Beyond SICK Part 2 – Tom Bailey – ’69 Camaro
With RPM “in tune” exclusively with Tom Bailey’s new Sick Seconds 2.0 engine build, last month we shocked readers with the goals of the new car along with spilling the all-billet motivation that will be in place to help meet those goals. This month we are going to take a look at some of the internals that will be needed to keep 4000-plus horsepower in its proper place.
“When Steve and I spoke about what we wanted to do we knew that it was going to need a clean sheet of paper,” Bailey reiterated when asked about the engine internals. “Everything we have learned over the last few years with Sick 1.0 wasn’t going to be enough to get Sick 2.0 were we wanted to be. So we spent some time with a number of key suppliers and spoke to them very candidly about our expectations. After they stopped laughing, they helped us come up with what they thought it would take to make this a reality.”
What Bailey and Morris are trying to do isn’t all that different than other Pro Mod teams out there… except that after a race they want to drive this thing 300-plus miles! “We’re taking it beyond the max,”continued Bailey. “And we’re taking a build that would normally take years and packing it into months.” Obviously, with a build of this magnitude, every part has to be examined very closely, and when, like Bailey and his team, you’re breaking new ground with things that have never been done before, everything has to be analyzed, reanalyzed, and then analyzed again. Read more of this article. Just click on the digital feature below this introduction.
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