While Randy Adler holds his own in NMCA VP Racing Fuels Xtreme Pro Mod, he’s always looking for ways to become even more competitive.
So recently, he and his brother and A-Team Speed Shop partner, Rob Adler, went over their Tim McAmis-built and 1957 Bel Air-bodied car with a fine-tooth comb, came up with a plan and put it in action.
“Our car is heavy and not very aerodynamic, so the first thing we did was ask ourselves if we should build a new car or work with this car,” said Adler. “We decided to work with this car because it’s cool, you don’t see many of them and we like it. So, we started making changes last November to get the car to where we feel we need it to be to run with these guys.”
They began by freshening their 521 cubic-inch Hemi engine and replacing its previous heads with a new set of Noonan heads. They also swapped head gaskets and picked up a little compression before putting their PSI screw blower back on top.
“The Noonan heads are phenomenal, flow more than our previous heads and are easy to work on,” said Adler. “The thought that went into making them is amazing, and on top of that, Noonan is usually at every race, so they’ll be there if we need them.”
To complement the changes to the engine combination, Adler, who had been using a Lenco Drive, moved to a Coan Turbo 400 and a Coan lock-up converter.
“Even though our previous stuff was old, we were still able to qualify in the top half of the field, but now that we have the new stuff, maybe we can qualify even better and be one of the cool kids while we’re at it,” said Adler.
Because the car sometimes goes into tire shake at the hit, Adler often inspects the Tim McAmis fabricated rear-end housing that he leans on, and this time around, after discovering some stress cracks, he replaced it with a new Tim McAmis fabricated rear-end housing.
“We’ve never had stress cracks, but we’ve also never run the car as hard as we have been,” said Adler. “Tim McAmis told us we’re definitely pushing the envelope.”
While Adler was at it, he swapped the car’s previous wheelie bars with new wheelie bars.
“We had been using chrome moly wheelie bars, and we upgraded to a set of carbon fiber wheelie bars,” said Adler. “I’m a little late on our house payment now, but it’s worth it because I have a good set of wheelie bars.”
Now, Adler and the rest of his A-Team Speed Shop crew, including his brother, Rob Adler, and Brian Robbins, are preparing for open throttle, off the charts racing at the 17th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem, March 7-10 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida.
“My brother is the conservative ‘Let’s give the car a tune that will get it from A to B’ guy, and Brian is the ‘Let’s turn it up and go’ guy, so it’s always interesting,” said Adler. “I do have high expectations for this year. I think we can hang with the best out there and it’s going to be awesome to try to hit all the races, especially with my wife and kids traveling with me this year, and of course my mother, who has been there since day one.”
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