“Mary and I discussed the Project 1320 Raffle Engine and with Joe’s crew at the Mondello Technical Center,” said Hrudka. “Everyone at the Technical Center is fully committed to completing the engine well in advance of the drawing. Mary told me, ‘Joe would want this engine finished. It will be a wonderful tribute and a great honor for Joe to memorialize this engine in his name.’”
Highly respected manufacturers from across the industry have donated all of the components for the engine. “The engine now has a different light cast upon it, as Joe’s last engine. We want to reassure everyone, from the generous suppliers to those who have purchased or intend to purchase tickets, the Mondello ‘Vintage Rat’ will be completed,” said Hrudka.
World Products: block, heads, intake manifold, valve covers
Moroso Performance Products: oil pan, water pump, oil pump, windage tray
Mr. Gasket: gaskets, seals
Dura-Bond/Melling: camshaft bearings
MAHLE-Clevite: main/rod bearings
Total Seal: rings
Pertronix Performance Products: distributor, coil, plug wires
Manley Performance Products: springs, valves, retainers, guide plates
Scat Enterprises: crankshaft, connecting rods
Comp Cams: camshaft, rocker arms, lifters, push rods
Quick Fuel Technology: carburetor
Doug’s Headers: headers
Be Cool Inc.: radiator
The Quarter Mile Foundation also has announced that the PROJECT 1320 documentary series interview process of pioneers of drag racing and the performance aftermarket from the late ’40s through the ’80s has gained more than 60 hours of footage from 35 legends.