Five Car Stud

A quintet of nasty 409-powered hot rods for your reading pleasure

Doug Marion Jan 5, 2012 0 Comment(s)
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Steve Moyer's "Wully Bully I" 452ci '62

10.17 @ 132 mph

Highlights: Moyer is son-in-law to Wully Bully originator, Carl Bucks. He and wife Michele assisted her dad in campaigning this '62 18 years ago. Then they purchased it from Bucks in 2005 and have proceeded to make it even quicker. A 20-year Chevy veteran, Moyer's past Bow Ties include a '62 Impala SS 409, '72 Chevelle, and a wild '83 V-8 S-10 pickup.

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Engine: 452ci built at Pete's Automotive, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. #583 factory iron heads with a Walden/Rojeski 2x4 intake. Two Edelbrock 750-cfm AFB carbs. Two Holley blue electric fuel pumps. Crane camshaft and rocker arms. MSD ignition. Stahl headers. Factory oil pan.

Driveline: G-Force five-speed transmission, Long shifter, and McLeod clutch. Dana 60 rearend with 4.88:1 ratio. Lakewood 90-10 shocks (front), QA1 shocks (rear). Wilwood front disc brakes, Strange Engineering rear disc brakes. Moroso front tires on 3.5x15 Billet Specialties wheels and Goodyear 30x10.5x15 slicks on 10x15 Billet Specialties rollers.

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Personal: Age 39. Moyer family plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning business. In 1995, car earned 971 points and a gold certificate at the Late Great Chevy Club convention. Also in '95 it won Frank Spittle's 30th Anniversary Super Stock Reunion competition at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Carl Bucks' "Wully Bully II" 474 '62

9.60 @ 140 mph

Highlights: Pennsylvania bubbletop sport coupe was a basket case headed to the crusher before Bucks saved it (literally). Bodywork by Total Performance. This is a culmination of 47 years as a Chevy enthusiast and racer.

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Engine: 474ci W-motor by Pete's Automotive, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Machine work by Doug Meyers. Factory #690 cast-iron heads and Dave Hughes sheetmetal intake. Two Barry Grant Demon 750 carbs and Barry Grant fuel system. Comp Cams camshaft and rocker arms. MSD ignition. Self-made headers. Stef's oil pan.

Driveline: G-Force five-speed transmission, Long shifter, and McLeod clutch. Self-made four-link traction bars. QA1 shock absorbers. Wilwood disc brakes. 7.10-15s on Bogart 4x15s (front) and 31x14x15 slicks on Bogart 12x15s (rear). 9-inch rearend with 5.13:1 ratio.

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Personal: Age 63. Railroad engineer. First time at drags: 1960, age 13. Owned first car in 1963. Owned many 1955-57s plus a '59 305hp 348 Impala and '62 409 Impala SS. For 2011, Bucks will campaign a '62 altered-wheelbase, alcohol-injected, 409-powered Chevy II. Member of Eastern Pennsylvania Late Great Chevys Club.

Ray Lehberger's White 482 '62

10.14 @ 131 mph

Highlights: This New Jersey native's first car was a '61 409 Impala. He bought his current Bel Air sport coupe as a street machine roller in '94. Then Ray got the nostalgia drag-racing bug, and the rest is history. Credit help and assistance from Carl Bucks.

Engine: 482ci W-motor. Built at Pete's Automotive, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Bob Walla aluminum heads and Dave Hughes sheetmetal intake. Two Barry Grant Demon 750 carbs with Barry Grant fuel system. Comp Cams camshaft. Scorpion rocker arms. MSD ignition. Stahl headers. Stef's oil pan.

Driveline: G-Force five-speed transmission, Long shifter, and McLeod clutch. Olds/Pontiac rear by A&D Auto, Jackson, New Jersey, with 4.88:1 ratio. Wilwood front disc brakes and Strange Engineering rear discs. QA1 shock absorbers. 7.60-15 front tires on 4x15 Bogart wheels and 30x10.5x15 slicks on 9x15 Bogart wheels.

