JUST VETTE'S

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1072 on: May 11, 2018, 10:31:58 AM »
Nice Gen III with t-70S
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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1073 on: May 15, 2018, 09:10:04 PM »
Cool lookin 57 Vette!  Joe
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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1074 on: May 16, 2018, 12:47:34 AM »
E. Rick Mann’s 1954 Corvette – Where it All Began
Written by wpengine    on  April 11, 2013
One of the staples of HOT ROD magazine was and still is Eric Rickman, the photographer who worked on staff from 1951 through 1992, and who relentlessly covered the hot rodding world. Especially during the early years, his work represents the majority of the photography in our archives. There are countless stories about E. Rick Mann, as he often was credited, including many about his 1954 Corvette. For years, starting in 1957, it was his only car, and rain or shine the topless Vette could be seen in and around Southern California racing venues, and yearly at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Rick purchased his early Vette as a fixer-upper, according to his son, Micheal. It wasn’t long before he had ripped out the Blue Flame inline-six for a full-house Olds Rocket with an aluminum intake and three-twos, mated to one of B&M’s first Hydros. It is believed that the Calahan Bros. Garage in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A., one of Rick’s many haunts, performed the swap. To allow for the height of the carbs, they had to cut a hole in the hood—a visual announcement this was not a stock Vette. Rickman’s photo of the engine ran on the covers of the Sept. 1957 Car Craft, and the first HOT ROD Magazine Yearbook in 1961.

One of Rick’s car pals was the famous artist Von Dutch, whom he’d often visit at Competition Motors, where Dutch was working. Dutch was difficult to get to know, yet he and Rick were very good friends, so we asked Micheal what the attraction was. “It was definitely their politics—they saw eye to eye in that way,” says Micheal, “though as Dutch’s drinking increased, his politics got a lot worse.”

One day out of the blue Dutch told Rick he needed a paintjob. Rick’s favorite color was blue, but that’s probably all the direction he gave his friend. What his Corvette got in early 1958 was a rather conservative (for Von Dutch) yet tasteful dark metallic blue with light blue scallops, accented with heavy white pinstripe panels.

A nice car with a nice paintjob needs an equally nice garage, but Rick never garaged his daily driver. The car sat in front of his Silver Lake house, just above Sunset Blvd., night and day. With no top. Ever. Rick loved to be out in the wind, and refused to snap on the convertible top. Says Micheal, “My dad and I went to Bonneville one year to watch the first runs of Mickey Thompson’s Challenger. Driving there, it started raining hard, and Dad told me that the faster you ran, the drier you stayed. At one point, we were flying through the desert at over 100 mph.”

Ultimately, the exposure to the elements and daily usage started to take a toll on the paint and interior. Primer spots hid minor scrapes, and an accident added still more primer to the fading blue. The interior was getting pretty bad as well.

But there was more to the Corvette than just looks. “Working for HOT ROD, my dad was always trying out clever gadgets,” Micheal says. We know that Rick ran Scott injectors mounted outboard of a single Stromberg 97 carb at one point, and that his oil filter was one of those canisters you slip a toilet paper roll into. Rick swore that the intake water injection he installed made the Vette “run like a rainy day,” just as the ads claimed.

Then there were the self-balancing wheels. One of Rick’s friends welded strap into the wheel rims, drilled a hole, poured 16 ounces of buckshot into the void, then welded up the hole. From that day on, the wheels stayed in perfect balance, though at a slow roll the car made a sh, sh, sh, sh, sound as the buckshot shifted around.

Once Rick got the karting bug, he purchased a 1957 Ranchero to haul karts. The Corvette saw less use, and just sat out in the street. One evening when Rick came home, the Corvette was gone. The police eventually retrieved it, minus the triple carbs and intake. Rick stuck on an iron intake for a single four-barrel and continued driving it sporadically. By 1961, he decided to sell his Corvette, finding a buyer in a young lady who fell in love with its unique look. Says Micheal, “One day she came back to the house and was a bit irate. The wiring under the dash had caught fire, and the car had burned to the ground. She accused my dad of installing faulty wiring resulting in the meltdown.” Of course nothing ever came of this, but Rick’s Corvette was history. Ironically, very few photos of it survive.
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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1075 on: May 16, 2018, 12:48:58 AM »
Early custom
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jaded iconoclast

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1076 on: May 16, 2018, 03:47:55 PM »
E. Rick Mann’s 1954 Corvette – Where it All Began
Written by wpengine    on  April 11, 2013
One of the staples of HOT ROD magazine was and still is Eric Rickman, the photographer who worked on staff from 1951 through 1992, and who relentlessly covered the hot rodding world. Especially during the early years, his work represents the majority of the photography in our archives. There are countless stories about E. Rick Mann, as he often was credited, including many about his 1954 Corvette. For years, starting in 1957, it was his only car, and rain or shine the topless Vette could be seen in and around Southern California racing venues, and yearly at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Rick purchased his early Vette as a fixer-upper, according to his son, Micheal. It wasn’t long before he had ripped out the Blue Flame inline-six for a full-house Olds Rocket with an aluminum intake and three-twos, mated to one of B&M’s first Hydros. It is believed that the Calahan Bros. Garage in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A., one of Rick’s many haunts, performed the swap. To allow for the height of the carbs, they had to cut a hole in the hood—a visual announcement this was not a stock Vette. Rickman’s photo of the engine ran on the covers of the Sept. 1957 Car Craft, and the first HOT ROD Magazine Yearbook in 1961.

