AUSTRALIA’S radial king Daniel ‘Pazzo’ Nunziante is hoping to be back on track by the time this goes to print, with a number of changes to his Cortina. The twin-turbo 632ci Ford engine built by Victorian Glen Wells has already run a 6.77 during racing.
“I finally got my hands on a billet Berry manifold, which is much better than the stock cast-alloy manifold I have been using,” Pazzo says. “But the major change has been the addition of a proper power management/traction control system. Up until now we have simply used an AMS1000, but we have just wired in an MSD Grid and Arc box that will allow me to turn this thing up.
“Last time we tested and had 39lb of boost, the car wanted to wheelstand to half-track, so we had to back the tune down. When you consider that the USA cars are running over 70lb of boost, there is a lot more left in the car.”
The other significant change has been the addition of a set of the new four-way Menscer shocks, at a cost of $7000 a pair! Pazzo is confident that with the new shocks and traction assistance this thing will be a missile, with 6.40s tipped to start off with.
AN EXCITING build is currently under wraps at All Race Fabrications in Melbourne, in the form of a twin-turbo Mopar NASCAR engine in a Centura. Built to be roaddriven, this low-seven-second missile is aimed at the X275 class and should be testing by Christmas. The engine has been built by Glen Wells and fitted with a pair of Precision 68/71 turbos with a Haltech ECU.
Craig Burns from Streetcar Fabrications has built a chrome-moly sheet-metal rear end for the car, while the lads at All Race are finishing mini-tubs, ’cage, chassis connectors and a bunch of other jobs. Adding to the list of go-fast bits is a set of new Menscer four-way shocks that are deemed a must-have on any big-power radial car.
Stay tuned for more on this one.
WE KNOW some projects take a while, but Queenslander Darryl Lovegrove’s 1971 Plymouth Duster took him 20 years to complete. He describes the car as “the 10 best dogs in the street”, having used countless bodies and parts to build this once written-off ride, which he bought from New Zealand.
The car is fitted with a four-link rear-end with a halfchassis, 10-point ’cage, full tubs, narrowed nine-inch diff with floater axles and Comp coil-overs. The centre is a Strange unit with 35-spline axles. Darryl did all the work himself in his shed.
He also built the engine, a 494ci big-block Mopar with Indy SR heads topping a 1966 cast block with an Eagle rotating assembly, Ross pistons and an Engle fast-ramp flat-tappet cam (585/600, 258/262@50).
The 12.2:1 combination is topped with an Indy singleplane manifold and an 1150 Dominator modified for E85 fuel.
While the engine hasn’t been on the dyno, it should make 680-700hp.
All going well, Darryl will have debuted the car at Mopar Sunday by the time you read this. “It weighs in at 2970lb fully loaded,” he says, “and with a 32x14 it should run into the nines.”