I am changing a few things to make it even quicker, but I donít want to share the details just yet
WHEN it comes to quick naturally aspirated streeters Ė true street cars Ė itís hard to fault Todd Foley and his VH Commodore. It runs mid-nines driving to the track and still runs a Trimatic transmission and BorgWarner diff, just like General Motors intended. His passion for the Holden bent-eight is so strong that he organised the first Holden-Powered Nationals (SM, Jul í16) earlier this year. We caught up with Todd to have a chat about his Commodore and what plans he has for the future.
Initially it was just about wanting the car to run as fast as possible. The Trimatic and BorgWarner donít have as much internal drag as a Powerglide or a nine-inch, because the components are all lighter.
But then it became a bit of a challenge because everyone was saying that the high rpm and torque were going to kill it. I took it pretty easy on the street to be honest; I only gave it a hard time at the track, so everything lasted as long as possible.
It has run a firstname.lastname@example.org; that was at Calder.
I think it was easily the best thing Iíd ever done with the car. People donít understand just how tough it is, and I donít just mean on the car, but how hard it is on you physically. Going day after day, working on the car, and then the racing, plus those long drives.
Itís just so hard on you driving cars like this for four and five hours at a time.
Yeah, we were using a new vacuum pump set-up, and we hadnít done much testing with it. The rocker covers werenít really baffled properly and the vac pump feeds were in the wrong spot. Holden V8s pump a lot of oil up into the heads, so the vac pump was getting full of oil and making a mess. We ended up changing the position of the feed lines from the front of the covers to the top to fix the problem.
When I initially put it on Facebook, everyone thought it was a great idea. So it was like, letís make this happen. I got in contact with Heathcote to find a date that wasnít going to clash with APSA, because we wanted guys like Tony Webb and Andrew Darby there. We found a date that suited, and it turned out to be a really nice time of year; not too cold, but cool enough that everyone would run good numbers.
I am changing a few things, but I donít want to share the details just yet. The plan is to make it even quicker and more streetable, but we donít want to tell everyone what it is just yet. My plan is to be able to drive it up from Geelong to Calder and beat our best run with the full pipes and everything.
Iím really lucky, Saara is really good; she lets me do what I want. She even gave me $5000 out of the house renovation budget to finish off the car.
Over the past couple of weeks Iíve just been buying up parts for the new combo. Itís all about preparing for Drag Challenge this year. Weíll probably be building a new house next year, so I want to make sure I get in and do it this year.