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1986 Swift DB-1

Posted by WindingRoad about 10 months, 1 week ago

Serial Number: 01386

Engine Number: 711M6015BA

Gearbox Number: TRE030

Logbook: SCCA 1-4, VARA 1

Condition: Excellent

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA


1986 Swift DB-1 FF Features of the DB-1 were acclaimed in a March 1984 Road and Track article, "Swift DB-1 Testing the new Formula Ford National Champion, by Peter Egan: Very aerodynamic with extremely small frontal area w/ small heavily triangulated foot well with internal shocks/springs over drivers knees behind the instrument panel actuated by innovative rocker arms, pushrods, bell cranks. The radiator is located behind the driver just aft of the thickest part of the bodyshell with NACA ducts on either side of the body. The piece de resistance in all this slimness is the cast aluminum bell housing between the engine and the transaxle. Besides a bell housing, it is the dry sump oil reservoir, motor mount, a rear suspension pickup platform, anti-roll bar bracket and container for the inboard rear shocks and springs. Nothing like it before or since in FF's. Its design was/is a wider track with a longer 96" wheelbase. This DB-1 is in excellent condition and was fully prepped (brakes, fluids, valves, aluminum head torqued, corner weighted, oil/filter, etc.) to race in the 2019 season by Frank Monise Motors, Monrovia, CA but has not been on the track since thorough set up. The car was rebuilt in approx. 2009 or 2010 by Graham Collins Racing, Santa Ana, CA. The engine is a Jay Ivey rebuild in approx. 2015 w/ 10 - 15 race weekends and is very strong. The frame, body, engine, transaxle/diff, suspension, wheels/tires, and instruments are excellent. The car was painted in Sept. 2018 with high gloss Sherman Williams 3rd Dimension Urethane Enamel w/ new livery and one race weekend since. Only one small crack in the paint and one small edge damage in the body. There is a new engine cover/wing w/ new K&N cone air filter and a new lower rear panel. The Hoosier VFF treaded tires on the car have 6 heat cycles. All 12 Panasport rims are very good - excellent. A new 8K Stack tach and S&W water temp gauge were installed within the last year, as was a new Odyssey battery. All ignition parts and wires were either replaced or verified near new within the last two years. Brakes renewed within the last year. $3K - $5K in new and used spares, including 24 sets of gears and 8 spare Panasports, 4 w/ worn American Racing slicks, 4w/ Dunlop Racing treaded of unknown age, and all body panels, plus much more.


The arrival of the first Swift, the DB-1, in 1983 was/is revolutionary in FF design. Its innovations were hugely acclaimed. As Peter Egan noted, first "glimpse" was that "...of a knife-narrow racing car with a fighter plane nose and its tail stretched rearward like a flying cape." The design was by David Bruns, construction by Paul White, organized by Alex Cross and driven by R.K. (Bob) Smith to win the '84 National Runoffs among 40 cars - after spinning mid-race. Smith had only had one afternoon of testing and was just out of the hospital having been ill the last half of the season. Following the DB-1 were the DB-3 F2000 and DB-6 FF/F2000, but the DB-1 still dominates even among decades later designs. Earliest log books show this car began racing in New England/New York SCCA Regions with many wins/podiums and several owners until it came to California in 2009. It was rebuilt/restored soon thereafter by Graham Collins Racing, Santa Ana, CA. The previous owner to me, Phil Stratford and driver Mark Stratford acquired it at that time as one of their FF's intended for training for their 2 Benetton F1 cars. I acquired the car in 2016 and began racing it the end of 2016 through late 2018.

Recent Competition History

3 third places, 1-second place in FFN/FFM class and third in FFM class for 2017 season points.

Performance Data

Class: FFNew, FFModern

Weight: 950 lbs

Best Time: 1:29 sec

Track: Willow Springs Intl. Raceway


Engine Builder: Jay Ivey

Manufacturer: Ford

Type: Kent Crossflow

Displacement: 1600cc

Horsepower: 110 - 116

Torque: 105 lb-ft

Induction: Weber downdraft (2V)

Heads: J. Ivey Aluminum

Block: Iron

Main Caps: FF Rules

Crankshaft: 10/10 SCAT

Connecting Rods: FF Rules

Pistons: J. Ivey/CP

Camshaft: FF Rules

Valves: FF Rules

Valve Train: FF Rules

Clutch: FF Rules

Pressure Plate: FF Rules

Flywheel: FF Rules

Exhaust: Swift tuned

Total Time: Approx 15 - 25 Hrs.

Races: Approx. 25 - 30

Compression 130 on all 4 cylinders, hot

Fuel System

Fuel Cell

Manufacturer: Harmon

Age: 1 year

Capacity: 6 - 7 Gal

Fuel Pump: Mechanical

Fuel Type: 100 Octane

Oil/Water System

Radiator: Swift Aluminum

Water Rad Location: Behind driver and firewall

Water Pump: Swift

Oil Cooler: None

Electrical System

Ignition: Pertronix

Alternator: None

Battery: Odyssey

Data Logger: AIM Optical Lap Timer

Rear End

Manufacturer: Hewland

Type: Mark 9

Case: Hewland

Differential: 10:31

Axles: Half Shafts


Construction: Fiberglass

Color: Red

Paint: Sherman Williams 3rd Dimension Urethane Enamel

Condition: Very Good to Excellent

1 Small paint crack and 1 small fiberglass damage


Type: Spaceframe

Builder: Swift

Material: Mild Steel Tube

Finish: Paint

Condition: Excellent

Front Suspension: Upper rocker arms, drop links and bell cranks, lower A-arms, coil overs, anti-roll bar

Rear Suspension: Upper rocker arms, lower A-arms, coil overs, anti-roll bar

Shocks: Penske

Brakes: Discs, New pads

Steering: Rack and Pinion

Wheels: Panasport Center Lock

Tires: Hoosier VFF treaded 6 heat cycles


Color/Finish: Black, unfinished

Material: frame and fiberglass

Fire System: Driver actuated engine and cockpit

Restraints: 6-point OMP good until 2021

Guages: New Stack 8K Tach, New S&W water temp and S&W oil pressure

Steering Wheel: Racing Yoke

Condition: Very good - Excellent


$3K - $5K New and Used Spares

24 sets of gears

All body panels painted (but one)

8 Panasport wheels, 4 w/AR Slicks, 4w/ Dunlop Racing treaded

Many New and Used suspension, electronic & other

Boxes of fittings, connectors, fasteners

Spare Radiator, Fire suppression, Exhaust header/pipe/muffler

Rebuilt starter, uprights, brakes, much more

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