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bluestreek
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posted 03-02-2003 11:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I took a friend for a ride in the 331 Mustang today to show him what it would do. This was the first time I had ever reved the new motor past 7000 rpms. It pulled smooth to 7500 rpms and when I went to shift into 2nd, it wouldn't go in. I was trying to speed shift it, so while I was trying to cram it in gear, I saw the 8000 rpm redline light up on the tach! I thought it was going to explode!
It was kinda embarrasing because I was trying to show off. I though maybe my timing was off so I tried it again and the same thing happened! I tried it one more time only taking it up to 6500 and it still would not go into second and everytime I can hear the teeth grinding.

So I just cruised it back home with it's tail stuck between it legs and the whole time I was worrying about all the wear that I put on it by missing those gears.

I'm seriously considering tossing the 4 spd and getting a C-4!

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steve'66
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posted 03-03-2003 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bluestreek:
I'm seriously considering tossing the 4 spd and getting a C-4!


Do it and don't look back! It'll be quicker too.

SteveW

p.s. The gear bangers will be along soon to encourage you to stick with the dinosaur tranny, but listen to the left side of your brain and not the right.
No missed shifts, lightning quick shifts, torque multiplying torque convertor, what more could a guy ask for.

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Moneymaker
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posted 03-03-2003 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by steve'66:
Do it and don't look back! It'll be quicker too.

SteveW

p.s. The gear bangers will be along soon to encourage you to stick with the dinosaur tranny, but listen to the left side of your brain and not the right.
No missed shifts, lightning quick shifts, torque multiplying torque convertor, what more could a guy ask for.

SteveW


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Been there done that!

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Stephen & Horace Johnson
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posted 03-03-2003 12:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen & Horace Johnson   Click Here to Email Stephen & Horace Johnson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Put a good clutch in it..sounds like your clutch cable needs some adjusting.. You can go quick and go rounds with a stick shift..Just remember 3pedals are better than 2.. and a whole lot fun...lol..

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Glens67
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posted 03-03-2003 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glens67   Click Here to Email Glens67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stay away from those SISSEY juce box shifters. Your clutch is not fully releasing, make sure that all of the free play is out of the clutch. For power shifts at the upper end you need to almost have the throw out bearing in contact with the clutch release levers.

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cobravenom71
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posted 03-03-2003 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is no denying that a well-built auto-trans is much quicker and more consistent than a stick. Sometimes, however, the 'U-Shift-It' tranny is a little more fun for just knockin' around on the street with. I have never been able to make up my mind. I have a Z-28 with a Muncie 4-speed, and the only real reason I keep it around is because its so much fun to drive!

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bluestreek
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posted 03-03-2003 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It just seems like it's always something going wrong with the sraight shift combo. Before I had trouble getting enough torque for a decent launch and lots of vibration. Now that the new roller stroker is making killer torque and reving to the moon just like I wanted, I'm having problems shifting under a hard pull. Luckily rainy weather has kept us off the track now for the first 2 Saturdays or I would have went out there and wasted my time.

I have a new FMS King Cobra diaphragm clutch system and it shifted great until I put the peddle to the metal, then the location of everything seemed to change when the motor torqued up good. I can't even get it to down shift into 2nd now. I think I bent a shift rod or someting when I was trying to force it into 2nd. Should I strap the motor down and try readjusting everything? I never had these stupid problems when I ran the 6200 rpm 289 and granny shifting just won't hack it on the track!! I would like to get a few decent baseline runs with the manual tranny before going over to the other side.

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n2oMike
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posted 03-03-2003 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cobravenom71:
There is no denying that a well-built auto-trans is much quicker and more consistent than a stick.

Autotragic transmissions suck up more power than a real gear box. Therefore, more power gets to the rear tires with a manual tranny. This is the main reason about any factory car off the showroom is significantly quicker with the stick.

When a car is modified to make big power, the launch starts to become a problem... and autotragic transmissioned vehicles are WAY easier to science-out on the launch pad. The clutch is the source of many headaches and broken parts... but when figured out stickshifts ARE faster. Why do you think cars with real gear boxes get weight penalties in those 'heads-up' NMCA and Mustang races?

Diaphragm clutches aren't exactly ideal for high rpm use. You'll want a Long style (3-finger) setup... preferably an adjustable sintered iron unit for maximum track success. Of course a set of slicks won't hurt anything either...

Clutch equipped STREET cars are also more streetable. To make a high strung 289-302 launch at the track (without the help of nitrous) an extremely loose 8" converter is required. These aren't very practical for regular street duty.

Also, the fun factor of a stickshift just CANNOT be equalled by the ole' slushbox. I've driven both, and for cars that run the same et's, stickshifts are WAY more fun. With an automatic, (if you are a rebel and shift it yourself ) you simply depress the gas pedal and steer, as you push forward on the gearshift twice as you go down the track. Life is MUCH more exciting with the stickshift!

Yes, autotragics are more consistent.
Yes, autotragics are easier to drive.
Yes, you can buy enough gizmos to make an automatic car practically drive itself down the track.

BUT 99% OF THEM ARE BORING!!!

True of False, people perk up when the stickshift cars come to the lanes???

You'll definitely want to strap the driver's side of the engine down and re-adjust the clutch linkage. You also don't want to run too heavy of a gear oil in the trans. That stuff doesn't warm up that fast, and when thick, it won't allow the trans to shift very quickly. I use synthetic.

