Rat Rod Engine Dyno Testing - Zoomies!
Want a low buck Hot Rod engine that's not a total pooch and looks "Rat"
cool? David Freiburger from Hot Rod Magazine built this ultra cheap SBC
and runs it on the engine Dyno with multiple intake and Exhaust configurations. He even slaps a
set of Zoomies on it for extra cool factor. What do you think the horsepower numbers will
be? Watch the video to find out and get the June 2011 issue of Hot Rod
Magazine to read the feature story and get all the gory details.
Front Engine Dragster built in five months
In December 2009 I got the idea that it would be fun to have a FED so I
asked a few questions and read a few threads on the HAMB. After wieghing
all the advice and suggestions I bought a set of Mark Williams blue prints
and got started. With the help of a good friend or two I had a can the was
ready to race at Eagle Field in May 2010.
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
EJ POTTER - THE MICHIGAN MADMAN - V8 CHEVY MOTORCYCLE DRAGSTRIP
The Original... The Man... The Legend on his V8 Chevy motorcycle, being
clocked at "only" 146 mph, thanks to a slippery track surface.
From a two-hour video available from EJ Potter himself.
His book is also well worth owning, see the order info at the end of this
April 30, 2012 update:
SAD NEWS, ladies and gentlemen - Elon J.Potter has died at the age of 71.
The world has lost a truly unique individual.
Starting up a 460
Starting up the ford 460 that wad built in my shop at my tech school.
Theres flames coming out of the awesome headers.
Motes & Williams Twin Engine Dragster 3
The Motes and Williams car was `70 & `71 NHRA World Champion in Top Gas. In
1970 it won the Springnationals and World Finals. In 1971 it won the
Springnationals and U.S. Nationals.I hope you enjoy my current Motes &
Williams footage. This was taken Oct 2001, Mike Newkirk at the wheel. RC
Williams and Greg Cook starting the car and me, I'm behind the camera. I
don't remember, but this was one of the first times the car ran since we
restored it. Wish I had my camera with me at John Laubhan's shop during the
First Firing of 540ci Dragster Engine on Methanol !
First firing of the new engine in the dragster. This is unbelievably loud!
..1700 BHP from a Supercharged 8.8 Litre (540cu) Running on Methanol ...
This is a beast! The movie can't show just how loud this really is!
Driving on the Street with a 2000hp Hemi Mountain Motor
Ride on board with Robert Killian's 2000 horsepower Ford Model A
sedan. Some might call it a rat rod, but there's nothing ratty about this
high end drag car. It has a chrome moly tube chassis, a Jon Kaase Racing
Engines 820ci FORD Hemi engine, making 2,000hp without a power adder.
Similar engine as the IHRA Pro Stock runs, but modified to handle regular
street driving. The driving in this video is a bit boring, but if you want
to really see it in action check out this video:
This car was featured in a 5 page article in the February 2012 issue of Hot
Jalopy Showdown Drags 2010 - Twin-engine Dragster smoke-run.
Front engine, TWIN-engine dragster that was at the Jalopy Showdown Drags
2010. This was filmed at Beaver Springs Dragway. I had previously seen this
car at the Wheels of Time show in Macungie PA in August. The car has two
392 supercharged HEMI engines. The smoke pass is almost required, not only
because of the tires not being able to hold the power, but because it would
surely break the drive train if it actually hooked!
v-twin jr dragster
Home built jr dragster, Honda gx670cc v-twin, puts out about 35hp,
40ft/lbs, all the other parts are pretty much what you would find on a
regular jr dragster. Selling it on ebay soon, got my license and moved on
to bigger better things.