: Hi from UK. 472 front engined dragster



mfp-66
06-07-13, 06:33 AM
Hi.

My name is Gary and i am from the north of England.

I'm building a front engined dragster using a 68 472 Cadillac engine.

Aztec ETC ECS
06-07-13, 09:41 AM
Nice!
Like this one?

http://www.slingshotdragsters.com/1512MG_0424.jpg

Ranger
06-07-13, 11:39 AM
:welcome:

77CDV
06-07-13, 03:33 PM
:welcome: Sounds like a sweet project!

CadillacLuke24
06-07-13, 05:34 PM
Welcome! You'll have to share the results in photographs!

mfp-66
06-09-13, 02:59 PM
long way to go but getting there. this was taken as the engine was first lowered into the chassis

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff238/mfp-66/IMG_1269_zps528a833c.jpg (http://s237.photobucket.com/user/mfp-66/media/IMG_1269_zps528a833c.jpg.html)

talismandave
06-09-13, 11:09 PM
Very cool Gary! Can't wait to follow along.:thumbsup:

02603sec
06-09-13, 11:47 PM
Welcome and a cadillac dragster? Wow. My old school racing friends preferred the cadillac braking systems as well as the rear ends. Obviously, big block chevys are preferred because the parts and broad array of set ups. Good luck with the dragster..

Our best drivers are Schumacher, Force, Garlits, Hard to say, but I think Indianapolis Raceway Park is a great place to see the best of the best..

orconn
06-09-13, 11:54 PM
Hello, Gary, welcome to the Forums! Happy dragging!

Aztec ETC ECS
06-10-13, 09:37 AM
It is nice to see a non-Chevy, alternative GM.
Is that motor ready to run or you workin' it further? I would definitely get rid of the stock rocker setup, if you didn't already.

What's with the Olds flywheel on the floor?

mfp-66
06-10-13, 01:36 PM
The engine came with a th400 from an olds including flexplate.

The oil pan just needs repairing and going to run it stock to get the thing on the track. Then see what happens after that

Aztec ETC ECS
06-11-13, 11:52 AM
Not tryin' to falsely alarm you, but this is the reason why Don Garlits designed the rear engine dragster:

http://www.allempires.com/forum/uploads/2641/Gar-transexplosion-w.jpg

Although, the rear engine ended up taking him for a wild ride, too:

http://www.draglist.com/photoimages/Photos-2000/Big%20Daddy%20Don%20Garlits%20Blowover.%20Photo%20 by%20Mark%20Hovsepian.jpg

EcSTSatic
06-11-13, 11:59 AM
Not tryin' to falsely alarm you, but this is the reason why Don Garlits designed the rear engine dragster:

http://www.allempires.com/forum/uploads/2641/Gar-transexplosion-w.jpg

Although, the rear engine ended up taking him for a wild ride, too:

http://www.draglist.com/photoimages/Photos-2000/Big%20Daddy%20Don%20Garlits%20Blowover.%20Photo%20 by%20Mark%20Hovsepian.jpg


I remember that. Big Daddy lost part of his foot in that accident.

Aztec ETC ECS
06-11-13, 12:02 PM
I remember that. Big Daddy lost part of his foot in that accident.
That was the 1st one.
I was there at Englishtown for the 2nd one. I think it was '86. He didn't get hurt but it was quite a show.

mfp-66
06-11-13, 01:36 PM
I may be wrong but I think Garlitts was using a clutch. I'm using a Powerglide with a lot less power. My feet are a lot further back due to using a full length powerglide

Aztec ETC ECS
06-11-13, 01:50 PM
I'm not sure what Garlits had, but I've seen some clutches come apart.
A friend of mine lost half his leg in a van with a stick. UGLY!

EcSTSatic
06-11-13, 01:50 PM
I may be wrong but I think Garlitts was using a clutch. I'm using a Powerglide with a lot less power. My feet are a lot further back due to using a full length powerglide

You're right. I think it was the clutch that sawed off his foot.