As I write this I am on my way to the first official life experience I will have with drag racing on dirt. I am pretty excited and I have been trying to read up on as much stuff as I possibly can about the sport and how stuff in it works. One of the things I have found is that the “barriers to entry” are pretty low. There are parts of the country that don’t have much (or any) scene for the sport but those areas that do seem to have an environment where budget fun is the name of the game. Hell, take this Jeep for example. You could be in this thing and racing it next weekend for $10,000.
Packing a 468ci big block Chevy engine, a PowerGlide, and a Dana 44 rear axle the thing runs the 300ft sand drag course in a little over 4-seconds and according to the ad on RacingJunk it goes straight. The Jeep is also listed as a “hill shooter” which we think means that it’ll run at awesome sand hill climb events.
It does not seem like you could build something like this for $10,000. The motor has good stuff in it like a forged crank and a solid roller camshaft. Combine that with the body, the chassis, the tires, and the rest of the stuff and you’ve definitely got more than $10G sitting here.
If you live in a part of the country where sand drags happen, where sand dunes exist, and where you can have paddle tire fun, this Jeep seems like the jams for sure.