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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by marshall, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. marshall
    Joined: Mar 19, 2001
    Posts: 746

    from tacoma/wa.

    So in case anyone was wondering what it takes to get the NHRA to certify a modern chassis built in the spirit of the mid 50's rail jobs, here you go.
    A little Chassis Research, a little Dragmaster, some very open minded tech inspectors, and a WHOLE lot of tubing.
    Many on here will be quick to point out the differences between this thing and an old chassis, and trust me we know the differences as well, but being able to run 9.99 at an NHRA track made all the differences seem like an acceptable compromise to us.
    Is it a little heavy, yes. Is it a spot-on TE-440 replica, no. What it is though, is a legal 100" front engine dragster, and we think that's pretty cool.
    We dubbed it the Horsefly HF100.

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  2. Rory428
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 73

    from BC Canada

    Looks like a good compromise between vintage look, with the ability to actually run the car flat out down the track. Gotta be more rewarding than just having a car on display, and occasionally starting the engine.
  3. cb1
    Joined: May 31, 2007
    Posts: 403

    from Wisconsin

    When will the plans be for sale?
  4. kiwicowboy
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 349

    from linwood nc

  5. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,305


    I think it looks great!

    And...the fact that it is 'Legal' makes it a 100% score in my book.

    Job well done.
  6. HunterYJ
    Joined: Jul 2, 2010
    Posts: 119

    from Buda Texas

    Thats a good looking car. So what if it has a few extra bars. How many in the day were raced and stayed un modified? A stretch here, another bar there. I bet not many. Finish it up and have fun!
  7. I like it a lot. Great job keeping the spirit. It still has the look of the older chassis, but now is legal to actually use as a real dragster and have fun with, compared to just being able to idle down the track.
  8. Berzerk
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 567


    I've been talking to a local chassis builder about this type of car for a year or so. Like the other guy said, when will plans be available! Awesome car, keep us posted on the progress...
  9. camerl2009
    Joined: Jan 26, 2014
    Posts: 182


    I've been looking for something like this for a while I hope plans will be available
  10. Sure, it's got a few extra tubes in the back half. But the problem with udating an old chassis is that the extra tubing that has to be added on looks, well, added on. By starting out with a clean sheet though you've done a great job of integrating all the extra pipe. It looks like it belongs there rather than an afterthought.

    Nice job! :cool: Curious to see how it'll look with the tin hung on it! :D
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  11. Its bitchen, no apologies necessary.
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  12. dragsled
    Joined: May 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,976

    from Panama IA

    Car looks Great Marshall, Like you I've added alot of tubeing to mine,, Tim Jones
  13. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,974


    gonna look real nice at 180 mph!
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  14. Awesome. I've got to add some to mine. Hopefully something similar. This looks great.
  15. wheels777
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 177

    from York, PA

  16. nailheadroadster
    Joined: Jun 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,522


    Very cool and good goin stickin to the style you wanted. NICE!!!!
  17. the violator
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 179

    the violator

    very cool! that will be badass "cackeling" down the whole track at full throttle!
  18. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,448

    rd martin
    from indiana

    i have built one, i am going to add more bars, but i think yours looks great and safe. anxious to see yours finished. looks good.
  19. eddiebroadway
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 25


    I had a 20 year old 6.0 CERT chassis (Door Car) that had been updated over the years and had a stack of both IHRA and NHRA stickers on it, until one inspector, in his opinion, failed it. I knew I was in trouble when he was digging thru the SFI book. We had to nearly cut the car in half to make the changes. Black or White, no grey area he said. :(
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  20. voxnut
    Joined: Oct 30, 2008
    Posts: 205

    from sacramento

    Bitchin'! Good job! I'll look forward to seeing the progress on this one.
  21. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,224


    hot damn
  22. Hats off to you! great job! keep up the good work!
  23. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

    That looks awesome.. my buddy has a 92" eliminator one chassis from the late 50s and besides a display piece what are you going to do with it?

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  24. Wonderful job! real world, the masses will love it no matter where you place the tubing, it has the look and I am sure when you mash pedal, you will grin so hard your face is going to hurt !
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  25. slobroy
    Joined: Jun 22, 2009
    Posts: 360


    Yes, want one. Plans available?
  26. cracker head
    Joined: Oct 7, 2007
    Posts: 968

    cracker head

    Fuck yes! I love it. I'd love to have a short digger to race.

    Somebody built a dragster to actually race instead of just building a fancy engine stand. Imagine that...
  27. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,905

    from Minnesota

    x5 for plans.
  28. cody1958
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 831

    from wichita ks

    I think it looks good.
  29. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,258


    Any plans for plans? I would love a copy or two, too. Copy?
  30. Dan Timberlake
    Joined: Apr 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,304

    Dan Timberlake

    That Looks great. I bet it will be a lot of fun.

    It looks like your vertical tube is larger than the 1-1/4 inch specified at "D" for FEDs here -

    Was/Is it common for the top rails to terminate on the middle of a vertical tube?

    Without a tube or two added at the intersection for triangulation, like this one has?

    The later Garlits chassis provide a more-or-less continuous load path front to back, if AMT can be believed.

    The NHRA rulebook //seems// to show a continuous path as well for FED and Funny cars as well/

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