This is me (Tim McMaster) and my Y-Block Ford powered front engine gas dragster Elwood. It's our first time running the 1320 at Famoso Raceway just north of Bakersfield, CA in Oct. 2010. We did fairly well for our first time out, the car ran great and had very few problems. All this on my spare pickup engine.
John Calvert's Fairlane on the street
Took the Fairlane out for a Sunday cruise and hit up the local car show. It
has a 427cu dual quad high riser FE with 15:1 compression. The car runs in
NHRA A/S Stock Eliminator and has a best ET of 9.80. Enjoy!
On-board footage of dragster crash
Blown head gasket dumps water in front of the tires causing dragster to
veer into the wall and flip, landing upside down. Thanks to the excellent
track emergency team and the strongly-built car, the driver sustained no
injuries. The car is capable of 200+ MPH and sub-7 second 1/4 mile passes.
It is powered by a turbo-charged 2.2
liter 4-cylinder GM EcoTech engine producing nearly 1600 HP.
Y-Block Ford V8 running Tim McMaster Pressurized rockers #2
Here is my 341ci Y-Block Ford running on a stand with an open valve cover
to show that pressurizing the rocker shafts will not pool large amounts of
oil in the head and flood the valve guides. This is not to show that using
the overflow tubes is a bad thing, I just want to show that pressurizing is
Strange Bird 62 Ford falcon Gasser by Chuckles Garage Shakedown #2
This Is the Chuckles Garage "Strange Bird" 1962 Ford Falcon Futura A/GS
The car is powered by a Littlefield Supercharged 401 Buick Nailhead that
was originally in a 1960's drag boat. The motor sports a custom blower
manifold made here at the shop, custom pistons, custom rods, wild Comp cam,
Comp lifters, custom valve springs, custom hi-flow valves, mild port work,
custom pushrods, custom headers made in-house,vintage Weiand valve covers,
dual Buick Wildcat Rochester 4 Jets that were modified for use with the
blower with custom non-progressive linkage, Nicson front cover/engine
mount, custom motor plate, custom oil pan, and its backed by a built switch
pitch ST400 transmission that has TH400 internals, custom Art Carr
convertor, and a Coan Racing transbrake . Front suspension is a Speedway
straight axle kit with custom made two position shackles, and custom
panhard bar. Rear suspension is stock leaf springs with custom 66" long
heavy wall ladder bars. Rear axle is a Lincoln Versailles unit with 3.89
gears and a Richmond Spool. Tires are Hurst Racing Super Cushions in the
front, and Hurst 30x10 Piecrust slicks in the back. Wheels are Vintage
American Racing Magnesium spindle mounts up front (no front brakes) and
vintage Shelby Cal 500's out back. Seats are set back almost to the rear
seat. Gauges are a Sun Super tach, and vintage Stewart Warner oil, temp,
amp. This is a period exhibition car, so it will not conform to current
NHRA spec. The car is being built to the 1965 NHRA rule book. It has the
maximum crank center height of 25", and near the maximum amount of engine
set back as well. Maximum setback was determined by the wheelbase. You are
allowed 10% of the wheelbase measured from the axle centerline to the first
sparkplug hole. This engine is set back 10" The car sports a full .120 wall
frame that will be tied in to the .120 wall roll cage. It's very sturdy.
All work on the Strange bird is being done at Chuckles Garage.