Engine & brakes- The 351 Windsor based engine is being built by Scott Gunderman Performance Engines of Indianapolis. This build will include Blue Thunder 3.60 Heads and a Blue Thunder 4500 Dominator split Intake, a 1050 Ultra Dominator along with a Jesel belt drive system to dial in cam timing. I will also be adding an Aerospace crank trigger set-up.
The Blue Thunder Heads will have T&D Shaft rockers. They were purchased through my engine builders contact at Comp Cams. The craftsmanship of these rockers are incredible. The headache of setting valve lash is over! My old set-up had polylocks and a stud girdle. With the polylocks it was ok to set lash. But, once I had set it, I put the stud girdle on and tighted it down and changed my lash. This was very frustrating because I was always trying account for the tightening of the girdle. With the shaft rockers…I can set it and forget it! Well not forget it …you know I’ll always be checking!
Here are the 14.5:1 Wiseco racing pistons. They are gas ported with teflon side skirts, and ceramic coated tops. I will have Eagle H-Beam 6.2 rods with an Eagle 4.0 crank. The last build was 30 over at 12.5:1 compression. This build will go 40 over at 14.5:1 compression. I should pick up close to 120HP with all changes this time around. With the overbore, I will pick up a few cubic inches as well.
The parachute mount has been completed. I added additional support to the chute mount, because the tailgate is an outside skin only. The support was added between the lower part of chute mount and top of wing supports on both sides of the chute . This made the chute mount stable as can be. Also, the chute cable penetrates the tailgate through a grommet. I have installed a third LED brake light under the chute. This is for the knuckle heads in the staging lanes more than anything! The LED has a multi-flash and then stays on when the pedal is depressed. An access hole was drilled on the inner part on the parachute mount, and the wiring was then ran inside the mount tubing and through the tailgate skin for asthetics.
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