New Glenn Pray 8/10 Owner

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20 Dec 2006 18:55 #5981 by kennonb
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I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Glenn Pray 8/10 which is currently being restored in Oklahoma. Felix DeGeyter found the car for me and has been an amazing resource. The car is #48 and has the 180 hp turbocharged engine and a 4 speed. Original owner was in Georgia; the car got a gas tank leak in '72 so was stored since then so only has 8,400 miles on it. Cosmetics suffered from the garage years thus the restoration. I would enjoy sharing info with others who know and admire Glen's 8/10s. I have been interested in the ACD posts regarding these "second genertion" Pray cars, have seen "Pray's Passion" and met Glenn in Broken Arrow at the show this year. I am hopeful that the ACD organization continues their progress towards formal recognition of Glenn's cars.

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03 Jan 2007 04:45 #6085 by Greg Riley
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There in another 8/10's in Houston I might try and track down. As a rabid Corvair guy and ACD guy (unusual combination, don't ya think) this might be the perfect car for me.

I had begun research for a book on the 8/10's but got stalled out. Is there any interest if I finish it?
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03 Jan 2007 17:23 #6090 by kennonb
kennonb replied the topic: 8/10 in Texas?
Greg: As soon as I send both CORSA and ACD my dues, I will be another Corvair/ACD cross-over; we are certainly a rare breed and it's the 8/10s that bring us together. Felix Degeyter told me of an 8/10 he knows of in Texas - may be the same car? You might want to contact Felix - he can be reached via the Glenn Pray web site. Can't say what the general market would be for your book on Glenn and the 8/10s but I know I would sure buy it. I've been researching a bit, found three Automobile Quarterly articles from 62 - 63 (are there more?), as well as articles in R&T and Motor Trend from the same era. Believe there was another book underway that I heard about via Felix; maybe it's yours. Certainly the DVD "Pray's Passion" is a most valuable resource. If you get your book going again, I would suggest it include LOTS of photos; it's hard to find very many images of these beautiful cars, which may be one of the reasons they are not very well know.

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03 Jan 2007 17:26 #6091 by Greg Riley
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I'm sure the car in Houston is the one Felix mentioned. Josh Malks who is the moderater of the 810/812 page on this site has been working on a book on all of Glenn's exploits. He certainly knows more than I!

I have a large number of 8/10's pictures. I'll try and post some to this site today or tomorrow.

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08 Jan 2007 21:55 #6137 by Hal Klassen
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Greg, I wish you well on your plan for a book on the 8/10. A valuable resource is talking to Glenn, I asked him if he ever got around to writing an owner's manual and parts source list and he said it was on his desk ready for the printer when the roof caved in [it went in the garbage]. I asked about the C-V joints, and he laughed, One of the bearings is from about a 1939 Citroen and not available. It can be made by modifying a standard bearing. When I got my car the headlite system was in the trunk and he explained the balls and spring clutch system, so I got them working. [it took longer than 2 weeks though]
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09 Jan 2007 18:47 #6149 by kennonb
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Hal: Well, as someone who is awaiting their 8/10 and filling his head with things to worry about in anticipation, this is just a little bit worrisome. I'm not much of a mechanic, so the idea of custom-making C-V joint bearings gives me pause. But my car, being very low mileage, is supposed to be mechanically very solid, so I'm hopeful this is just long range info for future reference. As to an owner's manual/parts list, Felix tells me he provided the shop doing my restoration with some 40 pages of 8/10 info that has been assembled over the years. I hope to get a copy of that and would be happy to share with you, Greg and others. Oh, there's a guy advertising in the current Hemmings that says he can find most any Citroen part....

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