The madness has started!!! I am the crew chief for an ASA Challenger Series late model stock car. At the track we call home ( aispeedway.com ) they run two classes for 4 cyl cars. My intention was to build a GT for the Quad-4 class, tight rules donít allow much wiggle room, these were to be cheap cars to build and a good place to break in a new driver. So I go to good old E-Bay to find a car to work with, I found a 69 over in MA for a good price and had full intentions on taking the gas-axe to it and making a race car. Two things happened that changed all my plans, first the car has NO rust and second the AIS did away with the class. Now the Quad-4ís have to run with the Dig Safely Mini Stocks. They donít stand a chance running in that class so the race car plan went out the window. My son said that if I cut this car up he would never speak to me again! That might be a good thing but thatís another matter. I think he wants Dad to fix up the 69 and then he would be happy to take it off my hands.
I figure to keep peace in the family Iíll see what it will take to put the 69 back on the road. This car was said to be in storage for 19 years and I believe it. Whoever put it up did so with a tank of fuel in it so the whole system was full of varnish. I cleaned the entire system, put some clean fuel in the tank, filed and gapped the points, changed the oil, stuck in a battery, shot some ATF down the cylinders, cranked it over till fuel was at the carb and bam the damn thing started. It does smoke a little (not one mosquito left in St. Lawrence County). So it looks like the 69 will be my winter project. The good thing about the North Country of NY is that the winters are LOOOOONG and COOOOLD, and the snow gets DEEEEEP.
I still have that urge to build a race car to run at AIS. Iím not sure if a GT could be completive in the Dig Safely class? Most of the cars are Rice Burners and a few Mustang IIís. I think a GT with a trick paint job would look good whipping up on all that Jap Scrap. There is something wrong with a car that smokes its front wheels! If any of you guys that have raced GTís care to give any insight feel free. The rules are posted on the AIS web site and while there check out our #17 car in the Challenger series. We are in third place in the points chase and if the #11 car has a DNF we will be right in the hunt for 2004 Track Champion.
If anyone wonders where the SUBMARINER handle comes from, I was in the USN from 1963 till 1972 and served aboard Fast Attack Nuclear Powered Submarines out of San Diego. We were known as ďThe steely eyed killers, darers of the deep, healers and hackers who can go deeper and stay longerĒ!
Edwards, NY 13635