DON'S OLD TOYS
Here are some old pics I dug out of the archives. The 58 Dodge Regent was my first street piece and my first race car. I ran it at Cedars Drag Strip just east of Cornwall in Quebec in 1966. I built it before I got my license at 16 from what I could scrounge. The 318 (actually a Canadian 313) was the first engine I ever built. I drove it for several years. It was a 3 speed with an Ansen posishift and had 4.10 gears.

The roadster/altered was originally mine but Stu Denyes (Cousin of Phil Denyes who developed the Daytona visitors centre at Daytona Speedway Fla USA) bought it. We installed a stock 170 slant six engine and adapted a Corvair Spyder tubo unit to it. It ran mid 13s many, many years ago. Eventually we sold the turbo and I built Stu a stout 225 with a 4 bbl. It ran 12 flats and on a couple of occasions dipped into the 11's. This was a very successful car and won Stu hundreds of dollars. It was 3rd in the first $1000 bracket race at Cayuga Dragway Park in the early seventies. That was a lot of gold back then and was previously unheard of. It was as well, believe it or not, Stu's first ever bracket race. This car ruled the small block class at the Desoronto Drag Strip in the mid seventies. It was still running and racing up to 2 years ago with the original 225 I had built for Stu. It now has a big block. The car is, I believe, 31 years old. I received a call from the fellow who bought the old 225 and he says it is still servicable.
  

Engines are my passion. Here are two of my favourites. My first 313 four barrel and my 426 street hemi that I built for my 63 Dodge post car. This engine ran over 120 mph in this car and gave me many years of racing without any trouble. I eventually wore it out as it was first used in the big Dodge and then later in the 69 Dart seen below. It needed a rebore so I sold it to former Canadian Top Fuel team member, Jim Rini of Kingston. I have been trying to find it but it was so long ago that Jim says he doesn't remember who he sold it to after that but he thinks it was someone near Ottawa. If it is, perchance, sitting in you basement E-mail me. Former announcer at Cayuga, Norm Noddle, used to say, "Don Dulmage was the only man who could race a 426 Hemi on a budget!" I know it isn't true but it was awful nice of him to say so.
  

The Dart below was a very successful car for me. With the 426 Hemi above I raced it for many years at Cayuga. It was "on the bubble" at the first Canadian Bracket Racing Championships held at Cayuga. That was a very well attended race as it was for BIG Bucks. As I remember there was no place to pit and the place was packed. Cayuga was an international track and the site of the NHRA Div one points meet back then. It was a very large facility for it's time. This car was the fastetest car in Pro at Cayuga for a year or so and so I always had to give the big block Camaros lights. After the Hemi I set it up with a mild big block and won a ton of money at the old Desoronto strip. Eventually Glen Cole( yes that Canadian car collector guy you see with his 69 Charger 500 or Max Wedge at Carlisle and such) bought it and had me build a 440 for him. He turned out to be a very good racer and won runner up over-all at the local track his first year of racing. He raced it for many years and then sold it to Campellford racer Mike Millen. Mike still has the engine some 20 years later but the body was sold to someone in Peterborough and disappeared. If it is in your backyard call me.
 
The 64 Plymouth was an old OPP police car with a 313 (318 poly style). My uncle Everet Dulmage  who was a very good mechanic and was exceptional in the tune up department taught me about carbs, ignitions and electrical on this car. It was not real fast but it was faster than most with the same equipment. I raced it at Cedars dragstip and at Mohawk Dragway during one of their last meets when Ernie Chapman and Beaser still ran it. In time trials on the day before the big race I ran Grumpy Jenkins in his Camaro during time trials. That was before Pro Stock days and I still have the time ticket. Of course he blew my doors into oblivion but for this 17 kid, back then, it was a big deal to me. He may not remember the car but I'll bet he remembers the race date as it was the last time he ever came there. I sold this car to Mike Gordon of Napanee who is Ernie Chapman's nephew. He drove it for a long time and then sold it to someone east of Napanee. If you know where it is E-mail me.

Here is one I should have kept. It was a 63 Ply 2dr
htp slant six with a three speed standard. I didn't
even realize that it was in the corner of an old picture
I had till I scanned it out. I bought it from the dealer
where I worked for $125. It had no rust but the
windows had been tinted green and it was covered
with stickers so the dealer didn't want to bother
cleaning it up. After taking all the goofy stuff out
of it and removing the whip ariel complete with a
real coon tail it turned out to be a good car.

With a car this big and that much torque we found it necessary to really heat the tires for max ET. I, as you can plainly see, did not need a lot of encouragement. I just wish you could hear the sound of the Old Reliable engine as it warms the tires. The track workers always plug their ears in pain when we do this. This is the best combination I have ever had. The engine, which is EXACTLY as described in the Old Reliable book, pushes this monster of a car at 118.11 mph in 11.49 seconds despite the fact that this car, with driver, weighs over 4150 .lbs. The average weight of most race cars is 2750 to 3000.lbs. We are by far the heaviest car in the Pro class wherever we go. The car regularily leaves with both wheels up 8 inches to a foot and is a ball to drive. It is also very reliable. How fast do you think an engine like that would go in your Dart or Duster? We flogged this combination very hard to get that much performance from reasonably priced parts. The combination is what makes it work. If you decide to build it keep that in mind. Many cams, converters, manifolds, carbs, gears and tires were tried until we found out what worked best. It is all in the book. Gary Wager (see 460) has driven the car for me on several occassions including, not insignificantly, its very best runs. Me, I couldn't drive my way out of a wet paper bag! I love building them though.
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