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The year was 1982, and I was late for a chemistry final. I thought I could cheat the next light, so I gave the ole ’56 some gas and sped up to 70 or so. Just before the point of no return, the light turned yellow. With brake lights ahead, I pushed on the clutch and pressed on the brakes as the pedal dropped to the floor. I pumped frantically but there were no brakes! The 9″ Ford rear had no e-brake cables hooked up. Down shifted the Munci to 3rd, still going too fast! Downshifted to 2nd — bad idea — too much load. The front U-joint gives out — no drive shaft loop. The drive shaft is pounding the asphalt and floor of the truck. Traffic ahead had come to a stop. It’s my last chance, so I pitch the ole Chevy sideways and head into the grape orchards. After a few plants and stakes, the driveshaft digs into the dirt, folds under the axle and snaps the pinion. But, it finally stopped.
Thumbing my way up to school, I thought about the physics of hot rodding, and No Limit Engineering was born. I set out to build the best brake and suspension systems for classic trucks and hot rods on the market.
No Limit Engineering has grown for 20 years now to become East Tennessee’s premier hot rod shop. Our team has developed many pioneering changes in hot rodding, including front suspension, rear suspension, power brakes, disc brakes, air ride, wiring, air conditioning and much more. Our goal is to build the best performing parts for real world rods. We build them, we drive them, and we test them. We know what works — and what doesn’t. Our team support is second to none.
Behind the Builder
The temperature creeps around 100 degrees as I pull into the parking lot of a strip mall style complex built purposely for automotive use. In the distance, I can hear the sound of racing engines coming from the circle track at the Orange Show Speedway where the Saturday night racers have begun their qualifying runs for tonight’s main event. As I open the door to my truck, I feel the heat and smell the dust from the San Bernardino, California climate as I look over toward the front of the complex searching for the office of No Limit Engineering.