Gordon Tronson’s Double Trouble Ford Model T 1200HP, Four Superchargers sittin’ on Twin V8s
For a select group of custom car builders, there’s no such thing as too much power. As long as the final product can move on its own without killing the driver in an A-bomb sized fireball, then she’s good to go. Such cars are all about the challenge of building and engineering — like this homebuilt roadster from a New Zealand madman with one Ford body, two V-8, four superchargers and 1,200 horses barely contained by the frame.
Tronson once raced Funny Car dragsters, and has said the idea for the car he calls the Double Trouble came to him out of the blue. Built over six months with nothing fancier than welding equipment and bent metal, Tronson acquired two Ford 4.6-liter modular V-8 racing engines, and stacked two B&M superchargers atop a custom intake over each engine. Those tie into a Ford 3-speed via a self-designed bell housing, and the rest of the car — from its Corvette brakes to Jaguar rear-end and fiberglass body of a ’27 Ford — has a similar stirring of off-the-shelf parts with Tronson-built adaptations.
From Yahoo Autos.
Visit his DOUBLE TROUBLE website to see and learn more about this massive hot rod.
1927 Model T Roadster “DOUBLE TROUBLE”
Totally built from scratch with just an idea, no drawings or models. One of a kind.
Chassis: Custom-built 1.5-inch tube. All tube bending by owner i.e. manual. Powdered coated gray.
Body: Fiberglass 1927 Model T painted Candy Apple Blue.
Independent front suspension: Unequal A-arms, coil over shocks, fabricated by owner.
Steering Box: Off road sand rail type rack and pinion.
Front Disk Brakes and Spindles: 90s Corvette.
Rear End: Jaguar, with inboard disc brakes.
Under floor brake and booster with 2lb residual valve front and back.
Mickey Thompson tires with Billet Specialties wheels 15×14 rear and 15×7 front.
Very cool steering wheel by CON2R, column shift.
Gas Tank: Custom made, rides in rear above rear end, Pro Comp electric fuel pump.
Engines: All aluminum Ford 4.6L modular V8s, DOHC, 32 valves, Custom made supercharger manifolds with B&M Teflon superchargers and Holley blower 4150 double pumper carburetors, with shotgun air cleaners. Approx 1000HP
Ignition: Pro Com CD system, distributors are new magnetic pick/up type 1939 Ford flathead V8s replicas, custom made adaptors on back of blocks driving through the valve cover connecting to the overhead cam shaft on each motor via slotted end.
One starter motor per engine, which start both engines together.
Radiator: Custom made by Griffin Thermal Products. Built with two lower outlets and two upper inlets around 7gls, one 16-inch electric fan.
Driveline: Gates 90mm by 14mm pitch Poly Chain GT Carbon via steelsprockets and a custom machined 2inch spline shaft driving a 3spd Ford C5 automatic transmission. Custom built bell housing. Think of a triangle. Machine work by Micar Fab Las Vegas.
Custom hand made windshield frame. Other custom made parts by owner include exhaust system, headlight posts, dashboard, pluming pipes, seat frame and door panels. All welding, engineering, wiring, pretty much entire construction by owner.
The Owner/builder is Gordon Tronson of Las Vegas, Nevada. He was originally a Hot Rodder from Napier, New Zealand.
One of Gordon’s first creations was a Lamborghini Countach replica fabricated entirely by hand.