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08-27-2015 12:31 PM A horror story
So we take the cars out to test n tune, last one of the season.
Maybe forever, the property is up for sale.
I get all my prep stuff done the day before- put on the drag radials.
Get sandwiches chips drink etc.
Up in staging I see I've got less than 1/4 tank of gas. WOFFDA
The closest station about 5 mi.
So I get 6 gals race gas...... $76 on the credit card. DOUBLE WOFFDA
It was so dam crowded we only made two hits. Did get my 60ft time down to
2.098 and theres more there with a harder launch. But the car handles funny with those 26 inch tires. Times and top speed were about the same. Hit the line about 4800,
instead of 42 or so.
The 28 inch tires are back on for now, glad I got those used drag radials cheap.


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08-20-2015 12:06 AM got to thinking about this fix
I bought a ford van one time, i was in my early thirties.
Kids i bought it from were just out of school. It was running crummy
so they tuned it up. Wouldn't run over 10 mph after that.
Got it cheap and couldn't figure it out. They had a whole other wiring bundle out of the junk yard for it too.
I found the two barrell, carb on the Ford 300 six was lose and rattling around.
Still only 10mph and it would chuckle and back fire.
Now i'm in Belgrade Montana, my Harley's broke down, it's the Sturgis rally in
SD- so no bike shops are open. In Belgrade 1984 only one shop had a sunn machine.
I got an appointment. We got it all hooked up and the guy started laughing, says- look at this.
So I hop out and see the machine jumping all over the place.
Those kids had set the new points in and shorted out them out on the spring.
It was blue from the heat and had no temper left. At about 1000rpm the spark just jumped all over the place. $2.51 for new points and I made it home with the bike in the back of a $150 73 E150 van.
I've just spent three days sweating and cussing over a $3.28 part!!!!


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08-19-2015 07:43 PM who ever invented electricity should be tired and feathered
So hot rod voltmeter started acting funny the other day.
start up and run at 11v - down to 10v. up to 12v.
Maybe get to 12.5, but keep moving up and down.
You'd think this MSD ignition would waiver, never did.
Fixed some suspect connections, no change. Started un plugging stuff.
When I pulled alt. plug it sparked. it was burnt up. It's old- came w/the car,
must have not seated the sensing wire properly. Got hot and melted.
Replace and fired up 14v. Bingo.
Good excuse to test drive tomorrow.


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07-26-2015 06:54 PM Good Guys drags
What a blast
car ran great that new ignition is the ****
best run 14.45 @94mph
probably should fire the driver
I got the big red eye in the first round. Guess I was a little amped up this year.
guy was there with a white 50 chev, he'd built the tip up front
another 4 door 49 green chev on a S-10 frame and what looked to be truck tires.
He wanted to race me- so we did. His 350 crate motor ran 17.24 @77mph
I ran 14.65 @92mph and thats exactly why I built this 331 ci sbf.
the brown 37 dodge coupe runs the 13's- he's from Oregon
I beat him in the first round last year.


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07-18-2015 12:50 PM thank you eric
pulled out my 61 to 80 drill bits
found the squirters to be .035"
drilled them out to .037"
what a difference 2 thou can make!!
No hesitation not lean run
don't have to load up the foot brake to launch
test n tune wed
we'll check WOT.


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