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Old 04-03-2012, 06:34 PM
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thanks like i said i was just thinking about it i am only sixteen but all i think about is hot rods, drag racing. pretty much anything to do with engines. i am not sure how i could get hooked up with a drag racer i guess just build a fast car and race it!
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Steep learning curve when you shoot for the fence on the first pitch.

In the meantime, read everything you can (you will begin to learn how to sort the BS from the good), talk to as many racers as you can (w/o getting in their way during a race), go to the track on test and tune nights, and eventually you'll hook up if you're a good "fit".

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thanks you sir i really appreciate the advice i am going to the raceway with my mechanics teacher[he is racing his 72 nova with a 454 ] so maybe i could get to know some people.


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Sounds like a plan. Good luck.
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Listen to cobalt. I have been doing this for the past couple years and I know a lot of the racers at the local track and help them out. Just listen and learn. You would be surprised how much you can learn from a weekend. Make sure to not be in the way too much on race nights but test and tune nights are more laid back.
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That's Right

The Wright brothers never went and hung around other inventors they did their own thing. And guess what they were 1st to fly. They were thinking out of the Box. go get-em
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Some good advice here. Some not-so-good as well.

Making more than 1,500 HP usually requires "special" fuel and parts. Turbo-chargers and superchargers are the real "way" to do it. Alcohol (methanol) is a good race fuel. More power than gasoline, less "persnickety" than nitro.

First things frst. Since you're still in school, take advantage and find the most knowledgeable science and automotive instructors. The LAST place to get good advice at the "entry" level is from racers at the track. If they're running the kind of power you're talking, they won't talk to you about how to "get there"" (some will, most won't, too far beyond "basics"). Racers that run door cars with gasoline would be willing to help but probably don't have the experience. "I heard..." statements are DANGEROUS when it comes to "fuel" cars (I use the term "fuel" to describe any engine NOT run on gasoline or diesel).

Next, get some automotive engineering classes "under you belt". You NEED TO KNOW, exactly how an engine "works" (not just the Otto cycle) to be even moderately successful running such power.

Phillip Hooper (Richmond, VA) ran his TA/FC into the low 6s with a 429 CID Ford, easily making 2,500 HP (reliably) on methanol. We made near 2,200 with a PONTIAC A/FC running 6.40s. BAE hemis "rule" with about 3,200 (methanol, nitro engines make closer to 8K).

My point here is CAN be done. And yes, at your age, it's a bit of a stretch. BUT... This IS America and you're free to try it. Never let anyone tell you "you can't". Maybe not THIS week, but you certainly CAN! IF you apply yourself.

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I actually think it's encouraging to see there are 16 yr. olds who are interested in building big Detroit iron, and not wanting to go racing with an import tuner car!
Maybe 2500 hp is a lofty goal, but it's OK to dream, and you may well be the future Bob Glidden, or Grumpy Jenkins. Who are we to discourage you? I know when I was 16 (46 yrs. ago!) I had some pretty wild ideas, and got those head shakes and discouragement from a few older rodders; but I also got encouragement from others, and that did more to help me.
Hanging out with your teacher and going to the drags, reading every car mag that leans toward your interest, and just asking questions are all good ideas. They will help you become a knowledgeable rodder. Just be sure to keep your cool when you get the negative comments, and let them go. You'll soon discover who you can turn to for good advice, and just avoid those who discourage you, or put you down for thinking outside the box.
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2500 hp ford

Save your money and buy some more of whatever you have been smoking, LOL.
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The first step would be to go to a drag strip....
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right^, go hang out at the races. talk to some guys, build a 600 hp and enjoy it, learn to handle the power under different driving conditions and then move up. build a 1200 hp, race it, work on your driving skills and learn more about engines. take it up a notch while working towards your goal you will be learning valuable lessons. you are young, you have lots of time to get to 2400, jumping into it may bite you in the butt.
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Save your money and buy some more of whatever you have been smoking, LOL.
Great comment to encourage a young rodder starting out.
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thank you everybody! my mechanics teacher and i go to the races in a couple days. he also gave me the blueprints on how to make a tube frame this was for a 56 chevy with a blown big block chevy! so i hope i can use some of it on a mustang. i put up some pictures of his 72 nova in a mome nt. thanks everybody!
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here is some mixed pictures the 54 chevy truck has a 700-r4 the 72 novs has a 454 bored .60 over the yellow toyota land cruiser is kinda off subject but its my dads it not done yet and the 65 f100 is my newest project i am putting in my engine this weekend!
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some more pics oh and the 350 is inthe 54 truck
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here is some mixed pictures the 54 chevy truck has a 700-r4 the 72 novs has a 454 bored .60 over the yellow toyota land cruiser is kinda off subject but its my dads it not done yet and the 65 f100 is my newest project i am putting in my engine this weekend!
Somebody is leading you astray if they told you that's a '72 Nova. Looks like a later Nova to me. My wife had a '72 and that nose looks like a '74 I believe.
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