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230 inch S&W Pro Series Dragster

230 inch S&W Pro Series Dragster - owned by John Cowan

This 230 inch S&W Pro Series Dragster is another of our member's cars that are featured from time to time. The builder and owner of this car is John Cowan, aka bluesteel on our forum and the car was built in his shop at Maverick Motorsports, in Lumberton, NC. John began his race car fabrication career under the guidance of The Legendary Banjo Matthews in Arden, NC building Sprint Nextel Cup cars in the early 70's. All the fitting/fabrication work on this dragster was done by John. He also did all the welding using his Miller Syncrowave 250 TIG welder.

This dragster was built from an S&W 230" Pro/Series dragster kit with a swing arm rear suspension. The kit was purchased in October of 2007. John did all the fabrication and welding on a twenty foot fixture that he built specifically for this car, and he did it all in his spare time. The car was completed in February, 2009.

John was kind enough to let us see his progress as he started a thread on our board to chronicle the build process so we've been able to follow along and give him some encouraging words along the way. It was also a good way for others to actually see how much work this really is! Here is a link to that thread so you can see for yourself what was done but you better set aside some time to read through it all since its 10 pages long! ;-)

Read Dragster Progress in Forum Link

The dragster is powered by a 522 cubic inch BB Chevy engine featuring an Eagle rotating assembly. Wiseco pistons and Dart 360 heads give it a 14 to 1 compression ratio. An Edlebrock Victor intake and APD 1150 Dominator carb round out the top end. MSD lights a fire in the fuel mix while the PTC converter and PowerGlide transmission transfer that power to the Strange 9" rear end unit with a Moser Thru-bolt case with 4:11 gears. B&M Transmission Fluid Consistency system supplies extra tranny fluid to control heat. The engine is protected with a Moroso 3 quart oil accumulator system.

Electronics include a K&R Pro Kube with their Performance Pro-Stage starting line enhancer. John also uses a Trans-Trigger to release the transbrake.

The quickest pass to date is a 5.001 @ 137 mph with a 1.11 60 ft. time on the APD carb. The engine is undergoing an induction system upgrade to Enderle hat injection with hopes of a quicker E.T.

John races regularly at Fayetteville Motorsports Park in Fayetteville, NC and at the New Dunn-Benson dragstrip in Benson, NC.

We're sure that John will be able to squeeze some mid to upper 4 second runs from this car in the future.

Congratulations John, on a job well done!


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