Mike has recently completed restoring Bobby Braxton's blue 35 car. Mike worked with Mr. Bobby Braxton to complete the car utilizing all original pieces and techniques. The pictures below show the steps of the process.
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Condition of car before reconditioning
Original frame after media blasting / Original frame painted black / Sandblasted rear suspension
Body before and after sand blasting
Completed rust repair and patching
Beginning stages of fiberglass and body work
Body primed / Plastic work and body work
Frame ready to mount body
Body mounted and painted light blue
Finished full restoration
Finished full restoration with Mr. Braxton at wheel
Picture 1- Mike Grim, Shane Grim, & Bobby Braxton at completed car
Picture 2- Mike Grim, Mrs. Braxton, Mr. Braxton, and Jeremy Waszkiewicz
AS REPORTED BY BOBBY BRAXTON
started the original car in 1966.
He used a 1948 Ford Coupe street car and a 1955 Chevy street car for parts to build the car
The 1955 Chevy frame was the original frame used under the car
The roll cage was constructed from 1 1/2" square tubing
The steering was the 1955 Chevy mounted sideways under the left frame rail with a drag
link running to the left front. There were 2 "U" joints used in the steering shaft to place
the steering wheel in the center of the car. the 17" 1955 Chevy steering wheel
was also used to provide leverage since there was no power steering.
The 1937 Ford coupe body was purchased from Frankie Schneider with a case of beer.
The coupe body had no hood or trunk and Bobby made the trunk from the
roof of the 1955 Chevy. The hood also came from the Chevy.
The seat was from an International dump truck.
The engine was a used 327 with a carburetor.
The car was painted Fawn Beige.
The car was first raced at the Reading Fairgrounds in September 1967.
It was also run at Nazareth 1/2 mile.
In 1968, Bobby replaced the car's rear with a Frankland Quick Change.
Bobby also changed the car color to metallic blue.
1969, Bobby spent the following amount thus far on the car:
Brakes and Hubs- $250.00
1 1/2" square tubing for cage- $100.00
Fuel Injection (1969)- $285.00
Quick Change (1968)- $456.00
All tires, tubes, & wheels (2 Racemaster Snake Tread, 1 stock passenger car tire, & 1939 Ford wheel)- $300.00
During the 1970 season, Bobby could no longer afford to race on his own. In 1971, Bobby hooked up with Ronnie Kehl and Gerry Gilbert to run their #10 car. Because he was making a little money driving for them, Bobby decided to update his own car.
this time, Bobby traded a Chevy 12 bolt rear for a 65 Ford frame and steering
He bought mild steel tubing and borrowed a tubing bender. He built a new frame and cage.
He used the front axel, quick change, and brakes from the first car.
He shortened the left axel tube to 26" and the right to 28".
He mounted the Ford steering box inside the car and made a bellcrank to
change the direction of the steering to the right front.
The seat was a fiberglass racing seat.
Bobby bought a NASCAR approved fuel cell from Gerald Chamberlain for $300.
When he mounted the body, Bobby welded the trunk lid solid and "bobbed" the rear portion of the body.
The Chevy transmission was replaced with a stronger Ford 3 speed.
The engine was a .060" over 454.
Bobby bought the block, crank, rods, and heads from Bob Fisher Chevrolet.
The cam is a $35 Chet Herbert Roller with a Chevy truck gear drive.
The engine was assembled by Dick Cadwaldader.
Bobby painted the car School Bus Yellow.
Bobby later changed the color to light blue.
The car was run with the Big Block at
Nazareth small track, once at Reading, a few
times at Flemington, and once at Lincoln. It was run with the Small Block at Nazareth,
Reading, and once at the 1 1/8 mile Nazareth track.
Sometime in 1978, Bobby took the engine out and
used it in his ride at the time
which was the Frank Wiechecki #74. The car was never raced again.
Kenny Brightbill Leroy Felty
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