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Mid engine Jeep?

#21
Quick update on Rock Bradfords old rear engine Jeep. A group of us bought it back in the early 90's. Rebuilt it and raced it in a few of the LaRana races. Blew the engine up during a practice session and replaced the motor with a similar Buick 215 cu in aluminum block. Ended up selling it to a team up in Utah that raced it in some of the BORA events. Last I heard they were having some overheating problem.

Any way here's some pics of the rebuild and completed "jeep". It was a blast to drive! Hope your dad enjoys the pics.
 

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#22
Very cool! Thanks for posting the pics. When I first saw it as a teenager in '79, it had a ford 351 in it and a ginormous rear radiator. With the 3.5 litre ali Buick, I'm sure it broke less being lighter!
 

Fandango

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#24
So... Fred's Jeep was Rock's Jeep. He raced it for about three seasons until the '97 Jackpot and became a buggy dork. I believe it went to Idaho from there. It would still be in Utah but it sold before we got to the finish line. Thanks OldJeeper.
 

Rearengjeep

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#25
Jeepster,

Thanks for the photos, I know my dad will be happy to see them. That was always his favorite race car.....even more than all the others he owned. I have a ton of pics I'm gonna post in this section and also the old off road section. It will be a variety of racers he owned over the years. Thanks again
 

Mumzy

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Back in the late 80's I worked for Swift Engineering when they were still on Central Park Ave. in Anaheim. I can't remember his name, but there was a guy with a rear engine Jeep that had his shop a few doors down. This was about the same time that the Enduro Bronco showed up and schooled the class.
 

retroblazer

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#27
Back in the late 80's I worked for Swift Engineering when they were still on Central Park Ave. in Anaheim. I can't remember his name, but there was a guy with a rear engine Jeep that had his shop a few doors down. This was about the same time that the Enduro Bronco showed up and schooled the class.
A rear engine Jeep would have raced in Class 4. SCORE for a short while had a Class 14 that it also could have run in, but the Enduro Bronco would have been running in Class 3 until approx. the 1991 season when they swapped to Class 4 in a Ford 150. Come to think of it, there were some combined 3,4,14 races when entries were low. In some respects the arrival of TTB on a production platform killed the rear engine specials. The TTB Broncos had long travel 4WD, big horse power and a tough driveline. Amost twice as much front wheel travel compared to the specials and, equal to, or greater, wheel base and width, stock.
 

TROPHYSEDAN

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#29
I bought a fiber glass bodied jeepster in mid 70,s built buy Brian Chuhua (sp) . it was rear engine with a trico 390 AMC engine raced in midwest till early 80,s sold to guy in SD who put a chevy in it. the body was very heavy. i was told 3 bodies were built.
Here is a lil history.
3 bodys where made.
Holy Toledo. I have.
Ralph price. Missing.
Mid Engine Heard it was scrapped.
Holy Toledo drag Jeep. The #4 body had a fiberglass nose and sides. Aluminum rear half.
Im waiting to hear back on a fiberglass body i found.
If you have any info. Up dates. Post it.
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Rearengjeep

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Back in the late 80's I worked for Swift Engineering when they were still on Central Park Ave. in Anaheim. I can't remember his name, but there was a guy with a rear engine Jeep that had his shop a few doors down. This was about the same time that the Enduro Bronco showed up and schooled the class.
Mumzy,

My Dads AC corporation was located on central park avenue. I had no idea Swift Engineering was down the road. Jerry Welchel's dad owned a shop around the corner of that business complex
 
#31
I believe your man was in fact Glenn Emery.Super good guy,a real gentleman,but hard charger. He and I battled for the championship in 1978 in Walt's High Desert series class 4 , modified 4 wheel drive.In the mid 80's Steve Catlin, who I recall was Glenn's son in law ran the car, I competed against him as well.In the 1987 Mint 400 he was first,I was 2nd. Bill Todd out of Duarte also had a similiar car.I recall he and Rod Hall took a second place at the Mint in 1978, I believe. We were 4 th , missed 3 rd by 26 second's.Rocky Bradford out of Anaheim had a similiar car as well in the late 80's.
I was a pit boy in 73 for Bill Todd. My father Ernie Reed was a co- driver. The car was called El Toro. Yellow 4×4 with a boat v drive.
 
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