NASCAR Legend Len Wood Carves A 1/2 Scale Ford 427 Engine By Hand

Len Wood is more than just a co-owner of NASCAR’s Wood Brothers Racing team. He is also quite the craftsman.

As relayed by Road & Track, Wood put his down time last year to good use and built a 1/2 scale model of a 1967 Ford 427 — by hand.

The engine is a “Galaxie-derived engine that powered the 1967 Ford GT40 Mk. IV to a win at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans,” wrote Road & Track.

This, of course, isn’t necessarily anything new for Wood, widely considered one of the greatest engine-builders in the history of the sport.

“Despite owning a world-class racing team and having instant access to both a full stable of racing engineers and a wide collection of modern machining tools, he refused to use a CNC machine, and even hand made some of his own tools from components he had lying around to keep to that spirit,” Road & Track reported.

Upon completion, Wood sent the engine to The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI for display. Fittingly, it will displayed in the same collection as the 1967 Ford GT40 Mk. IV that led A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney to an epic victory at Le Mans.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Old school NASCAR was awesome. The drivers were approachable and everyone knew their craft as shown by Mr. Wood above. They were innovative so as to squeeze out every advantage possible.

    My dad told me a story a couple of years ago. Back in the 70s, his 1969 Road Runner was at a local garage that was also a gas station. The mechanics were having trouble getting it to shift cleanly after working on the clutch (he said my mom rode it something fierce). As they were working on it, Wendell Scott (HOF driver and played by Richard Pryor in the movie Greased Lightning) came by for gas. The mechanic asked Wendell if he could take a look at it. He came over, got underneath it and started working. Got it shifting perfectly. He didn’t work there but cars were his passion and he liked helping others.

    That’s the problem with today’s drivers, too much Days of Thunder and not enough Greased Lightning.

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