Monty Root began collecting parts to build his own fuel altered street rod when he was 16. Now 48, he says the car took too long to build, but was well worth the wait, making lots of noise and fulfilling his need for speed in short, bone-rattling bursts.
Power is supplied by a 565 cubic inch big block Merlin engine running an 8-71 Mooneyham blower, a pair of Predator carburetors and straight methanol racing fuel. Just how much power? "A lot," says the car's owner.
A Walker radiator does what cooling is necessary, although the alcohol fuel naturally keeps engine temperatures down. The front axle is a 4-inch dropped Super Bell unit suspended by a beefed up set of Speedway transverse leaf springs to help support the weight of the massive cast iron Merlin block.
Instrumentation is pretty basic, with Auto Meter gauges set in the thin dash panel and a big playback tachometer mounted on the roll cage's down-bar. The miniature steering wheel has to be slipped off to allow the driver access to his seat.
Bare bones components get the job done inside the fiberglass body tub: a race-prepped 2-speed Powerglide transmission is tucked under the floor, shifted by a B&M racing mechanism. The simplified steering setup consists of a reversed Corvair steering box and a 10-inch steering wheel.
A fuel-altered has to have a wing and Root chose this Speedway sprint car nose wing for the job, mounting it atop the full roll cage. Note the two different widths of the side air spill plates, a giveaway of the unit's dirt track origins.
Weld racing wheels support a massive set of Mickey Thompson 33x19-1/2x15 tires in the back. The Positraction 12-bolt Chevy rear end is loaded with a set of 4:56 gears and held in place by a set of traction bars designed by the car owner.