Finishing Project 10: When you your spend money, spend it wisely

When you spend your money, spend it wisely

Project 10 out of the paint shop (buffed it out myself) and ready for the track.


From the start Project 10 has been about "building a competitive bracket car on a budget" (originally it was "10-seconds for 10 grand"). Don't confuse that with building a cheap competitive bracket car, OK? I don't think, in these times of such tight competition, a "cheap bracket car" can be competitive on a regular basis in the S/Pro and PRO brackets. Maybe somewhere, but not where I race, in my opinion.


It has been a few months since the last update on our "Project 10" Firebird. We have only been out four or five times this year but so far I am very happy with the results. I would guess that I have the least expensive car in the S/Pro brackets (most of the time) and probably the slowest car in both S/Pro and PRO most of the time. That does not mean it isn't competitive. I have been in the S/Pro finals once, semis twice so far and got to the finals twice in PRO The car has been extraordinary and the driver (me) has been average on the bottom to slightly above on the top bulb. Still getting a handle on the finish line at only 98 mph in the 1/8th and 122 in the quarter, running against 170+ mph cars is a tad difficult. I am getting better and look forward to next weekend at Brainerd's two-day bracket race.


The when you spend your money, spend it wisely theme is carried out through the "Project 10" Firebird. Here are the parts we focused on that I knew would create the slow but consistent bracket car I wanted.


You cannot, in my opinion, build a junk yard engine and expect to win against $50,000 cars.


Engine: This was my "parts list" on the 415" Chevy that so far has 193 runs on it. Only part we changed was a timing chain that had a piece of the link break off (we were lucky and found it on the drain plug magnet before anything happened.