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70coupe
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From: Toronto,Ontario,Canada
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posted 08-25-2001 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It sounds like a simple question but I find when warming up my cleveland at the track I start it, run it for 5 minutes or so then go for a short drive around the pits to heat up the oils. My car never runs well on the first pass. Its always about 2-3 tenths off the dial. Is this normal or should I drive it around a little longer?

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kid vishus
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posted 08-25-2001 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I drive mine around a little also. But I run synthetic fluids in everything and my first pass is always the same as the rest.

If you are running petroleum based rear end grease or trans fluid, they take more heat to thin down. Maybe try jacking the back end of car up and putting it in gear and running it a higher speed that way to spin the tires and transmision faster to warm them up better.

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F551
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posted 08-25-2001 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for F551   Click Here to Email F551     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I run the car to tech and back, then put the rear up on jack stands. About 20 minutes before we go up I run the car at about 2500 rpm in high gear until the gauge reads 180 degrees. Then I cool it to about 140 degrees to be ready for the pass. This procedure works for us - gets the trans and diff warm and our first pass is representative of the rest of time trials - we do three. It seems to get the heat into the block and it is easy to control the temp for consistency. Just those hot days need more time!

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Fred
68 Mustang 500CID/Powerglide - "No Tubs"
86 Mustang GT Cobra

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n2oMike
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From: Spencer, WV
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posted 08-25-2001 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another vote for synthetics here...

They don't require all the heat to thin down as regular petroleum products do.

I use synthetics front to rear.

Good Luck!

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Mike Burch
66 mustang real street
302 4-speed 289 heads
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chips67
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posted 08-25-2001 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chips67   Click Here to Email chips67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
used to use synthetics, but switched back to dinasour oil because of all the problems i been having that trash my oil. at $35 a pop, 4 oil changes in 2 months and the wife cut me off. when it comes to warming it up, i find that driving the car to the track helps a lot.

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67 coupe, 650dp and rpm intake on 5.0 with afr 165 heads, 4 speed, 4.11's.....best so far is [email protected] in 1/8 mile with 1.78 60ft. time.

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jkilroy
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posted 08-26-2001 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I drive it there.

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Jay Kilroy
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Antian26
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posted 08-27-2001 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antian26   Click Here to Email Antian26     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, driving the car to the track IS the best idea..

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