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    Duesenberg Model J: The usual representaion that most folks ever have a chance to experience is picture in a book of a chrome covered Classic, lifeless and un-real, or of a silent and still giant, slumbering behind the velvet ropes in some climate controlled museum.
    This is not what these cars were buit for! Fred Duesenberg (the self taught genius engineer, farm kid from Iowa turned designer/builder/racer, builder of the first American car to win the French GranPrix, 3 time Indy 500 winner) designed the Model J not only to out-class any car in the world, but to out-perform any car in the world, and he succeded! These cars were built to drive, and to drive fast! The 420 cube, DOHC, 32 valve, straight 8 sounds awsome at wide open throttle, and this Friday, it's roar can again be heard at the Ab Jenkins Memorial Duesenberg Festival of speed! Yes, there is going to be an all Duesenberg Drag race. And you can be there, seeing the cars up close, hoods open getting tuned in for the next round, and pairing up for a blast down the strip!
    The cars will gather in Auburn Indiana, and drive with a police escort to the Kendalville Airport. There will be a fly-in of vintage aircraft, and the local SCCA will set up their timing equipment for a "gentlemans" 1/4 mile drag race. All Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg cars are invited to the airfield, but only Duesenbergs will race. Rumor is that 50 , maybe even 75 Duesey's will make the event. This unprecidented, historic event is open to the public.
    I will be there with my '29 J, ready for action! If any of you BS'ers make it, be sure to look me up. Look for this car, I'll be the one driving it.



    Links for more info: http://www.acdmeet.org/

    http://corporate.interstatebatteries...nion/index.asp

    Hope to see you there! Joel

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    Re: Duesenberg Drag Race! This friday!

    I can't be there.... But I'll sport some major wood anyway..... that car simply reeks class....

    ( ... ya just gotta quit farting in it.... now damn it..... Offttttaaaa )

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    • #3
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      I'd love a ride in the b-25..

      $400 is worth a memory of a lifetime.
      Previously boxer3main
      the death rate and fairy tales cannot kill the nature left behind.

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      • #4
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        In-car video or death!

        An epic parting shift for sure!
        That which you manifest is before you.

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        • #5
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          Joel that is badass. Videos must be posted!

          Your car is unbelievably boingtastic!!!!
          I R Bob
          You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning!
          2007 LH, 2008 LH, 2009 LH, 2010 LH, 2011 LH, 2012 DNF/BLOW'D UP, 2013 LH, 2014 LH

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          • #6
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            I so want to be there!
            Escaped on a technicality.

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            • #7
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              :D Keith, you are one of a kind. Class and crass in same breath. :D I'll put the top down in your honor.

              In car video sounds like a great idea. I need to find one of those GoPro cameras or something? Where do those come from, do they sell them walmart or something? ???

              I've been working on the car to get ready for the race, but I am way behind. I checked the valve lash on sunday, and the #6 front exhaust has closed up to .016, all the rest are ok at .022 - .024. I'll have to run it that way. It takes more time than I have to change lash. There is a bit of a miss at WOT, maybe it is that tight exhaust valve. I'm going to stick the O2 sensor from my LM1 meter into the tailpipe and tape it in since I don't have time to install a bung, then check out the a/f ratio. It's fully adjustible just by turning a screw, so that will be easy to get dialed in.
              I dialed some more positive caster into the front end last night by removing a wedge from between the spings and the axle. Took it for a test drive tonight, and it feels so much more stable, I'm going to take out the one remaining pair of shims. More is better right? I ran it up to 80 tonight, faster than I ever went in it before, and suddenly it got a seriously huge bounce happening in the front end. I had to quickly brake down to 50 before it went away. I'm going to check the balance on the tires, but 81 year old spoked wheels are going to have their limits. I'm also going to double check for anything loose in the front end and for loose spokes. I may have to hold back a little on the top end of the strip if I can't solve that. :-\
              The tachometer is all bouncy, I think the lube is dried up in it. I'm going to take it apart and lube it up. I better get back too it. Joel

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              • #8
                Re: Duesenberg Drag Race! This friday!

                Awesome!!! I can't wait for video!

                So true on the sleeping giants! I can't believe you actually found a few of these that the owners are willing to use!!

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                • #9
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                  Now this is badass. Another one who can't wait to see the vid...
                  The former Remy-Z

                  "Remy-Z, you've outdone yourself again, I thought a Mirada was the icing on the cake of rodding, but this Imperial is the spread of little 99-cent candy letters spelling out "EAT ME" on top of that cake."

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                  • #10
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                    Is Jay the "Trunk Monkey"? ;) ;D Good to see people who DRIVE their cars.

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                    • #11
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                      Is there a bounty for the first one that runs in the 10's? ;D ;D

                      I wonder how much N2O can a Duessy take? ;D ;D

                      Need to mount up some ET Drags before you pull into the lanes! That would be awesome.
                      Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
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                      1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                      1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
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                      • #12
                        Re: Duesenberg Drag Race! This friday!

                        Man's gotta love a drop top.....

                        Check the toe.... my junk likes some toe in to keep it happy on the big end.... and remember this race isn't that important.... First protect the asset....

                        I nominate a cheapy camera at least for passenger..... Video's with quality sound are Mandatory!!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Duesenberg Drag Race! This friday!

                          Joel, your '29 J is simply breathtaking .... beauty and performance in one package.
                          Can't wait for pics and video of this cool event.
                          ;D

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                          • #14
                            Re: Duesenberg Drag Race! This friday!

                            Originally posted by White Monster
                            Joel, your '29 J is simply breathtaking .... beauty and performance in one package.
                            Can't wait for pics and video of this cool event.
                            ;D
                            X2

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                            • #15
                              Re: Duesenberg Drag Race! This friday!

                              Good for you ... using it for what it was made for. Run the wheels off of it and have fun!
                              Whiskey for my men ... and beer for their horses!

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