Remember the Sleeper Wagon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6wXw8t9oeU ? It was a Aussie Valiant wagon (A-body Mopar like the Dodge Dart) that I bought for $250 and fitted a borrowed 440 big block to it.
Year's later I repainted the car Hemi Orange and fitted a turbocharged 245 hemi six to it and even though it made only 40hp less than the big block it was nowhere near as much fun. Here's the Dyno tuning session from about four years ago. These days the wagon just runs a naturally aspirated 245 hemi six, but I'm thinking of doing some more to it soon.
Wagon Westoration - Part 1
With Chryslers on the Murray - Australia's Biggest Mopar Show - just around the corner I thought I'd get the old wagon out of the shed and get it ready for rego. Should be a bit of fun and hopefully it'll be a nice cruiser for my wife and kids to enjoy.
WTOFIT - Crazy Rotary Powered Van Burnout
We popped in to the Good Fryday Burnout at Sydney Dragway to check out the action and found this totally insane little rotary powered Suzuki van ripping a few skids. Check out that glowing Exhaust. We've seen a few hot systems in our time but never one that glowed so brightly.
Twin Turbo LS1-Powered HK Monaro on Dyno
Rodney Ritchie used to run a serious procharger blow-through set-up on his HG Monaro but he's ripped that out and fitted a 406ci LS1 with twin T04Z turbos. It doesn't run alot of Boost but it sure makes enough power. It won the Dyno at Winton's Performance Car Mania with 731rwhp. Rodney now plans to finish things off with an Intercooler and pump up the Boost for even more power, and possibly have a crack at Modified Street Blown in the APSA series.
This was a car I built up with some friends for fun. It's a 1970 VG Valiant station wagon (it's an A-body Mopar, like a Dodge dart...but a wagon)and we yanked the stock 4-litre six and bolted in a 440ci motor. The car was awesome, we would abolutely hose WRX's on the street and no-one expected anything from an old white station wagon.
This video is quite old and it was the first video I ever edited. It comes from when we raced the wagon at an 1/8th mile meeting at Sydney's Oran Park. I came runner up at the meeting and I decided to show enough of each run to show how we won. Most of the time it looks like I'm racing myself until the camera pans. In the final we raced a drag pick-up and stayed with it for most of the run which shows how capable the wagon was.
I still have the wagon, it now runs a turbocharged 4-litre, I'll post up some videos as they become available.
Supercharged 426 Hemi SRT-8 Dyno
Daniel Buchanan's 300C SRT-8 is a beast. It makes so much power that they had to ditch the factoy auto and fit a turbo 400 to the car. The engine is a 6.1-litre Hemi stroked out to 7-litre or 426 cubes in the old money. Which meaks it a 426 Hemi (okay so it's not a real 66-71 style 426 Hemi, but it sounds cool anyway). On top sits a 3.4-litre whipple Supercharger from Yella Terra and all the work was done by horsepower Factory in Melbourne. For a street car running pump 98-octane fuel it certainly makes some power.
Wicked Fast 2JZ-powered BMW M3 - Gas Motorsports
We love quick cars and don't really care what they're powered by, so we reckon this Toyota 2JZ powered BMW M3 is pretty awesome. Check out the second pass where it runs in the sevens after stepping off the gas well before the finish line. This car is going to be a weapon once they get it sorted!
Jake Edwards Torana - Summernats 21
On the Dyno at Summernats 21. Jakes Edwards is probably Australia's foremost authority on blow through carby set-ups. Here's his own personal car running over 1000hp at the tyres with a single carb and no Intercooler although it does run on mehtanol. The engine is a 393cube Holden V8 and it runs a single Holset turbo.
Twin Turbo VE Valiant at Sydney Dragway
Check out this crazy combo! Two whopping great turbos hang through the bonnet of this '68 VE Valiant. Now I didn't get a chance to talk to the owner in person, but people tell me it's got a 410 cube big block. Not sure if that correct or not, but it's obviously still getting sorted because they seemed to be testing the launch more than anything on the day. Hopefully we'll see some decent times out of this car in the future.
Turbocharged EFI Slant Six Valiant
Cameron Tilley's turbocharged and EFI slant six powered Valiant might just be one of the most awesome slant six powered streetcars in the world.
Not only can the car run easy low 11sec quarter mile times but it's also totally streetable. Gotta love the push bottom auto transmission as well.
Turbo V8 Valiant Burnout
We love sleepers here on Scotty's Garage and I reckon a turbocharged 318 v8 in an old VJ Ranger qualifies as a sleeper. This car is well known for smoky burnout and high Boost action and it didn't disappoint at Gazzanats, although the ending was cut short through a massive loss of coolant.
RX2 Rotary Blows a Head Gasket!
Yes, the title is a joke, because Mazda Rotary engines don't have cylinder heads or head gaskets. Watch the video to see why I've given the video this title. :)