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  • kid vishus
    started a topic Racing updates

    Racing updates

    Since my previous thread had turned in to a novel and was not focused primarily on the racing aspect, I figured I would start a new topic to leave some not so thrilling updates in.

    Last weekend, there was a 3 day race at Rockingham. Since we had plans on saturday, I took friday off work and made my first trip ever to 'The Rock'.
    First pass, the car spun. Everyone was spinning. One guy about 4 pairs in front of me spun so hard he turned it clear around on the track. Luckily he never hit anything. I had thought the car was going to go 6.28, but it only managed a 6.31.
    Second time run I turned the 2 step down, let the tires down, and softened the rear shocks up. It hooked a lot better (I'm sure the track got better too as it got heat in it and more cars went down it), and the car went 6.286 and I had a .013 bulb. Cool, I'm all set to go some rounds and bring home the big check.
    I filled the cell back up, and as I was walking around the car I noticed a leak. Uh oh, where's that coming from. I poked my head under the car and saw fuel running out around the fitting in the bottom of my fuel pump. Dang, hopefully it's just loose. I grabbed a wrench, reached under there.....and nope, it's tight. I stuck my head under there to get a good luck and saw a crack in the middle of the 90* bend (tube type fitting.) I pulled it off, dumping 3 gallons of alchy on the ground since I didnt have a way to cap it or capture the fuel, and went trailer to trailer hoping someone would have a spare with them. Since it was an oddball, I was out of luck. I went to the tower, got part of my money back, and came home. I fixed it the very next day. I changed it up some and completely removed the filter from the inlet line.

    Yesterday, went to the track again to get some seat time and try to change my luck before the big money races coming up in November.
    Once again, I guessed the car would go 6.28 off the trailer. It went 6.291 and I was -.001 at the tree. Cool. I stuck a little time in the box, and like a dummy raised the shift point to see if the car would like that. The shift point ended up being too close to the hi end rev limter and it actually hit that chip about the same time it tried to shift, so it slowed down a touch and went 6.33 with a .013 light.
    I swapped the shift chip out, dialed it 6.30, and rolled up for first round. My light was not good, his was horrible. I drove around him, whacked it 3 times killing 4 mph and got the W going 6.330. I figured wide open it would have gone 6.310 or so. I left the 6.30 on it, went up for second round, ran it out wide open and went 6.309 and got the W. My light was a touch better but still not where I wanted it, so I took some time out of the box, left the 6.30 on the window and went back up for third round. I got lined up with car dialed 6.24 to my 6.30 so I knew we would be side by side all the way. I was .019 to his .024, and when we hit the finish line I could not tell who get there first it was that close. Turns out, he did by .001. I'm not sure why, but my car slowed down to a 6.327.
    It wasnt the outcome I was looking for, but all in all it wasnt a bad. Well, other than the float sticking on my generator after second time run causing a mild panic, but that's another story. LOL

  • ford84stepside
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    My idea of a race car anymore is an open engine rail, front or rear engined. Everything would be relatively easy to access and easily seen. I've seen some pretty good bargains the last few years that if I'd had the extra money I would have pulled the trigger. Most were rollers, some had a slideglide that came with them, but just about all of them were Chevy based, so a engine mount change would have been required. There was one that stayed on Craigslist for months for less than $10,000, with an enclosed 30ft trailer. Man, I wanted it bad! Another was T bodied short wheelbase car, $7500, engine and all. Just something to think over, you might not even be interested.

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  • kid vishus
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    Well, my assumption was wrong. There is not a hole in a piston. I have no idea why it was smoking like a freight train that last pass. I checked as well as I could and didnt see any cylinders that were cracked. That valve is bent all to hell though so I at least got that part right.
    I'm really thinking since it's out, I might as well pull it all apart, check it all over, then put it back together. But I'm either going to need to swap cams, change rocker ratios, or have the pistons cut on the exhaust side to clear since it's obviously an issue.

    I tried a Clevor once. It lasted about a season. And was a YUUUUGE PITA to put headers on. I wont ever go that route again. I actually just sold the intake that fit that particular combo. A Lima engine would be just as bad to get headers on, and I'm not going to go that route. I'm seriously thinking the best option is to just sell everything at this point.

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  • blue34
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    Originally posted by ford84stepside View Post
    Looks like you are jinxed with Clevelands Rob, maybe time to move to a Windsor or Lima engine? A 393 Windsor would be fun, as well as a 500+ Lima! The Lima would probably be too big of bucks though. Maybe a Clevor, Cleveland heads on a Windsor block like a Boss 302?

