WE’VE all heard the stories of how tough Hot Rod Drag Week is. Queenslander Brian Jensen certainly knows, having taken his big-block Torana hatchback to the past two events. Unfortunately he hurt the engine last year after placing in his class in 2015.
After getting the car home, he vowed to return to sort out unfinished business.
With that in mind, work on the Torry has been extensive; the car needed new axles, a TH400 rebuild with a new planetary set, and a total rebuild of the 572ci Chevy, including a new crank, rods and pistons.
The short motor was assembled by Tremaniac Racing, and Brian is confident the car will run into the bottom nines. His friendship with the boys at 417 Motorsports in the USA saw him fit Holley EFI to the car last year, and after a few years of hassles he hopes for a trouble-free ride in 2017. The car is expected to leave for the US in early July.
RIVERINA street machiner Brett Piltz has a number of cars in the build, one being an LJ Torana with a ProCharged, dry-sumped 355 built by Westend Performance. Kingpins Kustom Paint and ProFlo are also involved, and the build is nearing completion.
He has also been working on his LX hatchback, a car formerly owned by the late Mark Diessel.
Piltzy, who is known as a bit of an engine destroyer, has just finished a mega-tough donk for it after kicking the rods out of the old rollercammed small-block.
Built by the guys at Vintage Racing Services in Wagga Wagga, the new aspirated 434ci Dart-block Chevy features a Callies rotating assembly, heavily massaged CHI 18-degree heads, Crower lifters, rings and more, and is topped with a Pro Systems 1050 carb.
The combo runs 12:1 compression, and made 860hp at 7500rpm on the dyno recently. Piltzy hopes to throw a 250-shot of nitrous at it, and has a bunch of work to do to bring the rest of the driveline up to scratch before fitting some 275 radials and hitting the track.