John Mosior, The owner of Nassau Custom Fabrications has retired and closed down the business. John has been a well known name around Drill Team Racing for many years. John always put a quality product on the track. Some examples of his customers throughout the years have included New Hyde Park, Roslyn Highlanders, Freeport Dead End Kids, West Islip Raiders and Garden City Park Mustangs. He is also known for some of his innovative C Rigs, especially two Corvette C's built for Woodmere and East Meadow and Two Henry J's built for Albertson and East Islip. John also built racing ladders, specialty couplings, installed pumps and made ladder spikes among other things. I was told that most of his work has been sent out to Flanders where Boots (The builder of Cutchogue's and Selden's current C Rigs) is continuing it. Here are some pictures chronicling John's years of building. Some of the pictures have already been on here but the others came from John himself (Thanks to Kevin Hayes).
New Hyde Park "Termites" Built in the winter of 1979/1980. It was sold to the Carle Place "Frogs" in I believe 1994/1995. I think it was sent somewhere upstate when Carle Place received their Roper built C.
And then on to Carle Place
Hewlett "Smokey Stover's" Sister truck to New Hyde Park's. Still being run by Holbrook.
And then on to Holbrook
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"Riding the C-Truck is like riding the back of a Dragon!" -Black Tim
I lived just blocks from John's first shop, and it is incredible the rigs that he produced from some very basic facilities. I remember seeing the Henry J's being built. When you think about the evolution of the sport as we know it today, he was one of the pioneers and innovators. Wish him the very best in future endeavors. Hope to see more pics of some of the rigs he has built.
Post by GuardrailGeek on Apr 22, 2007 22:05:31 GMT -5
Nozz: Thanks you for starting this thread in tribute to a great builder.
I too, have a neat John Mosior story. On a Friday nite before a drill (naturally, isn't that when all bad thing happen??) way back in 1971 or so, I went to visit Bob Longabardi at Garden City Park. When I arrived, there were long faces all around. Bob's father Gus, who was the driver at the time, was holding a completely trashed cylander head from thier hemi in the C-truck. It was cracked. Done. Finished. Kaput. They called around and nobody had an extra head to give them for the next day. Gus then hung up the phone, and said to Bobby that 'John' wanted to see the head. Go take it to him. Who was this magical John guy, anyway? So, I took a ride with Gus and Bobby, and we went to a dingy garage we see in the pictures. At that time it was filled with Hewlett's Old B truck. He was chopping 36" out of the middle, shortening it, right there in a garage, next to his home! He took a look at the head, and frowned, but said he could give something a try. He began a slow painstaking process of welding the cylander head, building up the weld, a little at a time. Now I had dealt with cracked heads before, and YOU CAN'T WELD THOSE THINGS. PERIOD. RIGHT? Not that day..... After John built the weld up, he shaved the deck down to a mirror finish, and although he said it wasn't a permanent fix, it should work. He never blinked an eye. The Mustangs ran the C-truck the next day, and although I don't know if they scored, they ran, and that was amazing enough. I learned a thing or two the night I met John Mosior.
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Post by unclekevie on Apr 25, 2007 22:00:35 GMT -5
Kenny, you must be like the rest of us and look at the pictures long before you read what goes with the pictures. At the top of this thread it says that John is giving his distributorships for Hale and Metallic Ladder Co. to Boots from Flanders. Flanders is in the southeast corner of Riverhead. Boots aka. Boots Built Hot Rods aka Boots Built. Boots built Cutchogue and Selden's C Trucks. Boots also lengthened West Islip's C Truck in 2001 for the 2002 season. He accomplished that job in 2 weeks with paint! Boots was the man who recreated the Rough Riders C Truck that they got from Selden, who originally got it from the Rough Riders in the first place. He did an excellent job on that old chassis. For those that don't know Boots, he works on a lot of stock cars from Riverhead Raceway as well as drag cars. Boots is an Ex Chief and active firefighter of the Flanders Fire Dept. He is also a member of the Flanders-South Hampton Ambulance Corps. Boots is also well versed in Harleys, Street Rods, Muscle Cars and general welding and fabrication. I would strongly reccommend him to anyone as the ride out east is not really a far ride. It's easier than heading west. I hope the answer to your question is helpful.
Hey uncle kevie.. relax pal what does looking at the pictures have to do with my question??? and for the record all its says is MOST of his work is going to boots...so i will repeat..is boots knowlegable in the field of JOHNS pump setup?? obviously he can build a c truck..
Post by unclekevie on Apr 26, 2007 18:27:52 GMT -5
I'm sorry Kenny if it sounded like I came on to strong. Many times I look at the pictures before I read what goes with them. John is working Boots into this. John has been to his shop and he is impressed with Boots work. John will not be moving to Tennessee for about a year and he has the intentions of guiding Boots thru the jobs as needed.
Post by slopokefry on Jul 26, 2007 11:29:47 GMT -5
Last time I saw one of his Vettes it was at a body shop in the back roads of port washington,,,,near the old after hours club,,,,any of the old timers from port can tell you the name of the street,,,Hello to all out there,,,I am new on here ,,,but those of you who recognize the name know I worked for John off and on for many years,,,hello to all,,,FRY
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Post by ranger2212 on Sept 12, 2012 16:30:17 GMT -5
drove by his old shop today!!! lets not forget about this man, he did alot for our sport!!!!!! wonder how he is doing? just not the same walking by otto's in freeport and see him and bob larsen banged up on a sunday chasing all the young girls around