1963 Built NASCAR Modified

This race car is an exact copy of Dick Woodland’s 1963/64 8-Ball. Everything was fabricated in the same exact manner as was used in the early 1960’s.

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Vehicle Type Modified (AKA Modified Hardtop)
Year Built 2018
Built By Mike Sargent Racing
Suspension Cross leaf springs front and rear
Engine 350 cubic inch, six 2 barrel carburetors, high octane gasoline fuel, estimated 750 hp
Note: All information above based upon new replication
Owner Woodland Family Collection


The chassis was built using 1932 Ford frame rails which were boxed and stepped. The body is from a 1932 Ford 2-door sedan. Split tubing was originally used for the body trim. It is no longer available so Mike built a jig and manufactured his own. A mid 1950’s 1-ton Ford truck axle was modified and rear Ford axles and housing were shortened. Other than the engine and safety items, i.e., a 5 point harness and quick release steering wheel, everything about the car was made with items available in the 1960's. The original engine was a 327 cubic inch Chevy, .090 over while the 350 cubic inch was not available until 1967.

The NASCAR circuit these cars raced on was mainly Fresno, San Jose, Clovis, as well as Atascadero and Oildale. This car was very successful, winning numerous races and setting several track records. These tracks were both dirt and asphalt.

Several West Coast Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame drivers were successful in this car including Joe Leonard, Marshall Sargent, Frank Secrist, Bill Vukovich, Jr., and Dick Woodland.

These cars eventually morphed into shorter wheelbase winged Super-Modifieds and eventually into caged Sprint Cars.

The Woodland Auto Display

is located on the grounds of

Estrella Warbirds Museum

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