The latest updates on our
“common sense” bracket racer
By Jok Nicholson
The racing season is now only a couple weeks
away here in Iowa. We are still trying to get everything done
in time for the season opener but a new job, overtime and
getting two cars done is a lot of work. We love it, but finding
the time is the tricky part.
We have finished the wiring of the chassis. I have some photos
below that show this is something you can do yourself and
get great results. Just take your time, plan ahead and use
the best supplies you can. If you are having a tough time
finding good electrical components try this website –
They have great prices and a very good online catalog.
We are changing to a 500” Mopar for the upcoming season
and this means a new front engine plate and a new midplate.
We found the “generic” plates at the Chassis Shop.
In a “hard-tail” chassis it is critical the engine/transmission
align perfectly with the rear end as the coupler from the
transmission to the rear end is splined. There is no driveshaft
or u-joints so it has to be right on the money. We are using
an empty block and the race transmission we will be using
to mock up the two mounting plates. You can see in the photos
the final fitting. Now Andy can carve off the excess aluminum
on the plates and when the engine is done at Roeder Performance
Machine we will be ready for final installation.
Here we are fitting the empty
block and transmission into the chassis. The motor plates
have been trimmed to fit for height and alignment. Final mounting
holes will be drilled into mounting tabs after the car is
finished and sitting on the tires.
These are the front and rear
motor plates before final trimming. The rear plate needs the
center cut out for clearance so we can access the flexplate
bolts and to allow more air flow.