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manimal 02-08-2010 11:57 AM

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Thats an awesome story...keep it going.

regan wilson 02-09-2010 10:05 AM

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Ok heres a little more . Looking back it was 1990 when I ran the 10.30 pass . Nobody made a stink about it that day but.......When I showed up the next time my old friend NHRA DIV 4 tech Harold Hayes met me at the trailer while I was unloading and handed me this Rulebook . Harold told me (Mr Wilson there will be no ten second passes today you need to take this home and read it ) You have to remember I didnt have any kind of rollbar and the truck still had 6 lug wheels and drum brakes .


http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/001-2.jpg

regan wilson 02-09-2010 10:14 AM

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Well after getting spanked for going too fast they still let me run low elevens and I raced a little here and there . I went back to just street driving it until later that year when I sold my motor to a buddy and bought a 502 unassembled . Thats when I decided to try and make it legal for the racetrack . My buddy Spenser that bought the motor came over one day and after I took a few pics we pulled the motor and he took it with him . This was a begining of a hibernation for the truck that would last seven years . Here is a pic from that sad day ..........


http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac317/reganw/020.jpg

regan wilson 02-09-2010 10:20 AM

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Well after I pulled the motor I completly dissasembled the front boot and hung it all on the walls in that little garage apartment . Another friend came over with an air chisel and we cut the firewall out . Well thats all that happened for a long time I had gotten married again . (that one didnt last either) I also had moved but I went by to check on the truck here and there . When you dont have the money its hard to get motivated . The story will pick back up in 1997 . As soon as I have time to scan more pics I will post some more .

djracer 02-09-2010 12:27 PM

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Hibernation Sux. Mine has been down almost two years and it killing me. For once in my life I have a job with good hours and retirement but the pocket book is suffering bad.

1FAST68 02-09-2010 12:33 PM

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I might have some pics of your truck back in the day at hallsville. I even have a video somewhere of me and you running. I was in my S10, but I think the pics are when I had my 70 camaro.

DragHammer 02-09-2010 02:28 PM

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7 YEARS!!!!! :but:

oldblue1968chevy 02-11-2010 06:33 PM

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now what?..cool truck

Jim_PA 02-12-2010 12:47 AM

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custom72c20 02-12-2010 03:37 AM

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this is such an awesome thread!!!! :metal:

regan wilson 02-13-2010 09:59 AM

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Well anyone that knows me also knows everthing I do tends to snowball . I decided that a 502 would not be enough . So I got rid of all the 502 rotating assembly and bought a 4.25 stroke Lunati crank used from a friend . I also sent the heads(Chevy Bowtie Pro Stock) and a Dart Intake to Kenneth Abbot for a workover . When I got them back in 95 they were really state of the art for the time . They were angle milled 125 welded up in a buch of places and filled with epoxy . When I said they were state of the art they were . You couldnt just go buy a set of heads that would flow 413 @ 800 lift . Anyway that stuff just sat in my closet for a few more years . I still didnt have the means to do much else , but when it eventually came together it ended up being a 950 hp 15 to 1 565 !

regan wilson 02-13-2010 10:11 AM

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Not much else happened till 97 when I took the truck to my old friend Tony Smith . Tony is a meticulous fabricator who is also a skilled machinist (which makes him a little slow but the work turns out nice ). We got the ladder bars , tubs , motor plates , wheelie bars ,and the cage done . then it was back to my shop for awhile . Here is a pic from Tonys in 97 that is Kenneth Herring (from Pinks & Pass Time) standing behind the truck . (I believe he was asking why are you doing this)


http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/001-3.jpg

regan wilson 02-13-2010 10:25 AM

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Back at my shop I built my 5 lug front end and added rack & pinion steering . I was talking to a friend of mine Jeremy Cooper about fixing the bad spots in the paint since the rest of it still looked good even though it was painted in 84 . He volunteered to paint for free if I just bought the materials . The truck had been painted four times so we decided to soda blast it and get it down to bare metal . So I loaded it up and took it to a guy named Lawrence Harper and stripped it down .


http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/002-1.jpg



http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/003-1.jpg

regan wilson 02-13-2010 10:28 AM

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We got it stripped and took it to Jeremys to start a six month job of getting some color back on it .

