Chuckles Garage: Old Smokey F1 Hits Pikes Peak With Toyo Tires

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as The Race to the Clouds, is an invitational automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain in Colorado, USA held annually on the last Sunday of June. You can expect plenty of highly modified supercars, motorcycles, but one thing you don’t expect is a 1949 Ford F1 powered by a Cummins diesel engine.

In the exhibition class, Scott Birdsall of Chuckles Garage has taken the world by storm with his patinaed old-school Ford setting it up to attack the tough Pikes Peak course. The Pikes Peak course covers 12.42-miles of road boasting 156 turns and climbs all the way to 14,115-feet where the finish line sets at the summit of the mountain.

With that kind of constant elevation change, twisting, turning, forwards and backward, you have to be both mentally and physically ready. Not to mention have a vehicle that can withstand that abuse for that long.

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Mr. Birdsall is known to change things up from time to time so there is no real definite or permanent setup on this truck. Right now, for Pikes Peak, Old Smokey was set to have snappy throttle response but still obtain that big-time pull higher in the rpm range. This Dynomite Diesel-built, 6.7-Liter, Common Rail Cummins has been tinkered on just a hair.

This 6.7 features a set of CP Carrillo connecting rods, Hamilton Cam’s pistons, pushrods, and camshaft, ARP 625 head, and main studs, and DDP stroker CP3 pump and super mental injectors. All this mixed with a healthy set of compound turbochargers. The compounds on board are a Garrett GTX 58MM secondary charger fed by a Garrett GTX 70-MM atmosphere turbo. That may not seem all that enormous, but its enough for what they’re setting out to do.

If you were to put a more traditional “big power” set of compounds on this truck, at this elevation, it wouldn’t have the excellent acceleration they’re after. In fact, prior to Pikes Peak, Smokey had a larger 80-MM / 106-MM combination. On the backside of this Cummins engine is an ATS Diesel-built 47RE transmission with full manual controls on the inside. Between 1,200-horsepower, a full tube chassis, and a driver that’s eager to do well, Old Smokey is awesome.

When talking with Birdsall, we wondered how critical each part of competing in something like this is. His answer? Tires. “With all of our torque and time management, tires are the most critical part to our pike’s peak effort,” said Birdsall. “It takes a special compound made for colder road temperatures to work with our mixture of horsepower and torque.” Birdsall finished his shorter course with a time of 5:54:908 with a set of purpose-built motorsports slicks. “Toyo delivers and then some,” said Birdsall.

Being familiar with what it’s like working with companies in a racing program, I asked Birdsall what it was like to be partnered up with Toyo and how long he has been with them. “I have been working with Toyo since 2016 on everything possible including all of my racing efforts with Old Smokey F1 and all of my clients builds.

“Working with Toyo has been an absolute pleasure. Their tires gave me the grip and confidence I need to send Smokey up with mountain in record time,” said Birdsall. “I credit Toyo for boosting the spotlight for Smokey as they featured it in their Autocon SF booth in 2016.”

To have a truck like Smokey and be competitive, you really need to have top of the line products. Birdsall started out great with Toyo and continued to put his trust on some other fine companies that are on board.

Birdsall has a list of sponsors that help put Smokey on top. “Airaid Air Intake Systems on filters and carbon fiber aerodynamics, heat management by PTP Turboblankets, 200-GPH lift pump from PureFlow AirDog, built 47RE transmission from ATS Diesel Performance, Transmission Tech from NorCal Transmissions, and 3-piece billet forged F40 Tarmac wheels from fifteen52,” said Birdsall.

Birdsall continued, “Six-piston Aero-6 14-inch front and 13-inch rear brakes from Wilwood Brakes, Freshly detailed with Molecule Sports, NXD 375 diesel nitrous system with Max 5 Controller from Nitrous Express, endless swag and internet-breaking videos from The Hoonigans, custom transmission coolers, radiator and intercooler from Bell Intercoolers, and wastegate systems from Tial Sport.”
He continued, “Stainless exhaust from MBRP Exhaust, 12MM stroker CP3 and Super Mental Fuel Injectors from Dynomite Diesel Products, custom tuning by Breakout Tuning Solutions, fluids and oils by Red Line Oil, Six-point harness, 14-inch wheel, and Circuit Seats by Sparco USA, 3-way adjustable suspension by Moton Suspension USA, custom steering rack from AGR Performance Steering, FIA fuel cell from Fuel Safe, Tri-Level carbon wing from APR Performance, and a full fire suppression system from Safecraft.”
Last but not least, Birdsall mentioned the rest of his sponsors, BOXO USA, NEXGEN Fuel, and Wraps N Motion Vinyl. BOXO provides all of the tools and storage, Wraps N Motion covered Smokey with vinyl graphics and NEXGEN Fuel provides the 100-percent plant-based Nexdiesel fuel with 70-percent less emissions than petrol-based diesel.
This isn’t a build that you want to miss out on. There is so much in store for it and the Chuckles Garage crew. To stay completely up to date with them, be sure and check out their website here. To find out what Toyo Tires has to offer for your build, be sure and check out their website here. Stay tuned to Diesel Army as we cover the best of the best in diesel performance.

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Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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