Brought Texas Thug Home

As previously reported, the Thug acquired a trailer rash, and I’d took it to my buddy (Randy Standsbury) in Louisiana. He was to fix the damage, redo the bumpers, paint the underside of the hood, and apply the door decals I had made.

So Wednesday I left at about 4 am and headed into the Louisiana swamps. I arrived at Randy’s at about 8:30 and looked over the car before loading. Randy did a great job.

I strapped the car in and headed back to SE Texas. I stopped 60 miles up the road for diesel and DEF, and checked the straps- they were loose and I gave them a couple of cranks to tighten. I stopped another 80 up the road, and again gave a couple of cranks. And yet when I got home, the car had moved over and acquired another little rash.

I ‘d just bought this trailer from Jim Bailey, and he’d towed a Drag Pak, which is far shorter.  I’ve ordered a 3″ metal hole saw, 4 6,000# recessed D-Rings, new straps and I’m gonna fix this problem!

In the stacker, I bought new straps eliminating the short strap, and some 3-stud D Rings for the aircraft tracks. Twenty years of trailering cars, and I’ve never had the problems I’m having with this car!

All nuts and bolts under the car have been checked and tightened and the oil changed. Monday the slicks come off the car to get washed on both sides and polished and rotated to other side. I’ll polish the aluminum in the trunk and the Lexan before loading up for Indy.

In other shop news, the 81 Imperial has been taken out of a 12 year hibernation, had its gas drained, the carb rebuilt, the oil changed, and new master cylinder and wheel caliper installed. I’ve owned the car since the mid 80s, I restored it about 15 years ago with a high performance drive train (380hp 360ci/street-strip 904/8.75″ rear end with 355 gears), but its time to  move on with a lot of these  cars I never drive.

When I bought the Texas Thug in 2001, it was a street racer with 17″ street slicks, a solid lifter/aluminum head 383 that had just been rebuilt, and a V-Gate shifted 4-speed. When delivered I took for a quick ride, and it was scary fast for such a small displacement. I took the car to Mark Artis at Texas Thunder Performance. He needed the 4-speed pedals for Big Red Ram. He took the big brake pedal, engine and transmission that was in Big Red Ram and put into that car – and then back-halved with a 4-link. It was my bracket car, later getting a 540ci with tunnel ram and a pair of 1180 Dominators.

So the engine that was originally in the car has been wrapped and stored for nearly two decades. I’ve pulled the Leaning Tower of Power and Three on the Tree out of my 60 Plymouth (another of my keepers) and will put a bad V-8 and 5 or 6 speed in it. I had my engine guy disassemble the 383 (heads and oil pan) and verify that it had been a fresh rebuild. He says the bearings look new and you can see a cross hatch on the cylinder walls. So I cleaned, primered and painted the short block so that it can be reassembled.

Finally, for 40 years I’ve always had a Chrysler convertible. In the 80s a 67 Newport, in the early 90s a 64 300, and late 90’s a 65 300. Almost 20 years ago, I bought a 64 Imperial Crown Convertible (my Dream Car, besides a 65 300L 4-speed convertible) off a 90+ year old lady who had received it new as a gift for her 50th birthday. I drove if for years and then it developed a lifter noise about 15 years ago, so I parked it. These are fairly rare cars now. Only 900 were made and Haggerty estimates that less than 200 exist in any condition. The best ones sell for $80k+ and ones like mine $30k-$40k.

Well the gas was drained, carb rebuilt, lifter noise fixed, new brakes on all four corners, new wheel cylinders, new master cylinder, and new brake lines. The top pump fixed an levels topped off. Also the fuel sender was replaced as it read empty. Yesterday I took for a 50 mile shake down ride. below are the videos.

I order new carpet and an Electronic ignition conversion kit. After that will be new tires and wheels, and exhaust system. The interior is in great shape, but a little over due for leather conditioner. Some of the interior chrome could use a good polishing. The paint is good except for a little bleaching on the trunk lid. I might see if I can get that repaired and the rest of the car power buffed. I’ve also considered getting crazy and wrapping in the same shade of green, but with wood grain side panels. The AC is worthless, and I looking at my options, including maybe installing a serpentine bracket system with modern AC/Power steering/Alternator.

That about brings things up to date with the shop happening.

