(continued from page 69) ...assembly work. The blower is a Dyer Street Charger 6-71 which uses a three inch competion drive system. The unit is under driven 13% for the street. For racing . Bill either runs 1:1 or overdrives 15%. The carbs are 600 cfm Holleys with electric chokes. Hardin boat headers are used with Powertone mufflers.
The rear suspension uses modified Corvette lower control arms with Koni coil over fully adjustable racing shocks. Four inch axle tubes are used to handle the cars 600 hp. The weight distribution is 40/60 so it is easy to lift the front wheels off the pavement.
The space formerly occupied by the stock engine now houses an ATL Super Cell 22 Gallon fuel cell. It is a dual tank with twin Holley fuel pumps and AC filters. The stock radiator is supplemented by a Mid Engineering electric fan kit. One thermostatically controlled fan comes on at 190, the other at 205. Water pipes are copper for durability.
All the bodywork and painting was done by Mike McCloud of Mikes Signs in Lansing MI. Mike molded in the Motion Performance ZL-1 Corvette flares and the Dekon rear spoiler, and he also did the lettering. The wheels and tires are Appliance fine spoke wires on Goodyear GT Radials.
A complete array of Auto Meter gauges, along with a Whistler Radar Eye, is mounted on top of the dashboard. The shifter is a Hurst dual gate used with a Hurst Shotgun convertor and a Hurst transmission cooler. The Recaro seats are the epitome of comfort and support.
The mid engine 442 is a thrill and a half to drive. It seems rather ordinary because everything works just like a new Cutlass, but one look at the wall of gauges in front of you and the polished blower in the rear view mirror and you know this is no ordinary 442. If you need a further reminder, just press down on the throttle and feel that sudden kick in your pants. Still , the car is very tractable. Its is easy and comfortable to drive, it doesn't overheat in traffic, and it cruises effortlessly on the open road , The machine is as good a road car as a stock 442, yet it is the ultimate attention getter. It is a treat for the senses, a real pulse pounder, a car that cant be driven without a mile wide smile. It is everything the ultimate street machine should be, which is why the staff of HOT ROD Magazine selected Bill Porterfield's '78 Olds 442 as HOT ROD's Street Machine of the Year.
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