Some may remember my post a while back about when I finally was able to afford a 1971 vega panel express tube chassis drag car. From there, I continued to work and save to buy things like a distributor, waterpump, oil pan, little nickle and dime things I needed before I could drop the small block chevy my dad helped me put together in the car. It took us two weeks to get it running and driving in the race car. It's nothing special, just a 357 out of a 360 sprint car, it has iron heads, 12:1 compression, and makes about 600 to the flex plate, it's backed up to a TCI super street fighter turbo 350 and 3500 stall continental converter. By the time I got my car together, there was only 3 races left in the season. By the last race after some fine tuning and hiccups that slowed us down, I was racing in the high school class running 11.20's at 120 mph against kids in their Hondas or mom and dads Jeep Liberty running 17's at 80 mph. Bracket racing against a car 6 seconds or so slower than you is a learning curve especially when you're running them down and meeting them around the finish line moving 40 miles per hour faster!
I ended up going going rounds and winning the whole event my third race out in a brand new car running low 11's! To top it off, I cut a perfect light ( reaction time of .000 ) and my worst reaction time of the night was .054. I'm rather proud of myself having not drag raced in two years and only making a total of 9 passes in the car total before that race. Being successful in the car after all the hard work I put in to buy the car and everything else I needed to get it back on the track after sitting for 3 years, really feels good. The car still has some issues, mainly the engine has a really weak bottom end so its a ticking time bomb, I need new slicks, and a higher stalling converter. My goal for the winter is to buy a short block and throw a bigger solid roller cam in it, put my heads, intake, and carb on it, and have a bullet proof motor to get me in the 10's. I really have to give a big thanks to my dad, he has been here helping me along every step of the way, if it wasn't for him getting me hooked up with a friend who has some parts I need for cheap and even being there standing behind the car every pass I make I wouldn't be here right now talking about this. Anyways, here's some pictures of the car (Click on the pictures to make them bigger)
DragfreakMember Since 28 Dec 2012
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Im 15 years old. I drag race my '71 chevy vega panel delivery tube chassis drag car., it has a 357 cubic inch small block with a steel crank, pink rods, forged TRW forged pistons, 12:1 compression, .630 lift solid roller Doug Herbert cam, Dart 215cc iron eagle heads, super victor Edelbrock intake, Holley 1050 dominator. It makes about 602hp and runs low 11's in the quarter mile. My daily driver high school rig is a '71 vega panel delivery with no engine in it at the moment, working towards an 5.3 LS swap
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