Our fifth season
and still going strong
most of you know, we are doing two project cars for the magazine.
It has been an adventure to say the least. I see these guys
who race every points race, national events and big buck bracket
races and wonder what they have for a job and where they find
the energy to get everything prepared.
The 2005 race season will be the fifth year we have done
tech features with “Project 4-Link”. We have enjoyed
some great relationships with our marketing partners and that
aspect is growing every year. For the 2005 season we have
several feature articles scheduled. TCI transmissions and
converters, Jesel Rocker Arm Systems and MSD will be the first
three products we showcase.
This month we will deal with the selection of a transmission
for our 950 H.P. 572” Mopar. I contacted TCI and talked
to Stan Poff about the Top Dragster transmission I had seen
in one of their ads. The thought of running a much stronger
aftermarket case, the 1.80 straight cut gear set, the gerator
front pump and the professional assembly convinced me that
TCI had the transmission I was looking for. It took a couple
calls and sending him my dyno sheet when we started discussing
torque converters. He asked me what my “plans”
were as far as the type of events I was going to and so forth.
We decided one of their 9.5” units would be the best
choice for consistency and durability. I am not running the
pro-tree anymore and getting the 840 ft. lbs. of torque off
the start line consistently was my main concern. I’ll
fill you guys in on the results next month as we have not
been to the track yet.
The TCI Top Dragster powerglide starts out as a new Dedenbear
case with a rear shorty-kit for my four-link dragster. After
inspecting the transmission case the assembly begins. The
TCI technicians use a complete set of TCI seals, gaskets,
clutches, steels, their own design Gerotor front pump, their
own 10 clutch high gear drum, Top Dragster valve body, low-amp
transbrake solenoid, dual ring servo with billet cover and
finned aluminum trans oil pan. The technicians then dyno test
the transmissions to check for line pressures and function.
When you receive one of these transmissions they are ready
to bolt in and start racing.
This is how we received the
complete TCI transmission. Other than cooler lines it was
ready to go. The Dedenbear case has the SFI trans-shield built
right into the case so there is no external shield needed.
TCI’s Gerotor front pump will insure
enough pressure to apply the transbrake fast and solid to
prevent the car from “rocking” when the brake
is applied. It is all new construction and will be more reliable
than a rebuilt stock type pump.