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      05-14-2019 11:08 AM #1
      Marcia Barker, 63, a retired L.L. Bean inventory manager living in Boonton, N.J., on her jalopy racing car, as told to A.J. Baime.

      For years while I was working at L.L. Bean in Maine, I owned a land-speed racing car. I set my fastest speed of 192.9 mph at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, in 2013. (That was not in my car but someone else’s Corvette.)

      I had a friend named Frank Walka who came to Maine once a month to help me work on the car. When it was time for me to retire, Frank asked me to come to New Jersey where he lived, with a plan to build a jalopy race car.



      Jalopy racing is for old “four bangers”—mostly prewar four-cylinder cars. In land-speed racing, you are lucky to get out three times a year. I had all these friends who raced jalopies, including Frank. They were racing all the time. So I gave away my land-speed car and moved to New Jersey.

      Frank and I went all over buying parts. We bought a 1932 Ford engine, a 1928 Ford Model A chassis from a junkyard, and a friend gave me a 1923 Model T body. I bought every transmission I could find, hoping that one would work, and boxes of parts, enough to build a car and a half. I spent about $3,000 total.

      Frank and I built the car over the winter of 2017 into 2018. He did the work on the engine. I bolted the pieces together, built in the seat belt, and painted the car. The last two weeks before I took it racing for the first time, we worked long hours. I named the car “The Flying Seven,” after the land-speed racing car I used to own, and we used a No. 7 billiards ball for a gearshift handle.



      When I raced the car for the first time—a year ago at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa.—it was so exciting to see how it would do. It was very bouncy, and performed better than we expected. Top speed so far is 53 mph.

      Jalopy racing is not overly serious. It is not about winning—it is about friends racing together. We race on drag strips, on oval dirt tracks, even hill climbs. I have raced this car in New Jersey, Long Island and a lot in Pennsylvania.

      Frank has his jalopy and I have mine and we travel together. We are also building a new land-speed racing vehicle. Retirement has been great. I could not imagine having any more fun.
      https://www.wsj.com/articles/three-o...s&page=1&pos=1

      Ms. Barker is already at work building her next car—a land-speed racing vehicle.
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackohio
      Built in boost gauge in the dash. One of my friends at the time saw that turbo was on theoretical empty and asked if we needed to stop and get more turbo. I gave it gas and he was like wait, its full now. Had to quickly explain the process.
      Quote Originally Posted by Calcvictim View Post
      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      05-14-2019 09:40 PM #2
      Seriously "old iron"


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      05-15-2019 01:39 PM #3
      Open wheel racing fun.


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      05-15-2019 02:00 PM #4
      That seems like a boat load of fun for not too much money!

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      05-15-2019 03:28 PM #5
      I'd have to a chevy with the stovebolt 6, but that's super cool, and looks like a ton of fun. I bet its scary too.

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    7. 05-15-2019 03:40 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by bnkrpt311 View Post
      That seems like a boat load of fun for not too much money!

      This was literally my response and then I LOL'd when I read yours!

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      05-15-2019 06:01 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I'd have to a chevy with the stovebolt 6, but that's super cool, and looks like a ton of fun. I bet its scary too.

      Chris
      I do love the stovebolt 6, but that is obviously in some other class of racing.

      Speaking of scary, no roll bar at all or one so low you'd lose the top of your head. (low slung one behind her in second pic)

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      "As near as I could tell, the car was built from compressed rust."

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      05-15-2019 06:48 PM #8
      Looks like lots of fun, I'm impressed she can find parts of that age for such little cost.

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      05-15-2019 07:55 PM #9
      Just the basics.

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      05-15-2019 10:22 PM #10
      heh. "Sloppy Jalopy" A little video on getting wild.
      https://www.facebook.com/david.jacob...466359897/?t=0

      Quote Originally Posted by Blackohio
      Built in boost gauge in the dash. One of my friends at the time saw that turbo was on theoretical empty and asked if we needed to stop and get more turbo. I gave it gas and he was like wait, its full now. Had to quickly explain the process.
      Quote Originally Posted by Calcvictim View Post
      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      05-16-2019 09:17 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by bnkrpt311 View Post
      That seems like a boat load of fun for not too much money!
      Yes, indeed.

