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Bob Tasca Sr, a local Ford dealer who was and still is, (Bob Tasca III) heavily involved in Ford racing: The "Mystery 9" car, Bob Sr. said it was mystery how quick his cars would run. Every time his car broke a second barrier, he’d lower the number. He breezed through Mystery 9-8-7. Years later, Bob III put Mystery 5 on his Top Alcohol Funny Car and is now running a Mystery 4 Shelby mustang Funny car.





Kinda of a cool background story: "The late Bob Tasca Sr.’s story began in the eighth grade, when he decided to be a Ford dealer.

He wrote about it in a class assignment. Really, that first assertion showed the personality that was already evolving the boy to a man whose discipline and self-awareness would yield a very simple business plan: To satisfy each customer, no matter what. That plan would make him a very successful Ford dealer indeed.

It didn’t take long for that dream of an eighth-grader to begin. At 16, Bob Sr. started his first job at a Ford dealership. Eleven years later, he opened his own – Tasca Ford. At 27, Bob Sr. was a Ford dealer.

Bob Sr. died in January 2010 with no regrets. The man who made his decisions based on three questions (Would he be happy? Would he be healthy? Would he be doing something he wanted to do?) would die a legend at Ford Motor Company with a sprawling, successful family that cherished him and a legacy that stretched from the dealership floor to the world’s fastest motorsport, NHRA Full Throttle Series Drag Racing."
 

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I've got a Tasca Ford Racing tshirt

Tag from my 78 F150 ranger.




I started researching this, and thanks to @schwim I found it was made in San Jose, CA, but ordered for DSO Kansas City.

Color is light Jade. Jade vinyl interior with headliner.

Oddly, I'm almost positive it has a t18, but the tag says np435. The PTO takeoff plate is on the opposite side as the np435 in my 85 bronco.
(Edit: it is indeed an NP435!)

It has a factory limited slip rear 9", and is 4x4. Also odd, is that supposedly front axle code "J" doesn't say 4x4 and says it's a ford front axle, which to my knowledge, didn't exist. Its got a d44 under it.

Another quirk about this truck is the front shocks. It has both sides behind the coils. Not one in front and one behind. Does /did not have quad shocks.

She had a 30ft section of cottonwood tree fall on her, and has sat for quite a while. Axles are rusted solid, the wheels don't turn. Some day, she'll get back on the road.

 

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I grew up 30 minutes from the fastest drag strip in the world, Heartland Park. Drag racing runs in my blood. My first race was in 1990, as a 2 year old, and went every year for 20 years when life got in the way.

Here's some old drag stuff

Don Prudhomme with a supercharged 427 sohc.





 

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Cool pics Blue, especially the young pictures of the Snake ( got any of the Mongoose? :goodfinge ) Bob Lewis of Lewis Off Road enterprises




 

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Parnelli Jones's Crazy Colt tube frame Bronco: ( note the grill )











 

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Cool pics Blue, especially the young pictures of the Snake ( got any of the Mongoose? :goodfinge ) Bob Lewis of Lewis Off Road enterprises
I have to admit, most all of these pics are not mine... My google-fu is just strong lol!

This one is a sad one, it's the last pic of all three of these trucks, not 2 weeks before the building burnt down on top of them. Sorry, it's a pic of a small pic.

04 f250 6.0 cclb 4x4 was my Dads.
94 bronco was my first vehicle.
96 f350 7.3 cclb 4x4 with 190k

 

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I grew up 30 minutes from the fastest drag strip in the world, Heartland Park. Drag racing runs in my blood. My first race was in 1990, as a 2 year old, and went every year for 20 years when life got in the way.

Here's some old drag stuff

Don Prudhomme with a supercharged 427 sohc.
The biggest rivalry in drag racing history; Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen:











 

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Different, but still Ford

 

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I know it's not Ford, well...kinda...maybe.




Don't know how many of you have heard about Don Aronow but he was a a boat builder /racer who started a lot of famous boat companies.




He was murdered by Ben Kramer of Apache Powerboats, a boat racer/drug smuggler, in 1987 while leaving his shop on Thunderboat Row (the nickname for a string of marinas and boat manufacturers on Northeast 188th Street, Miami that Aronow had started). Kramer had a business dispute with Aronow after buying his USA Racing Team ( they built the US Customs 39' Blue Thunders ) but was forced to sell it back to Aronow after the Customs Service refused to do business with him. Some of you may remember Kramers famous jail escape in 1990 when he tried fleeing the Federal Correctional Institution in South Miami-Dade in a helicopter that ended up crashing into the fence.



Donald Joel Aronow (March 3, 1927 – February 3, 1987) was an American designer, builder and racer of the famous Magnum Marine, Cary, Cigarette, Donzi, and Formula speedboats. He built speedboats for the Shah of Iran, Charles Keating, Robert Vesco, Malcolm Forbes, and George H. W. Bush. Retired President Lyndon Johnson owned several 16 ft. Donzi speedboats on his Texas ranch with which he would race his Secret Service agents.He was born in Brooklyn, NY and started out working for father in laws construction and then branched out on his own in 1953. By 1959 he was 32 and a multi millionaire who decided to move to Florida and race boats as a hobby; the rest is history.

You may remember the 1989 Movie about him; "Thunderboat Row"



 

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surprisingly... no, never heard of him. sounds like it was my loss.
cool story bro! :toothless no really... cool story. :thumbup



JK, I was into the boating thing for a long time and learned the fiberglass trade from a friend that built 27' & 31' offshore powerboats for a living.
 

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Love seeing those slicks crinkle up on launch. Watching NHRA right now lol.

Also love 4x4 vans, though I've never had one.



I've seen this one in person a couple times



Then this awesome thing

 

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Just for a reality check: $5,830 in 1966 equals $44,262.53 in 2017..


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Also love 4x4 vans, though I've never had one.
I agree, totally. When I was real young, painted murals on party wagon vans was the bees knees. I would daydream about living on the road in a tricked out 4x, lifted van w/some crazy, wild fantasy mural. Add a trailer for my bike and an income based on unicorn farts and leprechaun tears and I'd have it made. :toothless

Never did run across the right one and never really searched. Guess I chose Bronco and the rest is his-story.
 
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