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Member for: 10 years, 8 months, 5 days

Started bracket racing in 1976 with the car I still have today. A 1968 Chevy Nova SS. It was a factory SS I bought in 1974 for $400.00. It came with a 295 HP 350, a Muncie 4-speed, 12 bolt w/3.31 gears and posi. It ran very low 14 seconds. NOT fast enough. In 1976 I began the transformation. Adding to it wherever I could. By 1978 I had it in the 12 second zone but the Muncie 4-speeds just wouldn't hold up to the 10.5 slicks I was using. So, I went with a TH-350 and a Vega converter. That slowed me down to the high 12 second range but no more transmission breakage. As I kept working with the automatic combination I did get it back down to the low 12's again. I then tried a good torque converter and went right down to high 11's. Then the transmission bug returned, the TH-350's started failing regularly. In came the Powerglide. Against all recommendations the car picked up .20 - .30 and was now running mid 11's. I then found Performance Technology, a race engine builder in Wakarusa, IN. Much more horse power soon came and I was running low 10 second passes consistently. I had won the track championship at US-131 Dragway in 1989 in Super Pro and went to the ET Finals at Indianapolis that fall and runner up'd in the Race of Champions. After a few more years of top 5 points finishes I decided to give Super Street racing a try in 1991. I went to the early spring division race at Indianapolis and found out that hitting a .400 pro tree light was not going to be possible with the combination I had for bracket racing. Super Street racing went on the back burner for 1991. Over the winter of 91 -92 I added a better torque converter and a pro tree trans-brake. I went to the spring divisional at Indy and won! In June I went to Columbus, Ohio to the Spring Nationals and won it too. I was hooked on pro tree racing. Over the winter of 92 - 93 I added a full chassis that was done by Gun Lake Performance in Martin, Michigan. In 1993 I ran some super street and some super gas. I really didn't have quite enough motor for super gas, the car would only run about 9.70 flat out. But, I did have a lot of fun! Over the winter of 93 -94 the car got a complete make-over at Performance Painting in Osceola, Indiana. I also lightened it some more with Fiberglass doors, hood and trunk lid. Also added a bigger motor, 383 cu in this allowed me to run 9.40's, plenty in the bank for super gas. I went on to finish #4 in division 3 NHRA points and #27 nationally in 1994. I did find winning in super gas a little harder to accomplish however. But, in 1996 I was able to win a divisional race at Martin, Michigan. In 1997 I won a divisional at Brainerd, Minnesota. In 1998 I runner up'd at St. Louis at the Gateway Nationals. I then started adding bigger motors, a 406 that's in the car now that runs 9.20's - 9.40's. I also had a 427 cu in small block that runs .10 - .20 faster then that, though I never ran it with the stout combination that I did with the 406. When I put the 427 in I calmed the combination down, I lowered the stall speed of the converter by 300 RPM's and took out 5.14 rear gears and replaced them with 4.88's. I then wondered why the 427 was no faster then the 406. That is right up until I put the 406 back in with that soft combination and it ran .10 to .20 slower with it. In 2003 I made it to the 1/4 finals in super gas at the US Nationals at Indy but now at 50 years old I was getting burned out on racing. In 2004 I ran the car at the early NHRA National at Rt 66 at Joliet, Illinois and learned from the division director that since I hadn't gotten my entry completed online in February I would no way be able to run the US Nationals at Indianapolis in September. I was very unhappy with this and decided that if NHRA didn't want me to race at their races that would be just fine with me and I parked the car. I didn't run it again until 2008. I had a friend drive it 3 times and I drove it one day. I had forgotten how fast it really was! I would still like to race brackets part time with a car that is street/strip capable but don't have any urge to go back to full time Super Gas or bracket racing for the matter. That is why it is for sale now. It will make someone a great race car! But it is for the younger people that need that surge of adrenalin still. I have lost that thirst for speed.

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Location:Niles, MI
Favorite Car:1968 ChevyII SS
Years Racing: 45 years
Membership Level:Basic
Member for:10 years, 8 months, 5 days

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Lamoureux88
Date Posted: 2012-12-26 12:55:06
Thanks for the add, Happy New Year.
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Speedracer229
Date Posted: 2012-12-24 18:58:02
That is one sweet ride buddy! Thanks for the add! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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jallday123
Date Posted: 2012-12-24 18:36:12
Thanks for the add...Great looking ride...Stay Safe...Jack
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orangebowties
Date Posted: 2012-12-24 18:25:43
Thanks for the add, nice Nova and a sweet deal...

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PaxtonRacing
Date Posted: 2012-12-24 17:19:57
Awesome Ride at a good price,Lot's of Luck to you.Thanks for the ad:
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