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RE: Former Beaumont Cheetah Owner Sends Me an Email


The Mirada wheels look slightly different- don't forget he sold the car in 1968...
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the wheels ...Drag Mag !! believe it or not , those are most likely 14 x 6  built by Foresight VenturesDSC08824.JPGDSC05416.jpgDSC05417.jpg

I just happen to have a set hanging around.....somewhere.... look far left.

the nice ones on the 442 I borrowed from the Yenko site


-- Edited by rabbit64cs on Sunday 10th of January 2010 10:01:10 PM

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those wheels look like fenton or kellsey hays, notice the badges are up front, they were moved behind the front wheel when the 427 cross flags were installed, nice pictures , wish my 66 was that shinny , my 68 goes in for paint on tuesday , i will send some pictures when is out of the barn.

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Those wheels are made by Ansen.  They were popular back in the 60's, not so popular now.

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That wheel looks like a mag center and a steel wheel.. I see a bit of rust on the chrome....  I was refering to the F70 Super Charger tire/wheel combo.
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-- Edited by oshawacliff on Sunday 10th of January 2010 10:31:46 PM

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JerryA wrote:

Yes, I rode in it once. We had met him in my buddies Acadian for a biweekly race, lol. My friends clutch screwed up so Mark towed us back home. I rode in the car with him. I am positive it wasn't a 360hp 396. I had a 66 chevelle 360hp at the time and a race between us two was no contest.  Dan, my friend was running a 327 in a 63 Acadian. The beaumont never ever beat that Acadian except that day the clutch went out in it. At that time in Calgary, this was in 70-71 or so, Dan's Acadian was the fastest car on the street in Calgary. The fastest we ever seen anyway. It ran mid 12's at the track.
At the same time Cliff Bristol Chev Olds in Three Hills Ab. was putting the LS6 into 1970 Novas. There was 2 in town here. I watched that Cheetah show both of them his tail lights one night , and then to add insult to injury Dan took them both out also. Beautiful it was.



The legend grows (faint spagetti western music playing in the background)...

 PS  Nice to see an ellusive '66.



-- Edited by 03cts sport on Sunday 10th of January 2010 10:34:21 PM

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      Did you notice he was driving it in the Snow



 There seemed to be alot of that going on back in the day with these cars!!!!


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"I was refering to the F70 Super Charger tire/wheel combo"

is made by ET,,, look real close at the washers, also at the 10' position , you can kinda make out the raised casting 'ET'

ET made so many variations of that style of wheel, like previously stated , 2 piece design , cast aluminum center welded into a steel chromed bell.



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Great story , fantastic car. Thanks for posting. 

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That is some great history showing up on these cars. I can't get enough!

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67BBSD wrote:

amazing Todd, simply amazing !

The headrests are interesting-Chevelle/Beaumont didn't have them until 67 so I wonder if the seats were added or headrests were added or ????



ken`you could order headrest in 66`i have doc.of my buddy`s 66 beaumont with   A81 head restraints..

 



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I sent Dennis (the former owner of the Cheetah) the link to this thread. He sent me this email. Dennis, if you read this please sign up and join us on here!

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Good Morning Todd
I'm amazed at the breadth of enthusiasm for these cars. I hadn't thought seriously about this car for many years.
Ah! the memories.
It's my opinion and my opionion only, that the 427s were not swappped in by Conroy until 67. Mine was definitely a 396 with an aluminum intake manifold and a huge (?) Holley carb. Flat chromed steel valve covers and there wasn't a decal of any sort on the air cleaner. I do believe there was a finned differential cover though. As I mentioned prior, I wanted the meanest wheels intown and this is what Conroy offered back in the day.
The wheels also generated a lot of discussion. I don't recall the manufacturer but I do believe rabbit64cs shows 1 hanging on the wall on his post. When I sold the car, I kept the wheels for my new Camaro, see the attachment for a better pic.
The Cheetah badge that 68sd shows on his post is a perfect configuration but I seem to remember the raised portions were square on top, really clean and quite sharp and the background was aged or maybe even painted a flat black.
With regards to the documents, they went with the car and I didn't keep any. but it did occur to me that perhaps with the license plate number the Alberta Motor Vehicle Dept may be able to provide some of the info from the registration papers of the day.???????  The plate number was CL-53-33. I don't know whether Alta issued new plates every year or if the registration was just renewed. The window would be from 66 to 68.
Regards
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-- Edited by 69Laurentian on Monday 11th of January 2010 02:43:19 PM

