Dave Nettles Ford Racing
A High Tech Blast From The Past
The Great Flow Bench Rebuild
In 1972 I built what proved to be the 1st flow bench in the
San Joaquin Valley. I used it to generate port templates for many champianship racing ventures
from 1972 until 2001, as well as for the FE Ford powered dragsters belonging to Al Vanderslice
& myself. When we moved out of the house where it was, I took the flow bench apart & put it in
When we bought the house we now live in, I took the flow bench
from the storage & stacked up all the parts & pieces in the corner of my shop, as can be seen in
the picture on the left, It remained there for the next 6 1/2 years. In October 2016 I began
building a 1" square tubing frame for it, as shown in the picture on the right.
The picture on the left shows the flow bench from the front at
about 1/2 done. The picture on the right shows it with the flow meter installed, from the rear
The picture on the left shows the flow bench at about 3/4 finished,
with it complete in the picture on the right. The biggest job of all was drilling & tapping the
350 holes it took to attach the outer wood skin.
The pictures above show a highly modified C1AE-A head
that I ran on my dragster "Back In The Day". These were the heads from my "2:1 Rocker Motor".
Theae head flowed within a wisker of double what a C1AE-A flowed unmodified & 40% more than a stock
medium riser. All with the help of this flow bench.