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ELTA "Prez" Aylmer Ont

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After finding this rare and historical dragster sitting outside in a field up north for over 50 years...the "Purple People Eater" of the Galt Strokers C.C. which ran from about 1956 to 1959 at Kohler. Today it was time to get the resto started. So I loaded it up and got it over to Russ Moore of Moore Speed Chassis. The body looked pretty cool sitting in the back of my 66 F100 on such a beautiful Dec. day.....lol. Next is to get rebuilding the dragsters hemi......only 7.5 months till next years ELTA Big Go Drag-O-Rama and I'm looking forward to hazing the tires plus having some of the original builders and driver there after 60 years off the track.....the adventure has begun.

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Looking forward to following along with your resto.

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that's cool!!

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Mark.... I don't know who looks happier... You in the cxxk pit or Sandra that its leaving the property L.O.L. First time I've seen the original picture. Neat . Looking forward to its revival.






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bobt wrote:

Mark.... I don't know who looks happier... You in the cxxk pit or Sandra that its leaving the property L.O.L. First time I've seen the original picture. Neat . Looking forward to its revival.





 Lol...thanks Bob...Sandra was happy to see the dragster getting started but I was pretty pumped, can't wait for this summer at the track, fingers crossed....lol.......She even helped me load it. I'll keep you posted on the build brother...cheers!



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Cool.. Be watching this one..


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Looking forward to the restoration.

Good luck with it.

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Very cool dragster Mark. Sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Silly question - I dunno hardly anything about race cars - but this kinda drag car - you're basically sitting on the rear diff aren't you?
Did drivers ever wear any kinda extra special protection in case something went wrong with the rear end??? Jock strap or Steel plated boxer shorts etc?? lol

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Beans wrote:

Silly question - I dunno hardly anything about race cars - but this kinda drag car - you're basically sitting on the rear diff aren't you?
Did drivers ever wear any kinda extra special protection in case something went wrong with the rear end??? Jock strap or Steel plated boxer shorts etc?? lol


 I think that most of the guys that piloted those cars, already had all the offspring they planned on having.awwaww 



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As horsepower increased it became more of a problem. Shields were placed over the center section and brackets that held the rear end to the chassie were reinforced. rewelded and further braced. Still accidents happened. One of the worst happened to Jack Christman yet he continued to race.

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Mark
Anything happening with the dragster. Can you post some build pictures and please post Summer Bash dates ASAP. A couple of us old Strokers have a keen interest.

Warren


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Warren,
the summer bash is most likely Aug. 10/11/ and maybe 12 if all works out, We're still in negotiations with the track

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Thanks Rochie, hope that knee fixes up good real soon.

Warren

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It is official now! we have the track for Saturday and Sunday. We will have a kick off party done at the ELTA shop on Friday evening.

Warren, the knee is doing just fine, thanks for asking






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wuga wrote:

Mark
Anything happening with the dragster. Can you post some build pictures and please post Summer Bash dates ASAP. A couple of us old Strokers have a keen interest.

Warren


 Hey Warren....here's a few pictures of the dragster.....frame rails are in and the hemi should be going into the machine shop soon. Funny to see the original floor pan was a old fuel sign. I Even through in a old picture of when Andy Marsh (original driver) came by at the drag show to see the old girl. Al Howlett has been in to see the Purple People Eater up close and told some great stories from back in the day....lol. Just cool to see this old 1320 warrior coming back from the grave. 

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Dragster down on wheels for some checking of clearances. 

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Looking good.

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Can't wait Mark!!  

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She,s coming along nicely.

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Good to see u at Detroit Mark and get some info on the progress ...keep the pics coming.


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What's the motor going in there?? What kind of rear end / gearing??

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What's the motor going in there?? What kind of rear end / gearing??


 The dragster will run a 392 hemi.....it will have a 1958 Chevy rear end....with 4:11 gears....here's another picture of her progress so far.....I feel very lucky to be able to restore such a rare piece of Canadian Drag Racing history.



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Looks awesome! that setting is so cool too! I hope Kenny's taking photos in there! one heck of a backdrop.

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On Oct 12, 1959, The Purple People Eater turned 123.78 in 12.06 seconds with a 331 Hemi and a banjo rear end.

I see at the upcoming Barret-Jackson that there is a Lexus LFA sold new in 2012 for US$445,000. When it was tested it turned 124.00 at 11.6 seconds.

I bet the Strokers didn't spend anywhere near CDN$445 to achieve that speed. Probably closer to $200.

