Last updated Jun 26, 2008
I first saw what is now my car in the Fall of 1974 in front of Monroe HighSchool. The owner then was a freind of a cousin. Not long after I started dating the owner and he traded the car off for another about a year later. I did learn to drive in the car before it was passed on.
I spotted the car in a parking lot in Corvallis, OR and left a note on the windsheild asking them to call me. Amazingly they did call and after 2 yrs i had finally talked them into selling it to me. June 4, 1977 I was the proud new owner of my first car.
I later married and my new husband joined the Army in 1982. The Shotrod sat at my dads from '79 until 2000 where finally some relatives hauled it to MD for me and I was finally reunited with my "baby" again. Even to this day I still have the same feeling for my car as I did in the 70's. My first real love I suppose. I'm a nut!
Little added note. After the car was sold and before I got it back so to speak, I kept the boot cover for the top the entire time. I figured if I couldn't have the car I'd at least have one of it's belongings or a piece of it. However you want to look at it. Obsessed I was!
A year after getting it to Andrews AFB in MD we got orders to move to the desert of CA, Edwards AFB where we spent the next 5 yrs.
The name "Red Banana" came about after getting Tboned on my first drive to Los Angeles (about 120 miles) for a So-Cal Galaxies club meeting. I was only about 3 blocks from my destination in Anaheim near Knott's Berry Farm. Hit by a Honda of all things! How embarrassing! The body is now shaped like a banana with the passenger side door and quarter panel crunched. I grew up and started driving responibly and then get ran over. But when I was a kid driving it I was in a couple ditches with only a few scratches as evidence.
It hasn't dampened my enthusiasm for driving it though. I still love every minute of it and I still look out and see that big ol red beast sitting there and think "there's my car!"
We now live in Tacoma Washington at McChord AFB. I had to build a top before moving so decided that the old king size waterbed mattress would do the job. It keeps water in, shouldn't it keep it out just as well? The "new" top worked out great and even the trunk stayed dry. It rained from the moment we hit the border of Oregon on December 22 i think it was until we got to Washington Jan 3rd after visiting family in Oregon. Then it snowed!! Crash course in driving in snow after not doing it in years. I did quite well believe it or not! There are pics of the top at
The best part of the whole trip from CA to WA is the ol Shotrod made it the full 1100+ miles without a hitch! Only trouble was the quarter panel hitting the tire on bumps every now and then because the car was so packed with some of our belongings.
I guess all the hard work paid off. Thankfully I was "Daddy's boy" so my husband Don and I have done most all of the work ourselves except for the rebuilding of the rearend. Still have a bit more to do and now add to that body work! It never ends does it?
1974 390 4V (from a Ford 4x4 Highboy)
bored .040 over
Federal Mogul RV cam Pro-3000
210° - 225° duration at .050
Compression ratio 10.3:1
Cast Iron Cruiso (green dot) 3 spd,
White interior, bucket seats & console
Column shift with swingaway steering wheel.
Only mod was to the color of the engine. Grabber Green block w/metal cast blue valve covers and other parts with frogs hand painted.
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