Vitamin C NSS Racer For Sale

1963 Belvedere Post car with 440 Max wedge (I’ll explain)
Proven and consistent car that will do a 10.75 every time with my full-figured ass driving.

  • Ladder Bar
  • Tubbed
  • Dana 4.34 gears
  • Strange axles
  • Fairly new 31×10.5w slicks
  • Victory Driveshaft
  • very well engineered underside
  • The (2) 12 volt batteries pictured have been replace with (2) 16 volt Turbo Start Batteries
  • Transmission has all of the good stuff except rollerized. Steel drum, super sprag, hardened… only 9 passes on transmission
  • 8″ ATI Tree Master. 9 passes since ATI rebuilt
  • Carbon Fiber Trans shield
  • B&M Ratchet Shifter
  • B&M Flexplate with ARP Crank and FP bolts
  • TTI 2.125″-2.250″ Headers Coated
  • Painless Switchbox

The Engine has less than 100 passes:
Was a 413 Max wedge. The block became too worn out for race duty, so a reconditioned 440hp block was prepared to replace. Reused the max-wedge heads, crank, rods, and bought the correct type Probe domed pistons for the cylinder size.  Charlies Oil Pan. Assembled by Damon Kuhn at Diamondback Engines. I recently replaced the A&A cross ram intake and original type valve covers with a Mod Man and aftermarket valve covers to make it easier to run the valves with Harland Sharp Max Wedge Roller rockers. Car didn’t get faster or slower with it, and I can put back on if you prefer. Just takes a little longer to remove valve covers.

If you are into NSS racing, you know this car has been racing and winning since the 80s. One of the most recognized cars out there. The 35 year old lacquer paint has been crackled for 20 years, and that’s part of its personality.

Ready to race and win right now.

$22,000 firm ready to race
$14,000 firm as a roller

This is in Beasley, Texas – one town south of Rosenberg on the Southwest Freeway/I69.
There is someone at the shop M-F 8am-4pm.
I do not do the Message Service thing real well. For an answer, it is best to text me at 713-899-7704. I don’t answer calls from unknown numbers, so text your questions.
There are only a few items I’d consider trading for.
If you’re a broker or a scammer, don’t waste your time.

Little Odds and Ends to Bring Everyone Up To Date

So the Texas Thug is at the body shop having it’s “Trailer Rash” fixed, paint touched up, a better job on the bumpers, and to paint the underside of the hood. I’ll be picking it up tomorrow.

The underside of Screaming Woody has been scraped, sanded, and scuffed.

Painting starts tomorrow. The sheet metal in silver POR15 and frame and cross braces in gloss black POR15. The rear end and 4-link has been disassembled, cleaned, and scuffed. They’ll be painted in gloss red. Hopefully, rear suspension to Screaming Woody will be re installed by end of the month.

My race in Norwalk last month ended before the first round of Eliminations when the new MSD starter fragged trying to start the car to go to the lanes. I thought I’d try MSD, but I’m back to Powermaster after driving cross country to break this way.

Naturally, you can’t buy a cast nose to fit it.

Cleaning up some lightweight work in last week:

  • Pulled the Slant 6 from my 1960 Plymouth. Going to clean and paint under the hood, and then a pretty bad-assed Low Deck and 4-speed will find their new home there.
  • 1981 Imperial was tuned up and AC fixed. Next week I hope to have buffed out the paint and take photos to list for sale.
  • 1958 Dodge pickup had its throw out bearing replaced and clutch linkage repaired. It too will have it’s paint buffed out, glamour photos taken, and listed for sale.

  • Recovered the seats on the golf cart a couple of months ago. Making a cushion back, for the top cushion of the back seat, to hide the seams and staples.
  • Greased the bearings on the stacker.
  • Cleaned and repacked bearings on open trailer
  • Cleaned, repacked bearings, and installed new seals on enclosed trailer.
  • Mowed 5 acres today
  • Took 17.5″ Stacker tire to Discount Tire to use their cage to inflate and let beads seat

Tomorrow I drive through Tropical Storm Gordon to bring back “The Thug” at Randy’s from Louisiana. Have some work to do to get it ready for the Indy race later in the month. Much of the next few weeks will be spent getting the Vitamin C, 81 Imperial, 78 Magnum, 2014 F150 and 58 pickup ready to list for sale. And as previously stated, hope to have underside of the Screaming Woody finished this month.

