full complement or RAC instruments measure oil, water and
transmission temperature, oil and fuel pressure, vehicle speed and
engine speed. On the straights in some races, M/T and his son Danny
have had the machine up above 140 MPH.
thing on this truck that was stock was the cab. The front and rear
are highly modified fiberglass parts made by Hank & Barry Bowman
and Tommy Baron. The frame was fabricated at M/T's Advanced
Engineering shop by John House using 2 x 5 x .090-inch mild
steel tubing main rails and 2 x .090-inch chrome-moly
lower tubes. Setup on a 110-inch wheelbase the LUV has a 454-CID
Aluminum Chevrolet engine supplying power to the ground through a
B&M modified Toronado Transmission and a M/T
modified rearend. M/T made his own magnesium castings for the
rearend and installed a set of special cut 3.40:1 gears..
The engine was put
together by Dan Chittenden using a L-88 Crankshaft
and Chevy rods, chevy oil pump, Sig
Erson camshaft, BRC pistons, Norris steel roller rocker arms,
Edelbrock manifold and a 1200-CFM Holley Carb, Delco transistorized
ignition, twin Holley electric fuel pumps and AC spark plugs, air
cleaner and oil filter, Valvoline 20-50 SAE oil.
Ex-drag racer and
chassis builder Nye Frank assisted in development of the front
suspension which permits
11-inches of front suspension travel while limiting camber change to
a maximum of two degrees. Single Hurst/Airheart disc brake calipers
on each drilled front rotor, while pairs are used
at the rear. A-frames are heavily beefed up, and are combos of
reinforced stock and custom-built chrome moly units, and multiple
shocks are used, M/T was experimenting with a variety of shocks, and
has three for each front corner and six for each rear corner, and
rolls on a set of 36-inch M/T Baja King tires.