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2 lane blacktop-rear discs! #2698422
09/17/19 12:06 PM
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After checking out the Dukes you-tube post, there was one with scenes from 2 lane blacktop. Wilson is removing the slicks off the back of the 55 after a race, and you can clearly see that it has disc brakes on the rear axle. I thought that was pretty advanced for 1971! I always liked 55's. I also remember going to see it at the drive-in in my new(to me) 69 RR, same thing with Vanishing Point. When the show was over, lots of burning rubber out the exit!

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Re: 2 lane blacktop-rear discs! [Re: Lee446] #2698741
09/18/19 03:35 PM
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You betcha!

two-lane.jpg

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Re: 2 lane blacktop-rear discs! [Re: RamblerMan] #2698875
09/19/19 08:10 AM
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Looks like there might be some type of a lowering block too on top of the springs...


Loving all the tears... bawling

Sorry Doc...

We'll try again in 2 years...up

Edited...Looks like it will be 6 years...biggrin
Re: 2 lane blacktop-rear discs! [Re: skicker] #2698887
09/19/19 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by skicker
Looks like there might be some type of a lowering block too on top of the springs...



And about a 10 leaf spring to boot. Nothing like 3/4 ton truck springs in your 55. whistling


July 19th should be "Drive Like Rockford Day". R.I.P. Jimmie.
Re: 2 lane blacktop-rear discs! [Re: John Brown] #2698942
09/19/19 11:29 AM
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Probably a necessity because of the spare tires/wheels, tool box, jack, etc. grin

I personally have always liked '55 Chevys and would own one in a minute if they weren't so expensive (kinda like buying most Mopars wink ).



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Jay Leno had James Taylor on the show. Took him for a ride in the 55. I think it was the actual car but I cannot recall for certain.
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09/21/19 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Kidsixpack
Jay Leno had James Taylor on the show. Took him for a ride in the 55. I think it was the actual car but I cannot recall for certain.
KID


Both the Hero Car and the ``Filming Car`` still exist. Both have been restored now, last I heard.
The third car was destroyed at the end of American Graffiti since it wasn`t destroyed during the filming of Two-Lane.


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Re: 2 lane blacktop-rear discs! [Re: RamblerMan] #2700863
09/25/19 05:10 PM
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The car that was on Jay Leno's show, is the actual '55 that James Taylor drove in the movie..still has the camara mounts attached to it, to film interior shots, etc.
I have the DVD of the movie, and there is a whole section on one of the discs that explain what happened to the car(s) and who has owned them over the years.
Richard Ruth originally built the car for the movie. I believe he was in the movie in a short scene. He was the guy in the fred flinstone shirt, when they were at the gas station filling up with "high test"! He was talking to Dennis' character about the "famous panel truck" having a little bit of transmission trouble!


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1972 Plymouth Duster...418ci Stroker Small Block
1973 Dodge Charger SE Brougham...400 Magnum Big Block (SOLD)
1971 Plymouth Duster...360 4bbl (SOLD)
1970 Dodge Challenger...340 4bbl (SOLD)
1969 Dodge Dart...440 Big Block (SOLD) Burn't up in a fire
1969 Chrysler 300 Convertible...440 TNT Big Block
1968 Dodge Dart Custom...318 4bbl (SOLD) Smashed/Wrecked
1998 Dodge Dakota R/T 5.9 Magnum
2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0
Re: 2 lane blacktop-rear discs! [Re: RoadRunnerLuva] #2701100
09/26/19 11:51 AM
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It was a legit 10 second car patterned after the cars Ruth was street-racing at the time. Producer Gary Kurtz (who went on to be a producer on Star Wars) spent time street racing with Ruth and then ordered the three cars from his shop.

https://unofficialamericangraffiti.weebly.com/the-1955-chevy.html


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