This is the earliest known photo
of the car under construction. The red is its stock color, the
yellow and lettering followed the cars completion.
Unfortunately the guys didn't
take any photos in the course of its original construction. These
shots are from 1965 when the car was nearly finised but not yet
raced. Note all the detail and chrome. This was over the top
for that era.
On the trailer in the
pits of Edmonton Raceway.
The Regals Car Club bought the
Fiat from Brent and Gary. They ran it on gas as a BB/A for a
couple of seasons 68 and 69. They sold it and it went to Kelowna
British Columbia after.
A lot of blood, sweat, and tears
have taken place since the little Topolino has come to take residence
in my work shop. When it first arrived it was an afternoon of
throwing ideas about, and mocking up what was to be done. Since
the car had been lengthened in a rather slipshod manner the first
step was to decide what the wheel base was to be. We settled
on a wb of 98 inches, so out came the saw. Once the front axle
was made to look better than a stock VW front end it was then
lined up and welded to the frame rails.
When the Fiat was first built
the VW torsion bar suspension was left, now in the rebuild it
was decided to make the axle a no suspension unit. This would
eliminate any bump steer when the throttle was hit. This was
one of the reasons that the car was so twitchy when it was run
as an AA/FA back in the day. Now the steering will remain constant
with no suspension travel to induce a steering problem. Who need
suspension in a short ride any ways! With the front end on it
was time to put on the front wheels and tires so the ride height
could be determined. Not only was the decision made to make it
a solid front end , a caster angle of 18 degrees was done along
with dropping the front of the car almost six inches from its
original ride height.
In the rear a small problem arose
in that the axle bolt pattern was not the same as the wheel bolt
pattern. A trip to the machine shop solved this small problem.
After many years the Fiat had its front and rear wheels on again.
Brent had huge smile on his face when the Fiat rolled out of
The next step was a week later
as Brent brought over the 392 blown Chrysler to install in to
the rolling chassis. This was a day that brought a tear to Brent's
eye when we set the engine into the chassis, and were finally
able to see what the car would look like. Brent spent the better
part of the afternoon walking around the car, saying different
things, with the most fitting comment being "This Thing
is going to look just Bitchin' !"
With the engine in place it was
up to me to add some bracing and safety items. There were a few
small repairs on the chassis, and a couple of braces to add.
The biggest add on was the s=addition of shoulder bars, and a
diagonal to connect the roll bar to the lower frame rails. With
the bars in place they look like they were there form when it
was built, plus it added a big safety edge to the chassis.
The following weekend Brent brought
over the Moon Fuel tank. Once a height for the fuel tank was
determined, I made up the mounts. With the fuel tank mounted
the car is starting to look better and better,. After I had the
tank mounted I got busy on mounting the steering rack. On the
original build a Morris Minor rack was used. Since the Morris
Minor rack had long since disappeared a new aluminum billet rack
has been employed. It looks right at home and will be a safer
steering arrangement than the original rack was.
With all the parts and pieces being added it is starting to look
like a race car again.
Next will be the headers, steering
linkage, aluminum paneling, and the fitting of the body.
Part three to follow!
This is Brent Seaman's
concept drawing of the car prior to construction.
The is what the car looked like
after sitting outdoors at Woody Duke's for 32 years.
Beginning of restoration
, in Vern'sgarage, April 2008.
Chassis shortened and
front end mounted.
Fitted steering box.
Since the original Pontiac/Olds
rear end was missing a Ford 9 inch was mounted.
Steering and drive line fitting.
Construction of Steering was like it was back then.
Repaired , remounted front end.
Changes made were, removal of torsion suspension, reversed VW
axle, lower than original ,and a longer wheelbase were made to
give the car a better look and stance.
Original box was from
a Morris, this time an aftermarket rack was installed.
All the polishing was
done in Vern's garage by himself.
The Cackle motor in the
Brent testing out the
Throttle linkage incorporated
original Don Long pieces, courtesy of Dale Adams.
New tin, a little nicer
and cleaner than the original.
Original rear tubs were
retained, but repaired and cleaned up
A original, min, unused Donovan
can donated by Gaines Markley is in the car.
Vern working on the car, fitting
headers, originals were copied and built by himself.
Restored Wheelie wheel
and push bar.
Like most other cacklecars, they
put a bigger tank in it than the original due to the better pumps
and longer running time.
A lot of the car was
built outside under this canopy.
First time out in Calgary. Group
shot of a bunch of Northwest players including Jerry Ruth, Herm
Peterson and Terry Capp, Dale Armstrong, Wayne King, Ron Hodgson,
Gordon Jenner, Gary Eggbert, Brent Seaman, Ken Achs, and Terry
The restoration was debuted
at the 2008 CHRR.
Brent, LV and Vern.
All the way from Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada the Egbert Bros. Seaman & Cooper 'Outcast' AA/FA.
This is a real deal restoration done by B.J. Seaman. Both he
and Egbert went on to field several top fuel cars in the 60s.
Vern Scholz was in the
Their first Cacklefest was a
static start. Vowed to come back next time for a push start,
and they did.
Fast forward to the
2011 California Hot Rod Reuinon.
At the 2011 CHRR Vern
Scholz was in the car again.
Mike Bromme, Rod Hodges
and Brent Seaman - startin' her up.
John Force and Robert
Hight infront of the Outcast pit.
CHRR 2011: "This was our
last min thrash in the lanes. We broke a pump drive in the afternoon,
and didn't find a replacement pump until 1/2 hr before the Cacklefest.
The Pump was found by the dragster guy beside us ( Paradise Alley
AA/FD - purple car) , and he found one in the swap meet of all
places, so a big thanks to them . If not we would have been out
of the show!"
Cacklefest parade is a big thing
at the CHRR. It gives the fans a chance to see all the cars prior
to their push start.
Push start, start.
Brent Seaman went out
to oversee the engine.
Brent Seaman, Vern Scholz
and Rod Hodges
World of Wheels Calgary.