11th March 2017
Managed to get a picture or two with the car off the trailer. The fuel, oil, breathing & electrical systems are all done now but the brake calipers are sticking.
9th May 2016
After some finishing work at Dave Billadeau’s speed shop at Thorne, a following series of Dynamometer sessions resulted in a successful final pull, sounding good and generating 725 hp.
I can’t seem to stop myself from messing about with dragsters & race cars, and so after many attempts to kick the habit, I suppose this affliction will always remain with me. This pointless pursuit also ensures a constant state of poverty. The American Pie dragster is my own, presently dismantled in readiness for a new Chrysler Hemi V8 from Pennsylvania, yet another colossal waste of unrecoverable funds.
The ‘dump’ angle is 5 degrees down on this installation, earlier 392 cars had as much as 9 degrees with practically no oilpan depth at the front at all. The motor is built around a new iron block with ally heads, a Sonny Bryant stroker crank and 12:1 Diamond pistons. Trans will be a new JW glide with a TCI valve body, a rebuild kit, a TH400 input shaft and a billet gearset with a new band & moly adjuster which has just arrived from TSR in New Hampshire. The 35 spline Williams rearend is finished & ready to go. Plumbing all the external oil lines is next, and then blow the car apart for transmission & short block build. There are lots of new parts going on, a bigger chute, a Canton oil accumulator, an MSD, an Ultra Bell housing. The custom alloy Funnycar oilpan is now done too, and all the oil hose fittings have arrived.
750HP on alcohol should give me low eights & that’s good enough, but the car won’t 60ft hard, the combination should haze the slicks off the line & hopefully settle into a good straight pass, we’ll see how the Hoosiers behave.
A set of modern T&D Roller rockers work the valves & I don’t know whether they will clear the covers at full lift, so might have to make a pair of spacers, we’ll see.
A restored Weland front cover holds the Hilborn PG150 fuel pump and below this an SFI damper has an ugly crank trigger system fitted to it (mostly out of sight). Still need plug wires, fuel hoses, and probably loads of parts I don’t even know about.
…………………..will it ever end?……………………No!