PUNDSACK'S AUTOMOBILE BIOGRAPHY
No stranger to the world of high performance cars, Mr. Pundsack, is 76 years old and lives in Scottsdale, AZ He has been a life-long car guy and began his youthful interests with drawing cars and building models and then graduating into drag racing, To support his racing endeavors back in the day, Pundsack operated a speed shop out of his home garage and wrote over 300 letters annually--on an old manual typewriter with carbon paper--seeking sponsorships from various SEMA manufacturers. In one of the many contrasts between the past and today, He first drove his cars to the track with the race tires in the trunk; then he made bumper brackets and flat-towed the car; then he used borrowed trailers and pickup tow trucks; and finally he progressed to the point he had his own new truck & trailer paint matched to the car.
His first race car was a lightweight 1963 Dodge 330 2-dr sedan with a 383ci engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. Pundsack bought the car in 1965 and added A Racer Brown cam and valve train, Doug's fender well exit headers, dual AFB carbs on an Edelbrock intake manifold, hot ignition, a Hurst shifter, fresh air hood scoop and 4.56 gears.. Then, his first new car was a 1967 Dodge R/T 2-dr hardtop with a 440ci-375hp engine with an automatic transmission, racing in an NHRA' Stock Eliminator class. Power changes included headers, ignition, fresh air intake and 4.30 gears. He bought his first Mustang in 1969--a Mach One coupe with a 428ci Cobra Jet engine with the shaker hood, automatic transmission, power steering & A/C delete and 4.30 gears. Later that year it was onto a 1969 Dodge Super Bee Six-Pack with an automatic transmission and 4.10 gears. That became the car he raced from 1969-1977 in NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes throughout the Western U.S.. This car was heavily modified over the years with all the right stuff: a blueprinted and balanced engine, cc'd cylinder heads, hand-lapped valves, prototype Edelbrock manifold, John Bauman carbs, Delta electronic ignition with switched timing retard, deep sump oil pan, high volume oil and water pumps, equal length long-tube/collector headers, prototype cams/valve train including Harland Sharp aluminum roller rockers, manual shift valve body with special clutches, deep sump and Hurst shifter, inboard rear S/S springs with large diameter wheel tubs, special shock absorbers, & torsion bars, Goodyear 15" slicks and front skinnies on Centerline wheels, Pundsack had a large number of wins and track records to his credit and was sponsored by many of the big manufacturers' names in the sport in those days.
After he retired from drag racing in 1977, his street car stable has included a wide variety of cars, trucks, Jeeps, dune buggies & motorcycles, all of which were supercharged, turbo charged or modified naturally aspirated. Some of his favorites were: