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June 2018In the first few months of this year we’ve made a decent chunk of progress on Andrew Sinclairs Bonnevile Charger, we will be running it next year at Lake Gairdner In Aussy to shake it down for the following years (2020) trip to Bonneville. It will run in the Classic Coupe class with a blown 500 cube Hemi on methanol. There is a record we are aiming for, not sure that we’ll crack it but at least it gives us a goal to aim for. Its quite a challenging project as you pretty much throw out all the usual racecar theories & spend a lot of time thinking & planning around making the car safe if things should go wrong at over 200 MPH. The engine & gearbox are mounted, the quick-change rear end is in place, suspension is done & all the design work is set but still a long way to go yet, as you see by the pics. I have a break on it for a few months now while it gets more panel work done & I catch up on other projects.
Well 8 months on from the last update & we’ve made “ok” progress on Andrew & Mandy Sinclair’s Charger, but now we’re into 2019 and the car pretty much HAS to run this year ( that brings you down to earth !) to allow us enough time to test it, iron out all the bugs, strip it, paint it, reassemble etc etc & be able to ship it out mid next year to Bonneville. We’re mindful of how difficult it has gotten in the States to get anything across their borders due to security concerns, so that plays into our time frame as well. As you’ll see in the pics, all of the driver safety stuff, chutes, fire system, harness’s , seat etc are done. A lot more of the final design work has been defined, we’re now running a custom 5 speed Liberty gearbox with a Crower clutch. The design of the front & rear aero parts (wing/spoiler) is done. The cars cage is probably 2 days away from being finished, it will stay as it is now to allow access around the car. The goal is to get the engine installation complete by the end of March, everything engine related then gets shipped to our Aussy engine builder for final assembly & dyno work. While the engine is over there, there is obviously a ton of work to do on the car, finishing the fuel & cooling systems rearward of the firewall, front upright, brake & shock work, rear spring work, water cooling tanks etc. The goal is to try and get to the NZ Landspeed meeting at Goudies Rd in early Dec to “shake it down” , then remedial work early in the new year, then paint etc. We’ve had whats called a pre-tech inspection done where a Bonneville tech inspector ( NZ’er Steve Davies) spent half a day going over the car checking everything, a few small issues were found which was great, better to find them now than in 18 months time on the Salt. I’ll TRY to keep more up-to-date pics on the site as the car moves along, there may be something on Facebook but it won’t be coming from me, so until next time, stay well.