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A couple of weeks ago I posted some pics of various parts I had been collecting for the new dragster that I had on order. It was suggested that a few of you would like to see the deal of getting it ready for the track. It finally has been delivered and I thought I would post some pics of it it and more as I add things to it. I shrank the pics down to where they are reasonable in size ~75-85K each (so it won't take forever to download). Chilly, if this takes too much bandwidth let me know and I'll edit it to just include links to my pics.

A long story made short. I sold my '98 Undercover 225" wheelbase slipjoint dragster back in the spring. It was a great car, but a non-suspened dragster tends to lose value pretty quick once it hits the 10 yr old mark. Mine was in great shape, but it was time to move it. It was also a tight (but not uncomfortable) fit for me with it's 21.5" std cage since I'm 6' and 250 or so. I spent a while looking at every brand out there and decided on a new American Race Cars dragster. I think they build a great car and you get alot of value for your money with many innovative features. . The car is finally here, even if it was 8 weeks late due to several issues. Nothing to do with the chassis. Mainly powdercoater backlog and parts being back ordered.

For now the pics are without the body installed. After all the parts/wiring is done I'll take some with the body on.

239" wheelbase. The wheels are American Trakstar. The Tires/wheels in floor under the car are old ones that I borrowed just to roll it around.


Strange aluminum housing with Moser 35 spline axles and Moser center w 4.10 Pro gears. The rear and dash are powdercoated a charcoal gray called Polished Anthracite and the chassis is Alien Silver. Both the gray and silver have alot of metal flake. You really can't tell in the pics, but the metal really sparkles in the sun.


Swing arm suspension with chrome "birdcage". I think the chrome/charcoal/silver will look good with my main body color of Ford Toredor Red. ( a dark, almost burgundy red)


Dash and Indy steering wheel. To me, the Indy wheel is more comfortable than a butterfly wheel. The IHRA chassis sticker in the corner of the pics says it's certified to 6.00 1/4 mile. (I don't think I'll ever be close to that unless I win the lottery. LOL
 

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Adjustable pedals, already set them for me.


24.5" cage is fat boy friendly :lol:


Chrome dash top. Also notice the led light hanging from the frame rail on the left. There are two of these for interior light plus another one very close to the see through fuel cell so I can check the fuel level at a glance.
 

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16X16 rear Trakstars. My low buck 557 is in the background.


Battery mounts, master cylinder and cutoff switch. The cut off switch has two cables. One goes to the rear of the car for emergency use, the other goes to the cockpit for easy use. Also notice the bearing where the steering shaft comes through the support. Many cars only have a bushing here. The curved steel rod helps support the body sections. My old car was almost impossible for one person to install the two long top body panels without messing up the paint. You needed 2 people to do it right. This curved rod supports both panels and makes it a breeze for one person to install the panels.


Not part of the car, but some works of art from Tim at the Fab Shop Headers. Just came in last week.

 

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powerstrokeace said:
See through fuel cell? This I'v got to see. Hey where are these guy's located?
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The fuel cell is not clear, it's just made with no color added to the poly. It's opaque (I think that's the term). With the led light turned on you can easily tell how much fuel is in it from the outside. (I checked this out on another customer's car before I bought mine. Fuel cell is 4 gallons


American Race Cars is located near Toldeo, OH. I bought mine through one if their dealers near Chattanooga TN.

The site:
http://www.americanracecars.net/aboutus.cfm
 

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A pipe rack with a round steering wheel???......you risk angering the dragster gods!!! :lol:

Looks good, the welded grounding studs for the electrical are a nice touch. 8)
 

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The car looks great! Call me sometime when you're going to be home so I can come take a close look. I need all the motivation I can get.
 

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D.I.L.L.I.G.A.S. said:
A pipe rack with a round steering wheel???......you risk angering the dragster gods!!! :lol:

Looks good, the welded grounding studs for the electrical are a nice touch. 8)
I had a round wheel on my old dragster. So maybe they aren't too made. :lol: I really like the wheel. It's actually D shaped. Very comfortable compared to a butterfly wheel.

The studs are a good idea I agree. There are about 8 of them scattered around the car. 7 smaller ones and one larger one up front by the batteries. Shouldn't have any grounding issues.
 

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ProF100 said:
The car looks great! Call me sometime when you're going to be home so I can come take a close look. I need all the motivation I can get.
Sure, I'll give you a call.

Snowball Racing said:
Looks real nice David. I like the bling! LOL
Gotta have it :lol: There's more to come
 
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