Friday, July 25, 2014

Drag Car for Sale.....Really!

Now I don't usually use this format for commercial purposes.  Lord knows you all get inundated with hundreds of catalogs and brochures every month in your mail selling everything from baby bottles to body butter. I made only one exception and that was to introduce my newly published book, The Justin Gates Chronicles - California Nightmare, which, by the way, comes highly recommended by independent reviewers as well as readers like you.  BUT, I am making one additional exception today on the slim chance that any of you needs or knows someone who needs a drag racing vehicle in their barn of toys.

I am the proud owner of a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sport bracket/Super Street class drag racing car.  She is a beauty as you can see and runs like a scalded dog.  Here is the information on it.


This is a converted 1965 Chevelle, two-door hardtop, which has been completely made over into a bracket drag racing car.  The conversion work started in late 2004 and was first raced at the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, conducted at the Houston Dragway, in June, 2008.  The car underwent additional renovations and improvements and was finally completed in August.  In that configuration it only went through ten complete passes at the quarter mile until April, 2012.  Finally, the original Tremec 5-speed manual transmission was replaced with a brand new TH400 racing automatic, picked up and finished in December, 2012.  Never raced competitively but best time on only the second pass was 10.84 seconds at 131 mph.  It is a legitimate sub-10 sec. car.

Body Modifications:

All body panels were taken down to bare metal and all rust, dents and dings removed.  No bondo.  Front fenders and hood replaced with custom U.S. Body fiberglass racing components.  Complete primer and three coat Nassau Blue paint job applied.  All chrome and trim is original and intact, including accurate insignia.  Rear bumper re-chromed prior to 2004.  All glass is original and intact.

Interior and Chassis Modifications:

Interior gutted and 10-point roll cage, constructed with 1.75" O.D. 4130 Chromoly tubing, welded to the frame front, through engine compartment, center and rear, through trunk in accordance with NHRA rules and has passed chassis inspection for under 10-second vehicles.  Roll cage and floor boards chemically cleaned with POR Marine Clean, primed with POR Metal Ready and coated with POR 15 rust-proof paint.  Quick release driver side window net.  Rear compartment tubbed-out of racing slicks with custom sheet aluminum panels.  Twin fiberglass padded bucket seats with G-Force 5-point racing harness.  Finished trunk with access doors for fuel cells and battery.

Entire front end replaced with all new components including Global West tubular upper and lower control arms, new coil springs and QA1 front shocks and QA1 GM Coil Over Conversion Adjustable shocks on the rear.  New Master Power DB1741 Series power disk brakes installed front and MP 11" HD drum brakes installed rear with vacuum Power Booster.

Meziere High Capacity all aluminum radiator with Hi-Flow fan and Meziere Hi-Flow electric water pump (680)-WP301X).  Moroso Super Cool Can for fuel cooling.

Under-trunk mounted 5-gallon fuel cell with Areomotive A2000 350+ gph fuel pump, reinforced battery mount and emergency electronics cut-off switch on rear fender.

Drive Train:

Brand-new TH400 racing automatic transmission with 4500 RPM Stall Converter and regulation shields.  Dynamically balanced drive shaft with quick release drive shaft loops.  Custom-built and reinforced 9" Ford Mosel Rear End with billet housing ends and 35-spline Mosel "Lifetime Guarantee" axles.  HD 4LinkPro adjustable four-link system.  Mosel 35 Spool Pro Gear ring and pinion with 5:38 gear ratio.

Tires are Mickey Thompson 10" drag slicks on the rear and front-end drag tires with tubes with Mickey Thompson polished chrome mag wheels all around and extended studs on the rear.


MSD Ignition System with 7 AL-3 Ignition Control with four chip ports and broad selection of chips, MSD Pro-Billet GM HEI Distributor with Tower Cap, MSD HVC-II Coil, MSD 8.5mm Super Conductor Wire.  Ignition set up for chip limiters for burn out, launch, first automatic shift and top-end rev limits.  Painless Racing 12-circuit wiring kit with eight switch panel.  Spitfire Gauges, including 5" Performance Tachometer with shift light, water temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge, fuel pressure gauge (mounted outside), brake pressure gauge.  All additional wiring is Painless TXL 14 ga. and 10 ga. solid copper wire.

Engine Specifications:

Bored and stroked seasoned 2-bolt 400 block for 406 CID small block Chevy, Deck Plugged, Decked, Hone on lifter bores, Main Studs, Bored and Wet Honed, Align Bored, Magnafluxed and Pressure Tested with:

*  Holley 4500 HP, 1050 CFM, with 34/24 Fuel Kit
*  Edlebrock Victor Intake Manifold - Carb matched and port matched
*  Tall Polished Valve Covers
*  Stud Girdles - AFR with HD 7/16" Moroso Studs
*  1.6 Harlan Sharp Roller Rocker Intake and Exhaust
*  Custom Length 5/16" Chromoly Pushrods HD
*  227 AFR Aluminum Heads with 2.10 Intake and 1.6 Exhaust S.S. Valves (Heads are CNC  ported, Flow Tested, Comp Valve Job, Roller Springs, Push Rod Guide Plates, 7/16" ARP Rocker Studs, ARP Head Studs, Comp Cam Roller Lifters
*  .30 File Fit Speedpro Rings
*  6" Eagle H-Beam Rods Floated and Bushed Pins
*  CL77 Clevite H-Series Rod and Main Bearings
*  Brass Freeze Plugs, Durabond Cam Bearings and Moroso Top End Restrictors
*  Eagle 4340 Crankshaft, 3.750 Stroke for 6" Rods, dynamically balanced
*  Fluidamper Balancer, Engine completely balanced
*  Billet Flywheel, balanced to engine with new Mr. Gasket bolts
*  Bullet Cams Custom Ground Mechanical Roller Cam - Degreed
*  Manley True Roller Timing Chain Set with Roller Thrust Bearing and Roller Cam Button
*  Custom-made 2" Headers by Hooker with collection tubes, Jet-Coat coating
*  Power Master XS Torque Starter, 168T
*  Mellings Oil Pump with Pump Stud, Hi Volume Water Pump
*  NGK Spark Plugs, Pennzoil Race 25-50w Oil
*  Felpro MLS Gaskets

Enginge was dyno tested without headers and only an 850 CFM carb and developed 628 HP at 7,000 RPM.  Estimated HP with headers and 1050 CFM Holley is over 680 HP.

OK, here is the pitch.  This is a legitimate 10-second bracket car which can run in the nines.  I have over $ 46,000.00 invested in this car and it comes with its own car trailer with front mounted winch, 1600-watt power generator, 25 gallons of 117 octane racing fuel and free delivery within 1000 miles of Possum Kingdom, Texas.....and all for the bargain basement price of $ 35,000.00.

Tell your family, tell your friends, great gift for your grandson (or granddaughter for that matter).  Ask for pictures by emailing me at

Thanks for listening to my pitch.  Comments???

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