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Old 08-01-2009, 07:27 PM
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Ladder bars or slappers?

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Old 08-01-2009, 09:57 PM
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Install a Pinion snubber?
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:40 PM
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Nope - neither pinion snubber nor the ladder bars/slapper bars

Remember that most the of the guys in the "store-bought hotrods" (Super Bees, Roadrunners, 396 SS Chevelles, etc) had NO mechanical aptitude or smarts whatever, but they still went to the dragstrip anyway, and just put it in "D" and went down the track. What was the most common trick they used to get a good launch?
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Nearly all of them ran linelocs
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:26 AM
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High stall converter? How about a "Shift kit", I installed a few of those!

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Old 08-02-2009, 11:03 AM
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Nope- Sorry Brian, but that's not it either! That would have involved having enough $$$ to do those, and most guys seemed to have enough trouble making the car payments. AND they were REALLY scared of voiding their warranty (plus it would have involved having some knowledge of what to do.)

For those of us (a small percentage) who actually KNEW a bit - even if (in my case) it was only a tiny bit - we would do all of the above - my Chevelle had relocated trailing links, a different cam, some head work, headers, a different intake, (and mine was a 4-gear car, with a better clutch and a boom-proof clutch can) but I was not among the vast majority of the guys who owned these things. Most of the guys may have put on headers, but never touched anything internal or did any other engine-room work beyond tuning. They ran whatever gears were in it when they bought it - often a 3:23 Posi rear. Some guys factory-ordered a different rear gear, but very few ever opened the pumpkin after they took delivery.

However, I also used this chassis tuning method in addition to all of the above stuff. What was it?
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:33 AM
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A hint:

OK - I am surprised that this one didn't go in the first 5 minutes! So here's a hint:
Think of guys who were not serious racers, but many (most) of the serious racers also used this trick.

Think of the guy who was the school nerd. (Think "Toad" from American Graffitti.) The one who played chess, and got all A's on his math tests. He worked part time as the grocery bagger at Safeway. He needed a car to get to work or school and got teased for driving his mother's '63 Rambler American with the flathead 6. But if he bought a red '69 Roadrunner he might "fit in".

He got an automatic because he never learned to drive a stickshift car. He went to the dragstrip because "everyone else" did, (and it was "cool" to think of himself as a racer) and tried his best to win in F-Stock automatic, but couldn't afford to make many changes to the car.

He had been told to change the oil periodically , but never really understood why he should.

He had bought a car with all the "recommended" stuff - cold air intake, posi rear end, Polyglass tires, and with power steering & brakes. He may have put a tach on the dash, but only because all the other guys did, not because he used or needed it. He put on the same mags as the other guys did, but only after he had owned it for a year or so - until then taking off the hubcaps was as "cool" as he could come up with.

Much as we like to romantisize that era, lets be honest - the majority of the muscle-car buyers fit THAT profile. They were not the more serious racer/performance type of buyer - think back - out of all the muscle-cars you saw on the street, how many had owners who actually KNEW very much about what they had?

But because both the more serious racers and the "nerds" used this trick, it was by far the most common chassis-tuning trick for improved launches (and no, it was not driving out of a brakestand, nor use of linelock.

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Air shocks? Some guys would change the pinion angle to avoid wheel hop, I think about 3 degrees, IIRC. Other than that I give up...

Drop the air pressure in the tires? Now I give up fer shure..
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Close enough

Because of torque reaction, cars without Posi would always smoke the right-rear only and with posi would push to one side as one tire got more bite than the other. SO - "everyone" ran a bunch MORE rear tire pressure on the left side than the right side to increase traction on the right-side tire that wanted to spin, and decrease it on the "lazy one", in an attempt to "equalize the traction" - not exactly rocket science, but for many guys, that was as close to "chassis tuning" as they ever got, but even the more serious weekend warriors did it, too, in addition to the ladder bars/slapper bars etc! (Of course it often had the opposite effect, but it was accepted gospel back then.)

(Isn't it interesting to note that, mostly we all had it wrong in SO many ways - we would polish the crap out of the intake ports & intake runners, so there was NO TRACE of turbulence in the airflow, because absolute airflow was what we sought - not efficient airflow with good fuel/air mixing)

Your turn Dinger!
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Not just lower tire pressure, but different rear tire pressures left to right.

Dinger had also gotten it, so it's Dinger's turn now to try to "stump the panel"!
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Sorry for taking so long to get to this, but it's been a motorcycle riding-bbqing day.
What was the first auto line named for an athlete? This will be fairly easy for a few of you!
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