Thought I would take my dune buggy to the street drags at SpeedWorld in Surprise AZ. At this event I had a 3.2L Yamaha V-6 out of a Ford Taurus SHO in her with a M-90 Eaton Roots style blower bolted to the side of the block, and pushing 8 psi. I don't have street tires for her so I ran with my BF Goodrich Mud Terrains. Didn't have a bottle warmer for the 30 shot of Nitrous so I left it off. Fastest time of the night was a 12.49 @ 110mph
Ford SHO mid engine RWD in a Fiero Redneck dune buggy
Initial Startup, running in the parking lot by my shop. A few donuts, a few drifts and some straight line runs. A piss poor attempt to laying a patch! lol
My friends and I have spent over 400 hours building this car. It is caged with race seats and harness belts. I plated the chassis and completely rebuilt the back end of the frame to suit my driving needs! I used the subframe from the Taurus SHO and modified it to fit the Fiero. I also plated the subframe and added a 1/2" thick aluminum skidplate! This baby is built to drive the piss out of it! :D
It will be interesting when I start running exotic blends of fuel, as I am only starting off with some 87 Octane fuel to start with here. More to come in time....
I have an MTX and a auto Tranny I am willing to sell!
440 ci Mopar Dune Buggy Fun
Our creation, a cross between a winnebego and a ramcharger. 440 / 727 set up, hauls balls, getting it street legal slowly
dune buggy test
2nd test run with my custom build buggy
(tags: sand rail dune buggy offroad kart monster car action baja desert jump air dunebuggy sandrail 2wd cbr 900rr 900 929 desertbuggy cart hillclimb kartek
SHO powered buggy dusting an LS-1 buggy the wrong way!
When I dropped the hammer, the front end came up and I got a little out of sorts. I tried to find him after the race to apologize but he scooted.
My buggy has a 3.2 liter SHO motor from an automatic transmission SHO, with a Roots style Eaton blower from an 89 Ford Thunderbird SuperCoupe. It's puts 278 hp to the ground and has 300 pound*feet of torque from about 1200 rpms up to 6000 where the blower runs out of steam. Really should have gone with an M-112. Now she's turbo'd and too scary for this old man. Looking to sell her to someone with bigger cajones. Craigslist Phoenix. $ 34,900.00
I took it to the asphalt drags also and did a 12.48 at 110 mph on knobbie tires. What a hoot.
my custom build twin engine rc monster truck
Here is my first really big project.(before I build my real dune buggy)
Its a custom build twin engine monster truck, totally made from the highest quality 7075 aluminum. powered by two XTM 24-7 pro engines (over 2,5 hp each). The acceleration is sick as you can see in this video. I built it 2003-2004 when I was 16 years old. Total cost 30 000 SEK or $4000
Ford Dune Buggy, Flathead Inline 6
A home built dune buggy. 3 speed tranny. Made between 1949 and 1951. Could have been a truck or coupe to begin with, but the frame was shortened so there really isnt any way to tell right now. I will have to see if I can match the numbers to any specific vehicle so I know what it was to begin with. Sat in that same spot for over 30 years. When I first looked at it, I assumed it was an automatic tranny because there were only two pedals and the shifter was on the column. But upon further inspection, the gas pedal was broken off and it is a three on the tree.
Mike Ragonese Deserter GS 270hp Mid-engine Street Buggy before body installed.
NOTE: Expand/drop down this text for links with answers to your questions. This video is of the first time running my mid-engine Deserter street buggy with Pat Downs 270hp turbo motor, before the body got installed. Also check out my other videos of the completed car. For the full story on this car go to this page on my business site http://www.ragonesekitchenandbath.com/deserter and for tons of pictures of the entire build go to my Shutterfly page at http://www.mikeragonese.shutterfly.com/thedeserter