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Vintage FUNCO SSII Racecar Being Restored for General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000

Posted in News on March 13, 2015
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When the flag drops at the 2015 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, there will be many very cool restored racers. One of them will be this 1970 Funco SSII.

Originally a 90-inch wheelbase car and then later stretched to 100, the Funco was originally owned and driven by Bob Maynard of BMR Racing. Maynard, who bought Torsten Hallman Racing and turned it into THOR, campaigned the car with none other than Bryce Whelchel as co driver. The second owner was Tom Haliburda, who drove it in the early 80’s, and last raced the car at Barstow in 1994 and then stored in the rafters at Haliburda Racing where it sat until just recently.

This is how the can looked when driven by Tom Haliburda in the Mint 400.

New owner Jim Hodge, who was one the last owners of Sandmaster, is having the Funco SSII restored to racing condition by Retro Racing with plans to enter it in the 2015 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. Off Road Warehouse is also involved with the build, as are employee’s Conrad, Erin and “Baja” Mike.

Bob Giese Race Engines is rebuilding the original 2276ci engine using Brothers Machine heads, Mahle 94mm pistons, a WEB cam, a Zenith 42 mm carb and a Bosch 009 with Compufire internals to provide the spark. The K&N equipped dual filter housing is also original to the car. All told, the engine will produce a healthy 109hp @6500rpm.

At 3-inches longer and 3 inches wider than stock, the Lazer innovation rear arms that are not what was used on the car in its earliest incarnation, but they work a lot better than the stock units did.

Some other back in the day pieces being used are the KC HiLItes lights and Bilstein monotube shocks while items like the General tires mounted on Method wheels and PRP harnesses are modern items that help make the Funco more up to date safety-wise. Also not seen in the early 70’s are the TI Design spindles and arms (2-inch wider than stock) and the Lazer Innovation rear arms that are 3-inches longer and 3 inches wider.

Hodge isn’t sure what his plans are for the car after the 1000, but the hope is to run the car at various events.

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