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If It Don't Have Wheels It Ain't a Sport
episode #3 -- by Phil Veldheer

Phil 'I forgot my earplugs' Veldheer
Phil Veldheer Racing
62 West 40th. St.
Holland, MI. 49423-5222
Telephone 616.392.1688

We're getting closer to spring and luckily the car is getting closer to being finished. It will probably be months before we get everything in print however. All the time we are working on our third race car, we are also adding an extra fuel pump and line on our red car and also adding new Powermaster Alternators to all three cars. And the only way to do that is to find the old three belt pulley off an old 455 Rocket. We then get those powdercoated and installed.

Photo #3a In photo # 3A you can see the master painter himself, Marty Hyson. He is the owner and operator of Sharks Custom and Collision on Blue Star Highway just south of Holland, MI. Marty has painted all three of my Cutlass Race Cars and the first two have won many trophies for me. They are all lined up at Marty's shop. The photo shows a bashful Marty without his typical white suit and face mask that he wears in the paint booth.

Photo #3b Photo 3B Shows Marty staying late another night with a smile on his face, happy to get rid of a car that was in his shop for about two months. It is NICE.

Photo #3c Photo 3C Shows the package we ordered from (Greg) Moser Engineering. Moser can be reached at 1-219-726-6689. Or you can also order thru Horse Power Unlimited 1-616-REV-IT-UP. We wanted to keep the factory 10 bolt (8.5) GM rear end in it. As I stated before we want to foot brake this car. I know we'll be racing cars with big 14-16" wide slicks and trans brakes, but I wanted to run 10.5" M/T's instead. The package includes his bulletproof axles, c-clip eliminator kit, spool and big wheel studs. Moser also is the brand I use in my other two race cars, with axles in both cars and a Moser 9" Ford Nodular Iron Case in the red car. Moser is expanding his product line with custom drive shafts, rear end covers, motor oils and gear lubes along with adding Wildwood Engineering disk brakes.

Photo #3d Photo 3D show the outside of my TA. They can be reached at 602-922-6807. They make covers for just about everything. Also shown is the stud kit and the heavy duty bolts for the cover. The cover prevents carrier bearing cap breakage while at the same time increases the strength of the whole rear end housing. This will always increase ring and pinion gear life.

Photo #3e Photo 3E shows the inside of the TA cover. Its design makes sure the oil is directed in the correct areas.

Photo #3f Photo 3F shows the rear end being set up at Horse Power Unlimited. He is a huge dealer in rear end parts. He ships all over the world, not just the Midwest; Pro racers in Sweden, etc. He's one of the best.

Photo #3h Photo 3H shows the bottom of my Intake, Jet-Hot does all of my stuff. I have used other brands, and nothing lasts longer and looks better than Jet-Hot. You can see the heat barrier they have applied to make the carb a lot cooler, and it works.

Photo #3g Photo 3G shows the top of my Offy intake with the Jet-Hot coating. Believe it or not that's how it will look three years from now. I know because that's how long my Holley Intake has been coated on my red car and my red car has an Edelbrock for the last two seasons also coated and that looks just as good. It also increases performance.

Photo #3i The final photo, 3i, shows a lot of work. We've taken a set of Hooker Headers #3203. This is a new header that bolts right in. It is 1 7/8" x 31". Then we cut off the collector and slipped on the new Hooker Merged 12" collector It looks like the top of a cone when you look in the end. It eliminates sharp edges and reduces turbulence. Reduced turbulence in the collector allows more precise management of the sound pressure waves (tuning) and improves aerodynamic flow to realize the full potential of a properly tunes header. Plus they look great. I was happy to see Hooker come up with these headers. My other two cars have 2" Hooker Headers from a 70 Cutlass so they won't fit a 78 or a 87 Olds. However it takes about five hours of modifications on the driver's side, plus you have to run with a remote oil filter, and I didn't want to do that again. The JET-HOT Coating, not only looks nice, but is very functional. The underhood temperature is GREATLY reduced. You can typical touch the header after just sitting five minutes after a race. It works. JET-HOT can be reached at 1-800-432-3379. Another nice thing is they are an NHRA Sears Craftsman E.T. Racing Series Award Sponsor. One last word about the Jet-Hot coating, the headers look just as nice inside as the outside. But that's just like a friend of mine who works burying cable, he says he does the best work in the State of Michigan, but nobody gets to see it.

We work on the car five nights a week and all day Sat. So it was time for a short trip to Florida, I ordered a new 97 Ford 4 x 4 Expedition in October. Then they had a seat strike at Johnson Control, plus I had already sold my Explorer. No car for three weeks. We are ready to go to Florida, the dealership calls, your car just came in. We leave for Florida with 5 miles on the odometer. My last car, I owned for 4 years. Not one ding. The second night In Florida an 18 year, D.U.I. backs into my new car. He only hit the bumper (hard) , and he did spend the night in the cooler. But it was relaxing. The first few days we thought about all we should be doing back home, then we forgot about everything and just relaxed. That's it for relaxing, racing season is just around corner.

- Phil Veldheer,

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