If you’re a fan of fast Type 2s, Alex ‘Jesus’ Leiserach’s latest project, a tube-framed ’68 Single Cab pick-up, is going to be right up your alley…
Alex is no stranger to modified Bay Windows but this, his latest creation, is a very different beast to his previous ones. Starting with a decent Bay Window body, Alex had Andy Robinson Race Cars create the full tube chassis, which features double wishbone suspension all round.
The truck now runs a four-speed, sequential, Mendeola gearbox and an air-cooled, 2931cc Pauter Big Block motor. A FuelTech ECU controls the injection system, while a Precision Turbo & Engine 6466 turbocharger ensures there’s plenty of boost on tap. Oh, and it runs on methanol, too.
The incredible truck has been five years in the making, and the aim is to be the first Type 2 in the world to make a nine-second pass.
Early shakedown runs at Santa Pod saw Alex record an 11.01-second run at 120mph, improving to a 10.37 by his third full pass. That makes it the quickest Type 2 in Europe already.
Unfortunately, the truck also suffered an electrical fire that weekend, which took out much of the wiring system, but Alex has made short work of re-wiring the beast and will soon be back on track. Go, Alex!
Action pics: Julian Hunt