Photos by Dom Damato
Last year we got a glimpse of Richie Crampton’s patina-style 1957 Chevy 210 wagon when it made a brief appearance on Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week. The ’57 body, complete with rust and faded painted, was dropped on to a full tube chassis that has double framerails and a carbon fiber interior. Under the hood was a twin turbo LS engine and it ran in the 8s. In 2018, he teamed with Jonnie Lindburg and these two have gone way overboard in what could be one of the coolest Pro Street cars to hit the streets.
The LS small-block was ditched in favor of an all-billet HEMI that is topped with a Twin-screw blower off Lindberg’s Top Alcohol Funny Car. But the coolness factor doesn’t stop there. Lurking underneath the massive supercharger is a Noonan Race Engineering 4.8-inch bore space billet big-block that was specially fitted with water jackets. Essentially, it is a Top Alcohol Funny Car engine that could be used on the street. It has been affectionately dubbed the Sh*t Box of Doom.
Lindberg didn’t stop raiding his parts bin either. A Lenco transmission was slid under the transmission tunnel, complete with a multi-disc clutch setup right out the 5-second Funny Car. The team deviated from the norm and decided to ditch the mechanical fuel injection in favor of a Holley EFI Dominator, that is because screw blown EFI combos are all of the rage in the outlaw Pro Mod world these days.
But wait, there’s more—to make the street driving easier and not have the Noonan engine lugging around the massive rotors of a twin-screw blower, Lindberg and Crampton came up with a neat idea. They made a billet aluminum adapter to replace the burst panel with a throttle body. To make the car street worthy they simply remove the massive Kevlar blower belt, add the throttle body, and replace the alcohol fuel with straight E85 out of the gas pump!
Crampton and Lindberg proved throughout social media that they have a legit street car with several videos surfacing of it cruising down the roadway. So what is it worth on the drag strip? The first hit on Monday at Atlanta Dragway produced a lethargic 8.30 hit, but those who watched it knew there was much more in the wagon. It left super soft, moved around a bit, and Lindberg clipped the gas around the 1/8-mile marker. By Wednesday, when the Drag Week crowd made its way to zMAx Dragway in Concord, NC, the team was ready to make some serious noise.
The first hit they showed off to the world was an impressive 7.13 at 207 mph. It was a good run but certainly one that showed just a smidgen of the combination’s potential. A little more fine tuning of the clutch and engine management would net the team’s first 6-second run on the next pass down the famed drag strip. The car left soft once again, only carding a 1.19 sixty-foot time but the big twin-screw supercharged showed its power potential as Lindberg streaked through the finish line in just 6.984 seconds at a top speed of 207.30 mph!
Yes, it is a Pro Mod style chassis with a twin-screw blown HEMI, but the fact that a couple of NHRA pro racers thrashed to get it completed and take a shot at the 6s during Drag Week is just flat-out awesome. And then throw in the genius idea of bypassing the supercharger and running a throttle body bolted to the burst panel opening and it has the entire street car community buzzing with excitement.
Unfortunately the two pro drivers had to ditch Drag Week to go drive a couple of 10,000hp racecars at Maple Grove Raceway for the Dodge Nationals, a NHRA Mello Yello national event. But we are sure they will continue to tinker with the Sh*t Box of Doom some more when their schedule allows it.