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If It Don't Have Wheels It Ain't a Sport
episode #6 -- by Phil Veldheer

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

Photo #6a I am happy to get all the questions I've received, keep them coming. I've received a few questions about the what we use on this car in rear suspension area. Well if we look at photo #6A we the CHASSIS ENGINEERING GM rear control arms. The uppers are part #3552 and the lowers are part # 3553. For any serious horsepower application on General Motors "G" body Grand Nationals, Monte Carlos, Cutlass, etc, these heavy duty upper and lower control arms will greatly improve traction and handling by eliminating the flex common with the factory stamped and rubber bushed control arms. These are made from heavy duty steel box tubing with hard urethane bushings that bolt right in place. Plus they powder coated them to make them chip resistant. Neat, plus they do bolt right in. Plus all the necessary hardware was included.

Photo #6b Photo #6B Shows that I have a 9 cylinder Olds 455. No Its just that every time I order custom made pushrods I order 2 extra. I use and recommend SMITH BROTHERS Pushrods. I use them in all three cars and have had NO problems. I've talked to Doug Smith many times and it never ceases to amaze me how fast they are. I have used there products for over 10 years. They have been in business since 1953. They make pushrods for ALL applications. From Drag racing to stock, marine, RV, Motorcycle, Antique, Foreign, and Industrial. Regular and hardened tempered chrome-moly, light or thick wall. Ball/Ball and Ball/Cup designs. Special lengths and adjustables. If you have questions call 541 388 8188 or If you want to order call toll free at 1 800 367 1533

Photo #6c Photo # 6C Shows our custom made box that contains our PAINLESS WIRING #50201 In-Dash panel 8 switch control panel. No our other cars don't have this' but we like this quality item so much we are switching to this over the winter. The quality of the switches and everything else is the best. Not visible is the #50001 8 circuit race harness. It was designed to use with the control panel. It has a starter, lights, electric fuel pump (2), electric water pump, ignition, electric fan, and accessory for trans brake, line lock, etc. We used our accessory for an overhead light for those late rounds at night. Painless Wiring makes a lot of other neat items, as we installed there #50103 Charging system shutdown relay on all three race cars. Some cars will continue to run when you turn off the master switch if your car is equipped with an alternator. This relay is installed between the alternator and the battery. When the master disconnect is switched off, the relay is de-energized and stops the flow to the ignition. Instantly, it stops.

Photo #6d Photo # 6D shows our K & N air filter. I have been using these for years also. When you race at a dusty drag strip you have to have one. Plus you tow vehicle deserves one too. The photo shows our drop base 14" filter with a 2 1/4" element. Our other two car have the three inch element, however hood clearance was a problem with this new car. I'll have more photo's next month showing you our cowl induction system that we made and are trying out for the first time today. We let you know our results.

K & N is sold at all major speed shops or you can call them for tech service at 909-684-9762. They have a million mile warranty. If you can get your hands on one of there 169 page catalogs it is packed with info. They really flow a lot of air compared to what else is available. Also featured in Photo #6D is some of our Goodridge stainless braided hose and fittings. We got turned on to Goodridge by looking in our CHASSIS ENGINEERING catalog. They have a quality item at a great price. Plus they have a few things that no one else has.

Our whole race car was plumbed with Goodridge. They are involved in F1 to Indy to NASCAR to rallying. They have everything you'll need even D.O.T. approved brake lines.They have a huge listing also of pre made assembles to plumb your brake system for your Corvette, Camaro, Mustang, foreign cars etc. Plus Blazer, Broncos, Explorer, Chevy Trucks. You can reach Goodridge at 310-533-1924

Photo #6e Photo # 6E shows our AUTOMETER Ultra-Lite gauges. The all aluminum gauges are almost 50 % lighter. Even the knurled nuts to hold the gauge to the panel is aluminum. I really like the looks of the satin face and the red fluorescent pointers. We always use the mechanical gauges and like the In-Dash fuel pressure with isolator. Our five gauges that we use are Oil Pressure, Water temp, Trans temp, Oil temp and Fuel pressure.

Photo #6f Photo # 6F shows our AUTOMETER Ultra-Lite Pro-Comp 2 Tach. Its part number is #6856. It goes to 9000 rpm. This one is designed for serious racers. It has a dual range shift light that will provide you with instantaneous notice of two separate shift points for shifting while the memory feature records peak rpm. It also comes in black.

Next month we'll talk about dipsticks, driveshafts and windshields. And hopefully a winners circle photo. Stay tunes sports fans and I promise not to bite your ears.

- Phil Veldheer,

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