While Chad and I have been traversing the country like maniacs, Kevin Tully and the boys at Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle have been pounding out the work on a multitude of projects that their customers are eagerly waiting for. They also spent time wrenching on the most fearsome Valiant ever, Project Violent Valiant. In this installment we’ll look at the process used to fit the VFN fiberglass hood, the creation of the motor plate that will anchor the engine into the car, and the killer radiator from C&R that will keep this car cool at cruising speeds, idling speeds, and full throttle angry speeds. Having seen this baby start life as a gutted shell of a Valiant with a few steel tubes in it and watching it progress to where it is today has been fun and it will only get more fun from here because the car is getting nearer and nearer to completion. Don’t get us wrong, there is still a bunch of work to do, but you can look at the machine now and just flat out know that it is going to be a really unique killer on the autocross and road course.
Because we have three distinct different things happening in this update, we’re going to bust it into three sections which will be the creatively named: Hood, Motor plate, and Radiator sections. If you cannot follow that logic, please stop eating those lead paint chips. We know they taste good but they really are not helping your situation…at all.
The motor plate is an integral piece of the build, both literally and figuratively. In the literal sense, it is what will hold the engine in the car and keep everything straight and true up front. Going with the plate instead of typical motor mounts was a no brainer for Kevin because the plate ties the front end together, providing more rigidity and stiffness as well as freeing up tons of room for headers and stuff that traditional motor mounts would get in the way of and complicate. On the “bonus” level, there’s the fact that it looks kick ass and whenever someone looks under the hood and sees a motor plate they know that you means serious business. Every element of this car so far has been serious business so why should we stop now, right?
Hood fitment, pins, and laying out the hole for the injector stacks:
HRCC called up VFN on this build for a hood. Kevin wanted to do a pinned on, lift-off style piece because it would better fit the whole look. It also eliminated the weight of the hinges and all that other stuff as well but getting it right is not without challenge. Kevin is a measure 7,432x and cut one kind of guy so when you look at his process for making sure the hood fits, pay attention…it works. In this installment you’ll also see the AAR-style scoop that will be added to the hood by VFN. Interesting note here. If you are going to use a VFN hood and add a scoop you have two options. Have a local guy do the work for you OR you can send the whole works back to VFN and they will graft the scoop on right there. We didn’t know that until Kevin told us and we thought it was pretty awesome that they provided such a service.
If there is one thing we know about the Violent Valiant it is that the car will see the rigors of the open highway, the autocross, the drag strip, and also road course action. It will be driven (likely hard) in sweltering conditions, and it will all be motorvated by a 500+ci Chrysler Wedge engine that will certainly be capable of throwing off some heat. So what does one do? Just suck it up and expect the thing to pee a little coolant when sitting in hot traffic? Hell no. You build a gnarly cooling system to make sure that the engine will stay in the operating temp range no matter the ambient air temperature outside. How do you do that? You start with a killer radiator from the renowned C&R Racing. These guys supply the radiators for nearly every single NASCAR team and HRCC uses them exclusively in their builds, especially cars like this. The reason is simple and it is because the company has proven out their products and technology on the race track and then made them available for guys on the street. It is also because they have amazing tech people and processes that insure the radiator you get is the one you need.