Welcome to my dragster page. Quite a long time ago I saw
a Lego set that had some pictures of Lego Dragsters in it. Unfortunately
it had no instructions. But ever since that time I have wanted to
build one of these awesome machines.
You are looking at the my second dragster. The first was
taken apart some time ago. I thought it would be neat to use the
Technic bars to build the frame around the engine. But those things
do not grip well. So that model continuously fell apart. It was
much wider that this one, and used Technic beams a lot also. So
it had a lot of holes in it. I just had to redesign it.
The redesign turned into this guy. I used very little Technic
parts in the front portion; I really did not have enough room to
use them. The front section is only four knobs wide. That gave me
just enough room to fit a steering rod through the center. The steering
is rather limited though, the wheel does not turn very much. But
I like that because real dragsters do not have much steering either.
(Imagine going 300 mph, and jerking the steering wheel, You would
be in the next state before you stopped. Well, at least into the
The new tires also turned out to fit it very well. The large
tires I used on my trucks, just seemed a little too skinny, but
two wide of them looked too fat. The new tires are 4 knobs wide
which turned out to look good.
The engine does have 8 moving pistons, but you can not see
them in this picture. I put heads over top of them. What an original
idea! I have yet to see a real engine run with out them. If you
have seen a real engine run with out heads please let me know. The
front timing chain turns also. The fun thing with this model was
that 4 knobs wide is way too small for a differential and the engine
is mounted on a weird level compared to the rear axle. But with
a few gears mounted in the right places it works just fine. The
engine can be taken off of the body quite easily. I though this
was a nice touch, since in real life engines are changed on these
guys quite often.
Oops, I almost forgot to tell you the size. His height is
5 1/4in (13cm), Width-3 3/4in (9.5cm), and Length-25in (63.5cm)