1972 Vega Wagon 1st Drive
Just got my 1972 Vega Wagon going after a lot of work. Currently running
open headers. It has a small block 350 and a TH350 Transmission. 12-bolt
rear-end and 5 lug front end conversion.
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.
Big Block Chevy Vega Wagon Wheelie
A little too much launch RPM resulted in the car hitting the wheelie bars
and staying there. I lifted to get the front end back down. I then got
right back on it and it jacked the front end right back up. I lifted again
and aborted the run. 4,000rpm launch which is still a full 1,000rpm BELOW
the engines peak torque! Crushed 4 primary header tubes on this pass.
First Full Pass 1969 Front Engine Dragster 8.96 at 141 mph
Video of my first full 1/4 mile pass in my 1969 front engine dragster. It
went 8.96 @ 141 mph. Second pass went 8.94 @ 145 mph, but no video. Car
has a 600 hp small block Chevy, Powerglide trans, 4.30 gear in a Mopar 8
3/4 rear, and 12.00-16 M&H nostalgia top fuel slicks on real magnesium
16x11 Halibrand wheels.
Front Engine Dragster - Old Flames Racing
This shot was taken at the world famous Paris Drag Strip. There's nothing
like the smell of a burnout and having to shower the rubber dust out of
your hair. Drag racing in a front engine dragster is very unique. You
can't see directly in front because the engine is in the way. You can
reach out and touch the rear slicks which are about 4 inches from your
shoulder. The rear differential is right between your legs. My favorite
part is the burnout.