      $3,000 for getting this thing on the track. Very cheap entertainment~!



      A look inside the interior. ‘It was a simple car to build,’ says Ms. Barker. ‘We did not have to install windows or headlights.’
      Quote Originally Posted by PsyberVW View Post
      Locking it up because it's going to get worse mileage than a 1 legged dog with a hang over - yet stir up more crap than a starving catfish in a landfill.

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      05-16-2019 01:09 PM #12
      You can even do a little hot rodding mod if you are handy

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      05-17-2019 05:19 PM #13
      cool

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      The car sucked in every way imaginable, that it entered the annals as one of the worst cars ever built. It was shoddily built in a plant where labour relations were atrocious. It rusted like hell, and the aluminium engine had the durability of a soggy potato chip. Few cars could have been so thoroughly bad Despite the "explosion" controversy, the Ford Pinto compared favourably to the Vega, and that's saying something.

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      05-17-2019 05:25 PM #14
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      05-18-2019 09:23 AM #15
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      Putting it all together

      Rear differential and mechanical brakes restored and ready for installation into the Flying Seven vintage racer.
      Marcia, retired from L.L. Bean living in Bucksport, built the vintage racer to fill in the time between the land speed races.
      Ford Model A 32 B built by Frank Walka for the Flying Seven. Walka built the engine in his 1915 Roadster and Barker’s 1957 land speed racer.
      Quote Originally Posted by PsyberVW View Post
      Locking it up because it's going to get worse mileage than a 1 legged dog with a hang over - yet stir up more crap than a starving catfish in a landfill.

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      05-18-2019 03:48 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I'd have to a chevy with the stovebolt 6, but that's super cool, and looks like a ton of fun. I bet its scary too.

      Chris
      Looks like they went with the stovebolt 6 for another application.

      Frank Walka built the 302 straight 6 up for the task



      Marcia Barker prepares for a run at the 2015 Loring Timing Association’s speed trial with her 1957 Flying Seven which was a circle track racer which she converted to land speed racer with a GMC 302 straight six engine built by Frank Walka who is at her door.
      Quote Originally Posted by mitch hedberg
      I drive a rental car, I don't know what's going on with it, right? So a lot of times I'll drive for like 10 miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn't say a lot for me, but it really doesn't say a lot for the emergency brake.
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      How hard is that to understand without getting your panties in a bunch?
      Surely some of you guys managed to make it out of middle school.

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      05-18-2019 08:51 PM #17
      Really cool
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      05-19-2019 09:02 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Lightnin' View Post
      Looks like they went with the stovebolt 6 for another application.

      Frank Walka built the 302 straight 6 up for the task


      indeed



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      05-19-2019 01:25 PM #19
      open wheel and straight pipe right in your ears

      Not a bad way to spend an afternoon



      Quote Originally Posted by mitch hedberg
      I drive a rental car, I don't know what's going on with it, right? So a lot of times I'll drive for like 10 miles with the emergency brake on. That doesn't say a lot for me, but it really doesn't say a lot for the emergency brake.
      Quote Originally Posted by Robstr View Post
      How hard is that to understand without getting your panties in a bunch?
      Surely some of you guys managed to make it out of middle school.

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      05-19-2019 07:24 PM #20
      Strange beast.



      heh

      Art Warman driving the 57 Chevy. Don't criticize his shifting, he can't get his legs under the wheel.
      Quote Originally Posted by Blackohio
      Built in boost gauge in the dash. One of my friends at the time saw that turbo was on theoretical empty and asked if we needed to stop and get more turbo. I gave it gas and he was like wait, its full now. Had to quickly explain the process.
      Quote Originally Posted by Calcvictim View Post
      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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