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Progress is on the chassis is going well.....Russ Moore is doing a great job with the help of 60+ year old pictures of the old Purple People Eater's chassis......it took me close to 15 years to find this dragster and it's hard to believe that dream is coming to reality....it'll be outstanding to see this rare piece of Canadian Drag Racing come back to life.

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A few more pictures of the progress....finally tracked down some original 16x4 1940 Ford rims for the front and the rear rims plus all the tires ...painted them white and getting closer to a roller. I should note...the rear tires in the pictures are not the ones going on the dragster...lol...I have a pair of vintage Firestone 8.20 slicks.....and that's only a temporary steering wheel to check steering and size.

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The old Purple People Eater has now got a hemi and tranny sitting between the rails to check fit and a pair of new vintage Firestone 8:20 dragster slicks on the back. I dropped off the shorten 9 inch rearend.....made a change from using the 1958 Chevy 10 bolt rear based on strength and lasting power...lol....here's a few more pictures of the progress.



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Hoping to have it done for Aug ?

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GMDad wrote:

Hoping to have it done for Aug ?


 That would be the plan GMDad but I'm also not going to rush the restoration on this rare dragster.....so fingers crossed brother....lol.



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Here's a few pretty cool pictures..... the "Purple People Eater" dragster on all wheels trying out it's freshly built single axle vintage trailer.......plus my ELTA brother Russ Moore (craftsmen who is building the chassis for the dragster) sitting in another original 1950's Canadian dragster at my shop..... 1955 Dodge 270 Super Ram Hemi sitting between the rails of the original chassis of the Gray Yanocko dragster....1956 O.T.A. Top Eliminator at the old Kohler Air Strip..... waiting to be restored.

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Progress is still going well on the dragster....pretty cool to see her sitting as a roller on her vintage tires...... 109 inch wheel base of coolness.... lol..... the upright tank in the front is a cut down 1940's airplane gas tank..... remember....no one at that time was using moon tanks up this way in Canada around 1957.



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Nice progress....

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Great having Andy Marsh drop by to see the old dragster he once drove back in the 1950's . Andy is a original Galt Stroker member.... gave me his blessings and thought the dragster was looking really good. Andy also gave me his original helmet that he wore back in the day when drove the Purple People Eater..... it was a fun day hearing some neat stories. 



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Very cool pictures. Must have been quite a thrill for him to sit in the dragster again.

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Got the chassis out to the paint shop last weekend. After prepping the chassis and taping it up....put a nice coat of bright white paint....just the way the Strokers had....... looks pretty cool on the trailer behind the 1966 Ford F100....just back in the day.



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Nice pic. Perfect tow vehicle look real nice together,

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Mark
Heard today the project may take a little longer then planned. Hope we can do a 'Stroker' run at the summer bash. I'm headed to Byron for the Melt Down Drags for a tune-up for the ELTA Bash.

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Very cool pictures. Must have been quite a thrill for him to sit in the dragster again.


 It was definitly a good day catching up and hearing some great storys with Andy..... I'm honoured to be the care taker of such a neat piece of Canadaian drag racing history.... thanks!



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Heard today the project may take a little longer then planned. Hope we can do a 'Stroker' run at the summer bash. I'm headed to Byron for the Melt Down Drags for a tune-up for the ELTA Bash.

Warren


 I'll have the old "Purple People Eater" at this years ELTA Summer Bash & Big Go Drags Warren but we'll have to put our match race off till next year....lol..... I'm just not wanting to rush the restoration ...I want have the dragster done right, not quickly. I hope to see you at the ELTA Big Go Drags brother and best of luck at the Melt Down Drags..... we'll definlty get a Stroker photo shoot with both cars and the Strokers....that would be outstanding..... see you soon.





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All cleaned up and on my way to the ELTA Bash & Big go Drags...... see you there Warren!!



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Here's a few recent pictures of the "Purple People Eater" dragster from outside my home shop and at this years ELTA Summer Bash and Big Go Drags. Even Andy Marsh , a original Galt Stroker and a original driver of the dragster from those early years back in mid 50's dropped by to check out the old girl. This piece of Canadian drag racing history was very well recieved by all that came by to look at her.

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Finally caught up wit Al Howlett ....a original member of the Galt Strokers C.C. from 1954 and one of the builders of the "Purple People Eater" dragster at his place last week. It was great to have Al see his old car..... he's looking good for 86.

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That's good of you to bring the car to him for some reminiscing.

He looks really pleased.

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Nice you got to get the car and one of the originals back together. He does look real good for 86. Congrats to Al

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