Because the car was gas-powered, Mr. Hurst stuck with the B&M-developed Clutchflite longer than many others did. The unit was not equal to what was needed in fuel racing, or the high-rpm powerband in Pro Stock, but was reliable in the injected gas environment. It was still in the car, which had survived after being sold to a racer named Brian Wall in Canada, who raced it very limitedly. He in turn sold it to Jack Schiffer, who never put it down the track. This is who the Rands bought it from.
Like several other projects the Rands have done, friend Fred Engelhart played a big role in getting it back in shape, chasing down the parts needed to complete the new engine and replacing small things missing on the car. The main thing was to try to maintain as much originality as possible, an effort which was assisted when Fred himself found some period pieces in his personal parts stash.
When Clark and his wife brought it to the Mopars in the Park show in Minnesota, a perfect day let us flashback to the early '70s, when the final embers of the gasser wars glowed as the rising professionalism of drag racing.