Tag Archives | 1973

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Nelson Racing F-Bomb?

Nelson Racing F-Bomb

When you’re the Chief Editor of Hotrod Magazine, it’s not like you can just drive around in a Dodge Stratus.

However, the Nelson Racing “F-Bomb” 1973 Chevy Camaro that David Freiburger drives around might just take the opposite to the extreme.

Featuring a twin turbo, 406 cubic inch V8, it’s got 1540 HP and 1527 lb.ft. of torque on tap so that any time speed is an option, the go pedal is sure to provide plenty of it.

Besides the monster engine though, the car has also been caged and minitubbed for safety, and was stripped down to the bare metal before being powder coated with a fighter plane motif that I can’t get enough of.

F-Bomb indeed.

HotRodTV “F-Bomb” Part 1:

HotRodTV “F-Bomb” Part 2:

[Nelson Racing – F-Bomb]

…The 1959 Opel T-1 gets good fuel economy?

1959 Opel T-1

Though it doesn’t look like much, this 1959 Opel T-1 managed to get 376.59 miles per gallon back in 1973! How did it manage such an impressive number?

  • The weight was reduced as much as possible by stripping out every part of the interior except for the seat.
  • The wind resistance was reduced by chopping the top down to a lower height.
  • Friction was reduced by narrowing the rear axle and using super-hard low-friction tires.
  • Weight and parasitic fuel loss due to slippage was eliminated with the use of a chain drive.
  • The fuel line was insulated and heated to enter the combustion chamber as lean vapor.
  • The car was driven at a steady 30 mph using the stock 4-cylinder engine.

It doesn’t take much, does it?

Prius owners, you have met your match.

[Via: TreeHugger Via: Seattle Pi]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Phantom Donk?

Phantom Donk

The Phantom Donk is a motherless monster. Featuring a custom, hand-built, Rolls Royce Phantom Front Conversion, 30-inch TIS rims, Air Ride suspension, and a blown Merlin 572 engine, this 1973 Chevy Caprice from Spade Kreations is like nothing else. Going big just got a whole new standard.

Phantom Donk Details

[Rides – Phantom Donk]

[Spade Kreations]