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    Thought you guys might enjoy taking a peek at this beauty. This masterpiece of fine Detroit craftsmanship repurposed into a 4,150 lbs of torque monstrosity.

    This is the "Raunchero". It's a 1973 Ford Ranchero Squirre. Ain't she purdy?

    Why turn a Ranchero into a drag car you ask? Because it's different. It's ugly. It's awesome. People keep comparing it to the likes of "Farm truck" on that street racing show, but I don't know much about it, I don't watch it. But guys at the track just look and smile when they see us. Then they see that thing launch and really smile. And, we're about to run Hotrod Magazine's Drag Week in September in this luxury ride. Whatdoya guys think?
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    Am I seeing a Rat Motor inside that Blue Oval...??...

    Details PLS..??

    VERY COOL.....

    EDIT... OOPS... just noticed the distributor on the front..not a BBC.... soo it'sa 460..???..429..??
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    Do think it is doubly cool that you plan on running in "Hot Rod Magazine DRAG WEEK".......

    September 13, 2015 - September 19, 2015 HOT ROD Drag Week is the event where street/strip cars are driven 1,000-plus miles on public roads during a trip that includes four dragstrips and five races in five days. The winner in each of the many classes is the car that averages the quickest elapsed time over the five races, and the quickest overall is named HOT ROD's Fastest Street Car in America. Drag Week: anything else is just talk.

    http://www.hotrod.com/events/drag-week/
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    That was a 460 in a previous life...now it's a 572 John Kasse from John Kasse himself (he's the one in the middle below). We sent that old block off to him, drove to Georgia, bought a little trailer and picked up the parts from his machine shop. That place was so clean, you could lick the floor and not get your tongue dirty. Pretty fun putting it together.

    On a 300 shot of nitrous, that bad mammer jammer is pumping out over 1000hp. We wanted to make the car look as close to stock as possible, so building that hood scoop (which was a metal bookshelf in its former life) broke our hearts just a little. We scrounged parts and materials for that thing from all over. Its been a fun project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
    That was a 460 in a previous life...now it's a 572 John Kasse from John Kasse himself (he's the one in the middle below). We sent that old block off to him, drove to Georgia, bought a little trailer and picked up the parts from his machine shop. That place was so clean, you could lick the floor and not get your tongue dirty. Pretty fun putting it together.

    On a 300 shot of nitrous, that bad mammer jammer is pumping out over 1000hp. We wanted to make the car look as close to stock as possible, so building that hood scoop (which was a metal bookshelf in its former life) broke our hearts just a little. We scrounged parts and materials for that thing from all over. Its been a fun project.
    http://www.jonkaaseracingengines.com/

    Make one heck of a Q-Ship/SLEEPER....

    that is if the exhaust note does not give you away....
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    Am really curious as to the chassis work you had to perform to get all that hp to the ground effectively… it must have been well thought out and extensive….

    Saw the bars and front engine plate in the engine room… what else..??


    From my own experience years ago having a warmed over daily driven (Mid 11 second) Buick GS455…it was nothing compared to your beast….

    But would still twist the chassis on launch… like a flexi flyer

    You are into the Nine's.... a whole different world...
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    I'd say that we probably have spent more time in setting up our rear end than anything else. The suspension is a place where a lot of amateurs like us overlook. The Ranchero stock rear suspension is four link, so we just modified it. We dropped the connection points and fabbed up adjustable links. We beefed the living daylights out of the housing dumped some serious money into the shocks. All the mounts are beefed up, trying me bullet proof as best we can. This was absolute key in getting the car to hook up off the line.

    Because it's so heavy, nitrous is a must to propel that beast down the track. But hitting the juice full on just shakes the tires like nobody's business. So we got our hands on a nitrous stage control flimflam. That box lets us adjust how much (in %) of the total hit of nitrous is right off the line, then ramp it up to a full on 300 hit of the stuff. For example, we've found that that engine LOVES the 300 shot, but nothing more than 75% of it off the line, depending on what the track can handle. Then we ramp it up over the next half second or so to 100%. Keeps the rear end planted and the tires from spinning.

    Add to that changing the "pills" in the ignition box. That gives us the ability to change the rev limiter, shift rpm, launch rpm, etc., all depending on the track and conditions.

    It's a lot of all them fancy doohickies working together and making some sweet music. Plus, we don't wash it. That dirt is in very strategic places that help to break the hold of the encapsulated vortexes that slow down your average drag car...or something.

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    Any construction pics that you could share with us...??

    of course leaving out the TOP SECRET ones...
    we would not want to risk national security...

    Nine seconds... is VERY RESPECTABLE....
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    Well, we didn't take many pictures, but here's me using the foot pedal like a thigh master finishing up the roll cage under the dash. I'll see if I can find some more. We have some gopro videos though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
    Well, we didn't take many pictures, but here's me using the foot pedal like a thigh master finishing up the roll cage under the dash. I'll see if I can find some more. We have some gopro videos though.
    I always get more out of the "In Progress" pics and video than the finished presentation stuff... is there a youtube channel..??
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