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....Harvey Itzaina's G/Gas Lakester Construction

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I was looking for a new project to build after I finished my fat fendered pickup and I remembered a project I had started over 40 years ago. It was a 350cc AJS (motorcycle) that I had raced in the SoCal desert. My family was growing so I decided to retire from racing. One of my friends I had been riding with, Danny Macias, who had a 350 Triumph told me he was going to modify it for a run at Bonneville. He decided to build a dyno, so I gave him a hand with that. I then decided to set the AJS up and go to the salt flats with him. My bike made a good run on the dyno but never made it to Bonneville. Danny brought back the gas and the fuel record for the 350cc class.

We (my wife and I) finally made it to Speed Week '04 as spectators to see if I would like to build a LSR car. We came back and ordered the tubing for the lakester now under construction.

I want to thank my friends for their support:

Bob Henderson------------------Saturn engine and many Saturn parts

Stu Cohen-------------------------8" Ford Differential

Jim Rotta--------------------------Ford spindles

Cheers, Harv


.................................................--- Construction Pages ---

Page 1: Early Construction

Page 2: Frame Pictures

Page 3: Frontend Pieces (hub and steering)

Page 4: Wheels, Steering & Cage

Page 5: Motor Part I

Page 6: Transmission Adapter & Cockpit

Page 7: More Transmission Work

Page 8: The Body Part I (02 13 06)

Page 9: The Body Part II (04 01 06)

Page 10: Start of Rear Frame (05 19 06) and more (07 09 06

Page 11: It's a Roller!!! 4 Link and Panhard Detail (09 10 06)

Page 12: Shift Linkage, Motor Mount, Seat Belts and Throttle Bodies (10 25 06)

Page 13: Headers -- Intake -- Latch -- More (03 06 07)

Page 14: Work on the Rear of the Car (09 23 07)

Page 15: Scatter Shield, Fuel, Exh. and Elect. (10 24 07)

Page 16: Fuel, Drive Shaft Loop & Ignition (11 14 07)

Page 17: Mostly Electrical (12 30 07)

Page 18: Chute Pull and other Misc. (02 13 08)

Page 19: Canopy & Motor Runs (05 01 08)

Page 20: Motor Runs Some More (06 25 08)

Page 21: The Body!!!! (12-24-08)


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The Chevy pickup was my dad's. I started to just paint it and then one thing led to another. It took 11 years to finish. The cab, hood, doors, tail gate, and grill are stock. Every thing else has been modified a little. It has a Jag rearend. The front end consists of home built A-arms and crossmember with Nova spindles.

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The pick up is a 400 sbc with AFR 195 heads and Comp cam's 1.6 Magnum rockers. I put in a blue printed 327/350 Crane cam, and did the blue printing and assembly. The balancing and machine work was done locally. It has TRW pistons and 10.6 to 1 c.r. It has a lot of torque! The trans. is a 350. It has a/c, pbs, ps and not much traction. It 's a ball to drive! I did all the work except for the upholstery, glasswork and engine machine work and balance.

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The headers on the Chevrolet are home made and equal length. The shock towers were the reason the #1 and #2 cross over the other 1 3/4 tubes. The headers are gas welded and Jet coated. All the brackets are 6061T6 and are home made.

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