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Fastymz
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From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
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posted 07-15-2001 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My car came with power steering thats was not working.The pump long gone.I need to know can I just remove the power ram.And change the drag link to manual one.Is there any thing I'm missing.
2.Are those slapper traction bars any good like lakewood leaf spring bars.That bolt up to the bottom of the spring mount.There more in my price range but if they dont work I'll save my money.I dont use any traction adders at all now I just leave from idle,and those 5.0 and z28 kill me off the line.
3.Dose any one use those fiber glass seats I'd like to put some in my car they seen comfy enough and they may save some wieght.
4.Any one use fiberglass parts like fenders hood trunk lid.Or even a one piece fiberglass front end.
Thanks and sorry for all the questions at once just had alot on my mind.Ron

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steve'66
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posted 07-16-2001 12:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ron,

The Lakewood traction bars are your best bang for the buck! About a hundred at Summit in Sparks and your wheel hop problems are solved. Add some Rancho 9000 shocks to the rear and some 90-10s to the front, some MT et streets to the rear and you can start leaving the line at 4000 or so!

The fiberglass buckets are the way to go for a strip car, lots of weight savings there.

As far as glass parts a glass hood (maybe a cowl hood) makes sense, weight savings and it will let some fresh air in.

The power steering conversion is best left to those who have done it, ours was a manual steering car from the start.

Good luck, maybe you can join us at Sac Raceway.

SteveW

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Greenstang
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posted 07-16-2001 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greenstang   Click Here to Email Greenstang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have got one of those fiberglass seats, its was fairly comfortable (from sitting around the house in it) and I may still make it into a seat for the living room of my apartment....
I went the "streetpimping" route(as given by a friend) with my 68 so I never got it installed.... I don't think I would put into anything mostly street driven; as with the pounding from the bumps on the street, I would bet on pulling the mounts right out of he seat. Unless of course the seat was anchored to; or resting against the roll bar in the back.
Where's David Cole, He has a set in his 69...
addendum: Those whom met me at the get together would atest that I am quite rotund however, for those of lesser size that (pulling the mounting points out) might not be a concern...
HTH
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Rory McNeil
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posted 07-16-2001 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fastymz, If it was my car getting smoked off the line by Camaro`s & 5.0 Mustangs, the first thing I would do is get rid of the 2.80 open rear end! Putting in a set of steep gears & a posi/locker will do more for you than saving 100 lbs with all that fiberglass! I would also toss that Carter carb & replace it with a Holley, & get a set of slicks.What are your current ET`s & 60 ft times?

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Fastymz
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posted 07-16-2001 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the help.
steve66 are the Lakewood universal clamp on traction bars any good.They are only $40 from summitracing.They also have there own brand of 90/10 front shocks for $30.They are three way adjust.Or should I get a brand name one.Need to stay on a small budget.So less money is better but only if they work.If I get to Sac this summer for the drags I'll email you.Do they still have wed night street car racing.
I have not had this car to the track yet hope to this summer in Fallon.As soon as I do I'll post my times.I've won a few races on the street agianst 5.0's.One of which is my dad's 88gt that I know for sure runs 14.5 at Fallon.Hope that my car will be into the low 14's they way it is now.
Rory.I could not agree more with you.i wa just kicking around some other ideas I had.I hate to lose has much as any else.Even to a 5.0.

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steve'66
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posted 07-16-2001 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never tried the clamp on bars, I know the bolt on Lakewoods work good.
The cheapo adjustables are ok, just remember once you install them you have to pull them back out to readjust them.
You'll like Sacramento's elevation better than Fallon's, your car will feel like its got about 5# of boost down here.

SteveW

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