Saturday, November 18, 2017

1955 Chevy powered by P51 Mustang V12 engine.

A famous man once said "I have a dream"

Well it turns out we all have a dream.

Question is though : "Do you have the persistence and resilience to chase and catch your dream?"

Here is one man that did, and in the process inspired many of us to dream and invent!

Thank you Mr Hadfield.

Merlin V12 Powered 55 Chevy Documentary.

Perhaps a bit O/T, but if someone can shove a V12 Merlin into a car, it deserves a bit of love and attention, and Australian Rod Hadfield 55 Chevy deserves just that. Rod spent 15 years to build his 1955 Chevy and faced many engineering issues to make his car street legal and at the same time be rated for safety.
Throwing in a 1650 Cubic inch Supercharged V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine that makes 3,000 hp in the 55 Chevy is clearly not your typical engine conversion and had taken a fabricator 5 long years alone just to develop a frame for the car..not to mention another 9 months just to paint it,
The video below shows just how difficult it is to start the engine, it is literally just like starting a plane’s engine. The engine is so huge just look at how far back the driver has to sit, literal a backseat driver. According to the video, the cost of this car is well over $1,000,000.
We have to tip our hat to Hadfield, the engineering that went into this ride is impressive and deserving in its own right.

V12 P51 Mustang Powered 1955 Chevy Start up

Here are some great detailed photo's.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Strip Rebuild and Final Assembly Worksheet

Structural Worksheet.


In Progress

Fibrillation or Indecision.

Worksheet 1

  1. Strip down the entire Rod to bare metal.
  2. Weld all joints and inspect integrity.
  3. Grind and clean up all joints and edges
  4. Fit the rear boot hinges.
  5. Fit the rear 'dog tail'
  6. Fabricate exhaust bracket from engine to frame.
  7. Weld drip feed oiler to rod chassis.
  8. Weld pressure gauge perch to rod chassis.
  9. Mount radio comms box to LHS mudguard.

Monday, April 3, 2017



A short history:
The use of nitrous oxide as a performance enhancement has been used since World War II. Allied aircraft used it for emergency boosts in airspeed and altitude capabilities.

Racers dabbled with nitrous oxide injection from time to time with varied results. It wasn't until the late 1970s when two racers perfected its use. The company Nitrous Oxide Systems (NOS) was born.

In 2001, the summer blockbuster The Fast and the Furious displayed a subculture to which NOS belongs. Serious performance enthusiasts knew about NOS, but now the world would know of the brand and its potent power potential. NOS was also the first automotive performance product to have a consumable food product to use its name and logo - NOS Energy Drink.

Nitrous oxide injection is still the best power per dollar available and NOS is proud to be the pioneering company behind this amazing product that turns bottled nitrogen and oxygen into instant power!



Would there be ANY LOGICAL reason NOT to make this piece of technology standard equipment on this project?

Below is the  kit we have chosen to install.

Single Cylinder Kit for Engines Over 250cc


  • Kit Main Components
  • 2lb Blue Bottle
  • Fuel Pump
  • Single Fogger Nozzle
  • Fuel & Nitrous Solenoids

2 lb Nitrous Bottle Electric Blue Finish with Mini Hi-Flow Valve


  • For Optimum Weight Reduction
  • Distinctive Electric Blue Look
  • DOT-Approved
Click the Logo to Visit the Official Site.

WARNING FOR 03001NOS: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

We have chosen the 'lay down' cylinder setup.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Exhaust System.

This is most probably one of the most controversial items to fabricate on any Rod.
Every man and his dog has there own taste and it varies from.
Quiet and Tame to Loud and Angry!

Here were some options we had

Pipe Straight out the top.

Or out the side with a silencer!

Or just plain straight out baby.

We tried the "Straight out the side" option first and it looked and sounded great.
The first few prototypes had this exhaust fitted.

In the photo below one can see it fitted to the horozontal shaft Type 1 engine

As performance mod's came along it became necessary to drastically improve the exhaust system.
Free flow race pipes seemed the way to go.

Over the internet we used a number of performance tools and came up with this winning combination.

A Hand Fabricated header extractor pipe fitted to two (2) FMF Shorty Power Cores.

Not one, but TWO FMF Power Core 4 stroke Race Exhausts.

These would be later wrapped in carbon fibre tape to help protect and limit heat seepage.

Air Filter Assembly.

The Air Filter assembly needed  to have a Rat-Rod look. 
Not be too big and clumsy,
 and at the same time do it's job - clean the air.

We also wanted it to bolt directly onto the Electric Supercharger as 
 this could save some space.

Back to the mighty EvilBay to find a 66mm filter.

66mm Throat on each side of the Supercharger.

This is what we found!

Dress up your engine with an 4 inch round RPC Chrome air cleaner with paper element. Fits 1 & 2 barrel Carburetors with 2-5/8" Neck. Mounting stud included.

Diameter (in): 4 in.
Material: Aluminium
Finish: Chromed 
Height (in): 2-7/8 in.
Air Cleaner Filter: White paper
Mounting stud Included: Yes