2018 : At last after seven years of pushing pickups on the salt it's
time to change up the game a bit. The only way I was going to get my
Unibody LSR over 200 was with a bigger, different style engine (385
series was the plan and may still happen in the future) but being know
for Y-Blocks I figured I would go with a smaller, more aerodynamic car
with my pickup engine. This year will be a sorting out and licensing up
year with a new car and next year we go for the big number. The engine
in the car is one that had been sitting around and waiting for a chance
to run again. It was once in the Dragster and ran a best of 10.21 sec @
130 mph. We hope to get 175 out of the roadster this year.
Week Report 2018
home safe from Bonneville, we had a great time. This being a "shake
down" year with a new car I ran it with just a street engine pulled
from another car. I was hoping for a speed nearing 175 mph but the best
we could manage was 154.8 mph. Still not too shabby for a 10.5:1 engine
with cast pistons and average parts. We made four passes all above 152
mph and the engine was in one piece and ready to run again when it went
on the trailer. (no small feat in LSR) The car accelerated well through
third gear but the engine just couldn't pull top gear above 5100 rpm.
The last pass with a few adjustments the car pulled very hard through
the gears, it shows on the time slip from mile one through mile two,
but alas in fourth the rear gears are just too tall for the HP/Torque
of this engine. New engine was already in the works before we headed
out but this year was about getting acquainted with the car. I like it
a lot, handles well and is ready to go faster next year. Thank you all
for fallowing along. Cheers!
Update 2019 - New Engine Build
the final touches on the D/GR Y-Block powered roadster for this year.
New engine with same cubic inchs (304) but more compression (13.5:1)
John Mummert aluminum heads, Geoff Mummert custom intake manifold to
matvh the heads, Dema Elgin custom ground cam shaft and 1.7:1 roller
rockers for much more power plus a tad lower gear ratio. (3.0:1)
Looking for the magic number this year, 175 @ the 2 1/4 mile marker.
Please God give me traction.
min run in, so far so good. 190* on the temp, No metal in the oil,
rockers are still in adjustment. Both good things
Week Report 2019
another Speed Week has come and gone. Sorry to say it was not the best
conditions on the salt. When we headed out there was expectations of
200 mph but almost as soon as we had our pits set up on Thursday a big
storm hit and messed everything up. At first they said racing was
postponed till Sunday but then it was Monday and then Tuesday. At that
point we were thinking at least we can make 175 in the 2 1/4 for a long
coarse qualification and a "B" license but after waiting all morning
and into the afternoon it was apparent that the coarse although open
was going to be a challenge just to get to the end without spinning.
Even "Speed Demon" could only manage 332 mph. The long course was
closed about 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon after a bike went down and it
was finally decided to move the course over and resume racing on
Wednesday morning. They did have a "Rookie" course open and we had
considered running on that one but at only one mile long there wasn't
enough to do what we wanted to do. We did however go over there to
watch a few runs and at least the had a good surface, though about it
again but we had a good place in line for Wed. on the long course and I
didn't want to loose it.
morning came and we were ready again, about 25 cars/bikes back but the
line was moving. Being pitted with the "Rolling Bones" I was very
interested to see how Keith Cornell was going to do in his new C/AIR
roadster. He was ahead of us so I hung out at the starting line to
watch. When he left the line his big MEL engine was sounding in very
good tune and we all hoped to hear big numbers. Down range you could
hear he was "pedaling" it as the coarse was very mushy in spots. End
result was 161 at the 2 1/4, a broken pinion and 102 out the 3 mile.
End of Speed Week for the Boners.
was hearing nothing but bad reports about this coarse and the thought
to just pull out and save the car and myself for the next meet was on
my mind but I had come this far, waited this long and spent a large sum
of dollars so I wasn't going to quit now. New goal, just get down the
coarse in one piece and get a little brass tag with my speed stamped in
it for my $560 entrance fee.
I'm up to the line. Surprisingly calm I'm ready to make the old Y-Block
do it's thing. The starter clears me for the coarse and Gary and Keven
give the camper laden F-250 everything to push me to 45 mph. The moment
I feel the truck let go of me I release the clutch and the roadster
took off like a rocket, very surprising for the track conditions, I
felt the rear move a bit but stayed in it. The car accelerated well but
you could feel the track give way many times. It was all I could do to
keep the car straight, very little movement on the wheel and just lift
a little when I felt the rear try to come around. As I saw the 2 mile
marker approaching I made sure I went through as fast as I could, time
slip shows 152 at the two and 163 at the two and a quarter. Right after
passing the 2 1/4 mark I felt the rear make a big adjustment to the
right so I backed way of the gas, it straightened out, I got back into
it and saw a coarse marker come by the right side of the car a lot
closer than I like to see. Back on the gas I see the 3 mile coming up
and I'm still pointed in the right direction. Just a little bit
farther. Big orange three goes by, pop the chute and make a gradual
turn around to the left, coast to the return road, apply a small amount
of brake and I stop right in front of our pits. Success! I catch my
breath and fell pretty good that I made it all the way pointing in the
right direction. As I unbuckle and climb out of the tight seat I see
Ted Eaton running over from the "Bones" pit to see how I did. Wild ride
but I made it.
result was 163.950 through the two and a quarter and 160.268 at the
three. I waited all week to make one pass, now I'm satisfied and it's
time to go home. Worth it all? The work all year, the money spent on a
new engine, the frustrating wait to get one run in? I don't know but I
will be back next year to try it again. That's "Salt Fever".
Keith and his new American Iron Roadster (AIR)
Now click below to see how she ran at Bonneville Speed Week 2020