One of Rick’s car pals was the famous artist Von Dutch, whom he’d often visit at Competition Motors, where Dutch was working. Dutch was difficult to get to know, yet he and Rick were very good friends, so we asked Micheal what the attraction was. “It was definitely their politics—they saw eye to eye in that way,” says Micheal, “though as Dutch’s drinking increased, his politics got a lot worse.”

One day out of the blue Dutch told Rick he needed a paintjob. Rick’s favorite color was blue, but that’s probably all the direction he gave his friend. What his Corvette got in early 1958 was a rather conservative (for Von Dutch) yet tasteful dark metallic blue with light blue scallops, accented with heavy white pinstripe panels.

A nice car with a nice paintjob needs an equally nice garage, but Rick never garaged his daily driver. The car sat in front of his Silver Lake house, just above Sunset Blvd., night and day. With no top. Ever. Rick loved to be out in the wind, and refused to snap on the convertible top. Says Micheal, “My dad and I went to Bonneville one year to watch the first runs of Mickey Thompson’s Challenger. Driving there, it started raining hard, and Dad told me that the faster you ran, the drier you stayed. At one point, we were flying through the desert at over 100 mph.”

Ultimately, the exposure to the elements and daily usage started to take a toll on the paint and interior. Primer spots hid minor scrapes, and an accident added still more primer to the fading blue. The interior was getting pretty bad as well.

But there was more to the Corvette than just looks. “Working for HOT ROD, my dad was always trying out clever gadgets,” Micheal says. We know that Rick ran Scott injectors mounted outboard of a single Stromberg 97 carb at one point, and that his oil filter was one of those canisters you slip a toilet paper roll into. Rick swore that the intake water injection he installed made the Vette “run like a rainy day,” just as the ads claimed.

Then there were the self-balancing wheels. One of Rick’s friends welded strap into the wheel rims, drilled a hole, poured 16 ounces of buckshot into the void, then welded up the hole. From that day on, the wheels stayed in perfect balance, though at a slow roll the car made a sh, sh, sh, sh, sound as the buckshot shifted around.

Once Rick got the karting bug, he purchased a 1957 Ranchero to haul karts. The Corvette saw less use, and just sat out in the street. One evening when Rick came home, the Corvette was gone. The police eventually retrieved it, minus the triple carbs and intake. Rick stuck on an iron intake for a single four-barrel and continued driving it sporadically. By 1961, he decided to sell his Corvette, finding a buyer in a young lady who fell in love with its unique look. Says Micheal, “One day she came back to the house and was a bit irate. The wiring under the dash had caught fire, and the car had burned to the ground. She accused my dad of installing faulty wiring resulting in the meltdown.” Of course nothing ever came of this, but Rick’s Corvette was history. Ironically, very few photos of it survive.
That reminds me, there was an article on tuning triple rochesters in Hot Rod, using Rickmans car as the example. I will try to find it, and post it on Toms magazine article thread.
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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1077 on: May 16, 2018, 10:34:14 PM »
That reminds me, there was an article on tuning triple rochesters in Hot Rod, using Rickmans car as the example. I will try to find it, and post it on Toms magazine article thread.

I'd rather you create a new thread instead, Jaded.  The intent of that thread was just to inspire myself and others to post old magazine articles onto related, or new, threads.   I'd love to see more tech threads.

jaded iconoclast

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1078 on: May 17, 2018, 10:42:45 AM »
That reminds me, there was an article on tuning triple rochesters in Hot Rod, using Rickmans car as the example. I will try to find it, and post it on Toms magazine article thread.

I'd rather you create a new thread instead, Jaded.  The intent of that thread was just to inspire myself and others to post old magazine articles onto related, or new, threads.   I'd love to see more tech threads.
Ok, will do. I misread your original intent.
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oldsjoe

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1079 on: May 17, 2018, 12:25:22 PM »
Now this Corvette is LEAVING!  Joe
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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1080 on: May 17, 2018, 10:42:39 PM »
Swapped out the Americans for a set of Cragars to change up the look a little.

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1081 on: May 18, 2018, 01:37:28 AM »
Vettes
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jaded iconoclast

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1082 on: May 18, 2018, 10:25:10 AM »
Swapped out the Americans for a set of Cragars to change up the look a little.
I like Americans, but everybody and their dog runs them on this style of car. I really like it with the Cragars.
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oldsjoe

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1083 on: May 18, 2018, 01:40:33 PM »
You have heard or seen the movie "Field Of Dreams" right? Here we have a Field Of Corvettes!  Joe
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Thirty2ragtop

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1084 on: May 18, 2018, 02:04:05 PM »
I think that I just hurt myself!

oldsjoe

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1085 on: May 18, 2018, 02:19:01 PM »
I think that I just hurt myself!

What happened Thirty2? You alright! Joe
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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1086 on: May 18, 2018, 07:44:42 PM »
Well......I started drooling............and it went down hill from there!

jaded iconoclast

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Re: JUST VETTE'S
« Reply #1087 on: May 19, 2018, 07:51:11 PM »
I hope I didn't get this pic off this thread.
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