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Rod Jones's 1933 Ford Tudor

By SM Staff | Photos: Chris Thorogood & Michelle Porobic, 05 Mar 2019 Drag Challenge

Rod Jones's 1933 Ford Tudor

After following Street Machine Drag Challenge twice as a spectator, Rod Jones vowed to get his Dart 427ci small-block Chev finished and into his ’33 Ford tudor for DC 2018

This article on Rod's Ford Tudor was originally published in the January 2019 issue of Street Machine

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.

Hot Rod at Drag ChallengeA 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.

Hot Rod at Drag ChallengeRod 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.

Hot Rod“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.”


Drag Challenge Class: Pacemaker Radial Aspirated