Started on July 27 by dennisg

1934 Vintage Race Cars { once it was a post office jeep}


A 1930’s style racer made from a post office jeep. It had to have a 4 cylinder engine older than 1934 to compete[race] with model A based cars so I used an Allis Chalmers engine. I have had several kinds of engines in it since then. It is fully street legal and is run in dry weather .

Latest updates
Nov. 03
2018 upgrade

I upgrade this car annually. This year I changed its rear suspension to coil springs …

Aug. 12
quick release steering wheel

At a car show, seeing its steering wheeel stowed on the side of the car, …

Aug. 12
outside shift

Reaching under the steering wheel was inconvenient, so as the engine and transmission were out, …

Aug. 12
I'm learning

The downdraft carb leaked fuel and the lowest cylinder hydrolocked. So this time I used …

Aug. 12
updraft zenith

As the burst cylinder was due to hydrolocking, I played it safe using an updraft …

Aug. 12
burst cylinder

I did not know engines did such things but here is a picture of its …

Feb. 11
water under the bridge

Last summer, after 7 years, I finally had the bugs worked out, or so I …

Jan. 04
in summary

It finally works well, but it took some time getting there. After finishing it, I …

Aug. 24
changed the wheels

I recently changed from 16” 1935 ford wire wheels to 15” stamped steel disk wheels. …

April 30
needs better brakes

Badly needs stronger brakes. I will be adding disk brakes to my 56 ford front …

Jan. 03
its first paint (I disliked it as it was good only at sunset)

I first painted this car in a paint which was dazzling at sunset, but which …

Dec. 13
water-methanol injection

I’m going to put a fog nozzle above the carburetor throat and feed it a …

Dec. 11

I have always run a turbo muffler on #58. Had to have a heat shield …

Dec. 04
better front view

the color is better in this photo ( the front axle is wider but this …

Dec. 04
pulls its own trailer to racetrack

Seen at the Cottage Grove race track, it pulls a small teardrop trailer with extra …

March 25
good power

it has good power so I made a teardrop trailer and a trailer hitch. No …

March 16
instruments update

I went to an Innovate wideband oxygen fuel to air meter. Now I can rejet …

March 16
hatch shut

Just to show that you can cut an opening into a fiberglass body and the …

March 16
carb access

It has no hood so I cut in a hatch over its carburetor (so I …

May 29
aluminum dash

I have been monitoring exhaust gas temperature and exhaust gas oxygen. I liked them giving …

May 29
airflow control

this shows a hinged deflector in its chin air intake. A wooden dowel supports a …

April 15
second annual spring rebuild

Its fuel cell was too small, 5 gallons was not enough gasoline..I would run out …

Feb. 24
what it began as

this was what it started as so you can see how much it changed

July 02
right side updated

note the dangerous steering shaft is now gone. It runs on high profile Chinese truck …

July 02
left side revision

After it’s 100 mile teardown and rebuild, It has -new steering [rack and pinion] -new …

March 17
100 mile rebuild

After driving it i decided some changes were needed: 1. different ring & pinion [as …

Oct. 02
traction masters 2

I made them from a Toyota panhard bar and a idler arm rod[for the rod …

Oct. 02
traction masters

Light cars with limber rear leaf springs must have a linkage to stop wheel hop …

July 30

This shows the frame just after I made it 2 feet longer. Now there is …

July 29
central steering

A single passenger car steers from its center. I use chain and sprockets to move …

July 29
making steering wheel

Showing the construction of a steering wheel from wood and a circular saw blade.

July 28
tall engine

As you can see the engine’s size dominates the Jeep frame which had to be …

July 28
be comfortable

Running a car like this is best described as violent, so a comfy boat seat …

July 28

its sprintcar body ancestry shows here, but it began life as a post office jeep. …

July 28
#58 side

the ford wheels make it look really old. The odd aircleaner is a Ford pickup …

July 28
#58 interior 1

Quickly removable [release button seen at top center of its hub ] steering wheel made …

July 28
#58 front

that is two halves of a Lincoln Continental grille bolted together and turned on its …

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