The Road to Nitro, week 7, The Boss is Back!
So I am going back to work on Aug 21st after my burn accident. No, I am not the Boss, I am just a regular worker but the statement “The Boss is Back” is just a tease so you will read on. The statement has meaning!
I haven’t been able to do much except to dream because even though I have been feeling pretty good lately I did not want to work on stuff while on workman’s comp and have to explain to them why if I got hurt.
I did get to go and watch Bryan run his AA/FA and that was allot of fun. Winner, Winner! Yes, Bryan won the Pepsi Nightfire nationals at Boise which is a huge event for fuel altereds. And he won his first Wally! That was a real accomplishment and he now is the car to beat in AA/FA!
After next Monday it is back to square one on the “Road to Nitro”. There have been some updates since the last installment and the weeks have grown into months but I will keep on as if it is only week 7.
Since the last time we talked you know that the Hall Bros roadster was funded from the 39 Merc fund and this will be a true Hall Bros looking roadster. Cliff went back and picked up the new car and he, Bryan and Billy got it in the garage and ripped and tore. I watched as Lisa took video. You have probably already seen it if you are on this page. It is now cut down to 118” wheelbase and just needs the new front end parts welded on.
Just to give you a little history about the Hall Bros original race team we were always Ford guys. I started thinking about all the engines that we have raced and we have raced almost all of them. Dad (Ray) raced a Y-block 292 and a Hi-rise 427. Mark raced a 351C and 427s. Russ raced 427s and still has a Mach 1 with a 351W that he races! Lee raced small blocks and 351C. Cliff has raced Windsor’s, Windsor strokers and still racing big block 460 strokers. Even Bryan, Rickey, Shantel and Kelley raced a Ford.
So I started thinking about it and it just doesn’t make any sense to run anything but a Ford even though I got off the reservation for a bit when I ran blown BBC. That was mainly because there was just not that much aftermarket Ford stuff back when I switched to blown. But things have changed.
I forgot to mention that I had a Boss 302 car when I was a kid and I also raced it. Boy was that a learning experience. I built it like it was going to run 10,000 rpm but only had valve springs to go about 7,000 which by the way is when those really start to move. It was fun and I have always liked the Boss 302 and Boss 429 Mustangs.
And now on to the big news. The statement the “Boss is Back” has meaning! Remember when I talked about all the Ford engines the Hall Bros have run well there is one we never did so here it is!
The Hall Bros. are going to run a Boss 429 on Nitro!
That’s right, there are plenty of aftermarket Boss 429 parts out there and they now make solid aluminum race Boss 429 blocks with replaceable sleeves. And there are also solid race Boss 429 Heads!
This will probably be the only Fuel Altered with a Boss 429 so that will be fun to interact with all the Ford fans. Lisa and I had allot of time to talk about it while we were on Bryan’s western swing and we are both excited about it!
And as a (AA/FA) AA Fuel Altered it really needs to have a name, and the name will be…..
I really like the looks of the Boss 429 and I will be putting 429 below the Boss in ghost letters so I can’t wait to see how that turns out.
It will not be as cheap as running a Chrysler but after adding up all the parts it is real comparable in price so the tribute to my Dad and the Hall Bros race team will be worth every penny. I can’t thank Les Stripe enough for the tremendous amount of help he has given me to get to this point. I still have to sell off all of the old race parts to fund this and Les says he has a garage full of goodies we can sell. I can’t wait, this will be fun!
I will keep you updated on the build as it goes along with some shorter blogs. I came up with a great idea for a Fuel Injector today when I was looking at some Boss 429s and it will be different than all injectors out there! I will keep that news for another blog so stay tuned! It will knock your socks off!
The Boss is back Baby!