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I remember building the Swindler II as a kit back then. Revell, IIRC. I was enthralled at the time that the kit came with opening doors and trunk as well as the hood. :)
Both me an my oldest brother had/still have that Revell S,W&C Willys kit.
Those old kits were a great way to familiarize one's self with automotive history past, and current (at the time).

The '39 to '41 Willys and the '32 Ford are antique cars you allmost NEVER see stock. Especially the Willys. There are allmost NO stock '39-'41 Willys coupes in existance it seems.
I bet they were sweet little cars with the 4cyl, same mill as a Jeep I think.
I know a guy who has found a couple of 4drs in the wood over the years. The steering box was about the only salvagable part in one of them.

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A historic must for any collection!​



From Hot Rod magazine, February 2009:


"There were actually several Swindlers during the period from 1961 to 1966 that Stone, Woods & Cook raced-the original Swindler was Tim Woods' 41 Studebaker with a blown Olds V-8. Swindler II, the first Willys, was initially built to run in the A/Gas class with a bored, stroked, and blown 448ci Olds V-8. It was a show-quality car with blue-and-white tuck-and-roll '58 Thunderbird seats with matching door panels and headliner and a chromed rollbar. The first Swindler II was destroyed in a towing accident returning from the '61 Nationals at Indy and replaced with another virtually identical Willys body. With its familiar light-blue paint, this is the version that gained S-W-C's initial fame, and in 1963, Revell immortalized it by creating a plastic model kit in the Swindler's image. After an NHRA weight-break change in the A/Gas class, the team built a second, lighter Willys in 1964 with a fiberglass front end to take advantage of the new rules. They continued to run the Swindler II in B/Gas, at which time the cars were renamed Swindler A and Swindler B. At first, Swindler A was painted black; both cars were later resprayed in a darker candy blue. After a narrow victory against Big John Mazmanian at the '64 Winternationals, both cars' blown Olds engines were switched to blown Hemis. Swindler B was later traded to fiberglass manufacturer Tex Collins of Cal Automotive for a load of lightweight parts, and the car eventually found its way into the hands of an East Coast street rodder. That car still exists and is currently being restored, according to Doug Cook's son, Mike Cook Sr.

The Swindler A was nearly 1,000 pounds lighter than the Swindler II, with a Spartan black naugahyde interior, a single fiberglass bucket seat, Plexiglas windows, and a bigger 467ci blown Olds. After it was wrecked in a racing accident in 1966, S-W-C built a second Swindler A and continued to run it in A/Gas until 1967, by which time the Gasser Wars were nearing their end. Newer, more aerodynamic body styles were replacing the archaic Gassers, and after a brief effort with an A/Gas '67 Shelby GT350, S-W-C built a '66 Mustang dubbed Dark Horse 2 (the original Dark Horse was the lesser-known '33 Willys campaigned by S-W-C as a third car in the early '60s). Late-model factory experimentals had begun to evolve into early Funny Cars, and Stone, Woods & Cook decided to move on. In 1967, the blown Hemi, Hydro transmission, and all four wheels and tires were removed from the rebuilt Swindler A Willys and transferred to Dark Horse 2 Mustang. Doug Cook was nearly killed driving this car at a race in Alton, Illinois, in September 1967 when it flipped at the top end doing about 180 mph. That crash led to Cookie's retirement from racing.

After it was gutted to build the Mustang, the second Swindler A Willys was ready to be hauled off to the junkyard, according to Mike Cook, who was about 14 at the time. "It was just an old race car, and it was literally on its way to the crusher when I asked if I could have it." The younger Cook, who was too young to drive at the time, had to get permission from his mother to bring the car home. Once he was old enough to drive, Mike drag-raced the Willys with a blown big-block Chevy for several years before he restored it to its Gasser-era configuration in the late '70s.

Following his retirement from driving, Doug Cook split up with Stone and Woods, who campaigned a few Funny Cars with other drivers without much success until about 1974, when they quit racing altogether. Fred Stone passed away in the late '70s and Tim Woods is now retired from his construction business. Ironically, Doug, who died in 1999, later worked on Big John Mazmanian's Barracuda Funny Car, proving that the tabloid-fueled antics were mostly constructed to entertain fans. In his later years, he wrenched on his son Mike's record-holding Bonneville and dry-lakes racers.

Today, Stone, Woods & Cook's legendary Swindler A resides on loan from Mike Cook in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, just a few hundred yards from the famous Pomona dragstrip where it earned so much glory in the heyday of the Gasser Wars. And with T-shirts, die-casts, posters, and other memorabilia still popular among fans young and old, the Swindler's next 40 years could be as successful as its first."

TRIVIA

· Fred Stone and Tim Woods are perhaps the first African-American race car owners and with their partnership with driver, Doug Cook formed the first multi-racial team in drag racing.

· The lettering on their cars was done by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth of "Beatnik Bandit" and "Rat Fink" fame...


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I love it, thanks for the history Stangfreak.
It's important to put this in perspective concidering the time frame.
This was very much a white mans sport, and for two black dudes to take this on pretty much right in the middle of all the civil rights stuff that was happining, and on top of that...winning a lot, must have really put ******'s panties all up in a bunch.
 
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