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Mickey Thompson M/T

1975 LUV

 

1975 LUV

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  A 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.

  The only 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 are used 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.

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