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Old 08-15-10, 09:42PM   #46
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Dragster Update.

I will be heading out to Indiana the end of this coming week. There should be very little of the dragster in the shop. The frame has been stripped for powder coat and the body should be in the finishing stages.

I would call this update a pictorial of the death (finish) of this phase of the project by a thousand needles (lots of small tasks being completed).

The pictures used for this update are from both myself and Roo Man, that is why there are two aspect ratios in the pictures displayed on this page.

Battery placement is complete. This is easier said than done as there is a bunch of stuff that wants to occupy the same space, mainly the oil filter and radiator. The battery installation includes a volts gauge to monitor the condition of the battery as there is no alternator in the car.

The reasoning behind that is weight and patristic HP loss of the alternator. Current plan is to have two batteries, one on charge and one in the car and swap them between rounds.

The master cylinder has been installed with a remote reservoir. This makes checking the level easier and eliminates the need for residual valves in the bake lines

The chute mount is coming along. The frame work that will hold the chute in place is removable by pulling pins.

The coolant system is coming along; yes this dragster will have a radiator. I will be either ET racing or Index racing. The key to either of those classes is reaction time and consistency of elapsed time. If, in the future I decide that speed is the most important thing, weight can be removed, and HP can be added. In fact a blower engine is already in the planning stages.

The over flow tube is routed to the puke tank, the filler neck is in place, but the out flow tube has not yet been welded in place.

The radiator is custom built by Spike Products, 464 Johnson Lane, Brownsburg, In.
http://www.spikeradiators.com/

It is a double core and should be able to keep the engine cool on the return road. The shroud was built by Roo Man. This should eliminate the need for a tow vehicle, and simplify racing.

No hoses for this coolant system there will be hard tube coolant lines. The one to the filler neck has been remade since this update to give more clearance near the battery and is more upright in the vertical plane to the filler neck.

The fire bottles are in, and the first fire nozzle is pumped.

The fuel system is in.

To start with I will be running the engine that came out of the Firebird. It will be gas, carbureted. The plan is to build a second engine that is blown. It is still up in the air as to whether it will start its life as gas or alcohol injection. I would like to start with gas, but there is considerable pressure to go right to alcohol injection (on the new engine).

The jack pad on the bottom of the chassis is in place and the tabs for the jack stands are welded on.

A great deal of time and effort has gone into making the nose of the dragster just right.

The remote oil filter has been installed. You can see another angle of the filter in the shots of the coolant system.

This dragster is being built to look as nostalgic as possible. It will there for have a push bar at the rear, not that it will ever be used, but it will have the use of serving as an anchor spot for the chute. As with any dragster, space is at a premium, the puke tank will be mounted inside of the frame work for the push bar.

The first version of the anti-rotation device was fabricated from the rear of the chassis to the differential. It was found that this made removal of the differential difficult so it was redone from the tube under the driver’s feet. A drain plug has been installed in the differential case. The third member has been ordered in aluminum and the axles will be Gun drilled for strength and weight.

The shield for the coupler has been started

The electrical shut down switch is in place. There will be a stupid switch in the cockpit. What is a stupid switch? It is used when you have climbed into the car, strapped in, and tried to start the car only to find that you did not turn the master switch on on the rear of the car. The stupid switch can be used to turn the master on.

The steering "wheel" has had two buttons installed, one for the transmission brake and the second one for the shift function. Also a center console has been added to contain switches for main power on, start, fan, fuel and fuel pump.

The engine has been pulled and the chassis flipped to complete welding on the chassis.

The full update can be found at this link.
http://www.leverfamilysite.com/2010_...2010_08_15.htm
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Old 09-08-10, 12:53AM   #47
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Paint is coming!
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Old 09-10-10, 12:00AM   #48
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It has been awhile since I produced a web page update on my site, so here goes.

There has been progress on a couple of fronts.

I am sitting here waiting from a call from the painter to see If I will be running out to Indiana tomorrow.

If I do not leave tomorrow, I will not be able to leave for Indiana until next Thursday. It will be very tight but on that trip I might be picking up the dragster to bring home. I hope to have it at the Big Dawg Shoot out between the car clubs here in Rochester 09 22 2010.

First up are the mechanical updates.

Shims have been made to space out the nipples of the water pump, why, the engine plate bolts between the water pump and the timing cover. This moves the water pump out so shims had to be made so that the nipples of the water pump engage the timing cover.

On the last trip out to Indiana the engine was brought back to Rochester for detailing. The valve covers need to be stripped and redone, and breathers installed.

Arm rests have been installed on the cage of the cockpit to assist this old man getting in and out of the dragster, also Fire nozzles have been installed in the cockpit area.

The chrome work is back from the chromer.

Tires have been mounted on the rims. As the tires were purchase in Indiana they are of course Hoosiers.

The Body and chassis has been shipped off to Bewley's Garage, 220 Park Drive, Plainfield, Indiana, Carey Bewley is doing the paint work and his e-mail is careybewley@yahoo.com and phone number is (317) 372-2244.

The entire body was sanded, then smoothed, guide coat applied and then block sanded.

Now it is time for the House of Kolor Epoxy Primer/Surfacer.

There have been several attempts at laying out graphics and we are getting close.

I hope to see the finial layout this weekend.

That is the current status of the paint. I will update this page again when there is more to report. That should be very soon.

