Moyer developed dies for stamping out the front cover, oil pan, and rocker arms. The pisto
Pinks For The Masses
When the timing gear at Memphis Motorsports Park was taken out of action by rain last September during a production of Pinks All Out, Rich Christensen didn't let that stop him. Thinking on his feet, he decided to run the entire event arm-drop style, with spotters at the finish line holding flags to announce the winner. The improvised format was such a success, Christensen is taking the idea, called ArmDrop Live, on the road for 2009. The ArmDrop Live tour will not be televised like Pinks or Pinks All Out, but it will allow for all kinds of whacky racing, including bikes, mopeds, snowmobiles, and ATVs. Oh yeah, and cars too. Christensen says come on out, and bring your video camera. He expects lots of bragging fodder to end up on YouTube. Interested? Check it out on www.armdroplive.com. Here's the tentative list of dates remaining for the 2009 Arm Drop Live tour:
|ARMDROP LIVE SCHEDULE |
|May 1-2 ||Atco Racway; Atco, NJ |
|May 15-16 ||Area 51 Dragway; Roswell, NM |
|May 22-23 ||Firebird Raceway; Boise, ID |
|June 5-6 ||Toronto Motorsports Park; Cayuga, Ont. |
|June 26-27 ||Yellowstone Drag Strip; Acton, MT |
|July 3-4 ||Woodburn Dragstrip; Woodburn, OR |
|July 24-25 ||Texas Raceway; Kennedale, TX |
|July 31-August 1 ||Maple Grove Raceway; Mohnton, PA |
|August 7-8 ||Milan Dragway; Milan, MI |
|August 28-29 ||Bandimere Speedway; Morrison, CO |
|September 4-5 ||Cedars Falls Raceway; Cedar Falls, IA |
|September 18-19 ||Bristol Dragway; Bristol, TN |
|September 25-26 ||Memphis Motorsports Park; Memphis, TN |
|October 2-3 ||Richmond Dragway; Sandston, VA |
|October 9-10 ||Heartland Park; Topeka, KS |
|October 16-17 ||Tulsa Raceway Park; Tulsa, OK |
|November 6-7 ||No Problem Raceway; Belle Rose, LA |
|November 13-14 ||Rockingham Dragway; Rockingham, NC |
Scale Small-Block V-8
After running a short piece in the April issue about James Weber and his miniature homebuilt 5.655-cubic-inch blown V-8 model (yes, it actually runs!), we got this tip from Dave Ward of Simi Valley, California. He turned us onto Jim Moyer's website, which is stuffed full of real running miniature engines, including this 1/6th scale model of a '64 vintage 365hp, 327-inch Corvette mill. Quoting Moyer from his website: "The head and block began as billet aluminum that have been painstakingly machined on a Bridgeport-style mill. The 5-main crank has real babbit bearings, while the cam is a scale 30-30 Duntov."
Moyer builds all his scale engines himself at home in Boyds, Washington. It's a hobby he first started in 1964 with a four-cylinder overhead cam design of his own called The Coyotee [sic]. Moyer even has YouTube video of his latest creation (shown), which sounds pretty much like a hyper-active chainsaw on a rampage. All the parts in the miniature small-block are exquisitely crafted, and apparently work as well as the original full-sized pieces. Moyer also does work for hire, including welding and machining fabrication for prototype development and small-batch production runs.
Jim Moyer says that since this 1/6th model is a real running engine, there is spark igniti
|BY THE NUMBERS |
|MOYER MADE SMALL-BLOCK |
|Type: ||1/6th scale V-8 |
|Displacement: ||1.10 ci; 18 cc |
|Bore: ||0.600 in |
|Stroke: ||0.487 in |
|Ignition: ||spark |
|Construction: ||machined billet |
|Began construction: ||1998 |
|First ran: ||11/3/05 |
Hot cars and rock 'n' roll go together like bacon and eggs, so it's not uncommon to see the pairing of music star and hot car on a regular basis. What you don't see all that often is a seasoned road warrior like Chris Duarte getting down and dirty with a real '68 396 SS Camaro, then writing a high-octane song about it. The title track of Chris Duarte's new CD, 396, is autobiographical, and describes Duarte's love affair with his real life 375-horse '68 SS Camaro. (Chorus: "Runnin' wide open, flyin' on the track, nothin's gonna stop me, gonna get my fix, in my 396...") The title track is a full-throttle Chevy anthem that would sound right at home on a new Camaro commercial-if Chevy were actually to make one. The rest of Duarte's CD is pedal to the metal in the blues/rock tradition of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rick Derringer, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix, with a little bit of Aerosmith and Foghat thrown in. Duarte is quite the axe slinger, and despite wielding his Stratocaster with deadly precision over the years, has somehow missed the fame and fortune bestowed on much lesser guitarists.
If you like your rock 'n' roll served up hard core and old school, 396 is the high-octane fix you're looking for. Load it in the CD player in your garage on a Saturday morning, and pretend like it's 1977 all over again. You can find 396 at www.cdfuse.com for $16 (plus $4 S&H).
The inspiration for Chris Duarte's new album, 396, comes from his '68 Camaro SS, with is a
Rant Of The Month
Let's see some race gas and methanol builds. It's getting old seeing all the horsepower being squeezed out of pump gas. It would be awesome seeing a supercharged methanol engine on a dyno. It would just be something different. Nitrous motors would be the coolest to see built. I am just saying every issue has "650hp on pump gas" on the front cover. You have made it easy to make pump gas power. Now let's see something exotic. Maybe throw in some foreign stuff. (NOT JAPANESE!) I have not yet seen a diesel built. If I pissed someone off, good. That means I have someone's attention.Keith GentryGrant, LA
You have our attention. Check out Mike Racke's twin-turbo biodiesel '70 Chevelle on page 32. Is that different enough for you?
