I enjoy the Inliners International web site very much.
Just needs more photos. I'll try to help you out with that. I have attached a few of
photos of my inline powered dragster, Strange Brew.
It was first built in 1959 by a fellow in
Charleston Illinois by the name of Harry Hurst. (great name for a drag racer eh?) Harry
built it to resemble a Chassis Research K-88 car. With a 1948 English Ford, Anglia front
suspension. He built up a nail head Buick with a chain drive blower and 6 Stromberg two
barrels, a home built two speed tranny and a Olds rear-end with a 1937 Pontiac center
section, (The 6 cylinder 37 Pontiac had 4:33 gears from the factory and the center section
falls right into the 1954 Olds housing.) This combination pushed the 98" digger to
145 MPH quarters. He was quite successful at the old Terra Haute Ind. Strip.
It was later fitted with a small block Chevy
and made just a few runs before it was left to sit until my friend "Beatnik"
bought it and brought it home in the early 70's. He never had the time to do anything with
it, but he did move it from place to place as he went about raising his family.
About 5 years ago he dropped it off in front
of my garage and told me it was all mine for as long as I wanted it. I was going to make a
flower pot holder out of it, being a street rodder I enjoyed having door and fenders on my
car when it went down the track. Enter my good friend Tony Pruemer. He came by looked the
frame over and talked me into putting it back on the track. He offered a 151 cube Iron
Duke he had and my brother Dan had an old Power Glide so off we went. We updated the frame
We put a mild cam in the Duke and a set of
flat tops, along with a Holley 350cfm two barrel. This netted a best of 9.20 in the 1/8 th
mile at Coles County Dragway, Charleston IL. We were really having fun!
Then it happened, I found a Poor Mans' Offy
(Chevy II) on a mini rod pulling tractor in a shed a few blocks from my house. A deal was
struck and home it came. After selling the narrowed 9 inch to Tony, I had a few extra
bucks to put toward rebuilding the Chevy.
The Chevy II is actually a marine block
that had started life as a midget racer power plant. It is stroked to 171 cubes by a Hank
The Crank steel crankshaft. The cam is a Racer Brown Roller, the head and intakes are
Ansen Engineering, the Pistons are 12 to 1 Jahns, the carbs are two Weber DCOE 45. The
ignition is a stock distributor converted to electronic with an Ignitor kit. The track
roadster style header was home built by Tony Pruemer. Who rebuilt the donated Power Glide
adding a 1.82 low gear, and converting it to a shorty style. It runs through a 2500 rpm
converter. We still use the 1937 Pontiac gears, and Olds housing.
The car has still not returned to the
quarter mile, we plan to take care of that this year. But it has made many trips down
Coles County's 1/8th and has run a best of 8.54 @ 83 MPH. Not bad for a 1500 pound car
with a four banger. I know it most likely would run .5 quicker, but we don't push it much
past 6 grand in order to preserve the aging parts in the little motor. And with bracket
racing there is really no call for hurting parts. And it does run very consistent times, I
just need to hone my driving skills. We go racing about every other weekend.
We are members of the Front Engine
Dragsters of America which is a group dedicated to preserving drag racing the way it used
to be. The Group has a Nostalgia Drag race planned for July 1&2, 2000 at the historic
Cordova Raceway. This event will include front motor rails, (fuel & gas) altered's,
gassers A/VEX cars, and who knows what else. More information about the group and the
Slingshot Nationals II can be found at http://hometown.aol.com/swhite1050/page/index.htm
This site is the online newsletter called "The Slingshot".
I hope you enjoyed seeing our little digger,
Tony is building a Bantam altered and a resurrecting another dragster, this time it's one
from the late 60's. One of these cars will receive the 151 we first run in Strange Brew.
The altered will for sure be Iron Duke powered as Tony built it for that motor. I have
also included a photo of Tony's steel 1927 T-Bucket with his daughter Ashley on board,
take note it is powered by an Iron Duke also. Inliner-itus is a sickness, but, who wants a