Fully restored, 1985 Peerless Racing Chassis 851 originally driven by Jack Baldwin.
Contact: Zach Arnold | 419-939-3440 | zArnold@arnoldmachine.com
One of two chassis designed by Brad Francis for Bob Carson’s Peerless Racing Enterprises in 1985, the Peerless Racing Chassis 851 was driven by legendary driver, Jack Baldwin.
In October 2015 we entered into a restoration agreement with Brad Francis for the full restoration of Peerless Racing Chassis 851.
The car and associated loose parts were being stored in a Roush warehouse in Livonia. We picked it up from there and transported it to our shop in Tiffin, OH. At that time, the car was as it came off the track in 1999. The damage was extensive with much of the frame and tub bent or broken. All damaged parts were saved and included.
We received some bodywork with the car, loose parts including the engine and transmission, as well as the front wheel assemblies with the uprights, calipers, and rotors still in them. We also received the original molds for the carbon fiber tub and fire wall.
The restoration was completed in January 2019 and the car was displayed at the Rolex Heritage Exhibition at Daytona during the 24 hour race weekend. Brad Francis was on hand to witness the car finally back on track again. To date, those are the only laps the car has run since its restoration.
During the restoration we removed the un-damaged roll cage and replaced the base frame and tub. The new fabrication was directly copied from the original parts and verified by Brad Francis during the restoration. Brad was able to locate some original drawings, which we used, and other parts were reverse engineered.
We used the original molds for a new carbon fiber tub assembly. The interior sheet metal work was copied from the original parts.
This car is unique in that it used front uprights from a March 85G GTP car. After extensive searching we were unable to locate original parts.
We did obtain an original blueprint and machined new uprights from billet aluminum. All other suspension components were replaced with copies of the originals. Brad provided insight on materials, fasteners, and manufacturing methods.
The engine and transmission were ripped from the chassis during the crash. We were only able to salvage the cylinder heads and valve covers from the original engine and used them on the new motor. The new engine is a 374CI small block Chevrolet with Hilborn fuel injection and Holley EFI control. The car was raced with various engine combinations, we restored to what we found in most of the pictures. The original GM EFI controls were not available, so we used Holley for simplicity and reliability.
The transmission housing was very damaged in the crash. It is included in the sale, and the car has a new G-Force 5 Speed. The housings of the original trans and the G-Force are very similar. The bell housing, clutch, and starter are all new Tilton products. The rear differential assembly was not damaged badly and reused. It was sent to Franklin for a full rebuild.
All the bodywork on the car at the time of the crash was destroyed, all we received are the left door and part of the left quarter panel. Multiple new and used panels came along with the car. We were able to piece together a full front clip to use in the restoration. The doors and rear clip needed to be re-created from samples and pictures. That work was done by KFC Composites in Indiana. The car is painted and decaled to match the 1987 Daytona 24hr Levi Garrett livery.
We reused as many components as we could salvage from the original car. Everything that we could not salvage was replaced with new parts and all, such as the damaged frame, tub, sheet metal, and miscellaneous parts are all included in the sale. The exception being the engine block and un-usable engine parts.