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1980 Ralt RT-4 Formula Atlantic Roller Exclusive SOLD

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Serial Number: RT-4 180
Frame Number: AM-80-026
Logbooks: SCCA
Condition: very good
Price: $11,500 $9,999 U.S.
Location: Central Eastern U.S.
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Description

Over the winter of 1993-1994 the car underwent a total and complete rebuild with no expense spared. Receipts for major work are available.

The car was disassembled down to the tub. All structural members (engine legs, suspension ears, etc.) were removed, cleaned, and epoxied into place. The fuel cell was removed, cleaned and pressure checked. All fasteners, plumbing and wiring were removed and discarded. All fasteners, plumbing and wiring were replaced with AN or equivalent hardware. All wiring looms and plumbing (pipes, lines, shielding) were replaced.

The roll structure was removed, reinforced and brought up to 5CCA specs, with side intrusion bars added. The roil structure is designed for a driver up to 6'4" tall. The tub has "fat boy" plates installed to accommodate a larger driver if needed.

The Bilstein shock absorbers were rebuilt by Bilstein. The brake calipers were rebuilt by Truesports. All heim joints were inspected and replaced as needed. All tub joints and bonding was inspected and strengthened as needed. The tub was checked Square.

The gearbox was sent to Taylor Race Engineering and rebuilt.

All hydraulic brake and clutch lines were replaced with aeroquip lines. All fittings were replaced. All master Cylinders were replaced with new units. The clutch slave cylinder was removed and replaced with an internal Saab unit. CV joints inspected, all boots replaced.

A new lower engine pan was fabricated.

The car has been fully inspected before each race. oil and gearbox fluids changed for each race, as well as oil filter. Engine oil is warmed up before each start, with the first start of the day accomplished only after oil Pressure is brought up through use of the starter (Plugs removed). Full suspension alignment (bump steer data available) done before each event. The car has always been kept inside and towed to and from races in an enclosed trailer.

History

It was one of the first three Ralt Formula Atlantic race cars to be built and imported to the U.5. The car was built on a Formula 2 tub and to Formula 2 specifications. It is identical to a 1980 Formula 2 car (RT-2 designation). However, this chassis was designated as a RT-4 Formula Atlantic.

The log book for the car (#28-093) was issued on April 23, 1982. The first recorded race was the Champion Spark Plug Road Racing Championships (Runoffs) in 1982, driven by Jeremy Hill. The car was then purchased by Guy Revesz with race entries until October, 1984. The car is shown as being raced (and owned) by Jim Burt from April, 1987 to October, 1988. At this time it was purchased by Bruce Poehlman of St. Louis, Missouri. The car was owned by Bruce Poehlman and Lester Mankofsky until August, 1993. The current owner purchased the car at that time. The car has a total of 51 events since the log book was issued. The car when purchased was fitted with a Cosworth BDD small valve motor and Hewland FT-200 gearbox.

Recent Competition History

This car has an excellent record over the last two seasons. In competition with newer Ralts and Swift DB-4s it has placed well in both regional and national events, qualifying for the Runoffs in each of the last two years. In 1995 it won the Mid-Div Mid-Am regional points championship. The car has only had one DNF in the last two years, due to an engine problem. It will make an excellent club racer or, more likely, an important vintage racer.

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