Here we go guys, the episode you've all been waiting for - Episode 14. We take the car for a run at Wilby, an 1/8th mile track in Northern Victoria, for a bit of fun and see if we can win a trophy. Hope you enjoyed the series. If I decide to keep the car I might do a few upgrades later on and see how much quicker we can make it, while keeping the budget low. Stay tuned though because after I tidy up the garage I'm going to start on my new project and it's going to be a big one.
Edit: as it turns out this wasn't the last episode so check out the next videos.
13s For $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode 15
Yep, we've pulled the Project Bluebird - 13s for $1300 Falcon out of the
shed again to see what it'll do on the Dyno. I wont spoil the results
by writing it hear, you'll have to watch the video to find out.
note: I discovered afterwards that the Nitrous bottle was almost empty which would have
made a huge difference to power.
13s For $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode 16
After hitting the Dyno
last week we decided to head to the track again and see if we could improve
on our last effort. But we shaved a bit more weight off the car in the
meantime - another 43kg off the total.
13s For $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode 17
We take Project Bluebird, our $1300 race car, to Heathcote Raceway again to
see how it goes on the quarter mile after the lastest round of tweaks. The
budget still stands at $1249 and with two bottles of Nitrous at the ready we're trying for a 12sec
pass. Will we make it? Watch and see.
13s for $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode Eight Part-1
Here it is, the long awaited Part Eight of our 13s for $1300 project. But
unfortunately it's so big that I had to split it into two parts. This is
some seriously heavy duty tech and not recommended for the diy home
mechanic. I reckon you should leave this one up to the professionals.
Please remember, working on cars is dangerous, and this part is probably
more dangerous than most. This video is purely for entertainment purposes,
I take no resposibility if someone tries to copy what I've done and hurt
13s for $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode Five
Now we get serious. Out comes the old Exhaust and in goes something a bit more free
flowing and lighter. The headers cost $230 and I got some Exhaust pieces thrown in for free. all easy to
fit up at home. Sorry that this video is a bit longer than usual but it was
pretty involved doing all this.
Hope your enjoy it. Subscribe for more videos and give the video a thumbs
up if you like it.
13s for $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode 10
The road so far... and what's coming up next.
For those who haven't been following along, the whole idea was to build a
cheap drag car - something that could run 13-second quarter mile times for
under $1300. Well we've done that and there still more in the budget, so
now we're going for 12s.
Performance Car Mania 2011
Performance Car Mania is quickly becoming the premiere modified car event
in Victoria, and it's not hard to see why. The organisers set everything up
to maximise the fun for the entrants. And if the entrants are happy then
the spectators are as well, because they get to see some of the coolest
cars around cutting loose. The new quarter mile strip was an interesting
addition and although it was a tad bumpy in places it made for some
We've squeezed as much action as we could into a reasonable time frame, but
keep your eyes open for planty more vids from this event in the near
13s for $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode 12
To fix the lazy shifts we've made a few mods the wiring harness of our
Project Bluebird so we can get the trans shifting a little harder. It takes
less than $20 of parts, a few wires, and a soldering iron to get the job
done. Hopefully it works on the track.
13s for $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode 13
Fitting the new speedo drive turned out to be surprisingly easy and it
should give us the extra leeway we need to make a full pass down the
quarter without hitting the speed limiter, or clicking it into 4th gear
We haven't removed the speed limiter, we're just working around it.
Scotty's Garage interview - REN-355 Supercharged VR Commodore
After almost 4 years in the build Josh Cotterill has finally fired up his
blown Chevy powered VR Commodore for the first time. Josh is well known
around southern NSW for doing some tough burnouts despite the old 304
Holden engine having no blower. Watch out now, because that blown 406ci
Chev combo is pretty tough and with Josh behind the wheel it'll be a sight
to behold on the track.
Jamboree 2011 - Cool Cars, Hot Women
I decided to stick my head in for a look at Jamboree 2011 while on holidays
in Queensland recently. Cool cars and hot women make this event a mandatory
addition to everyone's event list.
There's a couple little editing glitches in the video, but it took so long
to render and upload, I decided to let them be.
13s for $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode Nine Part-3
I've hinted that we had some good news on our 13s for $1300 project and
this is the video where it all happens.
We lost a wheel on our car trailer heading home on Friday night so once we
got it all fixed on Saturday we decided to head out to the track again. We
discovered that we had turned the timing back too far for the Nitrous and that the bottle pressure was way too
low for the system to work properly. We still have the speed sensor issue
but we found that clicking the car into overdrive worked well enough on the
day but it's not something you want to do too often. We've already got a
better fix in the works. I'll post another vid explaining everything soon.
The project is not over yet.
1000HP Ratrod Pick-up Fries the Tyres And Transmission
It's been a while since we've seen Denis Maloney's RatRod Dodge puick-up at
a competition and that's because it was getting this new beast of an
engine. Denis has just fitted this 1000hp+ 410ci Chrysler small block,
complete with methanol injection. It's a crazy beast and more than a little
scary. Halfway through the burnout you could tell the auto wasn't really
happy and the back wheels weren't spinning they way they should have been,
then the flames started and while I haven't confirmed this, I wouldn't be
surprised if it was trans fluid causing the fire. Hopefully he'll get it
all sorted soon.
Front End Explodes Across the Finish Line
Imagine the shock Greg had when the front end of his Nitrous assisted Falcon disintergrated when he
crossed the line at the recent Hardtop Nationals. But he didn't let that
stop him; he continued to race the car throughout the afternoon and made it
all the way to the final. Too Bad there was no prizemoney to buy a new
13s for $1300 - Project Bluebird - Episode Nine Part-1
Now it's time to race!
Because of work Committments I wasn't able to fit the XR6 head, but that's
not to say I'm not going to fit it later. With the end of April fast
approaching I had to make sure I at least got some passes down the
dragstrip. And it was alot harder to get the car running fast than we
planned. But it's not all bad either, and that's why there is a Part-2
coming soon. Stay Tuned :)