1 2 3 4
aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 6:56 a.m.

The beginning of the PACC build is located here, the amount of work and ideas utilized by Andrew and family are simply awesome. Take an hour and see why PACC are on another level.


As it raced at $2010


Chassis and suspension purchased from PACC racing over winter, picked up during a wonderful ice storm.

 photo 61828858-49C9-4B75-9348-49710F4270A8_zps6j2v2lj3.jpg

 photo 527DB301-1DFE-4966-BDCE-B8CBAA785F08_zpski9nylcs.jpg

 photo 36A98011-66FD-4FF0-A10F-24DC5E48C216_zpsrow6ugon.jpg

 photo B0CE3AB7-6330-4A71-BEF0-0E2F91A6E5E2_zpswfcrbntz.jpg

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 6:58 a.m.

The Motorvation for this project is the GRM freebee, as used by us in the S10 several years ago, however we needed to find Spread Port heads due to the Nelson headers, no way was I changing those

 photo 4AFEB37A-5BA8-43A7-8FF7-DB652BA3A4DE_zpsbuqmwred.jpg

 photo 20140820_134333_zps2ft6mc3r.jpg

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 7:01 a.m.

I finally located some suitable heads on eBay, the owner and I talked back and forth and I convinced him to trade the Dart heads straight for the Brodix, then he offered more..

 photo 1203_zps5060d2a6.jpeg

The guy (Mike) then assisted with some porting and matching before buttoning up the engine, he even showed up at the Challenge.

Picked up a 9" pumpkin with Track Lok and 4.10 gears for $75.00, also a TH400 allegedly built with 3500 stall and shift kit for $300. Both from Craigslist sellers

 photo 20140928_161604_zps9b6b4f44.jpg

Having been bitten before I was not sure how these would work out

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 7:05 a.m.

A month before the Challenge we realised it was only a month before the Challenge.

Paint started

 photo 1163_zps7c5002c9.jpeg

These rims were on a Stag I had which was free, they fit the front nicely

 photo 20140928_161537_zps66d9bbae.jpg

Located the set of Western Bullets on Craigslist, 2 x 8.5, 2 x 10" perfect for the rear

 photo 20141002_121848_zpsb94809aa.jpg

Clean up and paint

 photo 20141013_174137_zps65c0e9c1.jpg

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 7:07 a.m.

More Nelson artwork

 photo 20140928_161711_zpsea89fe5e.jpg

and the body gets a lot of attention

 photo 20140926_163521_zps2f02e80d.jpg

 photo 20140928_161700_zpsd309f243.jpg

a paint scheme is chosen, with tribute to Sir Jack Brabham

 photo 3760671123_062948d694_z_zpsd1064a15.jpg

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 7:10 a.m.

 photo 20141002_121856_zps3fb0e132.jpg

 photo 20141003_144952_zps9cd9b6bf.jpg

 photo 20141003_145001_zpsccdd86fa.jpg

 photo 20141003_144538_zpsabfed728.jpg

 photo 20141007_211229_zps0c133887.jpg

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 7:12 a.m.

 photo 20141007_211156_zps312ffc38.jpg

 photo 20141008_141710_zps645f92f5.jpg

 photo 20141012_121043_zpse37097a9.jpg

 photo 20141012_154651_zps9c9220d0.jpg

 photo 20141012_154824_zpsc4fd7f2f.jpg

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 7:16 a.m.

 photo 20141013_174012_zps0ed81331.jpg

We beefed up the front sway bar mounts, built delrin bushings for the bar, added 700lb springs which along with wider front tires was about it to improve the autocross suspension.

We found 4 x Kumho V710s on eBay for $250, then sold the 2 we didn't need for $250, nice..

We have the first pair of Hoosier R7s mounted to a private car, they were made on Monday and mounted on Wednesday. Mickey Thompson 10.5 x 28 drag tires were sourced.

The thrash to get it done went on until the autocross had already commenced

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 7:20 a.m.

Vince gets full credit for the build, I worked, he wrenched, he put this MGB together, it was challenging trying to sort through the Nelson jigsaw puzzle without a picture on the box to compare it to.

Custom touches include unique and clever throttle linkage, heel well, the 3 link rear, the amount of original sheetmetal retained in keeping with the rules. Just to name a few.

mazdeuce UberDork
10/27/14 7:23 a.m.

You guys are amazing. I think the Aussie compound does something to warp space time. You always seem to accomplish way more than seems reasonable in the time you have.

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 12:07 p.m.

Thank You, but the amazing work was done by the Nelson family long before we picked up the chassis. We are still finding new things on this car that are brilliant.

SilverFleet UltraDork
10/27/14 4:44 p.m.

And the award for Scariest Car in Challenge History goes to...

Seriously, I cannot believe you guys tamed this beast. Hats off to you guys for keeping it clean!

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 6:34 p.m.

The few photos I have at the Challenge

 photo 20141023_190359_zps26176d5f.jpg

 photo 20141024_144100_zpsba2fd806.jpg

 photo 20141024_141418_zps5c8eae14.jpg

 photo 20141024_141523_zpsdc36da37.jpg

and we drove it back onto the trailer

 photo 20141026_202638_zps49f59d3e.jpg

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/27/14 9:27 p.m.

With thanks to Bruce


aussiesmg MegaDork
10/28/14 10:52 a.m.

Here is the Grassroots Go Pro filming the 3rd trip down the 1/4, we had just replaced the sway bar and autocross springs, it was worse before with no sway bar and longer softer springs. The 1st run was the wild one.

No spray used yet


dculberson UberDork
10/28/14 11:16 a.m.

That's the less wild run? Yikes.

edizzle89 Reader
10/28/14 11:49 a.m.

i usually get bored watching in car videos of drag racing but damn... that thing took you for a ride! impressive car control to say the least!

mazdeuce UberDork
10/28/14 12:11 p.m.

I watched it three times just for the noise.

2002maniac HalfDork
10/28/14 12:20 p.m.

What's the estimated power this engine's putting down?

Mad_Ratel Reader
10/28/14 12:25 p.m.

was it twisting the chassis on launch?

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/28/14 2:22 p.m.
Mad_Ratel wrote: was it twisting the chassis on launch?

No it was all suspension movement

NOHOME SuperDork
10/28/14 7:25 p.m.

Just spend an hour going over the original build! I still cant wrap my head around what the vision was, only that there is an infinite amount of neat fabrication features.

So, why the wild ride this year? Suspension should have been well enough located with the way it was built.

aussiesmg MegaDork
10/30/14 7:54 a.m.

It was all our fault, two major problems we know of now.

  1. Panhard was not reset to level when we raised rear to fit drag tires. D'oh

  2. Corner weights were off by 200lb cross weights, easily fixed if we had only known.

We pedaled it every run, it could have done more

aussiesmg MegaDork
11/4/14 2:47 p.m.

Thanks for the pic highjack GRM

 photo MGBV8_zpsa5731bdf.jpg


mazdeuce UberDork
11/4/14 3:28 p.m.

Is that just engine torque twisting the whole car or is there something fundamental to the setup that is causing that? I'm aware that setting up suspension on a drag car can be hard, but I honestly don't know how one goes about it.

1 2 3 4
Our Preferred Partners