Undercover Dragster to be a Piece of Art

2006 Undercover Swing Arm Dragster

A 2006 Undercover Swing Arm Dragster is destined to be an attention-getting attraction at a new collector car gallery opening in Green Bay, Wis., early in 2016.  William “Red” Lewis, founder of PDQ Manufacturing and PDQ Carwash, bought an old Cadillac dealership in downtown Green Bay two years ago.  He plans to turn it into an Automobile Gallery that will showcase cars as works of art.  The non-profit facility will also serve as a state-of-the-art events center, with an executive conference room and catering and dining options.

The dragster is a “turn-key” mid-engine machine made by Undercover Motorsports.  It’s powered by a 555-cid Chevy V-8 built by Dart.  The engine has BMF cylinder heads, Nogular main bearing caps, Victory intake valves, Manley exhaust valves, Manley “Nex Rek” valve springs, an Eagle rotating assembly, Speed Pro piston rings, a Johnston 3-step oil pan, and a Titan oil pump.

The dragster has an APD gas 4500 carb and a Crane cam, push rods, roller type valve lifters, and rocker shaft.  MSD supplied the spark plug wires and crank trigger.  It has an ATI damper, ARP head studs, and Wiseco pistons.

The car has all the “bells and whistles” that Undercover Motorsports offered in 2006, plus some later additions.  it uses their swing arm chassis design.  It has a rear airfoil wing, lots of chrome parts and headlights.  It is fully certified.

2006 Undercover Swing Arm Dragster 2

The dual brakes came from Strange Engineering, as did the rear axles and Pro gears.  it has Afco shocks and Mickey Thompson and Weid equipment.  It has a new Ambruzzi transmission and converter.  There is a Moroso vacuum pump, a CSI water pump, Dynatech headers, and an MSD digital ignition system.

The UXD dashboard is by RacePak.  It has Biondo valve covers, a K & K air filter, an East Coast alternator, a MegaFuel system, and an APD gas carburetor.  Other features include RCI belts, K & R delay box, switches and air filter, a MegaDial digital dial board, a Bandit shifter, a Dedenbear air solenoid, an Optima battery, and a Racepack computer.  Up front are Hoosier tires on Mickey Thompson wheels.  Graska paint is used on the inside and outside.

This dragster-No. 1204 made 86 passes down the quarter mile.  Tom Ferguson drove it.  He was a pilot and a drag racer.  He invented the LinearDyne weather station.  Ferguson had one of the earliest finite understandings of how the weather affected elapsed times (ETs) in bracket and index drag racing.  The swing-arm dragster sold for about $70,000.

About John Gunnell 141 Articles
John “Gunner” Gunnell has been writing about cars since ‘72. As a kid in Staten Island, N.Y., he played with a tin Marx “Service Garage” loaded with toy vehicles, his favorite being a Hubley hot rod. In 2010, he opened Gunner’s Great Garage, in Manawa, Wis., a shop that helps enthusiasts restore cars. To no one’s surprise, he decorated 3G’s with tin gas stations and car toys. Gunner started writing for two car club magazines. In 1978, publisher Chet Krause hired him at Old Cars Weekly, where he worked from 1978-2008. Hot rodding legend LeRoi “Tex” Smith was his boss for a while. Gunner had no formal journalism training, but working at a weekly quickly taught him the trade. Over three decades, he’s met famous collectors, penned thousands of articles and written over 85 books. He lives in Iola, Wis., with his nine old cars, three trucks and seven motorcycles.

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