You may have suffered chassis damage to your race car in the process of traveling to and from the events as I have. I first tried conventional methods of suspending the engine load with such items as wood supports or an inflatable bladder, but found that they only transfer the bounce into the flexible wood floor.
I have since developed a more stable method to support my Vintage Cackle Car and solved the problem. It is a universal A Frame that bolts to the trailer floor above the strongest section of the trailer main frame on each side. The section across the top supports pulleys that guide the lifting cable from a 2500 lb. winch. The 12 V. electric winch. can easily lift the engine from the chassis, however, only enough lifting force is needed to support the engine weight and prevent the chassis from destroying itself throughout the trip.
A short length of chain is secured to the engine through special lifting hooks which are bolted to the water openings on the 57 Chrysler heads. I say special hooks because, when they are not in use suspending the engine, they are mounts for electric gauges that show my on-board battery voltage.
In my short video I mention that our bolt together A Frame is Universal because it can be assembled for use around the shop to pull the engine from the chassis and reinstalled into the trailer when it’s time to travel. It is sold with an adjustable hand crank load leveler to level the engine during installation.
Most of us are aware that a race car can be damaged in the process of traveling to and from the events, more so than it goes through after it’s unloaded at the event. After having suffered chassis damage in the trailer with my own car, I decided to fabricate a stable method to support my Vintage Cackle Car and came up with an A Frame bolted to the trailer floor above the strongest section of it’s main frame on each side. The section across the top supports pulleys that guide the lifting cable that originates from a 2500 lb 12 V. elect. Winch that can lift the engine right out of the chassis if need be, however, we only need to apply enough lifting force to stabilize the the load and keep the engine weight from working the chassis and suspension throughout the trip.
Notice that we have the chain secured to the engine through special lifting hooks that are bolted to the water in passage ways on the 57 Chrysler heads. And I say special hooks because, when they are not in use suspending the engine, they are mounts for our electric gauges.
Watch my short video and I’ll show you how you can avoid these unnecessary expenses by using my bolt together Universal A Frame.