Legendary twin engined gas dragster the Freight Train fires up in the pits. While it doesn't have the cackle of the nitro cars, the "whomp" of 16 cylinders of small block chevy and the cloud of blackie carbon is pretty awesome...not to mention the engineering feat of linking and synching two V8s is a neat deal. One of the few gas dragsters that made top fuelers nervous when running for Top Eliminator.
Home made 4-cam hemi fire up #2
This fire up was to test the clutch. The idea is that you set the clutch to
slip at a certain RPM, not only so it will not spin the tires at the hit,
but so you can control the car to get it into reverse after the burn out
and stage the car. You want to have just enough drag to where if your hand
is off the brake the car will creep, but not so much that the brakes won't
hold the car. You also want to be able to bring the RPMs to the point where
the motor runs clean so when you hit it the motor picks right up instantly
rather than having to catch up with the volume of fuel you're dumping in
there; or worse, gag and die on the line because you're dumping more fuel
in than it's ready to handle.
Tommy was told to set it up so it will launch at 3000 rpm, so that's what I
was zinging it up to in this video. It's kinda eerie. The car starts
shaking and really changing tune. You can see Tommy come over and depress
the clutch pedal, lock it, and then try to get the clutch to slip by using
the handbrake... which if you notice, the tires aren't slowing down and
smoke is just pouring out of the brakes.
We also found on this run that the tach in the car is off by 100%. I was
twisting it at 3000 according to the temporary tach in the seat, and the
one on the control panel was bouncing around 6000. No wonder we hurt the
motor last time out at the track. Tommy launched it at what he thought was
2500 RPM and it was obviously more like 1250, so that explains why the
motor hydraulicked and hurt the bottom end.
Back to the drawing board. We made some adjustments to the clutch and tried
it again with much better results. but a 3000 launch rpm just seems awfully
He ended up making a few phone calls and the Skuza's told him to set it up
to launch at 2200 RPM. Much better on my nerves at least! I can't imagine
having to do this on a 90% load of nitro... I'd better have my life
insurance paid up. So we'll try it again tomorrow.
BTW- the truck tires on the back are just to be able to get it to fit into
the trailer, obviously when we're at the track we have full size slicks on
home-made 425 Oldsmobile powered death trap
Don't laugh to hard at this. My buddy's dad build himself a rail job
(death trap) race car, powered by a Oldsmobile 425 big block. Once again I
don't have all the info but it does have an Edelbrock intake and a Holley
carb. The Exhaust is running out open
manifolds. Also has airbag suspension in the back and some fat Mickey T's.
Check out the HUGE steering wheel, it's bigger than the actual wheels.
Gets crazy going down the road. Thankfully he never actually took it to
the track. It became doner parts for other projects. Have fun!!!!
1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals Tournament of Champions Part 5 - 1960s Vintage Drag Racing - Indy
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Vintage Drag Racing - Tournament of Champions Part 5 - 1969 NHRA U.S.
Nationals. Narrated by the late Steve Evans. Qualifying and eliminations
featuring Top Fuel Winner Don Prudhomme, Runner-up Kelly Brown; Top Gas
Winner Domenic Santucci, Runner-up Phil Hobbs; Funny Car Winner Danny
Ongais, Runner-up Rich Siroonian; Super Eliminator Winner George
Montgomery, Runner-up Ron Ellis; Competition Eliminator Winner Terry
Fritsch, Runner-up Neil Ellis; Street Winner Glen Self; Runner-up Carroll
Caudle; Super Stock Winner Ronnie Sox, Runner-up Ron Mancini; Stock Winner
Bill Morgan; Runner-up Tom Neja.
Drag racing from the 60s.
Fuel Altereds - Gone But Not Forgotten
Pictures and movies that I took of some Fuel Altereds back in the '60s. The
most evil handling cars known to man, the fuel altereds were banned by NHRA
over 30 years ago. I was fortunate to get to see and photograph these
beasts in action. If you are interested in the history of these legendary
vehicles, check out these websites. They have hundreds of pictures (much
better than mine) and stories of these brave men and their machines.
For the soundtrack I'm jammin on Bad Company's Gone Gone Gone. I hope you
like it! Thanks for watching!
SURFS UP: THE SURFERS DRAGSTER
The Surfers top fuel dragster fires up.
After 6 years "THE SURFERS" Top Fuel Dragster recreation was completed by
Andy & Ron Marocco of DRAG CITY. Many believed that it wouldn't get done,
but we proved otherwise.
8000 horses clearing their throat!!
NHRA National Time Trials Phoenix 1-28-07. Doug Kalitta warming up his Top
Fuel Nitromethan powered car at the Firebird raceway in Phoenix, AZ during
the National time trials. I had to go to get my fix of Nitro cars. Check
out the sound on this one, lol.
Nitro Mania-The WInged Express Fuel Altered
It is the King of Nostagia Drag Racing, The WInged Express Nitro fuel
altered has been delighting drag racing fans since the 1960's, catch a
glimpse of the lastest version with driver Mike Boyd.