The $3 Dyno Test

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Is Vic Edel­brock Sr. ( right) elated by the rear-wheel horse­power pro­duced by Ford’s brand-new Thun­der­bird, or are he and em­ployee Mur­ray Jensen just feel­ing sheep­ish about stag­ing a se­ries of April 1955 pho­tos for Tech­ni­cal Ed­i­tor Racer Brown with­out turn­ing any tires? We’ll likely never know, since all three are long gone.

An­other en­dur­ing mys­tery is why the trio went to such trou­ble to set up a dyno-test­ing scene—re­al­is­tic right down to heavy junk in the trunk (an anvil and crank­shaft)—that we can’t find in HOT ROD or any other Petersen Pub­lish­ing Co. monthly.

Nor have we seen this par­tic­u­lar car in print. His­to­rian Greg

Sharp, the NHRA Mo­tor­sports Mu­seum’s cu­ra­tor, be­lieves it to be the per­sonal T-bird that Vic bought new and drove on the street. It briefly served as a fancy test mule for de­vel­op­ing Y-block speed parts. Af­ter an­other long­time em­ployee, Don Towle, blew the stock slush­box at Sau­gus (Cal­i­for­nia) Drag Strip, the car was parked, tarped, and even­tu­ally sold.

Can­cer would claim the Edel­brock Equip­ment Co. founder at 49, in 1962. His 26-year-old son, Vic Jr., took over and grew the firm into an in­dus­try gi­ant prior to his own death last June at age 80.

Racer Brown/Petersen Pub­lish­ing Co. Ar­chive

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