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Old 03-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #1
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Default One very quick 54 Corvette

In the April issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines there was a picture from 1968 of Jim Elliot's 6 cylinder 54 doing 107 in the low 13's for the 1/4 mile. Anyone know of a quicker 6 cylinder, either a Chevy or GMC? While I enjoy my 54 I see it as a cruiser and not at all like some of the fuelies that I've had in the past. Elliot's number give me new found respect for that Stovebolt 6. Bill
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In the April issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines there was a picture from 1968 of Jim Elliot's 6 cylinder 54 doing 107 in the low 13's for the 1/4 mile. Anyone know of a quicker 6 cylinder, either a Chevy or GMC? While I enjoy my 54 I see it as a cruiser and not at all like some of the fuelies that I've had in the past. Elliot's number give me new found respect for that Stovebolt 6. Bill
I'd like to learn more about it! Sounds like a screamer!
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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My '54 ran 11.97 @117 mph and won E/MP at the NHRA Summer Nationals in '67 running a 301 GMC 6. It held nine National NHRA records in E/F/G/H Modified Production. It was, at that time, given the distinction of being the World's Fastest 6 Cylinder Corvette.

I was contacted by the Registrar of the '53-'55 cars earlier this year and he indicated that, according to his data, it is the only '54 (as well as '53 & '55 cars) to hold a National record sanctioned by either NHRA or SCCA.

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Old 03-21-2011, 05:31 PM   #4
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Dick Bertalucci in Sacramento CA had or has a dragster running the old GM 6cyl that ran in the 7 second range, he also had a few big block Corvette's. He did it just to be different, everybody was going fast with the V8's.
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My '54 ran 11.97 @117 mph and won E/MP at the NHRA Summer Nationals in '67 running a 301 GMC 6. It held nine National NHRA records in E/F/G/H Modified Production. It was, at that time, given the distinction of being the World's Fastest 6 Cylinder Corvette.

I was contacted by the Registrar of the '53-'55 cars earlier this year and he indicated that, according to his data, it is the only '54 (as well as '53 & '55 cars) to hold a National record sanctioned by either NHRA or SCCA.
Ok, that is just awesome! Have you done a full feature of your car here on the forum with all the history and technical data? If not, you should! And if you have, some please post a link asap!!!

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Ok, that is just awesome! Have you done a full feature of your car here on the forum with all the history and technical data? If not, you should! And if you have, some please post a link asap!!!
The car was featured in a SACC publication and in a limited section of Sports Car Market. It was on display at the National Corvette Museum for sixteen months (2009-2010). Some of our forum members saw it there. If you would like some of the pics and history, email me and I will be happy to provide the info.

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Old 03-21-2011, 06:30 PM   #7
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My friend ran 10.88's in his Ford with a modified 6 cylinder.
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A Ford really?
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Back in the 70's Bruce Sizemore had his Ford Six powered Pinto in the 9's. It ran I/Gas. NHRA.
I had my Maverick H/MP in the 10.80's. in 73....

Check this out..Ford six VS 427 Camaro...Chevy has no chance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epuw26k--hs

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Old 03-21-2011, 10:33 PM   #10
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Buick Grand National.. lots of FAST 6 cylinders..
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:26 AM   #11
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Now that's another hot GM powerplant!
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:34 AM   #12
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I think I remember reading that a 1954 Corvette in 1954 all original from the Plant in St. Louis top speed was about 106 mph tops.
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The car was featured in a SACC publication and in a limited section of Sports Car Market. It was on display at the National Corvette Museum for sixteen months (2009-2010). Some of our forum members saw it there. If you would like some of the pics and history, email me and I will be happy to provide the info.
I'd really like to learn more about it. if you could email me jay (at) c3-r.com
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Some pics from the "day" circa '67.

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Never saw an early 'Vette look so tough. The missing grille teeth say "GRRRR!"

What are the front wheels, Halibrands?
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Never saw an early 'Vette look so tough. The missing grille teeth say "GRRRR!"

What are the front wheels, Halibrands?
To be a National Class Recordholder, this car wasn't your Dad's Sunday driver. Shift points were at 9.300 rpm. Three to four engines a season. The owner's son, Sam Britt, who drove the car, said that the car vibrated so violently, that at the end of the quarter it felt like "your teeth would fall out and your whole body would go numb".

American Racing. The front wheels still have the Firestone "Drag 500" lettered on the tire. They are in really tough shape but I tubed them. No way you can find them today.

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Shift points were at 9.300 rpm. Three to four engines a season.
Lawdhavemercy, that's a lot. Did that 6 banger have only 4 main bearings?

Jim
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Back in the 70's Bruce Sizemore had his Ford Six powered Pinto in the 9's. It ran I/Gas. NHRA.
I had my Maverick H/MP in the 10.80's. in 73....

Check this out..Ford six VS 427 Camaro...Chevy has no chance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epuw26k--hs
Blasphemer!
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Blasphemer!
Nahhh. Just multi-cultural. Spent the first part of my life working for FOMOCO. The second part of my life GM. Place in my heart for both.

A good friend of mine (Pat Henneberry) used to run H/MP with a Camaro and Chev. six. His car had a great name....SIX FIEND.
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Lawdhavemercy, that's a lot. Did that 6 banger have only 4 main bearings?

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Seven mains, Jim. This was the "tall deck" I-6, 292 cid. The blocks were displaced to 301 on this car; hence, the car number.
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