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My friends restored 1970 Top Fuel Dragster

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Focal Fury

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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:57 pm

My friend has spent the last three years restoring a 1970 Top Fuel Dragster.
The car uses the original chassis from the John Wiebe Top Fuel Dragster.

Some specs:
Engine is a 392 Chrysler Hemi
1/4 Mile 236MPH in 1970
2500 HP
The starter alone puts out 400 f/lb torque

Anyway like I said he has spent the last three years restoring this to the exact specification, all parts that were used back then, the body has been fabricated and painted to match exactly through photos from its time.

The original owner John Wiebe, actually E-Mailed him to say how awesome he had rebuilt the car, how perfect it matches the original and how he did the car proud.
this is the only part i forgot to write down so i may mess it up slightly...
The fuel it takes is very exact mixture of methanol, and alcohol.....to buy the pure methanol he has to register with Homeland Security icon_lol.gif :eek:

He was telling me how when they were piecing the engine together he and a friend double, triple checked each others work over and over again.
A wrong spark plug or anything mixed up would literally grenade the entire engine and all of its components.
Talk about a nervewracking build huh

The body is so fragile that he has to take it off for transport.

Back in 1970ish, when my friend was in High School he worked on a Pit Crew of one of these type of engines in a funny car. He was always frustrated they would never let him help put the engine back together...as after every weekend of racing he would get to help dissamble the entire engine. The team would inspect each part down to every detail!!.
He now has a greater appreciation for the level of detail needed to put this engine together!!

Pretty cool ^^

PICS icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif:D

sorry they are only from iPhone they are blurry but i need to go back there soon so i'll take my real camera

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IN CASE ANYONE WANTS TO KNOW WHATS UNDER THE SHEET ^^^....ITS ONE OF THESE User posted image

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Some of the body pieces

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Here is a little display board with articles from back in 1970 about the original car :)

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ENJOY
perhaps some better quality pictures soon, if someone wants to see something closer let me know i'll be heading back soon to take more pics and other work for him :)

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Losing quickly

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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:00 pm

He should put that motor in the Miata
Focal Fury

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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:04 pm

His son races the miata in a spec series
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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:15 pm

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DAB_Design

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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:48 pm

Newton Kansas. Wow, that's not too far from me. And my manager at work is a Wiebe. I wonder if there's any relation.
justinwebb

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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:00 pm

rather have the homo-mobile
oldskoolhonda

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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:53 pm

DAB_Design wrote:
Newton Kansas. Wow, that's not too far from me. And my manager at work is a Wiebe. I wonder if there's any relation.


Newtons not to far from me either! Where are you at man?
Tat2Dragons

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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:18 pm

Damn they did one hell of a job on that Dragster. icon_cool.gif Those slingshot style Dragsters were extremely dangerous to drive,lots of people were injured driving those beasts.You definitely have to have a big set of nads to drive on of those down the strip.lol icon_lol.gif Thanks for sharing. icon_smile.gif
Knox

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Post Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:47 pm

Looks like it was a really cool project icon_cool.gif
massie22790

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Post Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:37 am

Really cool. Looks like they did a good job on that thing.
Kierra

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Post Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:38 am

wow that pretty sweet..

its amazing how there is nothing to the body.. just some bars.. then an engine and a driver.
bad venge

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Post Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:30 am

Nice restoration of a really bad death trap ...
Ever see those blow a motor ???
DAB_Design

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Post Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:57 am

oldskoolhonda wrote:
DAB_Design wrote:
Newton Kansas. Wow, that's not too far from me. And my manager at work is a Wiebe. I wonder if there's any relation.


Newtons not to far from me either! Where are you at man?


Nope, no relation. Oh well, he did say he remembers as a kid going to the guys shop and seeing the original car.

oldskool, I work in Wichita and live a bit farther south.
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Post Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:27 pm

I've always wondered what they use for kit cars such as the Cobra
oldskoolhonda

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Post Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:46 pm

DAB_Design wrote:
oldskoolhonda wrote:
DAB_Design wrote:
Newton Kansas. Wow, that's not too far from me. And my manager at work is a Wiebe. I wonder if there's any relation.


Newtons not to far from me either! Where are you at man?


Nope, no relation. Oh well, he did say he remembers as a kid going to the guys shop and seeing the original car.

oldskool, I work in Wichita and live a bit farther south.


Haha no way...Where are you workin? Im in derby. how old are you man?
AutoAustin

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Post Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:44 am

By George! I love it =]
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