If it don't have wheel's, it ain't a sport.
by Phil Veldheer
When we last left you, we were busy with the UPS man. He is at our house
just about every day. He doesn't like it when 6 slicks show up all at
once. The car we are rebuilding was the NHRA record holder in V/SA. The
previous owner ran the car with a V-6. That car is so slow, NHRA doesn't
require a rollbar for it. In fact our local track, the car raced in
street class, which is 14.00 and slower.
As I stated before we are planning on racing in the 11's so the first
thing we did was get the 8 point rollbar ordered from CHASSIS
ENGINEERING. We've used their products for the last three race cars, and
they really impress me. The roll bars are manufactured on a state of the
art computer controlled bending machine. They have smooth round bends
with no deflection in the tubing. When we ordered for our 81-87 Olds
Cutlass , they had the item in stock and we received it three days later.
The bars came prenotched and also included 6" x 6" floor plates. The
8-point was built from 1 3/4" x .134 mild steel. This can be easily
updated if we go faster than a 10.00 e.t. (which would require a roll
Photo 2A shows Kevin ten Brink in the back seat of a latest hot rod.
Kevin is a fellow drag racer with an 8.30 et Daytona. Back to the
Cutlass, Kevin is an outstanding welder. He had the 8 point installed in
less than a day and a half.
Photo 2B shows Kevin finishing up. He did a great job. If you thought
I'd bore you with the whole installation, I won't, just read the
instructions that came with the rollbar.
Photo2C shows the car at Shark's Custom and Collision in Holland MI
Marty Hyson is the owner. He painted my red car and we've won a ton of
trophies with that so we twisted his arm to do one more. Luckily he lets
us do a lot of the sanding and taping, etc. This cuts down greatly on
the final cost to refinish our race car. We have all the chrome removed,
the doors off, the trunk lid off and our new aluminum hood off. This
took about three weeks of hard labor to get to this point. The body was
not as good as we thought when we purchased it.
In the final photo 2D you see future race car driver, Tom Tilton wet
sanding the rear quarter. It took us about 15 hours of wet sanding to do
a perfect job (per Marty's standards) In next months episode you'll see
an outstanding paint job, we used Du Pont paint. Marty was using another
brand, but because the paint went on so good and laid out so nice, he
might change. Let me tell you the finished product is flawless.
Questions, comments, ideas, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Veldheer Racing
Holland MI USA
78 Cutlass 10.39, 87 442 10.83, 87 442 11.86