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E85 kind of thing

OK. first post in here so i will get you all up to speed. I enjoy building many different projects and have recently started putting a dirt track car together. The class is very strange, but we can get into that later. They make us run a almost completely stock 350 small block engine. Anyway, for the last two seasons i have helped friend on thier cars and finally am building my own and i like many other racers am wanting to run e85 just due to the price in fuel now days. So.. after much research and machine work i converted a holly 4412 500 cfm carb over to e85 and put it on the shelf. I dont have a motor done yet to test it all out. Well as luck would have it I just picked up an old ford pickup with a 360 ford engine in it. I only got it for the body so i care not about the engine. I decided that i would install my test carb on this truck. The fuel tank was completely empty so there was no chance of fuel contamination but i had no idea what it wouldf do on a worn out old ford. After finnally getting the fuel pump to prime up, the truck started running. I can say from the beginning that it sounded very good. no noises ect. After some tinkering with adjustments ect this truck was running almost unbelievably well. I bumped the timing up to 38 deg total and left it. This thing had all kinds of get up and go. So much so that i did hole shots up and down my drivway for about 10 minutes. After looking the truck all over i then realized that there was no lower radiator hose even on the truck so i shut her down emidiately. thinking it has to be hot after testing and running for approx. 15 min or so i was fearing the worst but actually the guage was just in the normal area. then i realized that i could still touch the intake manifold with my hand. this is wierd. Still with me.. ok.. So now i am sort of dazed at what is going on here and figure something has to be wrong.. I let her rest for about an hour and go back out. I installed another regular gas carb and a fuel jug bottle. Got it all set up, reset the timing, and the truck would hardley get out of its own way. There was a HUGE difference. I have heard all that stuff about e85 not giving as much power as gasoline and its not worth it, but i can say that with gas.. the truck would bearly turn over one tire and it got real hot in about 5 minutes wea as with the e85 it is unreal.. I will continue the testing and let you all know what turns out..

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