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Old 03-20-2021, 01:19 PM
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NHRA required the crankshaft centerline to be 24" or less. Racers raised the engine in the chassis, or raised the front end of the car to this limit for weight transfer. As better slicks were developed and traction compound for track prep came into general use, gaining traction through weight transfer wasn't so important. Cars got faster wind resistance and handling became a factor so down came the front ends and the engines. Also, wheelbases kept getting longer. When exactly, I can't say. Doc or Larry will know.

Larry, I was at Fargo only the one time. I don't know anything about the facility. Nice people though.
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Old 03-20-2021, 04:42 PM
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I'm guessing that the last engine pics and the Animal altered are of the Aussie "hemi" 6 ? It was the right side clutch fork hole in the bellhousing that tipped me off...
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Ask an expert, if you want to know. Right? So, Good Doctor, When did the altereds go form nose up to nose down? While standing still, that is. Mine is definitely of the nose down variety.
Bob has it nailed down.

Slicks were just recapped tires until the mid '60s. I believe M&H was first to make a slick specifically for drag racing and the big tire companies took notice, effectively launching a technology war. Garlits' first successful rear engine dragster appeared in 1971 and it would be my opinion, tire design played a large part in his success and began a new era of race car engineering in all categories.

What? No pictures?

The car below was built in 1973 by friends of ours... nice shorts, dude!




1996, I think. Same car, same location, my buddy Charlie at the wheel.



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Old 04-16-2021, 05:51 PM
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Old 04-17-2021, 08:43 AM
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Old 04-17-2021, 10:03 AM
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I've visited with the fella with the Renault Dauphine. Nice southern gentleman. It has a 6 in it. Chevy, I believe. My next project is to tear out the MII front suspension in my Renault and put a straight axle under it. Gasser style, but not nosebleed.
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Old 04-17-2021, 04:23 PM
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I like the studebaker,
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that first one looks angry...wow
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