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Race Team                      The Bonneville Land Speed Project

 John Burk is building a Bonneville streamliner. We are hoping to go about 350 MPH and take the A/GS record home to Hainesport, New Jersey. The record currently is 332 MPH.

The car is front wheel drive with the engine well ahead of the front axle resulting in about 90% of the weight on the front wheels.

The drive train is a gasoline burning 497 CI Big Block chevy with fuel injection and a 45 degree tilt to decrease the width of the body. It uses a Doug Nash 5 speed clutchless trans, Casale V-drive, Strange 12 bolt dropout housing in a Chevy Pickup 4 wheel drive front axle.

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offset distributor 12-13

John switched from a Electromotive waste spark system to a conventional MSD ignition requiring the offset distributor.

   

Plumbing dry sump
9-12

Finishing Engine
July 2012

 

G-force trans
3-12

Heil Coil Spark Plug
3-12

Seat Mod
1-12

Chassis painting with POR-15
6-11

Chassis painting with POR-15
6-11

 

Rear wing
 3-2009

 

Rear wing side view - profile
 3-2009
 

Rear wing -
about 7 foot wing span
 3-2009

Chute release
 3-2009

 

   

Windshield - Lexan
 7-2008

 

Inside of canopy showing windshield attachment
7-2008

Canopy & windshield
 7-2008

 

Finished fiberglass tail section 4-2008

 

Applying resin
 4-2008

 

Cutting glass cloth
 4-2008

 

Mold for fiberglass tail section 4-2008

Mold for fiberglass tail section 4-2008

Mold for fiberglass tail section 4-2008

Centering bellhousing on block 11-2007

Checking starter drive engagement 11-2007

 

Nose / Air intake 3-2007

Nose / Air intake 3-2007

Nose / Air intake 3-2007

Nose / Air intake 3-2007

Nose / Air intake 3-2007

Nose / Air intake 3-2007

Fire bottles

Dyno BBC

 

11-06-06
Gussets on chute tubes

11-6-06
Dash mock-up

11-6-06
Tig welding on cage gussets

4-12-06 Right Exhaust thru body & blister

4-12-06 RH Exhaust

4-12-06 LH exhaust thru body

4-12-06 Cooling system 3

4-12-06 Cooling system 2

4-12-06 Cooling system 1

Blisters 1-25-06

Blisters 1-25-06

Blisters 1-25-06
   
Fuel injection

Home made English wheel

11-03-05 front axle area body segment

The jack stand is supporting a tube where the front wheel drive hubs will require blisters.


Wing stabilizers - Recommended by a highly regarded aero space engineer because there was too much biongggg.

Wing stabilizer mount clip.

The stabilizer itself is aero profiled.

   

Body progress
wing/tail
chute scallops
faring on belly pan

9-1-05

Canopy back

9-1-05

 

Faring

9-1-05

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Faring detail

It will almost touch the salt

9-1-05

 

Merge point at the rear of faring. Taken from the ground looking up, shows soild center for strength.

9-1-05

 

Faring bracket front

9-1-05

 

Wing - Tail 2-15-05

Wing - Tail 2-15-05

 

Wing - tail 01/2005

Wing - tail 01/2005

Dzus spacing 01/2005

Left side headers 01/2005

Left side headers 01/2005

Right side headers 01/2005

John around 9-02

Body - canopy 03-04

Speed sensor setup on buick hub 12-03

Body bucks going to the body man

 

More speed sensor

First fit of the side pannels

Chute tubes

 

A shot of the Strange 12 bolt drop out mounted upside down and backwards. It will hold a 2.29 ring & pinion.

 

Mechanical fuel injection manifold. The setup is from racing air planes - adjusts mixture based on altitude. Bonneville is 5000 ft alt but looks like 1000 foot at 300 MPH

 

John Burk Bio

 

NHRA A/Fuel dragster national record holder 1968. This shot is at Island Dragway (then known as Great Meadows, I think)

 

Hot air balloon racing  record holder 1983-86

  Another balloon that John made himself.