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Vehicle Feature: El Caballo Del Diablo

Having won its fifth NORRA Mexican 1000 in the Pioneer Class in the events eight year history,  the Evil Mariachi team led by Boyd Jaynes and Brian Godfrey became the winningest team in the history of NORRA.  To celebrate their accomplishment, we took ‘El Caballo Del Diablo’ (the devil’s horse) as they call it out of its stable to break it down in our latest vehicle feature.  We couldn’t ask for a better truck that symbolizes what NORRA is all about.

El Caballo Del Diablo is a ’68 Ford Bronco.  Part of the Pioneer Class, its engine, suspension and main components remain stock.  Few basic modifications have been made to endure the +1,200 miles of punishment thru the Baja peninsula.  Besides the fiberglass hood, the body and chassis remain the same as the first day Boyd bought the vehicle.  Only the tube frame was added to ride in a safe compartment.

At its front end we can see Rigid Industries lights all over the truck.  Four R-46 7-inch LED lights with red covers tuck inside the front bumper and this year they added a 40″ LED bar to have an extra punch during the night.  33×12.50 R15 General Tire Grabber MT tires stand out as the horseshoes of the vehicle.

The engine bay remains mostly unmodified to stay within the Pioneer Class with a few reinforcements to make sure the 351 Cleveland engine remain cool and running strong.  The MSD ignition, PSC Motorsports power steering pump and a thick CBR Performance Products aluminum radiator are the biggest improvements worth mentioning, all lit with the A-series LED Rigid Industries lights.

 

Its suspension has the same treatment as the engine – no modifications just a few reinforcements with PAC Racing Springs coil springs and Fox 2.0 remote reservoir shocks with ECS2 external coolers.  Mastercraft limit straps keep everything in position.  The brakes are by Wilwood Disk Brakes and the GT Grabbers are strapped by black coated VNA69 Ansen-Sprint American Racing wheels to keep the elegant-vintage overall look.

The MEX 1K plate stands out at the rear end of the horse.  Jaynes removed the dual gas tank and added a Jaz Products fuel cell with 35 gallon capacity. Currie Enterprises was in charge of the rear and front differentials.  The spare tire with fast straps and oil cooler are some of the rear add-ons as well.

Enjoy all the photography.  Photos like these push us to bring back the wallpaper section of RDC back online.  Congratulations again to Boyd Jaynes, Brian Godfrey and the whole Devil’s Mariachi team on the Pioneer Class win this past Mexican 1000.  See you next year, Caballo Del Diablo.

SPECS:

Owner: Boyd Jaynes
Builder: RDM offroad and Gerald King
Top speed: +90 mph
Weight: 4,700 race ready
Wheelbase: 92.0″
Wiring: Gerald King @ Finishline Racing
Engine: Ford 351 Cleveland
Cooling: CBR performance products
Exhaust: Sanders Headers
Transmission: Culhane Ford C4
Torque converter: TCS
Brakes: Wilwood brakes
Fuel cell: Jaz Products 35 gallon capacity.
Tires: 33×12.50R15 General Grabber MT
Wheels: Ansen American Racing wheels
Suspension: Fox 2-in smooth-body remote-reservoir shocks with ECS2 external coolers
Steering: Howe Performance
Lights: Rigid Industries
Navigation: Lowrance
Communication: PCI Race Radios
Seats: Mastercraft 3G
Accessories: Wild Horses fiberglass hood
Rear End: Currie Enterprises

 

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