So we’ve been off our normal schedule with Project Violent Valiant updates and consider this our effort to get back on the horse and keep you apprised of the developments of this awesome build. Kevin Tully at Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle in Illinois has been busting his hump on the car between the roll cage and chassis work he has done so far. Today we’re going to look at the front suspension which will be helping this gnarly little A-Body turn corners harder than anyone expects it to!
Utilizing his own skills and design acumen to come up with the exact configuration he wanted to use and then employing components from RideTech, this little car should really be something else on both the road course and the cone course once it is complete. In talking with Kevin, if he can keep on his own personal schedule, he’d like to see the car on the ground and burning tires by the end of July. We’d like to see that as well! This work on the front suspension is a big step in that direction and Kevin also told us that the engine is moving ever closer toward fire up time. If you remember correctly, the engine is a 500+ ci aluminum block Chrysler wedge engine. OOGA BOOGA! But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s take a look at the progress that Kevin has made and why he’s doing what he is doing with the Valiant!
We should also note that this front suspension wasn’t just something that Kevin woke up from a dream and sketched out one morning. The whole thing is computer designed using some neat CAD software that is specifically intended for use in the creation of road racing suspensions. By using this software, Kevin can get optimal performance out of the car and he knows that if he does his fabrication end of the job correctly, a good working car is the payoff. Now, the beauty of this is that you can be the best CAD guy in the world and design some really trick stuff but unless you can actually make it come to life, you’ve got a whole bunch of nothing. Like they say, the proof is in the pudding. In this case the proof will be in the skidpad!