This is a posed shot by Logghe
& Marsh for publicity in 1966. Roy Steffy in front of engine,
Larry Lewis, and Ed Schartman in seat. The car was brand new
at this point.
From Roy Steffy: This looks like the strip Logghe &
Marsh rented in Fla. for testing, the car was brand new here,
late Nov 1965.
Don (Nicholson) made a couple
of burnouts and then ran to the 1/8 tuned around and drove back;
we were alone on track. He did a couple of burn outs and ran
to the 1/4 turned and drove back again. Over the sound of the
exhaust you could hear squeal of spun bearings.
Next day with the second engine
was about the same, a full run then spun bearing. Everyone was
looking at me like you I something wrong.
Al Turner of L&M called to
have new parts for a new short block flown in. Al and Don built
the new engine and I just watched.
Next outing it made it just passed
the 1/8 mile mark and threw a rod out the side of the block.
When I got back to MI. I went
to see my friend Kalitta as he was running a Ford too. He said
Moldex cuts the crank for Chrysler bearings and to use M/T rods.
I went to see my boss Fran Hernandez
and told him, he said NO WAY. He called Charley Grey at Ford.
Grey said no way, we use stock steel Ford rods.
So I drove to Moldex and saw
Bob Gillian, there was a Ford crank tagged hold for Charley Grey.
Can I borrow it for 1 hour? he
said sure, back to the 7 floor with a crank on my shoulder and
set it on his desk.
That was the end of the bearing
problem, the SOHC was bullet proof after that on 98%.
This is the ratchet shifter that
Roy Steffy designed and built shown here in one of Mickey Thompson's
Bob Larimore's "Circus
Clare Sanders in the
Ramchargers at the 1973 U.S. Nationals.
Austin Coil under the
hood of the Chi-Town-Hustler circa 1968.
At the onset of the funny car
there were some head shaking deals, among the the Jeep's of Ken
Coleman (Destroyer) and Ed Lenarth (Holy Toledo). Not safe, not
aerodynamic and soon gone.