TOWING TO THE TRACK..... TRAILER OR FLAT TOW???

UPDATE, April 2013:

Did a flat tow test with a 4.11 gear set and a spool in the rear end, and some fairly sticky cheater slicks, it did not like going around corners!!! On one particularly sharp right hand corner, going down a very steep hill, the gasser pushed the tow vehicle into a jack-knife! Was going very slow at the time, so it happened in slow motion, and kept the damage fairly minimized! Gotta get out the hammers and straighten out the sheet metal now!!!

UPDATE March 2013:

As I am now going to run slicks at the track, and I don't want to drive to the track on the slicks, I decided to put the slicks and the floor jack in my '58 truck and tow the gasser down with that. But first I needed to add a tow hitch to the '58....

I had an old hitch around that had been on my '93 Camaro, which I salvaged when I totaled that car. So modified that and started fabbing some hangers to fit to the '58 frame....

The first trial fit looks about right....

Added some more hangers and got a sturdy, solid hitch receiver bolted to the frame with four 5/8" grade 8 bolts....

Hooked up the gasser and did a test run, no problem !!!

Now to figure out the taillights, need turn, brake and tail lights to tow legally in this state....

I don't have room to park a car trailer at my place, so decided to just tow it this way. Should be no problem, and with the raised and widened rear fenderwell openings, putting the new 33" racing tires on should not be a problem at the track....

ORIGINAL POST, 2011:

This post was from the first time out of the shop.....

Rolled 'er out of the shop for a trip to the track for an NHRA Chassis Certification Inspection, steering & brakes all functional....

I think she's lookin' pretty good....

Here's the view my competition is gonna be seeing a lot of......

Had to sneak my ugly puss in for one shot, am pretty proud of my rusty ol' gal....

Loaded 'er up for the trip to the track for the chassis certification........

The NHRA rep from LA comes to our local track once a year to do this, usually there's half a dozen cars there for chassis cert., which is required if we go over 135 mph or faster then 10 seconds....

My plan is to get 'er street legal and drive 'er to the track, change tires, and race!!!

I did get my chassis certification for 8.50 seconds. The NHRA inspector for the Western Region liked my work!

More later......

Here's some links to more pix:

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Assembling The Blower Motor

Some Interior Views, Seats Modified and Upholstered!!!

Fabbing A Pair Of Drive Shaft Safety Hoops

Working On The Fuel System

Patching Up Some Of The Sheet Metal Holes.....

Building A Set Of Fenderwell Headers....

Adding A Front Sway Bar......

Twelve Point Cage Build Coming Along, Finally Done....

Dog Dish Hubcaps? Air Filter Rain Covers? Looks Good To Me........

Setting Up The Rear Axle and Suspension page 2

Setting Up The Rear Axle and Suspension page 1

Cutting A Hole In The Hood, and Setting The Fenders....

Installing The Radiator

Setting Up The Tilt Front End

Setting Up The Steering and Suspension 2

Setting Up The Steering and Suspension

Setting Up The Front Axle 2

Setting Up The Front Axle 1

The Mad Frame Whacker Attacks......

Starting to Fit Parts Here and There

Narrowing The Front Axle

Found This Ford F100 Front Axle

Trial fit for the 6-71, a Don Hampton special.

Reworking an Olds 425 to take a 6-71 huffin on it.

Pulled apart a '67 Olds 400 motor for spare parts.....

Did Some Porting Work on some Edelbrock Olds Heads

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