Updated 5/1/99 - Scroll to bottom for
Well, here it is! The car which I worked on for the entire year of
1997! And yes, that is a hood scoop on the front. It's not just there for looks either, it
is fully functional. There's a tunnel that runs through the car (seen in pictures below)
which channels the air back to the carburetors so that they only get fresh air and not the
hot air off the exhaust. The car's not painted yet of course. That blue is the original
paint and the black front end and hood scoop is just the gel coat on the fiberglass.
The car is owned by David Crow. He contracted me to do all the
fabrication. The basis of the car is a Ron Lummus Racing chassis. Most of the aluminum
still has the plastic sheeting on it for scratch protection, so that's why it looks white
and curled on the edges on some pieces in the interior. David will be building the motor
and transmission for the car.
So, check out some pictures of the details below.
Here's a shot of the door panels I made. They're made from two pieces
of aluminum to get the "arm rest" section to curve outward from the panel. You
can also see the framework that's necessary for the lexan windows that will be installed.
Sorry for the darkness of some of these pictures. The car was in the shadows.
This is the dash, also all aluminum. This is my favorite part of the
car. Unfortunately these pictures don't show the detail of the bead roller work very
clearly, but it's got radio and glovebox shapes beaded into the dash face with DZUS
buttons where the knobs would be on the real things. The guages are all Autometer
Ultralites, and that's a shift lite on top of the gauge pod.
Above is a shot of the tunnel that runs from a plenum area under the
hood scoop back to the carburetor "air box." I tried to make it look somewhat
like a center console. You can also see the vertical gate shifter and the hydraulic hand
brake in this picture, as well as part of the funny car style cage that surrounds the
This is the back area of the interior where the tunnel dissappears
underneath the other panels. It branches into three flexible tubes to go around the
transmission and dump the air into the carb area. Removing the one large center panel
allows access to the front of the transmission and the front ladder bar mounting points.
Here's a mock-up of the engine. The Scat case is empty, but it'll have
a Scat 78mm flanged crank and Pauter billet rods. You can see the JayCee barrels, Pauter
Big Block heads, Berg 58mm carbs, and Berg 2 1/4 inch exhaust. The bore size is 101.6, so
the engine displacement is somewhere around 2525cc. Yeah, this is some serious motor! The
car needs to run high 9 second quarter miles to be competitive in the VW Pro-Stock class,
so that means this jewel needs to pump out about 300hp. It's got all the right stuff, so
it should. The three holes in the panel between the carbs is where the air from the scoop
enters. The white patches at the top of each rear fender are wheel tub cutouts, described
This car is all business from the back! It's got a Stroud parachute and
RLR wheelie bars. The trailing edge of the wing top is adjustable and the two doors in the
back are hinged at the top so they can let air escape that would otherwise get trapped in
the engine compartment as it screams down the quarter mile. The wing/engine
cover/parachute is removable as a single unit to allow easy access to the engine for
tuning in the pits. This car is so low in the back that there was a risk of the tires
hitting the underside of the top of the rear fenders. Looking at the top of the rear
fenders directly above the wheels you can see the pro-mod style wheel tubs that I fabbed
in order to get some additional clearance between the tire and fender.
So, there you have it. My greatest project so far. There are a lot of
details that you obviously can't see without seeing the car in person. My part of the
project is complete, for the most part. David and his sons will be doing all the finishing
out now that all the fabrication is done. I'll certainly post more pictures as it goes
through its painting and final assembly stages.
Look here to see some preliminary drawings of
different paint schemes done by Allen Crowe.
Status as of 5/1/99
David's car is in the midst of getting painted and being re-assembled.
The graphics haven't been added yet, but they are coming shortly. Paint and bodywork
is being done by Austin VeeDub.
Click on any image to see full size.
Painted body. Check out the fender bumps over the
rear tires - too cool!
There's David hard at work.
This shows the hood scoop tunnel path through the car.
Front end is not yet painted.
'Glass is being reworked for better fit by Parke Fishel.
Wing partially installed. The car is rather
low, don't you think?
RLR windshield installed. Scoop was left
long in back and will be trimmed to window.
David next to car to give some perspective
to its overall height.