In Today’s Episode of “As The Shop Rocks”

Thug was loaded into the stacker, and its ready to head to Norwalk, Ohio next Monday afternoon. I really needed the shop space it was taking. Cars are parked and stored everywhere until I can get furniture (sold my house in Katy Monday) sold that taking up valuable car space.

The clutch pedal on my 58 Dodge Pickup wasn’t engaging. Pulled the bell-housing off, and the throw-out bearing was literally held on with bailing wire. New parts ordered and that will be fixed so I can sell it, as part of my Make life easier with less stuff plan. Sold a very nice Little Red Express for $35k Friday. I’d had that truck for a long time, as I’ve had this 58.

Took the motorhome to get inspected, and then to the DMV to renew tags for it, my 64 Imperial convertible, and Ole Blue – my 94 Harley. Moved a bunch of cars around, to keep them all covered while I work on getting my 12-car garage back by selling furniture in it.

Pulled the rear suspension out of the wagon “The Screamin Woody“. My shop rat will spend the next week cleaning it and the underside of the car so it can be inspected, fixed where needed, and painted before reassembly.

Moving on to my 1999 Kawasaki Drifter 1500. removed the fenders and tank, which I’ll take to either have painted or wrapped. Still deciding.

When the bike is just started, the hydraulic clutch engages right at the end of letting the lever out, and there’s no adjustment. When the bike gets warm, the clutch slips. Bleeding didn’t help, so the clutch was taken out and inspected. The 8 discs were a little worn but in spec. However the three retaining springs were flattened out and not in spec. Since the discs were only $13 each, I figured I’ll replace them as the bike will be in my garage when I die. It my only bike I can ride in shorts without getting a muffler burn. Unfortunately, the parts won’t be here until next week.

This morning, my ac unit on the other side of the wall from my bed woke me with the racket it was making. Outside it was rocking like an out of balance washing machine, and worked its way off the foundation. One of the blades broke off, breaking two other blades. I called my home warranty and was told the ac repair guy would call an schedule within 24 hours. No calls today. August in Southern Texas means they’re backed up, and we’re sitting in front of fans.

Finally, the 46 Olds Street Rod got a new set of plugs, wires and cap. Its ready for interior, but I don’t have an interior shop lined up. The one I was using screwed me the last time.

Tomorrow the plan is to put the Vitamin C in my other trailer and move a 1960 Plymouth Project from the back row to the lift bay. The leaning tower of Power and 3-on-tree will be coming out and replaced with a BB Mopar and 4-Speed. It’s interior i already done in Navajo Indian blankets, and the exterior will be a funky Southwest look. The underside has also been cleaned, painted and rebuilt. It has an 8.75″ axle from a 68 Chrysler.

So much to do, so little time!

And So The Torched Is Passed To The Screamin’ Woody

In 2005, a 1960 Plymouth Station Wagon was converted into a Nostalgia Super Stock drag car, called the Texas Whale.

The Texas Whale was the car that propelled Dave Schultz to the Nostalgia Super Stock National Championship of NMCA for 2014. Click Here if you wish to visit the Texas Whale web site.

After over a decade of faithful service, the Texas Whale was starting to get “Long on the Tooth” and overdue for a complete restoration. Since the restoration of the “Texas Thug” (backup car) had just been completed, a decision was made to race the Thug as the primary car in 2018, and to restore the Texas Whale.  While “The Whale” is widely recognized and admired, Dave felt that racing the only 1960 Plymouth 2-dr Wagon wasn’t quite unique enough. One way to become the absolutely most unique car racing in Nostalgia Super Stock — was to race the class’ only 1960 Plymouth Wood Paneled 2-dr Wagon, and thus the concept of the “Screamin’ Woody was born in Dave’s strange mind.

The Whale was stripped down of its drive train and trim, had some body imperfections addressed, and wet sanded smooth.

An artist and Dave worked on Dave’s vision, and the car was taken to Evansville, IN. to have that vision applied onto the body of the wagon.

The wagon returned to the MoparStyle Racing shop in Beasley, TX this last Tuesday, to begin the long process of having virtually every part of the car removed and restored or replaced. The hope is to have the car ready for the first 2019 NMCA race next March.

Today starts the beginning of the “Screamin’ Woody’s” new web site. It will be built concurrently with the car. Updates will be regular, so bookmark this address to follow along with progress of both the car and the site.