Saying that age-old adage the devil made me do it is one thing, but to go out and manipulate your own personal demon for fun and profit is another matter. However, in the case of a glass mechanic named Thurman Braxton of Chocowinity, North Carlina, the possession in question is of the 71 Dodge variety, and the power is being used against the Brand X infidels on both street and strip. Indeed, Mr. Braxtons inaugural year A-Body has undergone extensive transformation to dwell in the environment of dual-purpose machinery.
The tales aside, a look at the car shows it is all business. Deciding the 340 engine was indeed more than healthy enough for his plans, Braxton dialed the engine with a .030 overbore and a set of 11.0.1 slugs in the bores. The rest of the bottom-end reciprocating assembly is basically stock, laughing in the face of 7,500 rpm threats. We did not get any info on the bumpstick, other than it is a solid lifter version from Comp Cams (gotta keep some of this stuff secret). Those bumps actuate 2.02 intake/1.60 exhaust valves in the J-style heads; a Holley 750 double-pumper on a single-plane Torker meters in fuel from the JAZ trunk-mounted cell, while Hooker Competition-style headers take care of the remains of the combustion cycle.
The original 340 machine still sports its factory-installed A-833 four-speed crash-box and Thurman rows the gears using a Hurst shifter. Since the car continues to see street duty, the interior was left intact, lightened by a set of fiberglass front buckets and aided by Autometer gauges. The whole chassis has been stiffened and tied together using a six-point cage and repositioned rear frame rails.
The rail job was needed to allow a big Dana 60 rear sporting Strange internals including a 4.56 ring to fit underneath. Despite the ladder bar/coil-over rear suspension, this combination can easily transform the big M/T 32-17.5-15 ET Street tires into asphalt crayons while Weld Wheels support the Demon on all four corners. The result when the pressure is low enough to give a sticky footprint is 11.90s at 112 mph, which is stout for most street cars, let alone a four-speed.
Once the body had been treated to some replacement quarter-panels and a fiberglass hood with a cowl induction-type scoop, it was ready for a final treatment in PPG Hemi Orange, which was applied by David Braxton of Davids Body shop. David, his brother, also serves as Thurmans crew, along with Thurmans wife Cynthia. Hudsons Signs in Chocowinity applied the final artwork, including the cartoon work on the hood. Eleven-second street cars are few and far between, but this is one machine that gives the other guys in the Tarheel State one devil of a time.