Street Machine - - Fast Femmes -

TIM Sul­li­van’s crusty-look­ing farm ute turned plenty of heads at Drag Chal­lenge 2018, with the heav­ily patina-laden com­mer­cial pack­ing plenty of snot at the rear tyres cour­tesy of a tur­bocharged big-block Chev. But the Tas­ma­nian didn’t just drag the ute out of a pad­dock and turn up to Drag Chal­lenge on a whim.

“It was an old bloke’s tip bus and my dad told me about it,” Tim said. “I al­ready had the chas­sis and driveline ready to go, and was go­ing to put an­other truck body on it, but I thought: ‘Bug­ger it, I want to get it on the road as soon as pos­si­ble.’”

The 454ci Mark IV big-block has a solidroller cam and Dart heads, but most peo­ple were talk­ing about the re­cent ad­di­tion in the back. The ute was orig­i­nally set up to run through a sin­gle four-bar­rel carby, but Tim made the change to EFI with an Edel­brock in­take man­i­fold, and mounted a Pro Boost bil­let S480 snail in the tray when he added the HJ ute body.

The turbo pushes up to 11psi into the big­inch Chev, which is con­trolled by a Mi­crosquirt ECU and hasn’t even seen any dyno time. “The com­puter cost me $650 and it is pretty ba­sic, but it is all I need,” Tim said. “I had it all en­gi­neered aspi­rated and de­cided to change it be­cause I was in­ter­ested in tur­bos.”

The combo is backed by a trans­braked TH400 three-speed auto, 3500rpm con­verter, and a nine-inch pack­ing a True­trac LSD and 3.25 gears.

The ute ran on 98RON pump gas on the road and E85 at the track, and Tim had no trou­bles on the DC road legs: “She’s comfy-as on the road, so that’s no wor­ries,” he said. “We came up from south­ern Tassie, so we had a 300km road trip just to turn up to the boat!”

The ute was no slouch on the strip ei­ther, run­ning in the high nines con­sis­tently, with a best of [email protected] at Swan Hill on Day Four. Tim fin­ished the week 25th in Hal­tech Ra­dial Blown.

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