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Found something out #1327538 Tue Sep 24 2019 05:26 PM
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hapydirty Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
About a question I had for Shakey61 at the KC event. I was asking him about those cool chrome rings in the center of the wheels on Mater. I ran a cross a guy at a local show that had those same rings. He told me Speedway had themhere, in case anybody might be interested.
Happy to be a Heartland Bolter.

Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1327548 Tue Sep 24 2019 06:28 PM
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Shakey61 Offline
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Phil,

That is an awesome piece of detective work! "Spider Rings"..now I know what they're called.

-Kevin


This is what happens when you live with a house-full of women, the wife and daughters name all the cars:
1960 Impala - "Frankie" (Frank Sinatra)
1961 Apache - " 'Mater Jr." (wrecker)
1972 SuperBeetle Convertible - "Juliet"
1976 SuperBeetle Convertible - "Olaf"
1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce - "Romeo"
Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1327593 Wed Sep 25 2019 12:23 AM
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hapydirty Offline OP
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It was cool to find out what they were and where they can be had, but they sure don't give them away.

Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1327841 Thu Sep 26 2019 05:19 PM
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Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1327937 Fri Sep 27 2019 05:16 PM
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hapydirty Offline OP
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Love the look of that truck.
I like the look of those wheels also.

Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1327939 Fri Sep 27 2019 05:28 PM
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Shakey61 Offline
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I agree...just a touch of shine, without over-doing it.

-Kevin


This is what happens when you live with a house-full of women, the wife and daughters name all the cars:
1960 Impala - "Frankie" (Frank Sinatra)
1961 Apache - " 'Mater Jr." (wrecker)
1972 SuperBeetle Convertible - "Juliet"
1976 SuperBeetle Convertible - "Olaf"
1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce - "Romeo"
Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1328267 Mon Sep 30 2019 05:41 PM
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EchoBravoSierra Offline
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Thank you both very much!

Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1330178 Wed Oct 16 2019 10:18 PM
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Shakey61 Offline
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In the interest of "Found Something Out", here's another one:

I've had several old-timers at various shows and events tell me that 'Mater Jr. would have been called a "Repo Special" back in the day. Apparently, they would take a normal pickup and install a drop-in boom/winch with a sling on the back. To repo a car, you'd zip in, sling it up, and be gone. In and out, quick and quiet like a hostage rescue mission!

I've been going for a 'shop truck' vibe, but the Repo Special thing amuses me. Perhaps I need to make some more magnetic signs, touting my non-existent repo services!

-Kevin


This is what happens when you live with a house-full of women, the wife and daughters name all the cars:
1960 Impala - "Frankie" (Frank Sinatra)
1961 Apache - " 'Mater Jr." (wrecker)
1972 SuperBeetle Convertible - "Juliet"
1976 SuperBeetle Convertible - "Olaf"
1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce - "Romeo"
Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1341005 Wed Jan 08 2020 03:54 AM
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a.d.-hawk Offline
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I was not aware of the Repo Special...cool story!!
Always wondered how the polished rings worked...never to late to learn something new about the hobby!


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Re: Found something out [Re: hapydirty] #1341048 Wed Jan 08 2020 02:11 PM
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Having spent 30+ years in Law Enforcement, I’ve had a lot of experience with Repo Specials. First the owners try to make the truck look as close to yours and mine as possible. Absolutely no markings of any kind unless required by the licensing authority. They like to work under the cover of darkness as much as possible so no shiny stuff for the neighborhood to see. The newer units all work hydraulically/electrically from inside the cab. The driver never gets out until safely away from the pick up site. We would quite often get calls from some night owl neighbor saying their neighbor’s car is being stolen. Always a Repo Special at work. Drag the vehicles down the street with the tires screeching until they could pull over and swap ends. The drivers are supposed to notify Law Enforcement when they are doing a Repo but that is a hit or miss deal. I’ve taken more than 1 Repo Artist out of his truck at gun point and cuffed them up until everything is sorted out. BTW, 90% of the time they are packing heat, I would too if I was in that line of work.
Now you know the rest of the story, whether you wanted to or not.
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'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe


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