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1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 'Bubbletop' Coupe Drag Car model

“Old Reliable II”


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About “Old Reliable II”

(Please note: Since this is a scale model that I built and not an actual car, I will only accept challenges against other models, diecasts, and toys.)

In the Drag Racing wars of the early 1960's there were several big name drivers, and one of the best was Dave Strickler, who campaigned cars for Ammon R. Smith Chevrolet in York, PA. The dealership had the nickname "The Old Reliable" for as long as anyone could remember, and that was written on the doors of the cars Strickler raced for them. A young mechanic in Smith's shop turned out to be pretty good at wringing every last horse out of a Chevy W-Block engine... You may have heard of him. Bill Jenkins, better known as "Grumpy". Grumpy Jenkins and Bill Strickler were quite a team in the early 1960's until rule changes and the lure of bigger money from the Ford camp - not to mention a personality clash with Jenkins - took Strickler away from the Ammon R. Smith operation. The dealership closed it's doors in the early 1980's.


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Specs for “Old Reliable II”

AMT 1962 Chevy Bel Air 'Bubbletop" Dave Strickler Drag Car model, built mostly right out of the box.


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Factory Options for “Old Reliable II”

Cold air induction air intake - draws fresh air from the high-pressure area at the base of the windshield.

409 cubic inch, dual-quad engine with dual exhaust.
4-speed close ratio manual transmission
Positraction rear differential with 4.56:1 gears
Dual Exhaust
NO Radio
NO Heater
(Contrary to popular myth, these last two items weren't 'deleted'; They were factory options from the git-go on the Bel Air series in 1962.


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Mods for “Old Reliable II”

I just added battery cables, spark plug wires, the turn signal lever, sun visors, a dimmer switch, the dome light and a driver's seat belt to this one, and reworked the suspension so it sat better, more like the pictures I've seen of the actual car. I added Bare Metal foil to the chrome trim.Yes, the wheels ARE the correct colors, with white in front and black in back!


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