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PROCK & HOWELL
FTROOP 33 WILLYS

This is the original car built by Jay Howell and Ron Logghe at Logghe Stamping in Detroit Michigan in 1968.
The Willys was built to compete in the NHRA AA/GS class. Using the LSC Stage – 1 funny car chassis as the base it was shortened and narrowed to fit the fiberglass Willys body. It was set up with a blown big block Chevy running on gasoline.
In 1968 Jay and Tom made the trip to the NHRA division 3 points meet at Indy. The tech crew inspected the car and immediately banned the car from competition due to its funny car style tube chassis. The Willys returned to Logghe’s shop were it would sit in the rafters until later that year.

In the fall of 1968 the Hill Brothers approached Prock and Howell with the idea of forming a four car Outlaw Gasser circuit. This would include, the Hill brothers, Prock and Howell, Jim Shores and Chuck Finders.

The big Chevy was removed and replaced with a nitro burning 426 Chrysler Hemi. With this combination the Willys ran times in the low 8’s at 180 miles per hour, and was virtually undefeated in competition.

The circuit would last only a year giving way to the growing popularity of  nitro funny cars. Jay and Tom would go on to compete in AA/FC with their Warhorse Mustang funny car.

The Willys was sold and headed for a life of bracket racing, in Hawaii of all places. It would spend several years on the island before returning to the midwest. As fate would have it my wife and I purchased the car and brought it back where it belongs, to the Motor City.

The F-TROOP was used and abused as a bracket car. It was in need of a complete restoration. Some said it could not be done. Dan Hix of Lawrence Kansas was contracted to perform the restoration, and was completed by Steve and a group of family and friends.

 

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