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Root Page Blower Engine

 

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Well, here we go again. I started getting interested in racing last year (2008). I bought a nice 1978 Firebird and ran it for the last half of the season. Over the winter tore it apart in the interest of speed (went from 14.2 to 10.6 in he 1/4 mile). To see that build click HERE.

Blew up two engines in the process

Found that that was not fast enough and got hooked on Nostalgia racing and have decided to build a Front Engine Dragster.

This build will be different then past builds as I will relay on builders to do a lot of the work. Quite frankly at the speeds that I will be traveling I do not trust myself to weld together my own frame. I thought about buying a kit and bringing it here and having it assembled. I decided to purchase the frame and have it build by the person selling the frame.

I sold the El Camino (it went to the Netherlands) to fund the project. I was really surprised that the cost of the project does not look as bad as I thought it might. On the other hand I have already started to add "extras" to the project so who knows how much it will end up costing.

You can buy complete dragsters of E-Bay for well under $20,000, but my problem is I am 6' 4" and weigh 250 pounds (on a good day, I will be going to the gym over the winter to see if I can do something about this). My shoulders measure 25" across.

I have been told by many people that it is VERY important to feel conformable sitting in the dragster and I was unable to find any completed dragsters that I would be able to sit in. Building one from scratch is far more expensive that buying one already put together.

 

 

Chick here for a selection of U-Tube Videos on the dragster and other projects
I have started a blower engine build for the dragster.

Click here for that build
 
The process starts. I did a lot of research on the web, talked to a number of people who are in the sport and narrowed the search to three shops, and visited two of them.

To see the visits click HERE

 

We are getting the Firebird ready for sale to create room for the FED

To see that process click HERE

Here is the PowerGlide Transmission that has been built by Rutland Transmission Service, 4415 Spring Stuebner Rd., Spring, TX 77389, (281) 350-1365 lrmotorsports@aol.com for the Front engine dragster.

To see that process click HERE


More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for my first fitting in MY chassis. To see that and more dragster history,

click
here


More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for my second fitting in MY chassis. To see that and more dragster history,

click
here

 

More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for my third fitting in MY chassis. To see that and more dragster history,

click
here

 

More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for my fourth fitting in MY chassis. To see that and more dragster history,

click
here

 

More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for Look see.

To see that, click
here


More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for Look see.

To see that, click
here

More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for Look see.

To see that, click
here
 

More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for Look see.

To see that, click
here

 

More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for Look see.

To see that, click
here

Paint!

More progress to report. I took a trip out to Roo Man's shop for Look see.

To see that, click
here

It has been awhile since I produced an update. I'm going to jump ahead to 12/27/2010 and start there.

To see that, click
here

Worked on the starter and Mid plate today

To see that, click here

I went to bolt up the torque converter to the flex plate. It did not go as smoothly as hoped.

To see that, click here

Carburetor, starter, fuel lines

To see that, click here

Fuel system is complete, coolant is almost done, electric is not too far away

To see that, click here

Starter Cables

To see that, click here

More wiring and so neat work on the air scoop.

To see that, click here

Headers and rear end work

To see that, click here

Fluid now in two more systems with only one to go.

To see that, click here

Had another unofficial car nuts meeting today. 

To see that, click here

It has been awhile since I produced an update. I'm skipping around but will go back and fill in the gaps so keep checking the site for past and future updates.

To see that, click here

All together in one piece again.

To see that, click here

The big move from the garage to the trailer for the trip to Indiana

To see that, click here

Progress 2011 08 14 Click here
Time to go faster

To see that, click here

 

The engine has been on the Dyno!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m2jRDBoIcw&feature=youtu.be

652 HP

Click here to see Misc tasks to put the engine back into the dragster, Paint the engine, New coolant system to use all the ports in the heads instrad of just the front one.
Well racing season is over and it is time to start thinking about next season 2013. I want to go FASTER so we are installing a blower, click here
This is the second week on installing the blower, and we have gotten closer to the belt system being useable, Click here to see the details
See the finial fitment of the blower drive and the very start of the remote fuel pump mount here.
The Car Nuts got together toady and worked on the Fuel system, wiring and throttle cables, to see that click here
This update is for two weeks, it includes burn down tubes, old fuel line, seat belts, water outlet, blower restraint bag and plate straps gasket fitting and modifications to the intake and valley pan. Click here.
Well it is all apart AGAIN, we did make some progress, made a bracket for the fill tank, got the blower bag put back on (modified), Click here
New update with a number of small tasks completed, Coolant fill tank, Intake bolted on, Front gasket between the timing chain cover and engine plate replaced. To see that click here
Lots going on here, blower studs installed, pulleys purchased, Belt guard problems, Coil mounted, TDC found and marked,

The biggie is the fuel system is back from FIE.

Coolant system,  Click here

Here is the newest BLOWN Pontiac powered dragster as of yesterday.

I now have to pull it all apart again as the right head is dripping water (solid copper head gaskets will do that

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6zRsObuerw&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Ok, it came apart again, had a coolant leak on the right head, made an improvement to the coolant system. To see that click here.
Self primer installed
Time to take a look at the engine after 200 runs, click here
Some action shots at the Drags

 

To see that, click here

 

 

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Glenn Lever
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