I will be selling the famous Speedster at the Long Beach Model T Club's 61'st Swap Meet at the Los Alamitos Race Track in Cerritos, CA. It is located behind the Costco store on Katella in Cerritos.
That is a MEGA megaphone!
Past National President Dennis Gorder inspects the BBR Rajo engine rebuilding progress.
Kicked pistons for more compression.
All new parts, over $25,000 invested in the rebuild.
There is also an S.R.Frontenac with cross flow twin spark and a single and a dual intake manifold with a complete T transmission.
The car has Buffalo wheels and hubs with brand new tires. Or you can have 26/27 wire wheels with Goodyear tires for $3000 less.
The car ran with a shortened frame and the engine moved back with a short drive shaft. No rear suspension with the rear axle bolted directly to the frame. No rear radius rods or spring. We have made it so it can be driven on the street.
Chris ran a 1916 engine block so we procured a 1916 rolling chassis with a 1916 engine through Kim Dobbins who said that he ran it. Another person purchased the complete car from Kim and we purchased the running rolling chassis from the buyer who only wanted the body.
I am not at all well and want this to go to a good home
Back in the day when I was Fast Frank
I am saddened to hear you are doing well. Pray you will overcome this health issue like before. On a side note, you will always be Fast Frank.
Chris ran his cars on the hill and then after the day of speed he would dis-assemble the car and change it for the next year. He ran the "Wild Cherry" and a bunch of other stuff over the years. I got the car from him just six weeks before he died. He ran it with the megaphone when it was painted orange. The next year we went with Kong Jackson and Wes Cooper to Ed Winfield's garage and got a bunch of "Go Fast Stuff", painted the car blue and did a 7.8 second run up the hill for the quickest time ever on Shell Hill.
I have over $25,000 invested in the BBR Rajo but if you want to go second string you can have the S R Frontenac.
I have Buffalo wheels with brand new tires but you can save money by getting my 26/27 wire wheels with Goodyear Tires.
I will discuss price at the swap meet.
Thank you for posting the background & photos.
I hope your health improves.
For those interested in attending:
61st Long Beach Model T Club Swap Meet
Saturday July 25, 2015 at Los Alamitos Race Track
4961 Katella Ave. Cypress, CA.
East parking lot behind Costco.
7AM 'til it's over.
FREE ADMISSION FREE ADMISSION.
Vintage auto parts and hobby related items.
All makes and models welcome.
Swap spaces are available at the gate:
( $30.00 9'W x 18'D )
Call Jeff Hood 562-597-5936 evenings or visit www.lbmtc.com
Jim, Thanks for the Plug!
See you there?
Do you still have the smaller wheels that were on the car? I am looking for something like that to put on our car we built with the Gemsa engine we bought from you. It is running and scary fast. I'd like to see you drive it as soon as you are able. We'll bring it down there and have lunch.
I probably will be in Montana ....
Eric, Chris didn't ever want to have the car run again. He sold the engine to Bill Tanahill and the car to me. I got a rebuilt engine with a counterbalanced crank and traded it and $1000 , a Zenith carburetor and some other good stuff and got the engine.
Yes Tom, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You knew Chris much better than dad and I and we knew him as a colorful and interesting character. I miss him a lot. One time he called my house and asked for the boss. My wife answered and said, "Speaking!" They hit it off right away. Dad knew him in the 50's when riding a bike and being physically fit was for whackos. I think you have fulfilled his wishes that the car never run the same again. It can't. It will always be the last King of the Hill car, and that has historical significance, as there will never be another Signal Hill climb. I would like to see it on the road again as you have restored it, and race once more. I would be honored to race in the same event as this piece of model T history.
RIP Billy Poobah
Erik, Chris used to come to the Long Beach Model T Club meetings on his bike and leave at 10:00 P.M. and ride home to Simi Valley and get home at midnight.
Yeah, that's the Chris I remember. Didn't he ride his bike from LA to Wisconsin or somewhere like that for his 50th high school reunion? Some guys are just larger than life.
He lived in the San Fernando Valley and yes he always rode that bike everywhere...the only time I saw him drive a car it was a little white toyota I think he borrowed from somebody). But all other times he came to my parents house he rode that bloody bike.
What happened to his plane? The Peed-n-Pole Scout he was working on. I visited the hanger at Van Nuys Airport where he was working on it, he was calling himself Billy Poobah the Polish Aviator back then as I recall.
The Pietenpol airplane flown by Chris is in the model T museum in Indiana. I believe this was made possible by Fred Houston. Please correct me if this is in error. Speaking of which, my claim that Billy Poobah's car is the last King of the Hill car is not correct, as I have been informed by the one in possession of the crown.
Erik: I will be bringing the full set of smaller wire wheels with hubs and wrench to the Long Beach Swap Meet Saturday. (along with other goodies from "Fast Frank's Garage")
Chris did own a pickup truck as well. Not sure the make but I kind of remember it being greenish in color. He used to sell parts out of the back of it at the Long Beach Model T Club swap meet.
I regret not meeting this guy ....
What a cool dude ...