Personal: An automotive mechanic specialist. Member: Middle Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Association (MANDRA). Father and grandfather were also car guys. He and his 25-year-old stepson, Brad, both have "409" tattoos on their left forearms. Ray also has one of his '62 Bel Air on his right forearm.

Bill Horvat's "Code Red" 482 '62

9.97 @ 139 mph

Highlights: A long-time high-tech mechanical engineer by trade. "Code Red" has a new engine combo with 9.70 potential. Car is a tribute to all Americans who lost their lives on 9-11-01. Body lettering by Schererville, Indiana's Jody Clark.

Engine: 482ci W-motor by Lamar Walden Automotive. Comp Cams camshaft. LWA intake manifold with two Holley 930-cfm Dominator carbs. MSD 7AL ignition box. Whiz-Bang Chassis 2.25-inch-diameter headers. Barry Grant fuel system. Be Cool radiator. Said to produce 1,100 hp and rev to 9,400 rpm.

Current Driveline: Powerglide by A-Team, Tinley Park, Illinois. A 6,000-rpm stall torque converter. Cheetah shifter. TCI cooler. Strange Engineering differential & coilovers. 40-spline axles. 4.88:1 gear ratio. Wilwood disc brakes. Weld Racing Drag 4x15 Lite front wheels with M/T tires. Weld Racing Alumastar 14x15 rear wheels with 14x32 M/T slicks.

Personal: Age 69. A Chevy man since the mid '50s. Raced a white,'60 350hp 348 El Camino called "The Milk Truck" at U.S. 30 when new. Has also owned: '55 Bel Air, '62 380hp 409 SS convertible, 18,000-mile '62 Bel Air two-door sedan, '62 bubbletop 327 with A/C, '64 425hp 409 Biscayne and a '66 427 Corvette. Currently owns a show-quality, 900hp '63 482/409 Bel Air and a stock '60 270hp 283 Corvette.

Wes Wesolowski's "Ragamuffin" 472 '63

11.13 @ 124 mph

Highlights: Originally a one-owner, four-speed car found by friend Jim DeGraff. Riverside Red paint by owner and Jeff Spinks. Lettering by Dawnz Vinyl Graphix & Lettering, Lockport, Illinois. Interior prep by Bobby Kleinaman, Griffith, Indiana. All custom bracket and wiring fabrication by owner. Help from sons Derek and David, son-in-law Gary Grimler, and 409er Bill Horvat.

Engine: 472 W-motor by Van Senus Auto Parts, Hammond, Indiana. Reciprocals assembly by Tom Miksich. Factory #690 iron heads and aluminum intake manifold. Secret 0.700-inch lift cam. Pete Jackson gear drive. Edelbrock AFB carbs. MSD ignition. Hooker headers. Flowmaster mufflers.

Driveline: Chassis work by owner and Donny Miller/DME Race Cars, Schererville, Indiana. QA1 front coilovers. 2-inch dropped spindles. Four-wheel disc brakes. 9-inch rearend with Koni rear shocks, Moser axles, and 4.88:1 gear ratio. Weld Racing 3.5x15 front wheels with M/T Sportsman tires. Weld Racing 10x15 rear wheels with M/T ET Street 13.5x30 tires. Jerico four-speed, Long shifter, and Ram Clutch by Jimmy Pullman at Surge Friction Clutch & Driveshaft Co.

Personal: Age 67. A Midwest veteran 409er back in the '60s and a high-performance Chevy man for over 50 years. Many past 409 show and go winners. '67 Chevelle SS 396 ('68-'69 AHRA Class Record Holder), '80 Super Gas Camaro, '86 Super Comp Camaro. 2010 HR2 Finalist at Fred Totten 348-409 Memorial Shootout. Currently owns a loaded '70 SS396 Chevelle from the Bruce Litton collection.

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