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1985 Van Diemen RF-85 FF1600 SOLD

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Serial Number: RF-85 #902
Logbook: 33-2028
Condition: Very Good
Price: $8500.00 Asking
Location: Louisville, KY USA
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The 1985/86 Van Diemen was produced in record numbers and continues to be a favorite of those who have driven it. SCCA's SportsCar magazine listed the car as one of the best used Formula Ford buys in it's review of modern FF's several years ago. The car's success may be it's strong and protective frame design. Van Diemen has been a large producer of sturdy school cars and it seems that this heritage has continued to the present. The '85 model has front rocker arm suspension with bell-crank damper actuation in front. A generous front track width keeps the car steady in cornering. The rear also features rocker arm technology. Dual, side-mounted radiators keep the engine cool. The transaxle is mounted in a cast aluminum unit that combines engine sump reservior, bellhousing, rear anti-sway and rear damper lower mounting points. The car has the standard "Uprated" Kent engine with an iron cylinder head. It has been well maintained and updated. This car is equipped with Koni 3012 double-adjustable dampers on all four corners. They were rebuilt and installed in 2000.


Originall owned by Tom Rust Racing, the car has been track raced only 3 seasons. It saw fierce action in '85 and '86 in the west and in '96 it won the MID-AM Championship. Since the end of the '96 season the car has been run in SCCA Solo II events and has been divisionally and nationally competitive with National trophies and the '99 Central and Midwest Division Championships. The car underwent a ground up rebuild in 1995 and has received considerable attantion and maintenance since. HRB Sports in Missouri performed preparation and repair services in the '96 season. The engine was freshened by Williams in '96 and a Farley exhaust was fitted. An uprated Tilton F3-style clutch was installed and the flywheel and slave cylinder modified accordingly by Craig Taylor in '97. An engine rebuild was performed in 2000. It included new pistons, bearings, top end and oil system. At that time a new Ivey carburetor and distributor were installed along with a carb air horn and MSD rev-limiter. New Taylor ignition wires have been installed and in May '03 the original bodywork has been completely overhauled and painted. New G-Force belts and a new SBS battery have been added.

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