    Just tossing out some suggestions. All to big for my pocketbook!
    that`s BLASPHEMY ! dont use a Cleveland, man lightning is going to hit you !!!!!!

    Keith

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  • ford84stepside
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    Looks like you are jinxed with Clevelands Rob, maybe time to move to a Windsor or Lima engine? A 393 Windsor would be fun, as well as a 500+ Lima! The Lima would probably be too big of bucks though. Maybe a Clevor, Cleveland heads on a Windsor block like a Boss 302?

    Just tossing out some suggestions. All to big for my pocketbook!

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  • kid vishus
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    It wasnt wires as I put new ones before we went the last time. I'm really thinking it was in the carb. The last burnout I did, it was fine in the waterbox, but I never got in to the secondaries. During the pass it missed, but the carb was wide open at that point. I swapped carbs on it, but havent been back to the track yet. Hopefully this Friday we will get to a test n tune and see if it's all better now.

    I got the motor out of my POS today. The starter is all chewed to hell. It was only in there for less than one year and the gear on it is chewed up pretty badly. When the sun gets down out of the peak of the sky later, I might go out and pull the intake and the one head and see just how bad that piston is tore up and if it hurt anything else.

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  • ford84stepside
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    Just part of the expense of owning your own business. Good thing is on my current ride the manufacturer specs oil changes every 50,000 miles instead of the 25,000 or less all the others have. That's two less changes per year for me, so some money saved. And it must not affect longevity that much, it currently has 1.5 million miles on the engine, has had an inframe with new bearings and rings supposedly in that time frame.

    So, did you find the miss in KK's car? Was it plugs, wires, or both?

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  • kid vishus
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    Originally posted by ford84stepside View Post
    I feel for you on the oil change. My semi truck engine holds 11 gallons of oil. Changes really hit the pocketbook......
    WOW! That's brutal.

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  • ford84stepside
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    I feel for you on the oil change. My semi truck engine holds 11 gallons of oil. Changes really hit the pocketbook......

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  • kid vishus
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    Neutral safety switch was just out of adjustment. Honestly, I have no idea how long it has been like that. Maybe it had been like that since we got the car back from her brother after he replaced the transmission tunnel when the rear u joint broke in the water box a couple of years ago. The car hadnt been run enough since then that we may not have even noticed it.
    I really need to change the oil in the car before it hits the track again. Truth be told, the oil in the dually needs changed too. That's the one that is painful on the pocket. 15 quarts of oil and a $25 filter makes it an expensive oil change.

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  • kid vishus
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    Originally posted by ford84stepside View Post
    Sorry about your brother in law, mine is about the same way. I can tolerate him for short periods of time, after that he gets on my nerves. Thinks he knows everything, but several times Iíve had to go behind him a repair something he supposedly fixed.
    Just to be clear, I really like her brother, and he's always been incredibly helpful. He knows a lot more than I do on multiple subjects, but for some reason he decided not to help this time. Maybe when I made the comment "I hate this damned car", he took it personal since he built about 90% of it originally. You know, if he had struggled with something NEVER running right like this thing has done for the last 6 or 7 years, he might not be all sunshine and rainbows over it either. I fix one thing and three more go wrong. Or, when I think I have an issue figured it out after spending a lot of money, it's not (just like the current misfire issue.) His response was "I can solve all your problems with that car, pull the motor out and I'll buy the car back." Well, it aint mine to sell, it's KK's. And if we were inclined to sell it, I'm not sure I would sell it to him anyways. He already has a racecar, a much better car than this one. And I see him wanting it back for one reason; to sell for more than he would give us for it.

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  • blue34
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    atta boy Rob, keep at it !

    Keith

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  • kid vishus
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    I may not be an electrician, or the sharpest or brightest crayon in the box, but I figured it out. It only took just over a total of 3 1/2 hours. Everything works except for the neutral safety switch, and I havent even looked at it yet.
    Now if the dumb thing will just go down the track on all 8 cylinders we will be all set.

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  • Tater351C
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    I didnít read everything but I can say live for today. Life is short n **** who ya piss off **** Off some people!!!

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  • ford84stepside
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    Sounds like it might be time to rewire it so it will be easier to check on.
    Iíd guess you have a break or bad connection on the stretch cord end.
    Sorry about your brother in law, mine is about the same way. I can tolerate him for short periods of time, after that he gets on my nerves. Thinks he knows everything, but several times Iíve had to go behind him a repair something he supposedly fixed.

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