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4 months back, Andy(Fred)Hone & I started to upgrade his chrome-moly frame on his super-modified to pro-mod spec,

i started a thread earlier but to be honest i've not been home much to update it, should have had my mail re-directed to Freds workshop:bigsmile:,

heres the link to the 1st thread;
http://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=3790&highlight=tube+upgrade

after countless late nights,l
lost count how many times i got home at 1-2AM:shake:
how much tig welding? i got through 2 of the large 5ft bottles of argon:tup:
we finally finished the chassis last sunday (sep 21st)
loaded it on the truck to get painted at about midnight,

loaded and ready to go, upside down so not to damage the lower dzus fasteners,


Larry Ward dropped his regular work monday to start it,
Jake from the workshop next door dropped his work for the day to help Larry on it, unpaid i must add,

i cant imagine how hard they worked as it was back to Freds monday night:shock:

tuesday, the assembly started,
we'd heard whispers of "they aint got a hope in hell of finishing that for the weekend"
but carried on regardless,
this is about wednesday? all a bit of a blurr:smoke:









lots of extra help was flooding in now from the rest of the smoke city guys,
thursday night there was about 7 of us on the car till around 1am,
the car virtually finished barring a few small jobs,
Fred and I were up there friday morning to finish then load up,
WE'D DONE IT:tup::tup::tup:
just before loading Fred says to run the motor up for a few checks,
disaster! the fuel pump was pissing out the overflow,
where the pump had sat around the seal on the pump shaft had dried out letting by,
we need a miracle, Fred remembered he bought a spare superflow pump,
fitted the spare pump, same problem but not as bad:shock:
left the pump running and the fuel softened the seal, no leak:tup:

loaded the car, now 11pm decided to go to the pod sat morning
Fred lives in the road behind me, picked him up in the Nova at 5.45AM
sorry neighbours:pmsl:

got to the pod,
1st job scrutineering, passed:tup:

next, the big one, will the car be given the 6.00 25.1E pro-mod chassis tag we'd been working for???

YES:tup:





got ready for the 2nd qualifying session,
opted to go for a solo pass,
i say "whats the plan Fred",
"launch hard, if it stays straight i'll keep my foot in it"

1st run 7.57 @ 177mph
no1 qualifier! looks like we've spoilt the party:tup:

2nd run in the 7.60s?

sunday,
knocked out Nigel Payne in 1st round, but to be fair Nigel was on a spare engine,

had a bye in the 2nd round so Fred uses it as a test session to try new combination,
improved to 7.50 @ 178mph,

final against Tim Mugridge,
kept the same tune but tried to dial the chassis bit better,

did it work?
Fred saved the best till last and won the final with NPB 7.42 @ 180mph!!!!!:tup::tup::tup::tup:
that time would have disqualified him with the old chassis,

so looking back, was the constant hard work and late nights all worth it,
damn right they were, sunday was the perfect finish,
yesterday, you couldn't have knocked the smile of our faces with a sledge hammer.

although primarily it was Fred and i working on the car,
theres no way we'd have done it without all the extra help,
so heres a name check, apologies if i've missed anyone,

Al McSweeney
Martin(bunter)Downey
Larry Ward
Jake
(pervy) Peter Thompson
Vince (vin likes diesel)
Richard Stein (great 68)

a sat startline video

sun startline video

and heres the man himself,
 

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well done team..:tup:

must agree its always worth the effort.

Sid.
 

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THATS MR TATFINK TO YOU
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walked past the car on fri or sat and remember thinking ...fuck that needs a wash ,looks like its been in a busy workshop uncovered, ....pennys dropped now ive read the post:tup: well fellas hard work paid off
........hope ya washed it before the final:pmsl:
 

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Gary ,I was there yesterday with Den my crew chief ,we were spectating. I didnt believe it when I saw the 7.50....it only seemed like a couple of weeks ago you guys were still welding.

Credit where its due guys :tup:

Oh Yeah ,Gary that Nova is just plain awesome..:tup:
 

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It was great to see the car out racing again,i think the last time i saw it was in the early 90's....i didnt realise how much work its taken to get it back out as i missed the original thread,but you've all done a great job,well done! :tup::D
 

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well done guys,i see parts of the fabrication and could not believe how much of the old chassis had to be cut away.great job,great team work::D
 

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Gary.

Round about the time you were tubbing cars at what seemed like one a week, I remember you telling me that you didn't build race stuff, just simple street stuff that looked like race stuff. It would appear you lied! Well done mate.
 

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Fantastic effort boys,and a brilliant result,well done to all(apart from that little shit Larry:lol:)
 

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gary , i put an asre licking moment on here earlier but you said it so much better
 

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gary , i put an asre licking moment on here earlier but you said it so much better
After some of the positions i had to get in to weld up the cage i probably now could lick my own arse:pmsl:

thanks to all that have posted on here,

when Fred wakes up, should be about wednesday,
i wonder if he goes ahead with an idea he had,

to board up the front of the workshop with security screws,
weld up the yard gate with anti grind welds, then dig a 40ft deep hole in the lane so he CANT go up there even if he wanted,
truth is, we all know, he'll be up there before the weekend.
 

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Fred took the car up to the pod this weekend for a bit of tuning and i have just heard he ran a 7.36 on his second pass :smoke::tup:
 

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I was at the pod yesterday and the car was running strong all day! great work and effort, well done!
 

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Well done to FRED GARY and all the rest that helped,people just dont realise how much dedication and time it takes to achieve that time 7.36.i was on the start line when he ran it, the car left real hard and went the long way round, i recon theres more to come AWSOME.A special well done to Gary it must feel real good knowing you built that chassis and watchin it run those numbers,the other supermod guys are allready saying WHAT THE FUCK! 7.3s second time out,SHIT.
HATS OF TO YA.:D
 

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well done fred and crew,your top bannanas in my book :tup::tup:
 
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