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Ghosts of Van Nuys Blvd..cont'd













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This is a decal everyone wanted from San Fernando Drag Strip with the red Trophy Winner in the center of the decal. I sent this so any of the Van Nuys cruisers can have one. Put the right contact paper in your printer and you can print one out and use it for a decal, or print it on photo paper and cut it out to put by your old photo's etc. Great to see my old pictures on your site.
Thanks
Larry O'Connell Member of Noblemen Car Club of Van Nuys

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My 1956 Ford with 292 cu in engine, three speed auto trans and 4.11 gears. . Cruised Van Nuys Blvd from 1959 to 1960, pictures taken in the same period. Raced the car at San Fernando Drag Strip in 1959 at age 15, I was so excited to be racing. The car was not so excited as it went 17 seconds ET at 77 mph. After changing to the 4.11's from the 3.00 gears it went into the 16's ET at 80 mph.
Bill Wolter a good friend of mine did all the body work nosing and decking the car as well as removing all the emblems.
Larry O'Connell Member of Noblemen Car Club of Van Nuys

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From 1979. All shined up and ready to cruise!
1969 El Camino With a 350. My neighbors hated that car because their TVs would lose their reception when I got within a few houses away.
Dave Bigbee

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Here is my Van Nuys blvd ride circa 1958. It`s a `53 Olds 88 with a `57 J2 engine. I was a member of the Chancellors.
Dave Rymal

 
         
         
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This was my 1970 VW bug. Not a hot rod but it spent many hours cruising Van Nuys Blvd. with my friends and I. The crunched fender was a Van Nuys Blvd. "ouchie"!
Thanks for the opportunity to share!
Patti Hipps

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The 1961 Starliner belonged to a good friend Gaylen Gallion, Gay was killed in Viet Nam in 1969 with the Marines. Gay's Starliner had the 300 HP 390 engine, one weekend he borrowed his cousins 375 HP HiPo version of Fords 390. He pulled his engine, installed the 375 HP engine raced it at San Fernando Drag Strip; came home and re-installed his engine. I am still in shock after all these years that he would do this. Great guy, still miss him.
Larry O'Connell Member of Noblemen Car Club of Van Nuys

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Some of the car clubs from Van Nuys Blvd

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Hell yeah!
'56 T-Bird
Ready for this? 389 GTO motor 4 speed hydro. Stock Ford rear end. I was constantly replacing gears, and motor mounts. Lime metalflake removable hard top. Damn, I miss VNB. Now I am in Utah, working on a '58 Anglia.
Chris Crothers   Cruised 1968

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Don Stout's '56 Bel Air circa 1958. Picture was taken on Victory Blvd near Kester Ave. Also note the '49 Merc parked across the street.

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Tom Hutchins bought this 1940 Ford coupe in 1971 and still owns it today. Cruised VNB from '72-'75. Ran a 312 Y-block w/ dual quads, T-10 4 speed and a 4:56 nine inch rear end. Later ran a 429, car is being returned to it's 312 configuration.

   
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Trudy Stolz and her 1967 Firebird 400..Bought it from a little old lady..This car did some bitchen burn-outs!!!

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Reid Stolz' 1966 Ford Galaxie, 289 Hipo. Member of "Race?"

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Wells, Stout & Smith leaving a Violators car Club meeting...1956

   
         
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Marc Stolz 1966 Mustang, 289 4-speed

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Marc Stolz 1966 Mustang, built 289, C-4..Razor straight body...

     

Larry Rothfork sent us some pictures from the summer of '73

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Rick Graves big block Chevy powered '69 Firebird, "Firerat" and  Rueben Aragon's '65 Mustang..

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Jim Steinert's '57 Nomad

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Bill & Henry Thompson's '66 Mustangs. One was a 4- speed the other an autumatic. You just never knew which car had which trans at what time.

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Jim Steinet's '70 1 ton Dodge Power Wagon

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Jim Steinert's '74 Chevy Van "Future Shock"

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Mike Johnson's "Vega High"

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Matt Fortuna's 1968 GTO

     

Bob Beck sent thse photos to us..

Here are a few pics of the cars I drove on Van Nuys Blvd 1966-1974

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1951 Buick Woody...It's hard to walk when you have a woody...So I cruised Van Nuys Blvd....

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