1937 Chev Coupe we call Fast Orange, my wife Dayle and I have campaigned this car in the Canada West Doorslammer Series out of Mission Raceway for the last 18 Years. We won the championship in 2008 and runnered up in 2005. It didn’t start out so good, after purchasing the car from Karl Gronmyr in 2000 we were making our first practice hits at Western Speedway when the Throttle hung open, and it crashed off the end of the track. After a complete rebuild we started over. It has had 5 Motor combinations over the years, from 468 ci to 706 ci, and now for the last 8 years, we have run a twin carbureted naturally aspirated 632 ci motor that makes 1290 Hp. Running a best of 7.43@182 mph. The trans is an air shifted Lenco with Bruno converter drive. We have raced Bakersfield California, Seattle, Pt. Alberni, Ashcroft and Mission. Thanks to Dayle for letting me live my dream.
This was how the car started out. As he was nearing the end of grade 8 about to start his high school career at Victoria High school we knew the school had great shop programs and figured it would be the perfect time for him to start a project. The project, turn this old Aspen into a Roadrunner clone and learn lots of great life skills while building your dream car at school.
After some fresh gas new battery and repairs to flat tires and a really big clean up the car came home.
Next stop for the car was first year of shop class "mechanics grade 9" replace all the brakes change the exhaust system replace the rad and dress up the engine
The next step was to install the 6 pack hood scoop and paint the hood black and refinish the rims.
This work was completed, grade 9 was finished and it was summer break, time to enjoy a few car shows and cruising with friends.
Tony and his sister Sophia had a blast on the last cruise before school starts up again.
The first day of grade 10 in the body-shop class with Kevin Blecic shop teacher. Tony brings the car to school really excited after a fun summer and a great first year in Mr Stewart Wheelers mechanic class. Now the students working together will learn how to do a complete body and paint job. This is tony's build team. They did metal work to the body and stripped down the interior and applied POR15 rust inhibitor before top coating in the orange.
After all the bodywork was done it was time for primer.
The next big steps after the body was primed was to color change all the interior panels and repairs to dash pad and test fit the rare spectrum interior package .
The next big step was to block sand the primer and apply the orange tinted primer sealer. After all that was done tony started painting all the inners on the car. Then it was time to paint the body of the car ,this was Tony's first time to paint a car and with help from his friend Jim Blackwood it went really well. Next up was to apply all the graphics to the car with help from his friend Bella Love
And at last we have the finished product.
Since the car has been finished Tony has gone on to compete in skills Canada bringing the school a Gold medal and silver medal in automotive refinishing he has had the car in many shows and also had a display representing Vic high shops at Rifflandia music festival.
At Rifflandia display
It's been a truly great high school experience for our son and his friends building this car. Thank you Sarah for selling your car to Tony and thank you Courtney for selling him the cool interior and graphics and thank you to all our friends out there that helped Tony see this through to the end.
I acquired the 1947 Custom Hot Rod out of Duncan on a cold wet day in March of 2013 from Jim Carroll Jr. it use to be owned by his Dad Jim Carroll Sr. He has since passed away.
Jim Sr. brought the car up from the states, and rebuilt her here on Vancouver Island. Jim was an original Hot Rodder in Southern California back in the day.
The car had been sitting a while in Duncan, though under cover, it was parked on a dirt floor and she was tired and in much need of some TLC. She was a true hot rod. I fell in love with the car and purchased her on the spot.
We drove down to Victoria in the pouring rain, with no windshield wipers, windows or heat, she still doesn’t have any of that, she will always be fair weather sailor, lol!
We took her into the garage for mechanical, got her on the hoist, to take a good look. We strengthened her frame did a lot of work to her, complemented with new tires. Then she went in for paint and body work and new mirrors.
At the end of 2014 I fell out of the car having a heart attack after that event, she was parked for two years, I refused to sell her, and both of us are just fine today. I was going to change the paint job, the blue line represents the heart line and everything is for a reason.
Over the last 5-6 years we have kept working on her sometimes around the clock, we have just about rebuilt the whole engine, rewired it. To many things to list, along with polishing it making her the show car she is today. She is all Ford, I like that.
I do have T-Shirts for sale with the 47 on the back “Cruising Vancouver Island” and the car has her own website www.1947Ford.com
Some of the 47's features are..
