7) Bow Tie

  Mc Duck, Beep and I visited Bow Tie, who is rebuilding the nail head engine for Mc Duck's 39. Bow Tie has at least 1 of every thing, is a jack of all trades and a master of most. His shops and tool collection are to die for. His past and present projects are well thought out and meticulously worked through. I was awe-struck from the time we arrived until we left. 

Upon entering Bow Tie's "clean shop" our attention was immediately focused on the 3 vehicles parked inside. The first was a 55 Chev 1/2 ton pickup under construction, the second was a 55 chev delivery drag race car, the third was a 55 chev 2 door post. The vehicles were parked very close together making it difficult to get full exterior photos. Maybe I will get the opportunity  on a subsequent visit.

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55 Chevy pick up body upon a 77 Chev modified frame in which Bow Tie has implanted a 500+ci Cadillac motor. Check out the superb workmanship throughout. 


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                    Lincoln Town Car 6 way power seat                           Auto Meter instruments, also note foil sandwiched felt                       

                                                                                                                insulation which lays on top of Dynamat insulation. 

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  The frame again modified for this Lincoln 9&3/8" rear end       Gear Venders 28% overdrive which will be removed from    .

  with overload airbags.                                                                      transmission shown and attached to the 400 transmission                    

                                                                                                                in the 55 pick up. 

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  A 55 Chev Delivery drag racer completely built and raced by Bow Tie. Believe it or not this car can be easily made street legal.

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 Every non-original item other than gauges, steering wheel etc. was designed and fabricated by Bow Tie.

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Needless to say many engineering and performance trophies have been won by this car. Bow Tie has raced it at quarter and eighth mile drag strips with good results at both. 

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                The delivery is powered by a 355 ci,  6" rods with 15 / 1 compression (you figure) hp Chev. 

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The engine compartment for this '55' 2 dr chevy post is filled with a 358 ci, lots of hp engine sporting 2 turbo chargers. The  turbochargers were designed and fabricated by Bow Tie. When Bow Tie ran this car at the drag strip he competed in only 1 race. The car was so fast that the safety guys determined he needed a roll cage and associated safety equipment to be allowed to race at the speed he had achieved. Bow Tie built this car so that it could be returned to bone stock if so desired, with a roll cage that would be very difficult, so he said "no thanks".  

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                        Upholstery done by Stitch.                                                                Fuel tank fabricated by Bow Tie. 

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  How's this for a collection of tools and stuff.                               Another angle of the same area, note McDuck's soon to be rebuilt         

                                                                                                               nailhead in the middle.                                                                            

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  Intake manifolds carbs and air cleaners alongside archery                    Closer shot of the manifolds and carbs. 

  bows etc.  

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  Some of the trophies Bow Tie has acquired with his 55           Die cast models, every one is a Chevrolet except for possibly the

  delivery also archery acquired wild game trophies.                  gray one on the right end.


                                                           Now we visit what Bow Tie refers to as his "dirty shop".

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  Crosley station wagon in the process of becoming a street                 9 inch rear end destined to go in the Crosley                                                                                                                              

  driven NHRA legal race car. Wait until you see this one finished.                                                                                                                                                            

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                                                                             Check out the turbo chargers and stuff.                                             


This was a very interesting and informative 3 in 1 (Stitch, McDuck and Bow tie) trip. I feel very fortunate in being able to put together the forgoing material.  Updates and more to come on these 3.  

 Shopman

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