Being A Mentor
I just got my latest issue of PHR in the mail. As always, the first thing I read is Bangin' Gears (really). I must say when I start reading it, there were many things I could relate to in my own childhood. I'm sure there are many other people who are going to relate also.
You hit it right on the head about our generation viewing cars as an art form, and some people just not getting it. Kids today think a Honda with a huge muffler (that sounds like a bad lawn mower) is the cat's meow. They have no idea what they missed. I have memories of my dad sticking a 360 in a'68 Ford pickup, and teaching me how to speed shift. My first car was a '74 Olds Cutlass Supreme; I took the rocket 350 out and stuck a 454 in it. Now that was fun.
I'm fortunate that I have a 15-year-old son who enjoys cars as much as myself. I guess it helps that we are doing a father/son restoration on a '72 Camaro RS. He loves going to the local cruise night and bigger car shows. We also go to the local dragway, and we always try to bring one of his friends who has never been to the drags before. It really is surprising how many kids don't even know what a dragway looks like. That is a shame.
Kevin, you're doing a great service to your son and his friends by being a muscle car mentor to them. Keep up the good work, and enjoy the story on Bill Trovato's 401ci Olds on page 72.
"Kids today think a Honda with a huge muffler is the cat's meow. They have no idea what they missed."
I've read your rag off and on for over 25 years. The latest issue [April '09] was the best in a long time. The makeover tips for the Laguna were right on target. They can be applied to any car, and anybody can afford them. I hope this will encourage people to build their cars rather than pay someone else. I'm also looking forward to seeing what folks send in for their muscle car projects. Keep up the good work!
The work on the Laguna continues in this issue on page 60, with a bolt-on rear suspension from Global West. Also, we're starting to get lots of mail for the reader project car issue in August. You won't want to miss that.
"The makeover tips for the Laguna were right on target. They can be applied to any car, and anybody can afford them."
1969 All Over Again
Enjoyed your Bangin' Gears 1969 [editorial]. I was born in '62, and have similar memories. On one family vacation around that time, I can remember crowding into my aunt and uncle's Vista Cruiser and vividly remember going by a big glass building in Lansing, Michigan, proudly displaying the name OLDSMOBILE. One of my great-uncles retired from there. He pulled his Airstream trailer with a 455 '68 Delta 88. I ended up with a '68 442 for a drag car.
Another vivid memory is around Christmas of 1969. My dad brought home our brand-new '70 LeSabre with the high-compression 350 engine with factory dual exhaust. Wow, did those exhaust vapors look cool coming out the back on a frigid December day in North Dakota. The body has been put out to pasture, but the engine is still alive and well in an orange '63 Dodge Town Wagon that I named the PT Bruzr. I just celebrated a 30-year anniversary with my four-speed '70 Chevelle SS396 that I bought in January of 1979, at the ripe old age of 16. Forty years later, history seems to be repeating itself with Detroit's unbelievably hot cars, but again with a black cloud looming on the horizon. If I plan things right again, I might be able to buy a nice six-speed '09 Challenger R/T-in 2018.
Hey Dave, sounds like 1969 (or 1970 in your case) is only as far away as your garage. Thanks for sharing those memories.
I enjoyed the article about the '69 Boss 429 Mustang ["Total Performance," April '09]. Those are always nice to see. There were a couple of inaccuracies in the article. 1) To the best of my knowledge, Kar Kraft in Brighton, Michigan, did not engineer the 429 installation. That was handled by Ford Engineering and the pilot plant. 2) In the truest sense, final assembly did not occur at Kar Kraft, but at Dearborn Assembly. You're probably asking yourself, who is this Bruce Guertin, and how would he know these tidbits of information? Well, I worked at Deaborn Assembly from January 2, 1968 until September 7, 1970. My job was in the inspection department. Specifically, I was the afternoon shift manual shift roll test driver during that time. At the end of the final line, the cars were driven off the line, across an aisle, to the front-end alignment station. There, the wheel toe-in was set, and the windshield wipers were installed. Beyond this point, there were four roller chassis dyno-like stations where the cars were "driven" to check things like speedo accuracy, steering function, transmission operation, electrical items, and look for leaks (the 429 had lots of leaks).
There were three roller stations for the auto trans cars, and one for the stick-shift cars. Stick shift is where I worked. Approximately 17 cars per hour were manual shift, and I was expected to drive them all. This meant I got to drive Boss 302s, 429s, and 428 CJs with, and without the Drag Pak. This was an exciting place for a 20-year-old Z-28 owner to work. Originally, all Boss 429s came down the line with a 428 installed (all 428s should have had these shock towers. Plug changes would have been a lot easier). We then "test drove" them, and they went to Kar Kraft where the engines were changed out, and the cars returned to Dearborn Assembly. Back at the assembly plant, we "test drove" them again, the Boss 429 fender sticker and window stickers were applied, and they went on the rail cars.
After a short period of time, the 428s were no longer installed, and the engine-less cars were rolled off the final line, and shipped to Kar Kraft. We got them back for testing in the usual manner when the new engines were installed just like before. I had the misfortune to wreck a Boss 429 coming off the rollers one day in a fit of teenage brain fade. It was a black one, and I hit a white Mustang broadside after I touched the brake and jumped the car off the rollers. There's lots more I can tell you about, like melted grilles, tail lights, and how one car had all its paint "blown off" in the car wash area.
Bruce GuertinAuburndale, FL
We really enjoyed your letter, Bruce, and thanks for the clarification from someone who was actually there.
"I had the misfortune to wreck a Boss 429 coming off the rollers one day in a fit of teenage brain fade."
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