Thursday, August 5, 2010

Texas T-Rex

I've always liked tractor this project has turned into the most fun I believe I have had on a build.  I wanted my son to be involved in a hobby, that both of us liked.  He seemed to like tractors, and I liked here we went.  We had an uncle, Larry,  that donated to the cause, a 1972 Sears Super Suburban Garden Tractor.

picking up the 1972 Sears SS15 tractor, from Enloe, Tx

cleaning up the project

bodywork on the hood

prepping the new engine

front tires
new shoes

mounting the new rubber...hard work !

new tires and new battery...vroom vroom
rolling chassis

roll cage and seat test fit

time for some red paint

re-assemble...where does this go ?

first's alive !

engine startup and break in

test drive...and it was cold

first test drive

a little Sunday morning drive

all dressed up

Enloe Christmas parade..very cold !

rolling down Main Street in Enloe, Tx

first test pull in Bonham, Tx

first hookup to the LSGTPA sled

very first pull...driver did perfect !

pull practice....

a little pull practice at PawPaws

pull practice gets a little muddy

time for a little dinosaur action...

trace out of the new engine panels

mockup of the T-Rex artwork

engine panel vinyl wrap and artwork

engine panel lettering

lettering and artwork

more full suit and gear

first pull event, Greenville, Tx

leaving the line at 3900rpm in Greenville

high-fives after the Greenville first pull
Nevada, Tx

T-Rex hooked up to the blackland track in Nevada
T-Rex at 'The Pits'....sticky !!!

Enloe, Texas 4th of July Parade

Clara Foster Slough Museum display - July 4th - Enloe, Tx

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Bonham, Tx

end of a good pull in Bonham, Tx

pretty strong pull in Bonham, Tx
unloading from Bonham, with a Third Place trophy !
It has been a blast building this tractor side by side with my son, and seeing him doing well in the sport after all the hard work he has put in to it, has been awesome.  He seems to really enjoy it, and I think that knowing he built it, makes his success just that much sweeter.

Bill Halter Memorial Pull in Blue Ridge, Tx

Texas T-Rex on a good pull

T-Rex second pull

Youth Class winners - Lane took runner-up !

unloading from Blue Ridge, with a runner-up trophy

the calm before the storm

   a wave to the crowd

another hook underway

As the 2010 season comes to a close, we would like to thank all those that helped us.  Thanks to Larry King, for the tractor for this project.  Thanks to Richard and Nancy Duncan, aka Nannie and PawPaw for help in the shop and at the track.  And thanks to all the friends and fans that helped us all along the way.

We are looking forward to 2011, and can't wait to see everyone again at the tracks !!

Twisted Kitty

Outlaw heads-up racing has always been the attraction for me in drag racing.  I hated to cut up either of the finished Cherry Bomb or Casper Chevelles, for the purpose of making the modifications needed to participate in Outlaw racing, but was wanting to build a ride to mix it up with the fast boys.  So, back to the pasture we went and pulled out the roughest old girl we had.  This way, I wouldn't feel bad about cutting and back-halving the frame or replacing good body panels with fiberglass ones.  Also, while the thought of wrecking is never pleasant, it would seem that damaging an original piece would be salt in the wound, should the unfortunate occur.

Currently under construction is the 'Twisted Kitty', an SS Chevelle to be powered by a 396ci smallblock, inhaling nitrous through twin foggers and a third, adjustable plate, nitrous system. Built using the KOTH, ORSCA, and OTTA rule books, the 'TK' will compete in Outlaw 10.5 shootouts and various heads up classes.

1968 Chevelle body

This thing had an armadillo den underneath it.  I am sure they just relocated to the Chevelle next door.

We had to run a few wasps, rats, and snakes out.

washing cars makes me thirsty



crew chief taking a break

Destined to be Candy Apple Red with black stripes and a black vinyl top, the SS rides on 33 X 10.5W rear tires mounted on 15X12 rear wheels.  The 9" Ford rear end utilizes a four link suspension and adjustable coil over shocks.  The SFI chassis holds everything together.