With Francis' '10 now making serious grunt, the stock drivetrain lacked the 'nads to withstand what the stout LS was delivering. Wisely, a Keisler TR606 trans and Spec twin disc clutch were incorporated into the mix. Although the stock driveshaft and rearend remain, Hendrix 1000hp axles pick up the slack and welcome the challenge in the process. A good thing, since the stock stems were bound to go next.
With only BMR trailing arms plucked from the aftermarket, the car rides on stock suspension. Bogart RT 17-inch wheels reside on all four corners while M&H skinnies wrap the front and a pair of fat Mickeys provide grip out back.
For the most part, Francis relied on GM's standard interior offerings but introduced an MGW shifter for snappy gear changes. Sparco R505 seats join the fray and deliver a somewhat minor weight favor. As it always goes with drag racers, quicker laps than the previous run are the constant goal, so Domination Chassis installed an eight-point rollcage, certified up to 9.90 e.t's.
When you build a serious performer, monitoring the vitals is a must, so Francis incorporated a Fesler-Moss A-pillar pad loaded with an Aeroforce Scan Gauge. AEM Boost and Wideband gauges are custom mounted at eye level in the dash.
Always intent on having custom paint added to the mix, a physical altercation with a road construction sign forced the issue sooner than Francis had planned. Jeff Young over at Young's Autobody fixed the ding and came up with a custom paint design to give the car its own personality. GM's Red Jewel Tint resides below an obedient border of metallic silver, with orange pinstripe that trails off into Ohio-style flames over the quarter-panel. On the upper arena, Jeff figured in a gloss-black finish, which offers an ominous scene offset by only the Yenko-inspired FJP hood stripes.
Francis is quick to point out that not one of his accomplishments would have happened without the help of his buds, Nikko and Jason. "Their countless hours of dedication helped me put this car together," says Francis. "I have to give props to Andrey for helping with the cam install, and also Joe at Pittsburg Performance and Jay over at J&S Dyno for allowing me to dial in the tune on their dyno. Without them, I would have never gotten into the 10s."
Francis tags being able to compete in the LSX Shootout, then running his first 10-second quarter-mile in a car with a stock bottom end huge milestone accomplishments. "If I had the opportunity to do one thing over again, I would have put on the Hoosier slicks a lot sooner. Those tires made the difference in getting this car into the 10s.
Francis is one of those guys who welcome a good challenge. Sure, he could have easily wheeled down the quarter-mile in under 10 seconds in a much lighter vintage Camaro, but lots of guys do that. Pushing a two-ton brick down the 1320 in the same amount of time ... now, that's more his style.