View Full Version : hypothetical wheelstander?

09-10-2004, 03:22 PM
the discussion about the corvair powerglide transaxle got me to thinking (just for fun): what would it take to build a wild wheelstanding van? not just a launcher but a spark-flying full on 1/4 mile-er? my thought was that with the p/g transaxle, you could mount the engine way in the back.
but what about the front suspension? and lack of steering?

aka Trebor
09-10-2004, 04:03 PM
They use an independant rear brake lever to guide the thing down the track.
Good story about learning the technique of wheelstanding: http://www.zooommm.com/news_articles/PR_hell_082002_nasa.htm

09-10-2004, 10:22 PM
In Feb. i was at Don Garlits Drag Museum in fla., 1st thing u saw commin in the door was the Little Red Wagon.....or the last one anyway, he {Maveric} crashed 8 of em.He my not of even used a trans but one thing i did notice, he didnt use any rear suspension, rear end bolted to frame solid.

09-11-2004, 08:22 PM
I remember an Early from about '77 or so, in the magazines, that had a rear-mounted 455 Olds Tornado engine/transaxle built to W-30 specs. Had the front floor filled in and a bench seat, the engine was under the bed section, disguised. Radiator was up front with auxillary fans. No wheelie bars, it was said to drag the back bumper. Probably didn't handle too well in the rain, either.

09-11-2004, 09:19 PM
I have that article here somewhere or one like it.
there is a link in the photo gallery under 1968 to the wheelstander club lots of pics etc.