Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Everything but the same old cars

Kalamazoo Custom Deluxe

Posted by Mike Bumbeck On May - 4 - 2009

kalamazoo_handlingSeen here is what happens when one 1976 Kalamazoo airplane tug, a Wisconsin two-banger engine, and the widest set of slot mags around are forged into awesome. Russ and Lisa Hudson picked up this machine a few years back to serve as support not for an airplane, but as a pit side vehicle for their Got Nuts nine-second 1941 Willys coupe. Russ bought the genuine US Indy slot mags at the scrap yard for the princely sum of 40 bucks! Additional cutting and fabrication brought the wheels in line with the rest of things.  Some rear disc brakes along with dual bench seating, and the Kalamazoo was ready for action. Russ guestimates the Wisconsin air-cooled two-cylinder packs an estimated 20 horsepower, but says there’s more than enough torque to keep things moving at legal pit speeds while providing maximum entertainment.

5 Responses

  1. wendell Said,

    OK, Bumbeck. You and me need to build some stuff like this. Get it?

    Posted on May 4th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

  2. Mike Bumbeck Said,

    Agreed, but only if we test drive the stuff around Berkeley wearing gorilla suits.

    Posted on May 4th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

  3. wendell Said,

    I say gorilla and a banana suit. Otherwise, sure.

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 at 6:57 am

  4. Kimmie Said,

    SWEET!!! You go LIS!!!

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 at 8:22 am

  5. Myron Vernis Said,

    They just need to clone the wing from the Willys for this to be perfect!

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 at 8:42 am

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