Fred Puhn -- 1962
(4-17-08) Santee update
from Fred Puhn:
"There are 3
factory built Santees in existence. The 3rd car was a pilot production
car that was never completed. When the company went under the 3rd
car was purchased by Ed Bowen of Ramona, CA, but he never completed it.
Many years later I found Ed and discovered the car sitting in a field behind
Ed's parents' cabin on a dirt trail in the foothills. I purchased
it but it was never high on my priority list.
The 3rd Santee is now in the capable
hands of Charlie Wallace who helped me restore my Santee SS. Charlie
owns the Santee #3 and is totally restoring it as he completes it.
The specs are an option that the Santee factory offered. It is an
SS fully equipped for road use. Thus it differs from the SS by having
a glass windscreen, doors that are hinged vertically, wipers, mufflers,
etc. The engine and driveline are SS specs (~300 hp, close ratio
transmission, bundle of snakes exhaust, Weber carbs, etc.) Charlie plans
to run it in vintage races and also license it for road use.
Meanwhile, I am repairing the problems
experienced in the 2006 Coronado vintage
race with my Santee SS. The car finished but there were a number
of "bugs" that needed attention. Obviously the Santee SS was never
sorted out for reliability and drivability during its racing career.
We areputting those fixes on Charlie's car also so both cars will be safe
and reliable. Among the fixes are stub axles that won't break, new
rear uprights based on original NOS castings, suspension fasteners that
won't fall out, etc.
Also Charlie is performing a frame-off
restoration of Santee 001, the prototype road car. Again we are finding
certain design flaws that we are repairing as we go. I have 45 years
additional engineering experience since I designed the Santees and I can
spot problems and solutions quickly. Also some parts failed in service
and those stand out immediately. At the end of the project we should
have all 3 Santees ready to race/drive/show.
We also have many spare parts available
to possibly build up another car in the future. We are making a full
set of body molds so authentic spec "continuation" cars could be constructed
if needed. I expect we will have both race cars into testing this
year and will enter them in events in 2009."
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