Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The axles were moved forward -- the rear one by 15 inches, the front by 10 -- to create a 110-inch wheelbase racer that put about 56 percent of the car's weight over the rear tires. Car collector Nick Smith remembers those days not only as an enthusiast, but as a fellow racer as well. Hey, the Chevies can wait. Eleven were built six Dodges, five Plymouths and all also featured hoods, doors, front bumpers and dashboards fashioned from weight-saving fiberglass.
Condition: UsedA vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. But it could be done! This was critical to achieve adequate with the relatively primitive racing tires of the day. All the big names are here. Along with the other Mopar factory team members, what they did reshaped drag racing. From one of the articles, here's something to tie into your post on Mustangs - this cutaway drawing of a Tasca Ford Mustang done by illustrator William A. Wheelbase alteration adds an element of energy and action, as if the wheels are trying to jump out ahead of the body.
Back in 1964 Chrysler Corp. Follow Along as Richard LeFebvre Shows You How. I can back up wrench benders claim of being one of two witnesses who saw it happen. Neat to see some of the inner workings and construction details. Drag racing is a game of traction. They were also not too keen on sending more parts than they needed to into the field.
?!! Their altered wheelbase car would end up in the hands of Chuck McJury of Syracuse, New York, who ran it for another two years before it disappeared. The 1964 Dodge funny car in the foreground is a loose representation of the original Dodge altered wheelbase race cars. Hemi Eddie Strzelecki then did some minor work of the car to keep the car as authentic as possible. It was an ongoing illusion, sure. Apparently impressed there by the new-and-improved 2-percent Mopars, Landy then returned to the drawing board to do a little chassis tweaking of his own. The result of moving the front and rear axle centerlines was an immediate traction improvement. By the end of 1965, both Strickler and Jenkins were back with Chevrolet, ending their short two-year run with Chrysler.
In the end, Strickler finished with 16 class championships and over 40 national records when it was all said and done. Moving the wheels forward to redestribute weight rearward was the goal of radical factory modifications to essentially stock 1965 Plymouth Belevederes. In 1961 he attracted sponsorship from noted Ford dealer Andy Andrews, of Van Nuys, California. Did I mention, this is a great thread. The tradition then carried on from there, even after Landy traded Fords for Plymouths in 1962.
Earlier in the meet he had run more than two tenths of a second quicker than any man had ever gone before. I use a thin razor saw to make my cuts then shuffle the panels around, adding fillers as needed. So far nobody has built an actual drivable altered wheelbase Challenger. Here's a photo history of the car,it started out a 64 Hemi light weight,and got changed to a 65 early in 65,then got an altered wheelbase conversion after that. All the horsepower in the world is useless if the driving wheels spin and burn rubber while the car sits still at the starting line. See it yourself in our high-res image gallery above, and scroll down below for the official auction description.
Mulligan went out on top, literally. You get an awesome picture of what top fuel runs looked like near the end of the front engine dragster period and before slipper clutches became the order of the day. They did it again in 1965 with a larger fleet of 11 cars. The example you see above, which was born in 1970, is one of the finest Superbirds we've ever seen. The wheelbase alteration process is very simple. Strickler would go on to campaign a stretched wheelbase Corvette in match-race action, while continuing to run in Super Stock and hosting a series of high-performance clinics for the fans.
Nor could a stocker break the 10-second barrier, at least nowhere this side of bizarro world. I know it ran well into the 67 season still trying to compete with the glass bodied floppers. In late 1964, Chrysler engineers began constructing six Belvederes and six Coronets for intense dragstrip duty. The name also changed from Long Gone to the Funny Car. Moore: According to the article the car was built by Holman and Moody. All also always knew in no uncertain terms that Landy drove a Dodge, a really quick Dodge. Weighing in at roughly 3,000 pounds, these cars were at first a cinch to run in the low 10s.
In this form, they were capable of 10. A 1956 Ford pickup truck. George ray held them at a safe distance away from the action the big red car is one of my favorites from the era. Moore: According to the article the car was built by Holman and Moody. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections.
The few original cars that surface every now and then are too valuable, too frail, or are ridiculously dangerous to be driven or raced, but who needs an original? I got with bruce and he asked why I wanted to know about his stuff. Hey, the Chevies can wait. It's easy to see why. Even more so as a chasm quickly widened between the factory Super Stocks fitted with hotter, wilder hardware and their Clark Kent-like regular-production cousins. There are some rare American exceptions, usually wearing the names Duesenberg or Shelby.