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Bloose
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 10-26-2002 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I made what is likely my last trip to the track last week. As some of you may know I put together a mild 289 for my '68 Fairlane Fastback last year. I was hoping to run in the 13's with it before the end of this summer. My first run of the year was a 14.7**. But I ran a 14.4** before the end of the night. Every time I went to the track I would slice a tenth or so from the times. A little carb tuning here, timing curve there and I kept widdling away at it.

My last change was a 1" 4 hole spacer. I went to the track and ran a 14.017 with the air cleaner on. I pulled the filter and ran a 14.014 some timing changes slowed me down a bit to the 14.021 range. Worked on my burnout a bit to get rid of the tiny bit of wheel spin I had, tuned the timing a bit more, and then ran two 14.003's in a row.

Darn it, I just couldn't break into the 13's. Up for the winter is new valve springs and retainers, new roller rockers (possibly 1.7's), a very much needed 3000 rpm stall converter, and an NOS system. Still hoping a little more carb tuning will get me into the 13's next summer without the juice.

Just thought I would share,
B-loose

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capri man
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From: doerun, ga.
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posted 10-26-2002 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
just keep trying all those little test and tune things. its the little things that make you a winner!!

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kid vishus
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posted 10-26-2002 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since you are that close now, the convertor alone will easily put you into the 13's. A convertor can make or break a combination.

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-26-2002 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So close......... ! A lousy gust of tail wind would have done it.

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capri man
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posted 10-26-2002 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yup, a good RRRRIIIIIPPPPP would have done it!!!

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mike r
racing is real
everything else is just a game.
81 capri-7.51 @89mph 1/8
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capri man
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posted 10-26-2002 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
<------------hey look i just made it to 2001

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mike r
racing is real
everything else is just a game.
81 capri-7.51 @89mph 1/8
1.54 60 ft.
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capri man
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posted 10-26-2002 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
of course i stay about a year behind anyway!!

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mike r
racing is real
everything else is just a game.
81 capri-7.51 @89mph 1/8
1.54 60 ft.
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steve'66
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posted 10-26-2002 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike,

Don't make another post til next year or you'll be ahead.

SteveW

p.s. Keep posting and get into the future where you should be.

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Bloose
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 10-26-2002 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bloose   Click Here to Email Bloose     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, cheaping out on the converter was the dumbest thing I did. Everything else worked so well together. Looking back I wish I would have spent the extra $250, that seems so cheap now.

Oh well, I have something to look forward to for next year.

B-loose

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Fastymz
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posted 10-27-2002 01:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thats was real close to 13's.I really enjoyed reading about what you did and how it worked or not.You'll get the 13's for sure next time out.


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