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    In September 2003, I took Dallas to the Monster Mopar Weekend. I owned the Texas Big Bird at the time -- and it was being run as Exhibition. I ran the Big Red Red back then -- but is was a much different car. On the way back from St. Louis -- Dallas asked me if we could build him a car to race. He was 15 and not doing well in school so I made him a deal that I'd do that but take it away if he didn't get his grades up.

    A couple of days later I bought a 72 Demon that had been a race car all of its life -- and was being converted to drive on the street. It still had its 1972 Texas State Inspection sticker on the windshield. I made the deal and we brought it home.




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    We checked out the rules and decided to build it to race in Nostalgia Muscle Car.

    The car was disassembled and parts ordered.








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      • #4
        Dallas sanded the floor and trunk pans to bare metal, holes were welded up, the car was set out for a Chrome Moly Cage, the 360 engine and transmission freshened up, and the cage/floor/trunk painted with POR15 Black.







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        • #5
          The K-frame cleaned and painted with POR 15, and the engine bay painted white






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          • #6
            Engine and transmission installed. Fuel system Installed.








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            • #7
              Interior finished off and ignition wired








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              • #8
                Car is finished, cleaned, and raced for a year. FIrst event out was the Ford FE Nats -- which had all makes for NMC -- and he won NMC against all of the Cougars and Mustangs and the quickest RT .002. -- and the 2004 Texas Outsider's Championship.








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                • #9
                  Stay Tuned for Phase II and Phase III of Dallas' Demon
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                  • #10
                    Picking up where I left off this morning...

                    At the end of 2005, the car was torn down again to be made safer, prettier, faster, ...




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                    • #11
                      The car was sent out for minor rust repair, panel alignment, and painted 70 Duster -- Rallye Red then reassembled












                      4-bolt to 2-bolt adapter on firewall for new style brake master cylinder
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                      • #12
                        Damon instructs Dallas on engine assembly of 408ci motor with Edelbrock heads and forged parts. Dallas and Brian stab it in the car. Work started at 8AM and finished at midnight -- and then I drove the 300 miles home so Dallas wouldn't miss his fishing trip.







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                        • #13
                          New Caltracs, monosprings, Rancho and shocks. Underside is cleaned and painted with POR15. An-8 braided fuel lines, new fuel pump/filter are added. New/stronger transmission was installed.







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                          • #14
                            Moser Alloy Rear Axels, new spool, 4.34:1 race gears, and yoke are added.





                            New Flaming River Steering Coupler




                            New 1 3/4" primary ceramic coated headers

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                            • #15
                              New Carpet, shifter, and wiring cleanup.




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