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Old 10-18-09, 09:52PM   #1
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Default My Front Engine Dragster Project

Well guys I have been at it again.

I have added a couple of pages to my web site. There is not much I can add about the build of the dragster yet as work on the chassis will not start till December. I will have to do some work on the firebird to sell it. These pages just organize what has happened on the dragster so far.

Here are the links to the new pages, take a look and let me know what you think.
http://www.leverfamilysite.com/2010_...gster_Root.htm
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http://www.leverfamilysite.com/2010_..._Selection.htm
and finally
http://www.leverfamilysite.com/2010_...er_Roo_Man.htm
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Old 01-15-10, 03:50PM   #2
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Just ordered my -20 Fire Suit, Gloves, and boots from Dennis Taylor, should be here mid April (custom size because of my size)
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Old 01-27-10, 01:55AM   #3
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Dragster Update.

This week I went out to Keith Burgan's (Roo Man) shop (Roo Man Motor Sports) for my first fitting into the chassis. I saw many interesting things but I will break them up here so that they make some sense. I was sick and did not stay long as I was afraid that I would end up in the hospital out there rather than here. That turned out well as when I returned and saw the Doctor I was assured that it is a minor thing and should be gone (by living through chemistry) by Friday. This is good because Keith stated that he would like me back this coming weekend for another fitting.

First up was sitting in the chassis. I sat on 2X4's to get the right height. The engine plate will be 43 inches from the centerline of the axle. The chassis will be as long as possible and still have a foot of clearance on either end in the trailer. It will be challenging to make the body astatically pleasing with these constraints. The chassis will be a full body chute pack with body work above the roll cage. This chassis is 23 inches wide. It is a good thing I did not go with the 19 inch wide chassis from SlingShot.

Let me know what you think of my red neck fire suit?

One of the first change requests has been to go from a Junior Fuel Dragster to a Top Fuel Dragster.
The second change was to go from a flange style axle to a floating axle.

We will try and keep the dragster looking as nostalgic as possible. It will have a torsion front end with radius bars.
The transmission was shipped directly to Roo Man. We opened the box and found that the bell housing had been damaged in shipping. I have contacted the builder to see what can be done.

There is a fair amount of dragster history in this update. If you have not gone to my web site to read any of the updates I have put out there you should view this one for the history alone.

Here is the link to the page on my web site
http://www.leverfamilysite.com/2010_...2010_01_23.htm
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Old 02-04-10, 12:32PM   #4
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very cool... im sure that will be a blast!
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Old 02-05-10, 07:36AM   #5
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Nice! I love FED's.
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Old 02-08-10, 01:38PM   #6
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This is my second trip out to see the dragster (I need a name, the team's name is Throttle Stop Racing). There were dire predictions on the weather through the mid Atlantic states Snow Cold etc. The worst problem I had was I forgot my sunglasses. This time I drove out the day before, stay overnight, went for my visit, and then drove back.

There may not appear to be many changes, and the changes are suttee, but required a great amount of work.

The bars around the top edge of the chassis have been lowered.

The most obvious place to see this is on the engine plate.

This adds room to the weed burner exhaust I want to run, adds some aesthetic value to the chassis, but does create an oil filter adapter problem
By lowering the top tube it now crosses directly in front of where the oil filter adapter would be bolted on. I will be using a remote filter. The solution will be to create an adapter block to bring the oil lines straight out the front; this is good as that is where the filter will be mounted anyway.

The update includes a general walk around the chassis, take note that the lower rails are now moved inboard of the upper rails, that the whole chassis is arched like a bridge, and yes the seat is carbon fiber. The rear end housing is the one that will remain in the chassis.

Wheel base has been settled on as 200". This is because with the chute pack body the overall length of the car would not fit into the trailer or the garage.

Keith's attention to detail is GREAT.

There is also a quiz included in this week’s update.

It looks like I will be making one more trip out to see the dragster before Roo Man heads off to Famoso Dragway Bakersfield, Ca for the March 5 - 7 meet. He has a big push on to get his Top Fuel FED finished for the meet. Read more here http://aafd-inc.com/welcome.shtml

Well that’s it for now, more later.

Here is the link to the Update
http://www.leverfamilysite.com/2010_...2010_02_06.htm
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Old 02-09-10, 02:38AM   #7
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If you could make use of this rare old M/T 90` deal (on the left in the photo), maybe we could work something out...
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Old 02-09-10, 08:46AM   #8
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If you could make use of this rare old M/T 90` deal (on the left in the photo), maybe we could work something out...
Very nice piece, just what I need. What is your thinking on "working it out". I would be nice to keep it period correct. Thanks
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Old 02-10-10, 02:36AM   #9
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... What is your thinking...
I haven't given it a lot of thought. How soon would you need it?

By the way- will this be a fueler or alky-burner?
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I haven't given it a lot of thought. How soon would you need it?

By the way- will this be a fueler or alky-burner?
A bird in hand is worth two in the bush, ASAP.

Plans are for it to be fuel this year, and blown alky next year.
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Old 02-11-10, 02:32AM   #11
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Are we understanding each other- "fuel" meaning nitromethane? Would be an unusual approach- jumping right in with nitro, then backing down to alky...
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Are we understanding each other- "fuel" meaning nitromethane? Would be an unusual approach- jumping right in with nitro, then backing down to alky...
Sorry, no Gas
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Old 02-12-10, 02:25AM   #13
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... ASAP...
Are you willing to drive here to pick it up and buy the coffee while we chat? No need to bring money- unless you really want to pay the coffee bill...
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Are you willing to drive here to pick it up and buy the coffee while we chat? No need to bring money- unless you really want to pay the coffee bill...
I did not notice you were from Phelps. Sure ,no problem, lunch is on me. I was an instructor for ARG for many years. Name the time and place, Western New York Gasser gang is starting up a new center steer class, are you interested in that.
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Glenn- did you get my PM with my phone number?
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