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Old 03-01-2013, 09:21 AM
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I have only a couple experiences with the greats,mostly indirect.
John had a huge influence on the cobalt engine design.

Many years ago (70s) a super stock racer here was running 1/10 over the index.He talked to John and John guaranteed Buck that the car would go under the index with his engine. John sold him an engine,not cheap!! Buck was already in business selling engines so he tried to keep it quiet he was "buying" someone elses engine.
The car did not perforn as John said it would.Big fight! John looked at Bucks car and said his car(Bucks) was set up wrong for Johns engine and Buck had the wrong "brand" of tire.
Long storey short,Buck set up the car and changed the tires,,,He wanted to advance the cam and John said dont you dare touch my engine,,car ran 2/10s under the index

first thing Buck did was pull the engine and take it apart to see what and why.
I dont think Johns brother has the knowledge to make LPE cutting edge now.

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:23 AM
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Its not just offset grinding,they used to also add weld to cranks.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:20 AM
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We also bought blanks. and years ago, billet race cranks,
And >> "WELDED STROKERS"<<,
and the like they have been around for many decades, and it was expensive, and hard work welding and turning cranks, or grinding from a blank!!! but for the average guy in his garage this stuff was as exotic as as a pink elephant, but it gave racers that went to the trouble and expense an edge. The availability of cheap Chinese aftermarket stuff has changed over time, and exotic custom cranks and aluminum heads are no longer out of reach of the novices. It kind of leveled the playing field!! with the 400 in the 70s it made a stoker easier for a guy to stroke a 327 or 350 in his back yard garage but still hard, and now the kits make it easy for a high school kid in auto shop to throw together with a little money!!!!! LOL

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I thought this was gonna be a video thread

I posted this one awhile back, thought some of the newcomers might like it. I might even video my Camaro from the rear, its got some nasty too. Turn it up loud!

067.mp4 Video by olnolan | Photobucket

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Old 03-01-2013, 05:53 PM
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Have to disagree. Because of availability, and prepackaging , and modern technology you can push the envelope harder than ever. You also get it done in less time. Who can waste time?
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:06 PM
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I have a foot of snow and a few inches of Ice and below 0*frt forcast for tonight LOL but its march and the weather should break soon and then we will have fun with videos especially Vinnie when he gets that Vette out for a bath!!! And his wife is holding the camara LOL

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:20 PM
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Even though the parts are more affordable, and require less finishing, the popularity is declining in the hobby. So many possibities are in reach for the tool proficient hobbyist. It makes no sense.

Did the segregation into groups divide and conquer?

Did the prestige fade because of jealousy?

When 3d printing becomes more common, it might ignite some new dreams.
Predicted in a old show called star trek, they had something called a replicator.
Home casting, imagine the projects.
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It's fading because the need is fading. You can get a cool looking 400+hp hotels from the dealer with only one or two extra bolt one and a 100000 mile warren try and almost 30mpg. It moved from back yards and garages to dealer show rooms. A muscle car no longer has muscle compared to the modern cars. Older custom antique cars are a different story as they have a different look but that's for old guys, you guys just want fast and loud so you buy a 98 or newer Camaro and put on a flow master. Done.

The sbc and its contemporaries are the flat head ford of the 80s.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:57 PM
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that's for old guys, you guys just want fast and loud so you buy a 98 or newer Camaro and put on a flow master. Done.




Ill take any muscle car from the 60s that ran 14s & 13s with their little 6 1/2 inch wide tires and put it along side a new Camaro with the same 6 1/2 tires mounted on it and see what happens!

Comparing performance then to now isn't fair!!! because of the tires #1 used in 1/4 mile tests and years ago, and the built in traction aids, gearing, ETC, on newer cars now and the wide meaty tires! put those on the old muscle and then run a comparison!!

1966 Corvette Car and driver mag. 1966
427ci/425hp, 4spd, 3.36 gears, 27" x 6 1/2" tires 0-60 - n/a, 1/4 mile - 12.8 @ 112mph put good tires on it and your in the 11s I can post many more with skinny tires tested back then that with good tires from today would WOW the young!

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Not only were the tire 6 1/2 inches wide,they were also polyester or belted bias ply if you had money
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Finally got the clutch fixed/bled and took the Landshark out for a ride today. Drove up to Pepboys and back, then around the house a few times. Clutch is rock solid finally after 2 weeks of jerking around with it. The master cylinder has to be burped just right.. Car sounds killer when you stomp it, though the tires won't hold in 1st through 4th gears. Adaptive Learn on the fuel injection is starting to record some data and make changes from my base map. Should be a fun ride after a couple more trips out. Quick video of the Landshark today when I got back, from the rear, exhaust sounding sexy, and then from the front with the solid lifters clacking nicely. Now time to clean her up, respray the rattle can, and start working on a cage. New Koni shocks and coils will be here soon.


What a great feeling when nothing ****s the bed and the car actually drives like it should... Kept having a sinking feeling like something bad should happen soon, but she purred like a kitten all day, until I yanked on her tail.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:17 PM
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Vinnie... That engine sounds very respectable.
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Vinnie... That engine sounds very respectable.
His car sounds great. Im looking forward to spring.
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His car sounds great. Im looking forward to spring.
After a long winter the inspiration of a good sounding car makes a person want to get em out & warm em up! He's in Florida LOL!! I go out and get snow blind and fall on my A $ $ LOL

Just ordered Ladder bars and frame connectors today for my wife's Camaro after she watched his video LOL

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Old 03-02-2013, 10:27 PM
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Putlocker (1) Click on "Full Movie" open embedded player Im watching it now! Injoy and forget winter for a while Vinnie!!!!

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