Sometimes you 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 next day.

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 $12,500.

The 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
principles 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 service.

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.

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