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   Back in late 1999 there was a rumor going around that a couple of guys were going to try to put on a national type of car show in the Syracuse area , they approached the Car Club Association of Central New York about helping them with it by having members of the Association help man some of the jobs during the show . The Association decided to volunteer to help and the show would  donate money to the Association to be given to some of the charities in  the area . Our Club asked to work the gate where all the show cars entered and our job would be to check and make sure that they had the right credentials on the car to get in and that the car meet the year restrictions for the show and to take the tickets of the people in the cars . The club was allowed to do this job and we started with their first show in 2000 and have been doing it every since . After a couple of years the 2 guys started The Right Coast Association a car club association like N.S.R.A and Goodguys and the Syracuse Nationals had it's own group . The 2 guys eventually split and 1 of them  Bob O'Connor stayed with it and  with the help of his family now control  Right Coast . The Car Club Association still works for the Syracuse Nationals but  the Clubs that were working now get the money so they can use the money to support charities in their area.

   Our Club has worked the Car Gate [ Gate 10 ] at the New York state Fairgrounds for the Syracuse Nationals since the first show and have had to make a lot of changes in the last 15 years to keep up with the growing number of entries , to keep the cars moving and not cause any bottle necks . We work in 3 different shifts with the first shift getting there about 3:30 - 4:00 AM to start the day . Over the years the early morning shift has been getting more and more cars there early for that special spot everyone is trying to get in on the grounds . We go out and walk the line and check the cars and take tickets on the first group of cars so that when the gate opens they can get right in and create less time for them to move , that first group of cars through is something to watch as they go thru . the first crew works till about 9- 10 in the morning and the next crew takes over for them till about 1 when the 3rd crew comes on . We have a pretty good time working the gate and have made a lot of friends as they come thru having fun  with them is part of the job .


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Our 40 Sedan had a very good life in the early to mid 70's - 80's , we did a lot of street racing with her which meant she was always getting new parts put on her . Not from being broken but to go faster . When we got the 40 from our sister-cousin-aunt Jeanie " that's another story " she was all a part , her 1st husband Ed had raced her on the streets of Syracuse for a couple of years and done real well and had taken her a part to make a Drag Car of her . She came to us with a 66-67 Chevy 327 Cu inch engine out of a Elcameno  which meant she had a good steel crank in her belly , we wasted no time in putting together parts for a killer engine . We went through several  sets of heads until we ended up with a good set of 2.02 's , we did the same thing with cams and intakes . One of the best intakes we ended up with was a polished Edelbrock tunnel ram which we put 2 / 600 cfm Holly's on , we ended up with a GM experimental cam for Tran's Am that gave her a lot of RPM's and Pete Jackson Gear Drive in her nose . We ended up buying a Borg Warner Super t-10 from Dave at Crown City Speed Shop and went to work there with the drive train , she got a 50 lb. flywheel and a 3 finger clutch for the shifting . Then came the Hurst Competion Plus shifter and the 4:88 gears in the rear . For headers we used a set of Stahl fender wheel exit  headers that we picked up from the Place-Harris -Outwater 55 Chevy . With this bunch of parts she lead a good life on the streets and was one to be feared .     Her life today is a much easier life , the old 327 had a piston come apart in her and ruined the block but I'd have to say she was probably one of the strongest small blocks in the area for her day . Today she has a 355 Cu. inch block from Racing Head Service in her with the same intake but with 2 / 390 cfm 's on top a Comp Cam with Rhoades Lifters and air conditioning for travel  and a TCI automatic Trans.                

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b2ap3_thumbnail_317.JPG    In  the mid 80's a local band The Rods asked if we would let them use our Sedan in a video they were making for their song Hurricane we said yes and this is the video




THE RODS are a classic heavy metal trio that rocked their way through the 80's with a powerful, raw energy that led them on tours with some of today's greatest metal bands—Judas Priest, Ozzy, Motorhead, and Metallica, to name just a few.

Listeners will find that THE RODS are still a force to be reckoned with today, as they come screaming full-throttle into the present day with a forceful vintage sound.


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This is my brother Dick & mine { Dave } Stoker's 1940 Ford Standard Business Coupe  we have owned it since 1984 and put it on the road in 1990 . It has a 355 cu. inch small block Chevy Racing Head Service block , Comp Cam , roller rockers , Dart Heads , Edelbrock intake with 600 cfm Holley carb . Mallory Unilte distributor , Air conditioned , disc brakes front & rear , TCI transmission with Street Fighter torq convertor , Nova rear . Painted Black with House of Kolor Flames . We finished the car just in time for the NSRA Street Rod National show in Oklahoma City and left with about 200 shake down miles on it . We have driven the car to several National shows over the years including Louisville , Columbus Ohio , Burlington Vt. and Syracuse NY . We are 2 of the original founders of 7 Valley Street Rods and have devoted most of our lives in the automotive hobby .

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This is my brother Dick's & mine { Dave } Stoker's 1940 Ford P/U we have owned since 1976 and we put it on the road in 1980 , it has a 5 inch chopped top with Wescott fiberglass fenders . It has a Jasper Racing prepared 355 cu. inch small block Chevy with Dart Heads , Crane Cam, roller rockers , Mallory Unilite distributor , Dyer's V6-71 blower with 2 625 cfm Carters carbs set up by Dyer's , S&S Headers , a Manual Shift TCI transmission with Street Fighter  torque convertor , disc brake front , drum rear with a Nova rear axle 2:56 gears for travel . The truck also has sway bars front and rear and really holds the road .



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This is my brother Dick's & mine {Dave } Stoker 1940 Ford Deluxe 2 Door Sedan we have had it since 1970 . It has a Racing Head Service 355 cu. inch. Small Block Chevy with Dart Heads , Comp Cam , roller rockers , Rhoads lifters ,  Mallory Unilite Distributor , Edelbrock  polished Tunnel Ram with 2 / 390 cfm Holley Carbs , S&S Headers , it has a TCI transmission with a TCI Street Fighter torq convertor , air conditioned . We are 2 of the original founding members of 7 Valley Street Rods .

Back in the 80's the local band The Rods used the Sedan in their video Hurricane .

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