Car of the Month - June, 2006
1997 Ford Probe - owned by Chuck Woloch
The car of the month this month belongs to Chuck Woloch (gearhead1011) of Shephardsville, Ky. It’s a Sonic Blue 1997 Ford Probe body on a custom built chromoly chassis built by Chuck using a Tim McAmis tubing kit and blueprints. Construction on the Probe started back in the summer of 2000 and after almost 5 years of work, the first pass on the car was made in April of 2005.
Chuck did all the fabrication on this car from notching the tubing to TIG welding it all together then right down the line to the interior sheet metal work, body work, custom building the headers and fitting the lexan windows. The car has a fiberglass front end built by Glasstek Fiberglass.
The car has Strange struts in the front with Strange double adjustable coil-overs in the back. The 4-link rear is held in place with a wishbone locater and an anti-roll bar. Strange disc brakes on all four corners handle the stopping. The rear end is a fabricated and braced 9" Ford with a Strange aluminum case, billet aluminum pinion support, billet yoke and 40 spline gun-drilled axles and spool with a Richmond 5.43 pro gear. Wheels are Weld Alumi-Stars with Mickey Thompson 32’x16”x15” tires.
Horsepower for this beast comes from a 370 cubic inch Ford Windsor SVO block, Ross pistons, Jet Titanium rods on a Scat billet crank. The camshaft is a Comp Cams roller with Comp lifters and Scorpion roller rockers. Cylinder heads are Motorsports aluminum castings with titanium valves and Comp H11 springs. The Roush intake is topped with an 850 cfm Holley carb.
This is the unusual part of Chuck’s car. The transmission is a Liberty 5 speed with 3.16 low gear and a Liberty billet shifter. You don’t see many of these in the bracket type racing. Chuck has been using a Hays/Ram clutch assembly but is soon going to switch to a McLeod slintered iron disk setup.
Chuck’s Probe weighs in at 2218lbs race ready. Best pass in the 1/8 mile is 5.488 @ 125.62 MPH with a best 60' time of 1.207.
Chuck has a 13 year old son that has picked up at least one of his bad habits. He has been racing Jr. dragster for the last 4 years. His current car is a '99 LJ chassis chromoly car and like all Jr’s it has a modified Briggs & Stratton 5 hp (based) power plant. His best pass so far is 9.48 and just under 70 mph. Chuck says the boy complains that this isn’t quick enough…I wonder where he has heard that before?
Nice car Chuck. We wish you the best this season!
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