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« on: December 03, 2010, 05:01:25 am »

This was a great day at the Schley Brother's house, as they just completed restoring their old dragster. So, to help celebrate the firing of the engine for the first time (in the rail), Paul and Mark invited a few friends over, including Rick Sadler who built the T-4 engine. As you can see, this car, once again, is awesome!


And yes, the Lightning Bug gasser sits in the garage waiting its turn for a complete restoration.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010, 05:09:29 am »

Awesome! I can`t to see the Lightning Bug.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2010, 05:10:34 am »


      Thanks Deano it will be nice to see it go down the track again.

      Frenchy
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2010, 05:12:10 am »



     Next will be the chop top sedan in the garage to be restored.

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010, 05:13:09 am »

I bet the neighbors like that also!, I like! Very cool!!

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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2010, 05:59:46 am »

thanks you deano reporter
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2010, 06:02:55 am »

Wow...this really brings back some memories.  I clicked these shots at OCIR at a bug-in...when I last saw it. Unreal.  I forgot how many years ago  I took these shots. Paul and Mark would probably remember as the Stutt Bee was parked next to the dragster in the pits when I took these. Sorry for the graininess of the shots. I pulled them from old Ecktachrome slides I have.

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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2010, 06:41:42 am »

WOW! Priceless!! Cool pics..
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2010, 06:43:04 am »

     Also featured and on the cover of Hot VW'S February 1974 and an article on page 30 to 34. Way cool!!!!!

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2010, 06:46:33 am »



    I will have to give Mark a call and see if he would like to have a TREUHAFT sticker to put on the car as shown on some of the old pictures.

    Frenchy
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2010, 07:11:55 am »

nice welding on the manifolds Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2010, 07:39:18 am »

Wow... great to see that! Can't wait to see it run.

Someone is gonna need one of these;

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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2010, 10:22:31 am »

What a great moment – what great people! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2010, 10:41:11 am »

Wow! Thanks for sharing.

T-shirts and shorts..... dam I miss summer and we`re only in November. Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2010, 11:01:07 am »

GREAT news! European BugIn #4?
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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2010, 11:10:39 am »

GREAT news! European BugIn #4?

THAT would be terrific! ! !
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2010, 11:21:09 am »

cant Wait
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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2010, 11:35:19 am »

What an Awesome Rail, Glad to see it back running Grin
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2010, 12:18:33 pm »

Great !
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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2010, 14:57:56 pm »

GREAT news! European BugIn #4?

THAT would be terrific! ! !
Now,that would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2010, 15:49:50 pm »

No wonder it was nice an quite at work yesterday! Grin
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« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2010, 15:51:41 pm »

No wonder it was nice an quite at work yesterday! Grin
Yeah, I bet Rick said 'Oh, I have an important business meeting to go to. I won't be in Thursday. Can you take care of customers, Dominick'.  Angry Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2010, 15:57:57 pm »

 Shocked Shocked waouwww awesome ,it's cool to see the dragster alive , is this aaron behind the wheels Huh aaron run in a rocket rice correct , so he will be the next driver Huh
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« Reply #23 on: December 03, 2010, 17:39:46 pm »

Beautiful work!  Car looks awesome... now I have a point of reference when the argument comes up of whether a Type 4 can suitably go fast in drag racing Grin  Makes me excited to get my own 2.0 liter built for the 2011 season.  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: December 03, 2010, 18:07:41 pm »

Awesome job! Congrats to Paul and Mark!!! Thanks Deano for sharing. I can't wait to see it!
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« Reply #25 on: December 03, 2010, 18:28:55 pm »

Thursday was one of those days that you have to pinch yourself to realize just how cool this all was. For all the days you sit in traffic, or a dentist chair that just plain sucks, and then you enjoy an afternoon like this. Mark went out and got us all Double-Doubles from In-N-Out Burgers, and then we went upstairs and watched two hours of home movies from when they raced the Lightning Bug, on the road with the Deano gasser. Hearing the dragster's massive Type 4 engine's throttle rap, watching and smelling the smoke coming off the newly painted exhaust, and seeing Paul and Mark smile like they were back in 1975! I think I just got my Christmas present a little early.
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« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2010, 19:11:53 pm »

Thursday was one of those days that you have to pinch yourself to realize just how cool this all was. For all the days you sit in traffic, or a dentist chair that just plain sucks, and then you enjoy an afternoon like this. Mark went out and got us all Double-Doubles from In-N-Out Burgers, and then we went upstairs and watched two hours of home movies from when they raced the Lightning Bug, on the road with the Deano gasser. Hearing the dragster's massive Type 4 engine's throttle rap, watching and smelling the smoke coming off the newly painted exhaust, and seeing Paul and Mark smile like they were back in 1975! I think I just got my Christmas present a little early.

My thoughts exactly Dean! What a day!
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« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2010, 19:26:13 pm »

wow!!!!
Very nice and I know that car from Hot VW in the late seventies when we were building our Pank dragster.
I have some really small and B&W pictures that said very little about the details of the car.
Looks very nice.

I can also relate to this moment a little bit extra as I am projecting my own restoration of the PANK dragster with original engine but automatic transaxle instead of the 901 Porsche 5 speed we used.
This really inspired me.
Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2010, 23:00:22 pm »

just reading the old report with the dragster and reading this the dragster had a set of 58 ida weber side draft (pict1&2) ,why they don't go this way Huh
and at that time the exhaust was below the engine and took out below the gearbox to the left(pict3)

that engine is the original 2529cc Huh

on the picture 1&2 we can see ron fleming ,ron was helping the schley bros with this project Huh
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« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2010, 23:12:34 pm »

how is funny  on the picture 1 you can see ron just aside paul and mark is working on the engine ,and just in fron tthe dragster there's a photographer may be jere alhadeff and i found the picture took by "jere" that day  with ron aside paul and mark working on the engine  Shocked
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