just have to change your attitude.
By Jok Nicholson
That is exactly what I did. I was not inspired to stay racing in No Box
brackets for smaller payouts and since the Vega was not the most
powerful car around, it was pretty much basically boring. In the end
that is why I needed a change and I wanted to get back to where I have
always been (or at least since Ike Hamma first invented the delay box)
and that is Super Pro, Box, Top or whatever you want to call it. Wire
up the delay box, tighten the belts and let's see who "has it today."
I found a gentleman in Oklahoma who was looking for a Vega to run in
10.90 races and he had a slip-joint dragster he was trying sell. Looked
like a match made on the Internet to me. It was a done deal in about
two days. I rolled the Vega into the trailer and took off for Oklahoma.
We had it unloaded and the dragster tied down in about 15 hours. A
little "camping" at a local Super Wal-Mart and we were back home the
I am going to continue this column under the same name "Back-2-Basics"
because it is still just that, back to basics. We traded even up so the
value of the dragster is the same as we had put into the Vega, about
dragster is a 1996 Danny Nelson Racecraft slip-joint
220-inch moly car. It's a little "rough around
the edges" but overall is ready to race. It
came turn-key with a 431-inch big-block Chevy
and shorty powerglide.
We decided to rewire the car and replace some
things we didn't like. This is probably a very
common thing to do to a used car for two reasons.
First, it lets you really get a close look at
the entire car stripped of the body panels and
you will "know where all the wires go" when
you are done. I covered the right way to wire
a car a couple years ago in "Project 4-Link"
and we used those same
to wire this car. Take your time, use a different
color wire for every circuit and use the best
wire, connectors and tools for years of trouble-free
I do want to say thanks to Johnny at RCI for
getting us a set of their trick new Platinum
Safety Harnesses and an SFI jacket and pants
for Andy on a moment's notice. The RCI Platinum
Series are the only ones with a 4-year certification.
When you receive your Platinum series harness
you get a registration card that allows you
a free two-year update to the SFI tags. Priced
about the same as a standard set from other
manufacturers, RCI has stepped up to save racers
some of their hard-earned money. They are available
from Jegs and other race part suppliers.