It would be cool to do a Retro Brian Chachuas rally scheme. [
I wish I could find it for Norra, I don’t even know where this jeep is, it was for sale on Craigslist some years ago in Louisiana, or Alabama, somewhere down there.
Very cool, my dad raced that jeep with Eric Heiden and his brother Mark way back when. I have a lot of great memories of this old jeep.
The motor we had in that Jeep was a Louis Unser built 401 and it's hard to describe how much power it had. I always described it like having an endless gas pedal. The more you pushed on it somehow it just had more pedal and more power. Of course the suspension in those days didn't allow full use of it as much as these days..I love the look of the Jeep. It should be racing again, and if anybody is suited to do it, it's Dennis Chencharick, and his son Dustin. There had been some discussion of selling the Jeep at the end of a NORRA event, where they would split driving with the new owner, but it didn't materialize. The plan was to fully restore the Jeep to race status, then deliver it at the race.
Dennis Chencharick has been building and racing Jeeps( and my Blazer) for years, from the woods of Pennsylvania, to the short tracks of the Midwest, the Nevada desert, and Baja. He is an engine builder by trade. He has a knack for building good reliable horsepower, and is quite familiar with AMC's. A fresh 390 or a 401 would be a blast in a NORRA run.
Bad ASS!!!The wheelbase is longer than most jeeps as it was originally that Jeepster #403 and we put a Scrambler body on it which also has a 103-104" wheelbase. The seats were mounted low enough to keep our heads off cage..mostly. Most jeep cages have a high dorky looking front cage hoop. What gave it the cool long look was the low front cage hoop and long straight down bars in the back. I kinda went for the same lower wider rather than taller dorky look on my Cherokee pre-runner project..View attachment 185279