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Jim Lytle's "Quad Al" four-engine Allison Dragster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Cusco, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. drhotrodmd
    Joined: Nov 10, 2002
    Posts: 1,284


  2. Pete1
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,146

    from Wa.

    If you want to see Allison's run, watch NTPA tractor pulling on TV.
    They only have 2 and 3 engine tractors right now.
    They don't usually do too well against the automotive engine powered tractors.
    Probably because they only run one turbo.
  3. BGK1986
    Joined: May 8, 2022
    Posts: 5


    Guffey -- Thanks for posting the photo of "Quad Al" on the thread. Do you still own that monster? If so, are you planning to show it at any events this summer? If not, would it be possible to visit your shop and take a few photos sometime? Would love to see this beast in person!

  4. Greg Rogers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2016
    Posts: 669

    Greg Rogers

  5. Sorry, it appears that @guffey is no longer on the HAMB.
  6. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 3,004


    He just posted on one of Ryan’s threads on April 28th…
  7. BGK1986
    Joined: May 8, 2022
    Posts: 5


    Wondering if he has ever showed off the Quad Al at the Great Lakes Dragaway in southeastern WI which is only about 2 hours drive from where I live. Has anyone else seen this beast recently?
  8. Bdamfino
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 486

    from Hamlet, NC

    I know it's not HAMB friendly, but I would like to see that unfinished VW/Allison.
  9. WZ JUNK
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 1,815

    from Neosho, MO

    Jim told me a year or so before he died that it was difficult to find an engine that he could afford for the recreation or clone of the "Big Al" car. I do not think that clone was finished. I saw it at Indy years ago and it was just the frame and engine. The original "Big Al" is in the Garlits Museum.
  10. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,082


    I saw the original "Big Al" '34 run at the Irwindale drags (or Colton?)
    sometime last century. It was funny to watch, as it left the line fishtailing and smoking the tires like crazy, but with the engine turning maybe 2000 RPM.
    R A Wrench likes this.
  11. guffey
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 980


    the quad al is on display for a few months at the Monster Truck museum in Butler Indiana off I69 and US route 6 International monster truck hall of fame I think
    Last edited: May 18, 2022

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