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an oddity

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:32 pm
by Faulkner
Bernie Brouillet sent me this oddity from BangShift:
Bernie wrote:Someone's going racing this weekend in St. Louis with at least the front half of a 59 Plymouth.

Live coverage on where I found this pic, will check in later to see how it runs. Not flathead powered, or Poly either! Actually, doesn't appear to have any power in this picture, but I've seen a similar drag car in Australia that goes pretty good with a blown Hemi.

This one must be just for show today.

Re: an oddity

Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:30 pm
by Faulkner
In the same vein, Bernie offers this article from DragZine, which I have attached here.

Bernie Brouillet wrote:Here's more to the story of that unique body style I sent to you yesterday. Just found this article, enjoy...

I know I've seen apictures of at least one other drag car with this body style, powered by a supercharged Hemi; this one has a "milder" power plant.

The Saratoga nameplate must be like the more-often-seen Canadian Dodge, etc, for overseas customers, mix and match body panels. Years ago J C Whitney carried fiberglass fenders for the 57 - 59 Plymouths but I never saw any in person, wonder if anyone else did or even has some? Modern race bodies are carbon fiber layups.

And, since you were fretting grilles recently, note that this Saratoga grille is rather reminiscent of the 1942 Chrysler grille, more so than a 59 Plymouth.

The goodies keep coming!

Re: an oddity

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:08 pm
by william0431
while maybe not the same as the other finned oddities on this thread I wanted to share this and here seems like the place as it is definitely an odd ball. Not sure where I came across this its been saved on my hard drive for a while. The "Flip Top Fury" from the March 1966 issue of Hot Rod. while I am not a fan of the front/rear end modifications they certainly are unusual.

For me the idea of a removable hard top is very intriguing! While i would not want to do it to my SF if I ever happened to have a spare 59 Plymouth HT laying around that needed some custom "touches" I wouldn't mind having a go at it!

I do hope he braced the frame a bit or added a CVT X frame. Might get a little bendy in the middle if not. Wish I had better pictures of how the roof attaches. I have zoomed in on the text and it is very difficult to read but one of the blurbs does mention that he used (4) CVT roof clamps to secure the roof. Pretty Cool in my book.

Re: an oddity

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:01 am
by Faulkner
I saved that too, Will! I think I saw it on eBay - here's a close up of the text:


...and here's a shot of the sibling to the previous beast: