Project: Cheap Drag Truck
So I had this '97 2wd F-250 sitting here that
was parked in the mud out next to the shop. The truck got me to work
everyday for a couple years, then my daughter came along in '07 and I
had no use for a regular cab pick-up. I tried to sell it but the offers
were no where near what I wanted, and I knew the truck ran great and was
reliable for me, but it was a rusted out hunk from bumper to bumper. So
I parked it and decided to deal with it at a later date.
Well, spring '09 rolls around
and I decide to tear it apart, keep some parts, give some away, sell some,
then scrap the rest. In the process of dismantling we get the idea that it
might make a neat drag project. Once it was stripped down and lightened up,
I could throw on some extra go-fast parts I have sitting around and see if
she'll make sub-13.0 second 1/4 mile runs for as little money as possible.
Most of the parts to build the truck I had sitting around the shop anyway so
the investment would be minimal.
The following is a description of the truck and
the work that we've done to it.
Overview of Project
Keep it simple. If it wasn't needed to drive the
truck down the track, it got removed and thrown in a pile. Custom fuel system,
remote battery mounts, trans cooler, traction bars, welded rear end, Stage-2
injectors, larger turbo, custom programming, and some slicks was what was needed to move this
thing down the track.
The truck was a lot of fun the first summer of
racing. It was very consistent and reliable all summer long, but we failed to
reach sub 13 seconds, with a best of 13.40. we're very happy with that
considering that for around $3500 (if we would have had to buy the stuff to
build the truck) it met most of our expectations and was a bargain for the fun
we had. We'll try again in '10 and see if we can get under 13.0, with the intent
on getting to as many Division 5 NHRDA races as possible.
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