Hells Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird

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Hells Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:54:57 PM »
I was looking at the pictures in my dads car magazines virtually from the day I was born, but when I was about 5, he brought home a Car Life that had a car in it that blew my tiny little mind. The Knot Farrington T-Bird. Since that first exposure, I have found several more articles on it, all at different times in the cars evolution. I did a similar post on that "other" forum a few years back, thought it would be kind of cool to repeat it here.

First, July 1960 Hot Rod, with the Y-block


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Re: Hells Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2018, 02:58:09 PM »
Griff Borgenson on Hot Rods, Fawcett Books, 1959. Clearly, the Hot rod article was 'in the can" for a while prior to being published. The 173 MPH Bonneville pass referred to in the first caption of the Hot Rod article was with the injected Chrysler that came after the blown Y-Block. This is also backed up by the later Car Life article.




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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 03:04:49 PM »
And this is the version that blew my 5 yr old mind. Gotta wonder where this car is now? Even a 5 yr old could look at this and know that Barris' Batmobile was totally LAME. ;) Check out the scalloped '56 F100 push truck!










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Re: Hels Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2018, 04:00:45 PM »
Great thread !  Here are some color pics

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Re: Hels Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 04:56:40 PM »
WOW^^ Thanks a bunch for those Tom!! :o 8)
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Re: Hels Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2018, 08:59:53 PM »
Here's another B&W.  The only unmodified sheet metal are the doors.

BTW last I heard the car still exists and is in Knot's garage in Louisiana.

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Re: Hells Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2018, 06:37:59 PM »
Picked up a 1963 PHR at the swap last Saturday, it has 2 more pics. What a beautiful machine.
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Re: Hells Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2018, 07:29:56 PM »
Absolutely the most beautiful car I ever saw on the salt. The undercarriage was chromed and detailed as good as any GNRS winner. The only original '56 T bird panels are the doors. The car pushed the limits of the modified sports class rules. When Knott showed up with the car at the '63 Speed Week, the SCTA inspectors were dumbstruck. After many hours of deliberation, they had to agree with Knott. The car began life as a factory sports car, and the rules did not specify any limits on body modifications. The car was built entirely in Knott's small Louisiana auto repair shop.

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Re: Hells Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2018, 07:36:05 PM »
A couple I have of Knot Farrington's Hel's Angel.
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Re: Hells Angel; The Knot Farrington T-Bird
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2018, 07:37:11 PM »
Note:  the last 2 posts (from Dean and flatheadv8s) I copied over from an older thread.  It made more sense to merge them into this thread than vice versa.