Artist Rebuilds A Street Legal IndyCar

Artist Rebuilds A Street Legal IndyCar


00:04
COMM: This Indie car may look more at home on the race track but its really street legal
and guaranteed to turn heads wherever it goes. 00:12
COMM: I’ve never seen nothing like it. 00:14
WOMAN: Its street legal? 00:19
COMM: Dean Loucks from Michigan bought the Indy car in 2007, a previous owner had already
made it legal to drive on public roads but it was in need of a little TLC. 00:29
DEAN: It was sitting in fairly poor condition when I bought it but I think it still had
the original race paint on it and that is how I started taking it from that point, stripping
it down and re-doing the car and making it what it is now. 00:40
COMM: Artist Dean and his team spent more than 1,000 hours customising the race car. 00:45
DEAN: I have always loved cars, I have converted or customised my very first car that I ever
had, some interesting features of the car, we added our own little winglet here think
the original one was much smaller. 01:00
DEAN: We have taken the plate that used to be the old tank gas fill and we polished this
and put the biohazard inside. 01:07
DEAN: Here in the back this happens to be the fly wheel so the car can be started and
normally they put the starter in the back engine and need several people you need the
guy inside the car to start it, you need a couple of people out back here then you have
to shut the car off, change the plugs and then you are ready to go once the engine has
been warmed up, unfortunate to actually have a starter on the car, we wanted an access
for the battery charger on the outside of the car so we don’t take any panels off to
recharge the battery. The great thing is when this thing is shut off it really isn’t drawing
any thing, we have customised the interior to be a little more street legal friendly,
I have got a uh key ignition in it which sends power to the system and allows the water pump
to flow and the radiators and the fans to all work, up on top here we have got a digital
race pack which shows me everything I need to know from the fuel to the temperatures
of the engine, the mileage, the speedometer its all right there and its all customisable. 02:05
COMM: The Indy Car weighs only 1,200 pounds and can reach a top speed of 120 miles per
hour as the original motor was replaced with a small chevy block, it might not be the star
of the race track these days but when Dean takes it for a spin in his neighbourhood it
never fails to draw crowds. 02:25
DEAN: Its pretty crazy, you get all kinds of reactions when you pull up at the gas station. 02:30
MAN: I’ve never seen nothing like it. 02:35
COMM: But despite the car having plenty of admirers, Dean is in no hurry to sell up. 02:40
DEAN: The worth of the car is probably what someone would pay for it and I have had some
offers in the $80,000 range but that is not enough for me, I think the car is worth $150,000.