The link to the page is below

http://www.leverfamilysite.com/2010_...2010_09_09.htm
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Old 10-06-10, 11:16PM   #49
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It has been awhile since I posted an update on the progress of the dragster build.

Paint has taken way longer then I ever expected.

First one shows base coats before candy green.

Second one shows three coats of candy

Last one is five with some of the tape pulled off showing some of the white strips.

Gold leaf and pin stripping yet to go.

The dragster should be coming home early November.

Interesting note is the check written as a deposit to start the build was dated 10/30/2009.

It is just possible I might pick it up 10/30/2010

Thanks

Here is a link to my web site with the last update I have placed there (new to this board). I have not kept it current as the only photos I have are from a cell phone camera. I did supply te painter with a camera and once I have those pictures I will add them to the webd site.

http://www.leverfamilysite.com/2010_...2010_09_09.htm

Oh yes, one more thing, current weight estimate is 1,900 pounds. that means 1/4 mile ET is 9.13, way to slow. The build for the blower engine has been put on the fast track. If it is done by spring it may go right into the dragster right away, but as an injected engine, not blown, and then progress to the blown engine.
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Old 10-27-10, 12:57AM   #50
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I'm hoping to drive out to Indiana this weekend and pick the car up.

Finial clear coats. Still needs finial wet sand and buff out.
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Old 10-31-10, 02:49PM   #51
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New body pictures
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Old 11-01-10, 12:24AM   #52
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VERY nice!
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Man I love the greens. I can't remember the owner/driver but there was (might have been Wally Booth????) a '69 then 2 gen Camaro Pro Stock car that was almost a Candy Apple green with white accents. I've always liked that color on racecars. Even thought about it on my '63 Gasser. Just love it Glenn. Mark L
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Old 11-03-10, 01:04AM   #54
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The pieces are about to start to come together!

The frame is actually a dark green with flake in it.

I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to getting this piece of art home.

Many people have put long hard flustrating hours of work into this vehicle and I can not express my thanks enough.
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Glenn that is going to be one eye catching machine. I can't imagine all the hard work that went into it. But you can really be proud of the results. My hat's off to you and your builders. Can't wait to see and hear the first runs. Will you be piloting or are you looking a someone else to be the driver? Mark L
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Glenn that is going to be one eye catching machine. I can't imagine all the hard work that went into it. But you can really be proud of the results. My hat's off to you and your builders. Can't wait to see and hear the first runs. Will you be piloting or are you looking a someone else to be the driver? Mark L
I will be the driver. That was the whole point of building the custom chassis, so that I could fit my big a.... into the dragster.
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Being assembled for pickup
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I am still planning on leaving here Monday, sleep overnight in Indianapolis, and pick the dragster up on Tuesday, and return home with it around 9:00 PM Tuesday night.
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out-fkin-standing...you have built an extremely nice piece..motors belong in front of the driver, unless its a volks, porsche, or corvair..wow, i love the paint..wow....banana man heartily approves..
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Ok!

The dragster is at home in the garage.

The story: I arrived in Indianapolis on Monday night (well really Tuesday morning) at 3:00 AM. I had a Doctor appointment Monday at 1:30 so did not leave Rochester until 4:00PM. (well had a little delay there also as the right rear caliper on the truck was frozen so I had to go to the Ford dealer to get that fixed before leaving).

Because of the timing I hit rush hours in both Buffalo and Cleveland. Just outside of Columbus my wife call on the cell phone and asked how the rain was? I said what rain as I had not had any, not ten minutes later I was in a down pour and had HEAVY rain the rest of the way to Indianapolis.
I did not sleep much as I wanted to get over the shop. Parts had not arrived so the dragster was not ready to leave. We were missing inner ????? for the front tires, clamps for the drive shaft shield, the body was still over at the painters getting a finial buff. At 8:00 PM Tuesday I decided to stay another night and drive back the next day.

I could not sleep again and left at 5:00 AM Wednesday. Good thing to.

North of Columbus the roads were wet and the temperature was 29 degrees. Every bridge I cam to had cars truck and/or tractor trailers spun out beyond them (you guessed it the bridges were all iced).

I stopped for fuel 10 miles west of Buffalo on route 90 in New York at 3:30 PM Wednesday. I received a call from Ken Long, a freind that was waiting to help unload and he asked how the snow was? I said what snow as I had clear skies. 2/10ís of a mile further east on 90 I ran into white outs. I ran along at 10 miles an hour in four wheel drive.

See this news story.
A.M. Top News: Snowstorm closes N.Y. Thruway, strands motorists for up to 24 hours
Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 7:46 AM Updated: Friday, December 03, 2010, 7:46 AM
A Lake Erie-fed storm dumped more than two feet of snow on western New York, closing a stretch of the New York Thruway and leaving trucks and cars stranded up to 24 hours.
State Police handed out coffee and food to motorists stuck in the gridlock near Buffalo. Emergency crews passed out water and protein bars, and buses picked up drivers and delivered them to a shelter at a senior citizen center.
An 11-mile stretch was still closed overnight but the highway reopened shorty after 6 a.m. and traffic was moving.

I arrived home and a few friends stopped by to help push it up the driveway (had to shovel the driveway first.

Luke, on of the friends that stopped by took some detail shots and has posted them at this link.

http://picasaweb.google.com/LZkustom...PugleyTjYv9Dw#

I am now considered part of the hole in the wall gang as we have cut a hole in the wall to get the dragster to fit in the garage. We promptly took it apart to start the engine install. Now you are up to date.
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