Ohio Speed Shops: Chuck Fitch explains how to buy an engine package

Ohio Speed Shops: Chuck Fitch explains how to buy an engine package

By Ben Mozart: Chuck Fitch has played a pivotal role for over thirty years in the supply of engines and transmissions—often custom packages with an emphasis on completeness—and recently expanded his options by opening a new venture: Ohio Speed Shops. Fitch’s competitive advantage has always been his personal touch:”I always try to talk to my customers about their best options rather than ‘here is what’s available’. We discuss how the engine should be dressed: carbureted or fuel injection. We also inquire as to how the power package will be used. Most of the time the answer he receives is Street use with the occasional visit to the track, which generally narrows the practical choices to a couple of options. But this advice is important as the wrong choice has rarely a pleasant outcome. Often an incorrect camshaft specification results in the engine “loading-up”, making the vehicle a misery to drive. Says Fitch, “Most of us have experienced wrong choices; clearly, they are best avoided.” Interestingly, there’s an engine dyno tuning, testing and break-in service option. Again, Chuck Fitch, “We prep the engines and prime them with oil. It leads to a smoother engine installation and eliminates the inconvenience of the installer running about looking for extra parts.” This service costs $650 and $900 depending upon the type of engine and its configuration. If you have a special request, call or email Chuck at Ohio Speed Shops. And for car builders and some engine builders they provide unique sourcing of GM OE and Chevrolet performance parts.   Source: Ohio Speed Shops 536 Wyoming Ave, Niles, Ohio 44446 330-349-4930 ChuckFitch@OhioSpeedShops.com...
Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated

Never trust an unbiased printer. By Martha Maglone We read with dismay a report in the latest issue of Drag Racing Scene announcing the passing of Dave McClelland. How could this be? Dave was in fine fettle a few evenings ago when we last spoke, and a man in better spirits we could not imagine. Of course death has always been unequivocal, that is until Mark Twain issued his hilarious rebuttal “Reports of my death…” What happened was that the magazine’s esteemed editorial director, Todd Silvey, had submitted his materials for Volume 2 Issue 3 to his printer. But the printer had confused Todd’s Obituaries with his Honors columns, which is where Dave should have featured! Todd joked, “Dave may not take my calls anymore!” Happily the legendary voice of motor sports retains a strong appetite for life. The erratic Topolino McClelland, who has been announcing at drags strips for 57 years, was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on June 29 in Daytona Beach. An equally interesting part of his life has been his own pursuit of drag racing in his Fiat Topolino (little mouse), but not always without anxiety. The car could be woefully erratic, steering to the left or right without warning. But McClelland survived the unpredictable perils without calamity and much of the car’s later agility came from the skills of chassis and suspension specialist Roger Lamb. “The principal trouble with Dave’s Topolino was caused by bump steer, says Lamb. In common with many short wheelbase race cars of the last century with larger displacement engines installed, the steering geometry often no...
Blower Basics: What you need to know about supercharging.

Blower Basics: What you need to know about supercharging.

The most direct means to enhance engine performance is to introduce more mixture into the cylinders–and supercharging is the most effective way. Forcing fuel and air into the cylinders with a pump or supercharger increases the volumetric efficiency dramatically, by as much as 50 percent compared to normally aspirated engines. –Ron Ceridono Click here to read the full story, compliments of Classic...
Garlits talks tire shake…

Garlits talks tire shake…

with Prudhomme and Austin Coil By Sam Logan: “In my heyday, to deliver the perfect drag racing run we raced a very fine line,” asserts Don Garlits. “If you had the exact right size tire for the weight of the vehicle and the clutch set exactly right for the horsepower of the vehicle and a track surface compatible with the combination, you could make a perfect run. But if the tire is too big it will shake. If the tire is too small it will spin. If the clutch is set too tight, it can shake. If the clutch is set too loose, it will over-rev the engine. If engine power is excessive it will spin the tires. If engine power is insufficient it will shake the tires. If the vehicle is too light it will spin the tires. If it is too heavy it will shake the tires.” If you are looking for a reliable, roomy, and cheap-to-run medium-size sedan, perhaps you’re thinking about the honda accord tires, which are perfect for every buyer. What if you had a little more wheel speed than ground speed? “A tiny bit of tire spin used to be okay. In my day we had access to 3,500 to 4,000hp but today if you go out and spin the tires you lose the race. Back then it was okay to see a little puff of blue at about 300 or 400ft because you knew the clutch had locked up and that little bit of blue told you the tires had caught up with you and you were now one-to-one. On this formula,...
Ian Tocher on the catastrophic events of his last race meet

Ian Tocher on the catastrophic events of his last race meet

By Martha Maglone:   The abruptness of Ronnie Davis’ crash and subsequent death will live with Ian Tocher forever. Tocher, the most delightful of men, has survived horrendous injuries, but happily, his appetite for life remains undiminished. The noted scribe and photographer for the acclaimed magazine Drag Illustrated says, “It was ironic that of the 150 racecars at Rockingham that weekend, the one I wrote press releases for is the one that hits me!” Davis, 66, was an experienced race driver, a five-time IHRA and reigning PDRA Top Sportsman champion, who would normally have qualified among the top runners. But that weekend in April he had not yet qualified because his 1963 Corvette was not running up to potential and, not surprisingly, it was on his last qualifying run that the catastrophic accident occurred. “The car shook immediately, meaning Ronnie’s run was likely ruined in the first 60ft,” Ian says. “But he tried to salvage it, which turned out to be a fatal error for him and catastrophic for me.” Clearly it was more than an unfortunate accident and remains mysterious for several reasons. “It was a perfect storm,” recalls Ian, “everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.” When the car crossed the one-eighth mile under full power it didn’t appear to slow, according to observers. If the throttle had jammed you might have expected the ignition to be switched off, yet it seemed to remain under full power until it crashed. Also, activating the parachutes is a proven practice that stabilizes the car but they weren’t deployed either. Was he incapacitated in some way on that fatal...
Welcome to ididit’s Car Show & Open House

Welcome to ididit’s Car Show & Open House

The 2016 ididit Car Show & Open House will be held on Saturday, October 1st and it’s gonna be big! Pre-register by September 23rd or register the day of the show (registration closes at noon.) Ididit will have loads in store this year to help celebrate their 30th Anniversary:  a special Michigan vendor area with some of the best names in the industry, from Classic Instruments to Woodward Fab and many more! The crew from Masters Entertainment will be on location shooting an episode of the “Dustless Blasting Car Show” which will air on MAVTV & REV’N networks. Plus the State of Michigan’s shop local campaign “Buy Nearby” is holding their yearly weekend celebration with great deals at some of our unique downtown Tecumseh shops. And once again the Lenawee Humane Society will be raffling off a custom golf cart and will announce the winner at the car show (during the ididit Awards Presentation.) You can purchase your raffle tickets in ididit’s showroom or at the Lenawee Humane Society. Tickets are $5 each, 5 for $20, and 15 for $40. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Lenawee Humane Society. While you’re there, be sure to tour the charming little town of Tecumseh. Indulge in shopping, antiquing, dining, and whatever else tickles your fancy. For further information and directions contact: ididit LLC Tecumseh, Michigan (517) 424-0577...