U.S. Military Tribute - RUNAMUCKA - The Ballad Of The "RUNAMUCKA"
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The Runamucka started out to be another Rat Rod with a military theme and
evolved into what you see today.
It started with two guys who are pilots having a bench racing session. The
idea centered on building a low dollar car that looked like a war bird. One
of the guys was Lonnie Gilbertson the thought of this car kept running
through his head until he decided to build it.
First thing was to find a motor it had to look like an airplane motor, yet
be street friendly, a V-12 Jaguar was chosen. Next a Ford pickup cab was
picked for the main body. With some borrowed wheels and tires it was mocked
up to see how it would fit together. At this point it was decided to build
it to look like a P-40 Flying Tiger. Lonnie built a custom frame out of 2 X
4 tubing. A model A cross member was used at the back, with a custom built
rear spring attached to a 9 Ford rear end held in place with 1936 Ford wish
bones. The rear suspension was completed. Up front an early Ford type
spring mounted to a 4 dropped I beam axle was used along with 1948 Ford
backing plates and wish bones with some custom machine work. Buick finned
aluminum brake drums were used front and back to give it an aircraft feel.
Lonnie chose to use a 1932 grille shell up front, a 1950 Studebaker bullet
nose was used for the prop hub and molded into the duce grille shell.
The Airplane feel was starting to come to reality. The top was chopped 4
and a custom hood was fabricated to complete the body. The reason for the
V-12 is evident when you see 6 custom built Exhaust pipes sticking out both sides of the
hood. About this time it changed from a Rat Rod to a Tribute to the AVG
(American Volunteer Group) and to all Military personal who serve this
Six jeep cans at the back hide the 20 gallon stainless gas tank. Aluminum
bomber seats were used with the upholstery material coming from a surplus
Army tent. Finished body work and camouflage paint was applied by Duane
Olofson. The fantastic art work that makes everything work was applied by
This car is dedicated to all Military Personal who have served and are
serving this Country.
ALL GIVE SOME SOME GIVE ALL.
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Written by: Timmer Blakely
Vocals: Timmer Blakely, Ed Neumann
Performed by: The Jim Mesi Band
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