Customizing Your Vintage for Drag Racing Advantage: Auto Parts Replacement

Customizing Your Vintage for Drag Racing Advantage: Auto Parts Replacement
by: Colleen Hensley

Customizing Your Vintage for Drag Racing Advantage
Rusty Luck image by Brian Hillegas (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Drag racing has profusely seeped into the world’s car culture. A sanctioned legal form of racing done on a drag strip, it is a sport in which cars race down a track with a set distance in the fastest possible time while precisely responsive to specific guide lights and mindful of strict lane regulations depending on the rules agreed for the game.

With its illegal counterpart off the streets, drag racing is perhaps more popular than NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) and NFS (Need For Speed). The hype over the drag race has largely drawn car speeding aficionados and a lot of Chevrolet customizing geniuses.

Incidentally, drag race aficionados seem to have a well-bred passion for the antiquities with their considerable interest in vintage and classic cars. Old fashioned and strange as they may appear on the outside, these cars are highly esteemed for their sturdy body built and fit streamlining which is way beyond some of our modern car’s durability in time of collisions and bumps.

So structured, a matter of careful exterior paint restoration or redesigning is what it takes, infused with a selective modification of choice modern and hybrid parts to build a customized car with top-fuel speed and reliable aerodynamics that avails of the vehicle’s maximum capabilities.

Stock treaded tires are replaced with wide, flat, treadless tires. Called racing slicks, they help speed up your drag car by having a better grip on the track.

Top-fuel racers are cars purposely-built to resemble open-wheel circuit racing vehicles with engines based on second generation Chrysler Hemi 426 “Elephant Engine” made 1964-71 but distinctly fuelled by a special mixture of nitromethane and methanol which is popular among racers as “racing alcohol”. Although the top fuel engine is built exclusively of aftermarket parts, it retains the basic configuration with two valves per cylinder activated by pushrods from a centrally-placed camshaft.

Additionally, turbo chargers which are basically compressors that force increased oxygen into the cylinders of the internal combustion engine increase the power of your vehicle by blowing air into the combustion chambers, making the fuel burn faster.

Largely of composed of steel and aluminum parts from cylinder heads, crankshaft, and pistons, customized cars of this make offer increased power and optimal shock damping. Corrosion and wear-resistant Teflon is used to coat the piston, preventing galling during high temperature operation.

Notwithstanding, the unique brand of sophistication and racing advantage vintage drag cars acquire after an explorative customization can be capsized without incorporating proper safety equipment into it such as an eye shield, a helmet, fire extinguisher, and possibly a roll cage to protect you in case of a midcourse car turn-over. Also, an upkeep auto air conditioner topped up with the right amount of refrigerant to go through fully functional components such as the Chevrolet AC Condenser and drier helps keep the rider refreshed and safe from heat stress.

About The Author

A management trainee, the adventurous car quests of Colleen Hensley was wielded thru her auto mechanic father whose greatest delight is mentoring her with stuffs like the Engine, Exhaust, Automotive Condenser, and the like.
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