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Old 12-31-2012, 11:11 AM
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the red 49 Ford pickup in my avatar ran a 5-speed manual, and that always seemed to catch peoples attention. was really fun to drive too .. 87 Mustang GT 5.0 roller cam motor and T-5 trans .. with a 3.35 first gear ratio and a 3.70 9" out back it would launch hard with a very mild motor, but purr like a kitten in 5th gear on the highway

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We are on the same wavelength. The 355 had a loud exhaust bark and back then was running a Muncie M21 4 speed. The 383 was built for low rpm torque, and without changing the exhaust system had a nice quiet rumble with no bark. Combine that with the upgrade to the Tremec TKO 600 with the 0.64 OD, and highway cruising just had wind noise. I figure the OD did such a good job of noise reduction that I'm going to go with an engine that has more top end zing.
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The Track-T ran Sacramento Raceway 3 years ago with the 355, 10.8 @ 132. The 383 with 68 hp less runs 11.4 on the G-Tech. The 9.25 is what the 1/4 mile calculator says it could run (traction permitting, good launch) with 525 hp and its current weight.

Like I said Randy, it is a weight thing.

This is some of the reason I asked..
(traction permitting, good launch)

As far as the calculator goes.. I seen a lot of people disappionted at the track when their car doesn't run as well as it did by the calculator..
A lot of things come into play at the track.. I know you know what I mean..
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This is some of the reason I asked..
(traction permitting, good launch)

As far as the calculator goes.. I seen a lot of people disappionted at the track when their car doesn't run as well as it did by the calculator..
A lot of things come into play at the track.. I know you know what I mean..
I know you know, like the time I missed a gear. The G-Tech works perfectly, and I depend on it because I only got to run at the track on a night their scales were down for repair. The G-Tech is so sensitive it could record a 12 hp increase on a 8000 lb diesel 4X4 pick-up.

What I love is the disappointment among the T crowd when we have a gathering that includes a dyno. All these so called 500 hp engines only putting 200 hp to the rollers. It kind of kills off bench racing. Chris will be bringing his transportable dyno to Carson City for the NATS, and I'm looking forward to seeing others make a pull, and of course me doing another pull.
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Very, very nice! I love it! I also think that you're going to run faster than you've calculated. Some of my Impala friends are running 8's and 9's with 4000 lb cars and not much more HP than your new setup...'course it all depends on the "complete package" I suppose. Anyway, love the car!
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Very, very nice! I love it! I also think that you're going to run faster than you've calculated. Some of my Impala friends are running 8's and 9's with 4000 lb cars and not much more HP than your new setup...'course it all depends on the "complete package" I suppose. Anyway, love the car!
I don't doubt that. When I go for a run, either G-Tech or the track, I don't dump the clutch or speed shift as I don't want to break anything. Just visualize your dad pulling a run and that would be me. I might shave 0.3~0.5 off, but just would prefer to baby it.
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You can have all the HP you want... If you can't put it to the ground,, it's just for look's..How fast are you trying to make this car ??? When is fast enough ???
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I am sick and tired of this talk about big engines, horse power and speed! This is an F-ing hotrod site, so let's talk about hot rods.

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You can have all the HP you want... If you can't put it to the ground,, it's just for look's..How fast are you trying to make this car ??? When is fast enough ???
Fuel mileage could be close to my torque motor with the EFI instead of a carb. The plan is to have a ride with good street manners including a good idle, mid 20's for mpg on the highway, over 1.02 G cornering, and still rip a mid 9 second ET. Since the EFI 427 has 140 hp more than the 355 that turned a 10.8, and the car weighs 1790 lbs where an additional 140 hp will make a big difference, I believe I'm on track (no pun intended) for my idea of the "Swiss Army Knife" of hot rods.

That is all I want, 25 mpg, 1.02G cornering, good street manners, and mid 9's. Then I will finally be done.
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I am sick and tired of this talk about big engines, horse power and speed! This is an F-ing hotrod site, so let's talk about hot rods.

Brian
Love it!!! Heard that line so many times before.
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Fuel mileage could be close to my torque motor with the EFI instead of a carb. The plan is to have a ride with good street manners including a good idle, mid 20's for mpg on the highway, over 1.02 G cornering, and still rip a mid 9 second ET. Since the EFI 427 has 140 hp more than the 355 that turned a 10.8, and the car weighs 1790 lbs where an additional 140 hp will make a big difference, I believe I'm on track (no pun intended) for my idea of the "Swiss Army Knife" of hot rods.

That is all I want, 25 mpg, 1.02G cornering, good street manners, and mid 9's. Then I will finally be done.
We can't wait to see your time sheet's when it's done..
If they let you make a pass..

Becareful.. These little cars are a lot like a motorcycle.. Sometimes they will bit back..
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We can't wait to see your time sheet's when it's done..
If they let you make a pass..

Becareful.. These little cars are a lot like a motorcycle.. Sometimes they will bit back..
Haven't done the crotch rocket thing for 25 years. Remember when Suzuki came out with the lightened 1100E at 505 lbs ? I bought one the first year they came out. Fun bike for it's day.

Two up on hwy 49 at some speed over 100.



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I had my share of them too.. Ripped the left side of my face off on one doing 75mph hitting a 4' wide hole in the street flipping head over.. Wasn't fun.. I was 17 years old at the time.. I was into the RM dirt bikes and KZ's street bikes. My last bike was a 1100 v-star..
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I had my share of them too.. Ripped the left side of my face off on one doing 75mph hitting a 4' wide hole in the street flipping head over.. Wasn't fun.. I was 17 years old at the time.. I was into the RM dirt bikes and KZ's street bikes. My last bike was a 1100 v-star..
See Randy, we have common denominators, just not EVs. Of all the rides I've had over the years, the Track-T has had the best power to weight numbers. With the engine going in next month, I'll be at 3.4 lb per hp. The 355 had me at 4.6 lb per hp. But since I'll be 60 next month I think 3.4 is it, no more for this old geezer.
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This is a shot of my last bike..



I really didn't have one car that didn't stick me in the seat hard.. They all had good get up and go.. But if I had to pick one over all.. I would say the 41 willys.. That 468 and 456 gears would nail you.. Even at 45 mph..
That thing was SCARY !!!!!

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