BEYOND SICK PART 3 – Tom Bailey – ’69 Camaro
So here we are, month three of Tom Bailey’s wild Sick Seconds 2.0 4,000- plus horsepower street/ strip engine build.
This month we are going to cover fuel and spark and what it will take to run this thing on the street and strip with as little fuss as possible. But before we get to that, a quick update is in order.
“What started as a Dec 11th date on the block is now a Feb date,” explained Bailey. “We had some changes to the design and needed some answers to a few other questions that held it up. So I’m hoping by the time you read this, we will have the block in hand. Also, until we have the lifter sleeves with the block, Crower can’t wrap up the custom lifters, so a bit of domino effect there.”
Those insane CFE water-jacketed cylinder heads that we showed off last month in RPM are coming along, but working on the side of caution, the team felt that some minor mods were required as a safety measure for street driving. Tom continued, “We have the cylinder heads, but are worried about enough water flowing through them for street driving, so Steve (Morris) is making some modifications for additional water flow.”
“The crank and connecting rods are in process and due very soon. Everything else we either have or is on track. So as you can see, we’ve had a few things spiral, but hey, that is to be expected in the world of one-off racing engines. As a backup though, we are piecing together an alcohol version of Sick 1.0’s engine. Luckily we have enough spare parts that it is actually only taking a few items to make it complete. So when we first run Sick 2.0 it will most likely run with a cast setup instead of the billet one.”… Read more of this article. Just click on the digital feature below this introduction.
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