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Old 05-14-19, 12:31AM   #1
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Old 05-14-19, 12:46AM   #2
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Thx Gach, the heap that keeps on running. It gas been such a good engine.
The thing that makes me sick is I had all the body work done and spun it out on the way to the track and jacked up my perfect fenders and Endura. It was almost ready for painting.
I had a deal with a friend. I build him a sbc for his car and he paints mine. Got halfway there, wrecked it and he moved away.
At any rate I will probably paint it myself, do the best i can sort of thing. It would cost about 7K for a shop these days.
Right now I am putting the rear end back together and will take it out with the old engine to test it out and new brakes. I was going to check my clearances in the T400 but will wait until the engine is out in a few weeks.
The heads should be done right now Dave told me and the machinist just called to let me know he is working on the block now.
Just need to get it together so I can order pushrods.
Stan did a sim and says I should make 670 HP on pump gas. Should be a blast.
BTW, the guy that runs the track can get a little pissy. I race against his son. He commented something about not thinking I had won that much out there til he seen all the trophies. I am cutting them up and putting the plates in a big picture frame. Takes up lees space. Running out of it !! I will keep the Wally,s and important ones in one piece.
I had to take that pic. One engine and all the wins. The other guys like me at the track have all been through 3-4 engines in the 25 years I have had this thing. Not bad for a rod chucker Pontiac.
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Old 05-14-19, 09:53AM   #3
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Thx Gach, the heap that keeps on running. It gas been such a good engine.
The thing that makes me sick is I had all the body work done and spun it out on the way to the track and jacked up my perfect fenders and Endura. It was almost ready for painting.
I had a deal with a friend. I build him a sbc for his car and he paints mine. Got halfway there, wrecked it and he moved away.
At any rate I will probably paint it myself, do the best i can sort of thing. It would cost about 7K for a shop these days.
Right now I am putting the rear end back together and will take it out with the old engine to test it out and new brakes. I was going to check my clearances in the T400 but will wait until the engine is out in a few weeks.
The heads should be done right now Dave told me and the machinist just called to let me know he is working on the block now.
Just need to get it together so I can order pushrods.
Stan did a sim and says I should make 670 HP on pump gas. Should be a blast.
BTW, the guy that runs the track can get a little pissy. I race against his son. He commented something about not thinking I had won that much out there til he seen all the trophies. I am cutting them up and putting the plates in a big picture frame. Takes up lees space. Running out of it !! I will keep the Wally,s and important ones in one piece.
I had to take that pic. One engine and all the wins. The other guys like me at the track have all been through 3-4 engines in the 25 years I have had this thing. Not bad for a rod chucker Pontiac.

What rods are in that motor?
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Old 05-14-19, 12:27PM   #4
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Dragncar is that a ladder bar setup that let you install up to 11 inch tires or am I mixing you up with someone else
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What rods are in that motor?
Originally it had 455SD rods. Thats how old the build is. All that was available in the mid 80s was Crower billet, factory and BME.
I switched to cheap C.A.T. generic H beams about 2005. Its just a press fit TRW engine.
I blueprinted my own oil pump, .030 retrictors, drilled my main bearings to match the right oil hole and did the P Dude trick on the thrust and drilled the plug in front of distributor. I think this has a lot to do with how long it has lasted.
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Yes I installed 32" Alstons, but I can fit 12" Hoosiers under the stock wheel wells with a little trimming.
Currently I run 10.5" MT drag radials. I can not see going back to bias ply's. Much more stable, 60 foots almost as good but I run a tenth faster. One burnout with smoke to start the day and the rest fuzz them to knock the rocks off.
I think the 12s looked better and could go back on if I have traction issues when the IA2 gets in there.
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Old 05-14-19, 04:21PM   #7
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Impressive. Congratulations on all the hard work you had to do to get that hardware.
Was that photo at Samoa or further inland?

Spun it out on the way to the track. OUCH!
Tell me you were trying to miss the GEICO squirrels? LOL


Your car reminds me of Bill Taylor's Bad Medicine GTO.
A local runner here in So Cal.
He eventually had it set up like a late 1960's funny car w/stock block & running different nitro percentages then retired it and started working with Vince Mayeda on his funny car . They got on the top ten list with the funny car .Stock Pontiac Block.
They switched over to Hemi power though in 2015. Economics.
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Old 05-15-19, 12:44AM   #8
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Impressive. Congratulations on all the hard work you had to do to get that hardware.
Was that photo at Samoa or further inland?

Spun it out on the way to the track. OUCH!
Tell me you were trying to miss the GEICO squirrels? LOL


Your car reminds me of Bill Taylor's Bad Medicine GTO.
A local runner here in So Cal.
He eventually had it set up like a late 1960's funny car w/stock block & running different nitro percentages then retired it and started working with Vince Mayeda on his funny car . They got on the top ten list with the funny car .Stock Pontiac Block.
They switched over to Hemi power though in 2015. Economics.
Its at Samoa,70 deg and sea level baby
Yeah, spun it out on the way to the track. My fault and bad luck. I just put the skinny's on the front, had a spool and these tall truck tires on the back for driving out there. It was summer and here it gets these little fog banks here and there. Always, clears up about noon. I love that weather. Anyway going to pass someone and I had enough room but some guy came out of one going about 85mph on a 2 lane road. So I let off the gas and just eased the wheel over slightly to get back in my lane and it was like the front tires just pushed right through like they were roller skates. The back wheels wanted to be the front wheels.
I did 2 long slow spins at 70 and as I came off the road to the right there was old railroad tracks. And as the car plowed through the thick heavy gravel (the sound was freaky) the right front dug in and the car spun hard, did a fast hard 360 and pushed in both of my perfect front fenders I just did all the body work in steel. Ended up with the rear tires on the tracks, broke one rear wheel, bent all my old ladder bars and crossmember.
I hope the front bumper is still OK. It might just be the mounts out of place.
But anyway I got it home and inspected all the damage. There were rocks everywhere you could think of under the car.
Just lucky I did not go off the road to the left. It drops 3-4 feet. I would have been killed.
So now the car gets a trailer ride.
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Old 05-16-19, 01:15AM   #9
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Been there ,done that,
Everything seems to happen in slo mo because your mind speeds up during that sequence.
I drive mine to the track on street tires and change out at the track.
Usually someone driving chase in my truck with all the gear. Nice 'n easy.
The road up to Barona is dangerous ,twisting up hill rural 2 lane paved road with drop offs that would put you in a canyon 300 feet below. Lotta casino traffic/ drivers on that run day & night and most of 'em are dopey.
Going down the hill isn't any better either. Gotta gear way down if towing or the brakes will be toast at the bottom of the grade. If its a night deal you can get the fog or chance of deer /cow collision. Treacherous stretch of road.
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It was VERY slow motion. Its weird how that happens. Lucky I did not roll it. No more spools on the street. But I broke Trac Locks and Detroit Lockers before I spooled it.
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