ARBY CHAT

OFF-ROAD HAULER

SPOTTED recently at Perth Motorplex was the 2700kg Nissan Patrol owned by Pete Mols from PJM Performance. The Patrol ran a staggering 11.8sec over the quarter on E85, with a Harrop FDFI supercharger on a stock-bottom-end 6.0L, backed with a 4L60E trans. The transmission has had a bit of work, with an aftermarket input shaft, upgraded clutch packs, reinforced drum and a Dominator converter to handle the massive torque and weight. The diff is stock with the addition of an ARB diff locker.

The combination runs 12psi on stock L98 heads, but with better valve springs and a custom blower roller cam. The injectors have also been upgraded to 80lb items and the ECU is out of a VZ 6.0L.

While Pete did race on drag radials, all the dyno work was done on 4WD tyres, and the Patrol made mid-500s at the treads.

SLEEPER OF THE MONTH

BRETT Stewart from Western Australia wins the award for sleeper of the month with his big-block Fairlane. The 3600lb lounge room is regoed and engineered in WA and ran a jaw-dropping 9.8@144mph with the old motor. But proving that too much is never enough, the carís new 504ci 1100hp donk has pushed the big sled to an 8.5@159mph, on pump gas and with a Jerico transmission. Tough car!

FOR THE V6 FANS

IN THE build at Von Brothers Engineering in Melbourne is a 1981 Datsun Sunny powered by an 800kW Nissan VG33 3.0L V6 with 10.5:1 compression, forged slugs, Carrillo rods, aftermarket camshafts and a single 90mm Garrett turbo built by Jason at Tunnel Vision.

These cars weigh nine-tenths of bugger-all from the factory (under 1000kg), so this will be one seriously fast ride with that power.

Behind the mill is a transbraked Powerglide built by Preston Automatics with a TCE converter, backed up by a triangulated four-link rear end and an 8.8- inch Ford Truetrac diff with 3.5:1 gears. The ECU is a Haltech Elite with a Racepak dash and all the fruit.

The car is untubbed and running a 235-width radial on a seven-inch rim. Von Brothers is hoping for 8.50 or better on the back bumper. Completion date is early 2017.