2009 OLDSMOBILE NATIONALS WITH DR RON BEREJIK MONDELLO HEROES OF OLDS RACING IN ONE ROOM
2009 OLDSMOBILE NATIONALS HELD JULY 15-18 AT SEVEN SPRINGS PA. MANY CARS WERE OUTSIDE BUT THREE OR FOUR WERE INSIDE: DR RONS 70 W-30 OLDS 442 FORMERLY RACED AS THE LUBIK OLDS SHOWN IN THE OLD PHOTOS, THE 68 PIKES PEAK TORONADO, AND THE INLINE TUBING 70 W-31 WITH THE ALUMINUM OLDS EXPERIMENTAL ENGINE. ALSO SEEN HERE THE EXPERIMENTAL WEBER CARBED ALUMINUM 455 LISTED BELOW. JOE MONDELLO CAPTIVATED A GROUP OF MEN, HE SPOKE OF HOW HE BUILT THIS ENGINE WITH DALE SMITH. HE WARNED THAT THE SLEEVES WOULD COME OUT OF THIS ENGINE AND HOW HE TOLD DALE SMITH YET CORPORATE WOULD NOT LET THEM FIX THE PROBLEM WHICH FURTHER EXPLAINS WHY THESE ENGINES NEVER SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY. MONDELLO CLAIMS THE MOTOR WAS SHIPPED OUT TO COLORADO TO USE IN THE PIKES PEAK TORONADO BEHIIND THEM YET MONDELLO ADVISED THE ENGINE WASNT RUN LONG. IT WAS FOR SALE FOR AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT AND I WITNESSED A MAN WILLING TO WRITE A CHECK. MONDELLO ADVISED IF HE HAD THE ENGINE HE WOULD STRIP THE PAINT OFF AND USE IT AS AN EXHIBITION PIECE.
1. The 0W-43 all aluminum 455 with 4 valve per cylinders, four overhead cam Weber engine. With a redline of just under 8,500rpm it was originally conceived for CAN AM racing. At 3,000rpm it put out 300hp and at 6,000rpm registered over 600hp. The top output recorded for this engine in the Lansing Dyno facility was 700 real hp at 6,800rpm. Tests were run with both carbueration and fuel injection. The block was cast from Reynolds 356 alloy and fitted with pressed-in dry steel cylinder liners for the Forged-True 12.20to 1 pistons. Billet steel connecting rods by Carillo was used along with a forged steel crank. The engine weighed in at 50 pounds lighter than the production 455 motor! It was developed at the same time as the ZL-1 Chevy 427 motor.
455 Olds on test stand
455 Olds test run on the stand. This is going into my 69 442 convert this week. It's got 1969 high compression pistons, big valve C heads that have been ported and polished, drilled and milled for 7/16" rocker studs, center divider welded and crossovers filled with aluminum. It has Harland Sharp roller rockers, a Lunati .485"/.485" lift cam with 221/230 duration at .050", a reproduction W-30 intake, modified Q-jet carb, reproduction dual Exhaust manifolds with 2 1/2' outlets, HEI, modified Toronado pan and baffles and a Melling oil pump
1966 Olds 442 W30 MuscleCar Nationals Race & Show Fun
Great memories racing and showing my 1966 Olds 442 Tri-Carb W30 with friends at the MuscleCar Nationals in Sacramento. I restored it to showroom condition in the 1980's, including balancing and blueprinting the original Olds 400 engine and drivetrain to factory specs as documented in the 2-part article I wrote for Musclecar Review magazine. It's all 442 including the original Olds 400 "E" block, heads, carbs, intake/carbs, etc, and raced on DOT legal street tires through mufflers and full Exhaust per Musclecar Nationals factory stock rules. I raced my first 442 in stock eliminator during the 1960's, and had a ball with my friends showing and racing this one at various events around the country. I hope you enjoyed sharing this trip down musclecar memory lane with me.
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This video is dedicated to my good friend John Seguin, who died shortly after he videotaped some of the racing scenes in this video for me. Here's to John and our other friends who share our passion for cars: cars and shows may come and go, including the MuscleCar Nationals, but our memories make sure that "Good Friends are Forever".