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/004-1.jpg

regan wilson 02-13-2010 10:34 AM

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Here are some pics during the painting process . By now Im getting fired up . Everything turned out good but my hood got messed up and would not get fixed for a few more years . He tried to have me find another one but I wanted mine and the louver press we used was long gone ..........

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/005-2.jpg

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/006-1.jpg




And when we rolled it out ..............

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/007-1.jpg

djracer 02-13-2010 11:53 AM

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I can't wait for the day mine has paint.

nomrlz 02-13-2010 12:34 PM

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love the wheels up launch pic :metal:

regan wilson 02-14-2010 10:04 AM

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Well in 99 Donnel Gaines at G&G machine in Stephenville Tx put the 565 together for me and like I said before it dynoed at 950 hp . My longtime friend David Hale and I built my th400 and I finally got the truck together . By that time all the tracks were closed except for an old outlaw track down by Waco Tx . I had valvetrain issues and kept breaking lashcaps . That combined with a less than marginal racetrack all the old truck could muster was a dissapointing 10 flat . Here is one pic I found from that day......

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/014-1.jpg

regan wilson 02-14-2010 10:20 AM

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After that with no more racing till next year I had plenty of time to sort out the problems . I fixed a few bent valves and got the rest of the valve train sorted out . I started the 2000 season at Hallsville and the truck did alot better then . It ran 9.60 @ 138 with a best 60 ft of 1.31 (it still hasnt had a better 60 ft than that ) . I raced all year and at the last race before the bracket finals the 565 gave up . It was late at night on a poorly lit track and it windmilled two rods going through the traps . I still had no hood so when it grenaded the front of the block and virtually cut the oilpan in half the windshield was completely cover in oil , sparks were flying becuase the alternator was destroyed in the process . Hallsville had a short downhill shutdown and I couldnt see a thing (I thought it was going to be real bad) but I got it stopped and off the track . It took all winter to clean up the mess. There was not an inch of the truck that wasnt coated in oil . Here is a pic of the block and the pan .....

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/015-1.jpg



http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/016-1.jpg

Chlsnk 02-14-2010 12:11 PM

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Dang its always hard to hear about having a engine grenade. Can't wait to see what happens next.

william-theglassman 02-14-2010 07:08 PM

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i am realy liking this thread . thanks regan. you were always the badest around to me.cant wait to see it in action in person again.

tomtuna1978 02-14-2010 07:13 PM

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:dohh::dohh::dohh::dohh:OUCH !!!!!!!

kennyd 02-17-2010 06:41 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by regan wilson (Post 3799999)
After that with no more racing till next year I had plenty of time to sort out the problems . I fixed a few bent valves and got the rest of the valve train sorted out . I started the 2000 season at Hallsville and the truck did alot better then . It ran 9.60 @ 138 with a best 60 ft of 1.31 (it still hasnt had a better 60 ft than that ) . I raced all year and at the last race before the bracket finals the 565 gave up . It was late at night on a poorly lit track and it windmilled two rods going through the traps . I still had no hood so when it grenaded the front of the block and virtually cut the oilpan in half the windshield was completely cover in oil , sparks were flying becuase the alternator was destroyed in the process . Hallsville had a short downhill shutdown and I couldnt see a thing (I thought it was going to be real bad) but I got it stopped and off the track . It took all winter to clean up the mess. There was not an inch of the truck that wasnt coated in oil . Here is a pic of the block and the pan .....

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/015-1.jpg



http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/016-1.jpg

this is about the time the phrase "it could have been worse" started getting used around the shop

regan wilson 02-18-2010 09:20 AM

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Originally Posted by kennyd (Post 3807464)
this is about the time the phrase "it could have been worse" started getting used around the shop




And you know that I have thrown half full beers at people too !

cableguy0 02-18-2010 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by regan wilson (Post 3808694)
And you know that I have thrown half full beers at people too !

