Rod met the Drag Challenge deadline with a week to spare. “But I knew my 8¾-inch Mustang diff with 4.11s would be the weak link; I expected to break an axle,” he said. Sure enough, the diff let go on Day Two at Swan Hill, though a broken carrier was the issue.
A mate’s mate soon located another centre in Mildura, and six hours later, Rod was back at Swan Hill to fit the $250 single-spinner 2.78:1 innards. Then he was again Mildura-bound, via the designated DC route.
Rod set his Drag Challenge PB on Day One with an 11.94-second pass, backing off at the 1000ft so as not to go too quick. Then on Friday, with one timeslip under his belt, he hit full throttle, albeit with salt-lake gearing. “It still ran 11.50 seconds, so I’m sure that it’s a 10-second car,” he said. “It has 580hp at the flywheel, so now I’ll swap my T700 for a 4L80E and put a nine-inch with low gears in the rear.
“Going into Drag Challenge, I just wanted that survivor sticker. Now for 2019 I want to run 10s and be in the Radial Aspirated Top 10.”
1933 FORD TUDOR
Drag Challenge Class: Pacemaker Radial Aspirated