£300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

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£300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by Shred » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:12 pm

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Basically it's a 1979 Bedford HA Van with a race tuned Vauxhall Calibra engine.

Hope you enjoy the video.

This is what a normal Bedford HA looks like.
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He once took it to the USA and raced it against Mustangs etc.
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by JDDJR » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:28 pm



love the video....thanks.....
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by Shred » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:36 am

You're welcome, glad you like it.
I used to see Bedford vans a lot when I was a kid.

My favourite was the CF, it was a lot like the GMC van in the A Team, but that HA, it's ace.
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by nolaxride » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:51 am

Love it. My question is why a turbo instead of a supercharger.

And notice it's all mechanical, no electronics.
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by Shred » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:07 pm

Think it's because Calibra engines are turbocharged.
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by nolaxride » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:15 pm

Shred wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:07 pm
Think it's because Calibra engines are turbocharged.
And I'm suggesting that supercharging them is a better way to go.
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by Shred » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:42 am

Would that require a bonnet hump ?
The whole point of sleepers is they look nondescript.

This is a Ford Transit sleeper with a Jaguar XJ220 engine in the back.


And this is Guy Martin's Volvo:

Ok Guy Martin's car has alloys and a visible roll cage, and it's lowered, so it's not necessarily a true sleeper.
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by nolaxride » Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:39 am

Shred wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:42 am
Would that require a bonnet hump ?
The whole point of sleepers is they look nondescript.

This is a Ford Transit sleeper with a Jaguar XJ220 engine in the back.


And this is Guy Martin's Volvo:

Ok Guy Martin's car has alloys and a visible roll cage, and it's lowered, so it's not necessarily a true sleeper.
I have a '98 Buick Regal GS. I've upgraded the supercharger and chipped it when I rebuilt the engine at 575,000 miles. It was stock at 240 hp. Dyno'd at 410. That's what I'd call a sleeper.
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by Shred » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:35 pm

No bonnet hump ?
Looks stock but isn't ?
Yeah that's a sleeper :)
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Re: £300 van converted into 150mph drag racer

Post by nolaxride » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:47 pm

Shred wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:35 pm
No bonnet hump ?
Looks stock but isn't ?
Yeah that's a sleeper :)
Nope. Looks completely stock. And the minor dents and chips from 500k miles are still there. The only sign that it's a sleeper is the exhaust rumble...
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