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1,000 hp “Ford” powered by Mopar 318

by David Zatz on

rod-customThis hot rod, which made the cover of Brazil’s Rod & Custom magazine and was featured by LojaStreetCustoms, uses the usual 1930s Ford body, in this case a ’34. It’s even called a Ford. But the car, built by Nene Hot Rod Assembly in Brazil, is powered by a Mopar 318, supercharged and fuel-injected to produce a claimed one thousand horsepower. The beast, named “Drag Rat,” is driven by Cleverson Morais; it was built in just forty days.

Mounted to the Paraná Championship Drag, it has a fiberglass body; the 318 itself was cast in Brazil (which made the engines from 1969 to 81, and is hooked up to a TorqueFlite 727 automatic transmission with a transmission brake. It was originally running 800 horsepower but has been boosted to an even thousand. The engine has Cunningham rods, Edelbrock heads, Crane camshafts, Enderle fuel injection, a Mallory distributor, TRW pistons, a Littlefield 6.71 blower,  and compression ratio of 10:1 (methanol as fuel). Contributor Rogério Ferraresi wrote that the dragster shows that Brazil has world-class drag race building talent. He added, “The 318 is used because, of the V8 engines made in Brazil, it is the most suitable for this type of use. The Simca/Ford motor does not lend itself to this. The Ford Y-Block 272/292 has no preparation resources. The imported Ford 302 (used in Maverick, Galaxie, and Brazilian) is very expensive. The 318 was the only Chrysler V8 engine cast in Brazil. The Rod Authority ‘discovered’ the car and broke the news.”


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