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Event Coverage Immortals / Vintage Hammer Special at Bonneville pic's and new 4 banger record!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tom Branch, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Tom Branch
    Joined: Aug 25, 2004
    Posts: 148

    Tom Branch

    Hey guys, just thought I'd share some of our B-ville pic's and a brief report.

    Fabian made a bunch of mod's to the bodywork on the rear engine roadster for SpeedWeek, but we were anxious to leave so some of the tinwork didn't get completely finished.

    We ran 2 motors this year. The blown model A banger was in the car first with my wife Diana doing the driving. She made a total of 3 runs with a top speed of 118.9 mph. That run qualified her for a record and after her return run the next morning she ended up with a new V4F/BFRMR record at an average speed of 117.3 mph.

    The clutch cable malfunctioned on the starting line, so all of Diana's runs ended up being made in high gear only. I think she might have been able to get a little more out of the banger if she had been able to go through all the gears, but overall we're happy with it's performance and her new record!

    As soon as we were done running the banger we swapped in the blown 302 sbc and put Fabian behind the wheel. He only made 2 passes with a best speed of 167mph. That run actually qualified him for a record, but we decided to pass on impounding the car. The blower is new to this motor and we were not satisfied with the performance, still trying to get it dialed in. This motor has been over 200 unblown so it just didn't feel right to get a record with it blown in the 160's. We are going to change gear ratios and run El Mirage the rest of the season with this combo and hopefully get the bugs worked out of it.

    Here's some pic's.





    The banger record holder. This motor holds 3 Bonneville records with the fastest being 138.2 mph in the Bean Bandit streamliner. Not bad for a stock crank with babbit and dippers!





    Thanks for looking.

    Tom Branch
  2. Thats awesome news Tom! Hats off to all involved!

  3. krusty40
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
    Posts: 832


    Fabian - the new headrest fairing looks great! Is it in line with what "the committee" will recommend for the new rules? Our car is sold post-Speedweek so I don't have to worry about it anymore. Congrats on the record with the banger. vic (#325 D/GRMR)
  4. mattfink
    Joined: Jun 1, 2009
    Posts: 107


    Is the body fully aluminium??? Great craftsmanship. Congrats

  5. Retroline
    Joined: Aug 20, 2002
    Posts: 1,121


    Congrats on the record guys. That 4 banger is impressive. What internal mods?
    It's O.K if it's top secret.
  6. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598


    Nice guys are the real deal......Doug


    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010
  7. model.A.keith
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 6,279


    Outstanding achievment.

    Look forward to seeing it in a few weeks time........



    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010
  8. RUDOG
    Joined: Nov 5, 2007
    Posts: 261


    Congrats Tom, Diana, Fabian & the Vintage Hammer/Immortals Team! Wow!!
  9. ChevyGirlRox
    Joined: May 13, 2005
    Posts: 3,490

    from Ohio

    That's great news, congrats Diana! It's good to see one banger survived (and thrived!) after all of the other Speedweek banger carnage we've seen on here.
  10. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    That is awesome. That 4-banger is the coolest thing I've seen in a while.
  11. Mike
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 3,528


    Hey Tom, the new sheet metal on the car is bitchin', and that banger motor is just plain "old reliable", passed from car to car and setting a bunch of records along the way. Nice work, good on you guys.
  12. Bitchen!! Congrats to Diana. Big ups to all of you guys and gal...
  13. weez
    Joined: Dec 5, 2002
    Posts: 860


    That's great! Exciting to see and hear about your efforts- Cool!
  14. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,003

    rick finch

    Bitchin'..........congrats to you all.
  15. Chris Casny
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,870

    Chris Casny

    Wow, cool, congrats to everybody.
  16. Love it! You bastards are causing me to have a 'Bonneville Itch' that needs to be scratched . . . to the salt I will be headed!

    I'd love to have that car for some of my engines - just looks to be some fantastic workmanship. I am always in awe of aluminum panel beaters :D
  17. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,512

    from WA

    Hey Tom, Fabian, Diana, Thomas et all....great job was hoping you'd post something about your adventures. Car looks very cool and I'm glad you all were safe and sound. Sent you an email with my new address hit me up so we can catch up. Best to you all. Oh the '32 is safe in the garage, driven it around here a bit and it's awesome driving through the trees. Hope you guys can visit soon. But don't wait too long because I'm not "Immortal". ;) JB
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010
  18. Tom Branch
    Joined: Aug 25, 2004
    Posts: 148

    Tom Branch

    Thanks for the replies everyone!

    In response to a couple of the questions posted:

    Yes, Fabian handformed the body including the roadster portion completely from sheet aluminum.

    The model A banger is pretty much stock internally. It still has babbit bearings, dipper oiling and a stock crank. The valvetrain has been updated and we're running a light flywheel with a chevy clutch. We put this motor together cheap about 6 years ago and have run it in several cars. We're still waiting for it to blow up so we can build a better motor, but it won't die so we keep running it.


  19. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,524


    congrats and great pics.
  20. Congrats, that's quite an accomplishment you should be proud.
  21. Stovebolt
    Joined: May 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,350



    Well done on getting into the record books, just one of those freaky mills I guess.

    I for one would love to see how you hooked up the banger to the Chev Scattershield.
  22. HotRodFreak
    Joined: Mar 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,935


    You guys really ROCK?
    All true hot rodders!
    Hats off to lady Di...gotta love her.
    Rotten Russ in Frezzno.
  23. speedtool
    Joined: Oct 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,541


    Great looking racer - good job!
    Joined: Aug 10, 2008
    Posts: 2,597


    Congrats to all....Are you guys going to the Bones again this winter. Glad to see someone had some luck
    later Bill
  25. flynstone
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,711


    good job ....thanks for the pics
  26. Heros. wish i could of been there to witness it all in person
  27. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,722

    from Nor Cal

    Very nice. You guys are hardcore!
  28. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,875

    from Drag City

    Diana texted Celeste after she completed all of her runs and found out that she received the record in her class. Congrats to not only her but everything you guys do. Your team is indeed the real deal and makes it happen ! A & C
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2010
  29. RustyRedRam
    Joined: Jan 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,127


    Congrats to you, Diana, and Fabian! Absolutely bitchin' Tom!
  30. ditto to all that has been said previous, great to see Shug & Irene have competition:D



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