 auto trans.  e mail or call 920-309-0287 jim”

http://greenbay.craigslist.org/cto/2850766793.html

 
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1947 Sand Jeep Riverside, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $14,500

I’d like some better pics of this one.

“1947 Jeep Willys – This is a WELL BUILT JEEP Nothing spared –
383 Stroker with Edelbrock Victor Jr. aluminum heads – professionally built with approximately 500 plus HP –
Custom 2″ headers
March pulleys, electric fuel and water pump
MSD 6AL complete ignition
350 tranny
Boxed frame – stretched 21″ for extra leg room
Dana 60 rear end with Strange axles
6:13 gears
Deaver springs with King Shocks
Cutting brakes –
20″ paddles with 5 star aluminum jeep wheels
Aluminum Ron Davis radiator
Electric fans
Trans cooler with electric fan
Full roll cage
5 point harness
Fuel Cell
Beard seats
Turn Key ready to hit Glamis or Pismo”

 
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Sand Drag Jeep Yuma, AZ **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000

(10/25/2011) “Custom Drag Jeep: Engine 350 60 over STD 368Ci , Child and Albert Rods, High Dome Pistons, Dart Steel Heads, Dart High Rise Aluminum intake, 1050 Dominator Carb. Worked over, MSD pro Billet Distributor, 7AL2 ignition Box, MSD 3stage Retard System, Adjustable NOS system “Big shot 200-400 HP”, Hooker Headers 2 piece flanged Jet-hot coated, TRANS- Power Glide with trans brake, 5500rpm Converter, B & M Ratchet Shifter, Ford 9” Rear-end 6:50 gears, REAL Wheels with Mickey Thompson 26.0/4.5-15 on front with 14 paddle super scoopers 32/16 R15S on rear, All fiber Glass body, Custom built square tube frame, with roll cage, Custom Aluminum fire wall and floor board, Kirkey seats with 5 point harness, Aluminum radiator, Willy bar, VERY CLEAN Jeep, Will run a 4.0-4.2 in 100yds. ”

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