Author: Lance James

Monster Hauler Build: Part 1, the first two years…

I’ve been building this truck for two years now. Time flies when you’re having fun so they say. What was intended to be a very cheap, quick and dirty truck… like I said, two years ago I started this build. This was one of those ran when parked deals. Which I must tell you, having pulled dozens and dozens of cars from fields, barns and garages over the years, this is the first time I’ve been burned. The guy was honest enough. He had owned in for three years and had picked it up while traveling through Nevada where...

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Legacy

Originally published 2004 Story by Ben Lorentz, Photos by Lance James When Paul Reichlin bought this old Model A in 1999, he thought he got a nifty old race car. What he has now, however, is an obsession to preserve its history. But this history remains a mystery, leaving Paul sleuthing around for the story of the car’s origins. Paul bought the car from Dave Simard, owner of East Coast Customs in Massachusetts. Simard, in turn, found the car in Riverside, Calif. four years earlier. Ray Gonzales built and owned the car. Simard tried several times to buy it,...

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The Canned Monster Build: Part 4

REAR DIFFERENTIAL: Just starting to mock up the rear, taking measurements to see how close it is or isn’t. The rear came to me in a trade a few years back and had previously been ran in a 27 T coupe. It had just been rebuilt with Moser axles and a mini-spool. 4:11 gears right now but may end up lower to get it down the track faster as its only an eigth mile runway/track.  As you can see from the photo it had previously been set up with a three link configuration. All that will be chopped away soon...

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The Canned Monster Build: Part 3

The ‘56 was an original V-8/Y-Block powered automatic car. While the “Y” will be staying, we will be adding another pedal to it. A four speed will not only liven things up; it’s also traditional as the build style will reflect a mid 60’s gasser build. The race motor will be built by Tim McMaster, the Y-Block Guy. Specific engine specs will come later, but it will be a nice high compression motor to motivate the ’56. As of this writing we are still trying to decide whether to run the stock “A” arms or cut the front frame...

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