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this is question or two for dennis, i was wondering if the aluminum intake was a gm or a after market being the 360 hp bbc never came with a aluminum intake from the factory but gm did in 1966 make an aluminum intake for the square port 375 hp l78 396 and the square port 427 , the 360 hp being a ovel port and the 375 hp a square port , if you had a gm snow flake intake and you had a 396 that would mean you had a 375 hp 396 or a 427 if you had a after market aluminum intake then a 360 hp , also i was wondering if your car came with headers or a wood grain steering wheel like a chevelle , also did your car come with a tranzisterized ignition that beind no points int the distributor, thank you for your time, there are so many questions and not many people to talk to about these cars, also great pictures of your holly grail beaumont, ron

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So was the CHEETAH a true c.o.p.o car ?or was it a dealer installed big motor car ,also where the 427 and torque thrust rims it  no stripes scoops wings   nothing  ?

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the cheetahs were dealer cars , every car was different being color or options or perfomance level.

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so where they ordered with a smaller engine   then they put in the big motors at conroy

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as far is i know they were bb sd cars that they did mods to,

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Do you have any pics of your cheetah  Im sure a lot of guys would love to see them

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my cheetah cars are jamed in the back of the barn there are no lights in the barn yet but i am pulling the 68 out to bring it to the paint shop so i will get a few and post them soon.

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How many and what years do you have? Any idea how many are left?

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i have a 1966 and a 1968 , i am not sure of how many are left , i know of 2 1968 3 1967 and another 1966,im sure theres a few more hidden away.

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Hi Ron
Sorry can't help with info on the Alum. Intake, it was too long ago and I can't find any under hood photos. I did keep the engine bay spotless and clean and think I might have noticed logos or branding that might be unexpected or out of place. ???
I do think the ignition was transistorized though. I do recall finding this "black salmon can" in the distributor and wondering what all that was about. Never seen anything like it before and never got around to asking anybody either.
The steering wheel was black not woodgrain and I believe it did have headers. Don't know if they were GM or aftermarket.
I will tell you that shortly after I got to Calgary, I dropped a valve or valves and took it to a smaller Chev dealer in SW for the warranty work. It took them almost 3 weeks to get the parts and another week to fix it. They didn't like it much but eventually looked after the full warranty but wanted to charge me for postage for shop specs from Conroy and several long distance phone calls. Seemed kind of strange at the time and still does.
Sorry I don't have more info, but ask away and I'll see if I can dredge up more memories

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hi dennis my 66 cheetah is red with a black top and int, my car has a transistorized ignition tinted glass and came from gm with the 360 hp 4spd , i was also wondering about the wheels your car came with were they the buick wheels like the 67 sitting in the snow on this thread ? my car has hurst wheels like the gto's, my car has a fined differential cover and has headers, i was also wondering if maybe your car had a 375 hp motor installed at conroy being the smallest motor that came with the aluminum intake and the need to talk to the conroy dealer ship in order to repair your car, also i was wondering about the back panel between the tail lights, my buddy had a 66 cheetah and it did not say beaumont on the back panel and was never drilled for the beaumont letters, my car says beaumont but in your pictures i cant see the rear panel, my car also has head rests , thanks for your input i am sure i will think of some more stuff to pick your brain with soon , regards ron

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DSC08824.JPGwheels on the white Cheetah at the start of this thread ( DJ's car ) are

DRAG MAG by Foresight Ventures. I have an original add in one of my old HOT ROD mags I'll scan.

as for the black one on the snow, I belive those are not Buick wheels, but rather Magnum 500 , built by Motor Wheel Corp. they built all the 5 spoke sport wheels for the big 3 and AMC at the time. They also sold there own version to the public . Differnce in there aftermarket wheel as that it is a full chrome bell and chrome spokes. the center cap had a pair of cross flags in with a MW inbehind. The did not use a trim ring like a chevelle.

the reason I don't think they are buick in the pic, the spokes are radiused out , not in like on a buick wheel.

upper top left is a motor wheel magnum 500 with incorrect SS center,  far right is a DRAG MAG with a 2 bar spinner rather than the correct bullet cap.

my 2 cents , it's a small picture


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Found these on a Facebook drag racing site

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