Thats alcohol abuse next time throw a wrench it shows em your really serious about trying to inflict pain :D

regan wilson 02-18-2010 09:24 AM

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Picking up where I left off . I found a good used Gen 5 block with the splayed billet main caps and a used 4.5 stroke crank and built a 598 . This combo dynoed at 980 hp . I also changed the converter to a 9" from Kenny ford at PTC . I think the converter was too much for the combo and it would only run 9.50 at 139 . Here is a pic of the 598 .





http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/018-1.jpg

regan wilson 02-18-2010 09:32 AM

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I ran the 598 for another year or so but you know I was never satisfied . Pontiac style 18 degree heads were becoming popular back then and I really wanted some (but they were way too pricey) . I had an old friend Travis Buhman that owns a local camera store come to Hallsville Dragway and take some good pics and made up a folder to send to Jeff and Micheal Brotherton at Brodix in an attempt to get some sort of sponsorship . Here are some of the pics .


http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/017-1.jpg



http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/a...ganw/020-1.jpg

http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac317/reganw/021.jpg



http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac317/reganw/022.jpg



http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac317/reganw/024.jpg

regan wilson 02-18-2010 09:39 AM

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Well Brodix didnt give me anything but they did sell me some blems at a reduced price . I also kept my word to put the Brodix insignia on the windshield that is still on there today . I built the new motor with the 18 degree heads and it made 1070 with one 1250 Dominator .....I will have to find more pics to scan so I will have to leave off here . I'm really busy at work right now and I have to pic up all my motor pieces and get started on that this weekend so I dont know when I will post more .

SCOTI 02-18-2010 10:41 AM

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Don't leave us hangin' too long. I remember this truck from the various TX tracks (Super Chevy shows back in the day).

jgh64pkup 02-18-2010 08:24 PM

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wow this is an awesome story and not too far from me

hotrod 80 02-18-2010 10:41 PM

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Following right along with you guys . Cool story , i am enjoying it .

drag_72 02-19-2010 12:27 AM

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ur truck looks similair to mine except the year and cage lol and obviously the heart lol

butternut1972 02-19-2010 01:18 AM

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Cool story! keep em coming. I would have loved to see the face of the driver of the mustangs after they get their -$$ handed to them by a chevy truck.

custom72c20 02-21-2010 06:50 AM

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This is an awesome story amd you have one bad truck! I can only dream of building a truck like that one day. :metal:

Hart_Rod 02-25-2010 11:40 AM

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Great story Regan! Did you ever race any at the Paris dragstrip? I had a good friend, Donald Blake, that used to run a black and gold 70 down there in the early to mid 80s. His truck was running in the 12's at the time and was pretty sporty for an old truck, :D. He drove his truck to the races and used to have to leave a couple of hours early because of the 4.56 gears, :lol:. Speaking of the Brodix Boys, I grew up about 20 miles from their shop. They use to have some of the baddest 67-72 trucks in town. Nobody wanted to mess with them on the street.... Great memories and even better story, keep it coming.

wheatlandbrawler 02-25-2010 05:26 PM

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man this story is so awesome. i am a younger guy (23) but i love racing and i have had my truck since i was 15 and never would i think about getting rid of it. thanks for the inspiration!

regan wilson 02-27-2010 03:52 PM

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We have the new combo on the dyno right now . I will pick up with the story next week . We have made two pulls but have tuning to do . Yall cross your fingers !

wheatlandbrawler 02-27-2010 10:39 PM

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hahahahaha man im a little to involved with this story.... but good luck with the dyno session! "when all else fails feed it and it will grow" good luck bud.

67chevy2wd 02-27-2010 11:41 PM

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Very cool story. Subscribing for the rest of the story.:metal:

aggie91 03-03-2010 08:10 PM

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Man, you have brought back alot of memories from the 80's. I remember being a fressman at Robert E Lee. Sometimes you would come to pick up your girlfriend in it. I also remember the incident with the caddy...

How about the weekends out at the old Levi building off of the loop...

Glad to hear that you are just about to get it back together. I sure enjoyed your story...Thanks for the memories...


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