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Wanted to sell / Ford Anglia Front Axle
« on: July 08, 2017, 09:31:24 PM »
I have an original front axle off a Ford Anglia (spindles includes). $200 plus shipping. PM or email me if interested. Email is my ID here
Or text: eight-one-two-344-1026

Events / What's the coolest thing you saw at PRI 2015?
« on: December 12, 2015, 08:13:27 AM »
Hey guys, I couldn't go to this year...

What's the coolest thing you saw at PRI 2015?


Dan Dishon's Transmission Den / ATF for FED's Powerglide?
« on: May 02, 2015, 04:20:20 PM »
Hey guys,
Any recommendations for transmission fluid for my FED’'s glide? It’s a 1.76:1 with manual valve body, transbrake and Coan 4500 rpm converter. It’s not a high buck deal by any means (homebuilt SBC400). I haven’t opened up this glide yet (it came with the car-roller), but so far so good. It does leak profusely while parked. I plan pulling it out sometime to refresh or at least change gaskets and seals.

What’s the approximated fluid capacity (standard pan, no cooler)?

Anything special when selecting a dipstick for it?

Thanks as always.

Drag Racing / Great Drag Racing Quotes - from WDIFL
« on: October 29, 2014, 06:47:53 PM »
I had a great time reading these Great Drag Racing Quotes from the We Did It For Love website:

I hope you enjoy them too. Send them in if you have new ones!

My favorite was:
26. "I didn't want my Mom to know I was drag racing for 20 years so I told her I was in prison."
T.C. Lemmons

What was yours?

Hi guys,

I'm looking for tips on how to distinguish chassis parts (e.g. tubing) made of mild steel and 4130 CrMo.

I'm convinced my 173" FED (late 60's/early 70's era, believed to be a SPE chassis) is plain mild steel but I wouldn't mind knowing for sure.

2nd question:
Let's say my chassis is mild steel and it needs a front-half... would it make sense the front-half with CroMo? Weight wise, it probably doesn't, because being a vintage FED the engine isn't very far out and it requires a heavy front end to keep the front tires on the ground.

PS.: The car is currently not SFI tagged, but I consider it an option in the future.

Thanks as always. I'm so grateful for you guys taking a break from the fab shop to share your wisdom here.

Roo Man's Room / My friend's RED got front-halved, on the track!
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:54:31 PM »
I good friend was racing his RED this weekend at Brown County Dragway (Bean Blossom, IN), business as usual. He does his 128 MPH / 5.99 sec pass (throttle stop) and goes for another round. Then right after the burnout, he hears a loud bang and the rest is history, both front lower rails cracked open!

Car bio: '97 Spitzer Dragster, alky injected 477 BBC

What do you guys think? Repairable? Slip a pipe inside and weld it together? Does it need to be front-halved? Spitzer estimated $2k+ to front-half it...

BCD is not the smoothest track, but I wonder if this is a trailer-induced fatigue crack. Although his roundtrip to the track is only 42 miles.

Roo Man's Room / Maytag steering box??
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:35:08 PM »
I've heard this and want to fact check with you guys, just for curiosity (I'm not taking this route):

Is it true that early dragsters (50's or 60's?) used steering boxex adapted from a gear reduction box off Maytag washing machines??

Drag Racing / How a Top Fuel Dragster Works - YouTube
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:38:44 PM »
Probably known by most of you, but just in case...

Front Engine Dragsters / Nissan turbo FED
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:42:28 AM »
This FED falls into the “Dare To Be Different” category… Very nice job IMO. This thing is a catapult! Engine is an inline-six turbo Nissan, mentioned 850 RWHP, doing 7.5 sec. Different, but nonetheless very respectful!

RIPS FED 1st time out, licencing passes and the 1st 2 runs

RIPS FED 7.56 @ 169MPH


Spud Miller's Cave / Nitromethane article on Hot Rod magazine
« on: February 09, 2013, 09:17:00 AM »
The latest Hot Rod magazine (April/13) has a nice 7-page article about nitromethane fuel, written by Marlan Davis.

Spud's Nitro Notes (at remains unbeatable nevertheless.


Front Engine Dragsters / Howdy!
« on: February 02, 2013, 02:25:12 PM »
Thanks Glen, Spud, Roo and everybody else behind this FED forum.

I’m a FED nut from Columbus, IN (originally from Brazil) with just a couple test passes on my nostalgia FED. The biggest lesson I learned so far is: “It’s not as simple as it looks!”… so please be patient with me as I’ll be asking a lot of questions and advices.

The rig is an old 173’ wheelbase FED I bought as a roller in Markle, IN in 2005. Then I slowly built a SBC 406 (mostly from swap meet used parts), topped with a 1963 Hilborn fuel Injector, model 265-C-8C (1"-13/16").

Here’s a couple videos of the first fire up after engine build:

Then the first test passes, in Bean Blossom, IN. A lot of improvisation to make it there, in the last day of the season in 2011:

Then one more test pass in 2012…

As you can see… there’s a lot to be learned!

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