• Red Neon Inside & Under-glow
• Leather Interior (front seat 78 Lincoln)
• 9" Independent Rear End
• Original Carson Top
• Back Up Camera & LED Screen
• Automatic Transmission
• 302 Ford Engine
• Walker Radiator
• C4 Transmission
• 2013 Sound System
• Power Steering & Brakes
• Cragar Spoke Wheels
• BF Goodrich Radial TA's
• A Really Good Time ;)
Backed half car
Ford narrowed 9inch with 4.56 gears
Jw bell power glide
Small block Chevy 422 ci dart block
Dyno on pump gas at 659 hp
Car has ran fastest in the 1/4 mile at 9.17 at 147 mph
I do all the work on the car myself
I’m the motor builder,mechanic and driver
I found the car when I was on holidays in Penticton shortly after I had just turned 16. After having held a job since I was 13 and no bills and growing up around racing and hotrods I knew my first car/high school ride had to go fast and look good, so a fox body 5.0 mustang was on my mind and budget. Light cheap and easy to make quick. While talking to my dads friend on holidays in Penticton where both my parents are from the talk of cars care up very quickly as usually does in our conversations. My dads friend was going through a divorce and was liquidating his collection of cars, this 1970 Chevelle big block car came up and for a price that sounded too good to be true. We talked about it during and after our holidays and without seeing the car, only a few pictures of it, the decision was made, me and my dad would go 50/50 on it and over time I could pay him out as I got older and worked more so and so on. We picked the car up in September and drove it home from Penticton! I’ll never forget when I first saw it when I dropped the trailer door and heard it fire up. 3 tanks and one rain storm later it was back in our shop at home. Over time dad and I worked on it lots. When I turned 17 my parents gift to me was they insured the car for me for my birthday (being that it wasn’t paid for it was in my parents name still!). I think my parents forgot what I and the car looked like that summer as I really only was home to wash it or change out of my works clothes. I was out all the time that summer. In my grade 12 year I attended my first year of college for my trade (heavy duty mechanic) so I didn’t drive the car that much, with 7$ a day for parking and a car that cost more than that in fuel to drive to school I usually walked. One night in October just before Halloween I was on my way home after being caught in the rain and I lost it and ended up in a tree with the car. After 7 months in the body shop I got it back but with a VI on it due to a body shop I refuse to name, over something so minor it really seamed unfair but with finals approaching the car got put on hold. After looking around and finding some sketchy wiring we decided to buy a painless harness and rewire the whole car. After getting the car stripped when I was done school, i got a call and got a job in northern BC with a full apprenticeship. On went the car cover and away I went. A few years later I came home for another year of school and had some new Cragar S/S wheels and tires in tow with me. On they went and starting tinkering with it again, then it was time to take it up north (pic of it on the trailer) up north where it sat in my shop at my house being so busy with work it was hard to find time for it. I got someone in Quesnel, a friend of mine named chuck, to finish the wiring for me. I got it done and running and had a few things left to do before the inspection, however after I left for work July 7 2017 with my car sitting at home, that was the day the BC interior wildfires came through and with living on a ranch at the time it was out of town and I wasn’t allowed home anymore. The car was less than a km from the wildfire and suffered minor smoke damage which is still visible today on the car. The summer I thought I’d drive it, it lived in a horses dirt riding arena with the theory that dirt doesn’t burn. My neighbor was kind enough to move it out there for me since he was home still and I was not. Car sat again until March 2018. Being 23 and red seal journeyman in my trade I moved back to the island and brought the car with me. Since it’s been home it’s been inspected insured and driving. I’ve been drag racing it. It’s now got a full MSD ignition system giving that 512hp 396 the spark it needs, new exhaust. I love driving it again after sitting for those years and now being able to jump in hit the key and go drive it is the best feeling ever!! Oh and I did pay it off a number of years ago!!
1975 Vega with a fibreglass 71 Vega front end and hood, 383 SBC stroker making 612 rwhp, two speed power glide with a trans brake, narrowed Ford 9 inch with 32.0/14.0-15 M/T drag slicks on Weld ProStar wheels.
Built by the guys at Associated Tire & Auto www.associatedtireandauto.ca
Paint and body by John Webster in Campbell River
Cage and tin work by Ken’s Custom Metal Fab. in Campbell River
Decal work by Quality DeSigns in C.R. qualitydesigns.net
Carbon Fiber graphics done by Dynamic Hydrographics in Nanaimo.
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