If your goal is to have a consistent, but boring car... install an automatic, along with all the goodies to make it go down the track all by itself. If you want a FUN street car that can also hold it's own at the track, keep the stick!

Install a set of slicks, strap the engine down, re-adjust the shifter linkage (you won't bend the shift forks on a toploader), take car of the clutch... and have FUN! I don't remember the exact specifics of your cam, but I don't remember it being so large as to require a 7500 rpm shift point. Try pulling the gears at around 6800 rpm. It will probably be faster AND easier to shift.

Good Luck!

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CometGT1974
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posted 03-03-2003 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CometGT1974   Click Here to Email CometGT1974     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funny, I never thought it was boring outrunning the stick shift cars with my c4!?!?!?!

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65_289
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posted 03-03-2003 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65_289   Click Here to Email 65_289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by n2oMike:
...This is the main reason about any factory car off the showroom is significantly quicker with the stick.

I bet it's because the stock auto usually shifts before the optimal point in the power band and the stock converter isn't matched for optimum launching. Give the driver the option of when to shift, and give a properly matched converter, and I bet the difference will be quite a bit less.

I think the power loss is the 3rd, not the main reason.

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steve'66
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posted 03-03-2003 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the manual tranny really quicker?

A look at the NHRA S/S records revealed the following;

SS/A 8.72 (manual)
SS/AA 8.64 (automatic)

SS/E 9.58 (manual)
SS/EA 9.52 (automatic)

SS/J 10.30 (manual)
SS/JA 10.02 (automatic)

SS/O 11.49 (manual)
SS/OA 11.43 (automatic)

SS/P 12.30 (manual)
SS/PA 11.68 (automatic)

The average of all SS manual classes is 10.102 seconds.

The average of all SS automatic classes is 10.195.

So the answer is MAYBE, SOMETIMES But not by much.


SteveW

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rockafellz
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posted 03-03-2003 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Trailer_Trash:
you could spend $500 making your auto as fast as a manual. think about how much dough those guys put into their autos to make it go a few hundredths faster than a manual. plus, the fun-factor overrules just about anything.

You could also spend $500+ in a manual to make it hold up and shift correctly with all the power you may have. Think about how much dough those guys put into their manuals to make it keep up with the power. And like N20Mike says, there are many variables in making a perfect manual.

Respectively, the point i'm trying to make here is, your statement is not really valid. $$$ is to be spent either way you go when HP readings go up, as is the case with BLUESTREEK.

Erik

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steve'66
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posted 03-03-2003 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Trailer_Trash:
you could spend $500 making your auto as fast as a manual. think about how much dough those guys put into their autos to make it go a few hundredths faster than a manual. plus, the fun-factor overrules just about anything.

Do you really think the SuperStock manual tranny guys are not using every trick in the book for their transmissions, clutches, and shifters?

The comparisons between superstock classes represents the best of the best! The best manual trannys, the best drivers, the best clutches, against the best automatics.

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69_sportsroof
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posted 03-03-2003 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69_sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69_sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah...and in the real world all of the roads are straigh,flat,and 1/4 mile long....If I was gonna build a drag car it would be an auto without question. But up here in the hills.......well bring um on cause I wanna Play. No offence but we all build our cars as we would like them .If you want an auto go for it,if not cool it's your car just enjoy it. Jay

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n2oMike
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posted 03-03-2003 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by steve'66:
Is the manual tranny really quicker?

A look at the NHRA S/S records revealed the following;


I wonder how the mph numbers compare. This would be a more valid indicator of how much power is reaching the rear wheels.

Plus, due to the bracket nature of Super Stock, I'd say most of the top guys are running automatics... which would also explain the performance difference.

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posted 03-03-2003 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if we were ever talking about 'stock' autos or manuals. We were originally talking about Bluestreek's problem with his manual.

Erik

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posted 03-03-2003 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rockafellz   Click Here to Email rockafellz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Trailer_Trash:
[Blets just try to solve Bluestreek's problem, not get him to buy an auto. [/B]

I think it would be a bad decision based on the facts given, even from N20Mike.

Bluestreek, my vote is for C4 race from JPT or Dynamic. None better in my opinion.

Erik

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n2oMike
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posted 03-03-2003 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike   Click Here to Email n2oMike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was trying to keep it civil and on task, while answering the poster's questions. (with a little understated humor) Lets keep it that way, and refrain from going back and forth saying one is better than the other.

Stickshifts are more fun. Automatics are more efficient in bracket racing. I believe most of us would agree with this. The 'fun factor' is the most important to me. I like being the 'rebel gear banger' out there. Others like a setup that is more efficient at going rounds in the brackets.

To me, small tired nitroused 4-speeds are about as wild and crazy as they come. They pretty much spell 'excitement'!

The ultimate bracketeer will have more tire than engine, and do the exact same boring thing over and over. Some people like being competitive like that. It wins money and championships. For those that want to chase season titles (and don't have the time or money to invest into a 'heads-up' campaign) it's their only outlet.

I'm just the 'occasional' drag racer. I spend the majority of my hotrod time on the street, and only make it to the track a couple times a year.

To each his own.

Mike

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Hey N20Mike,

I wasn't disagreeing with you. I was totally agreeing with what you stated above. No doubt. I was merely stating that with all the facts that you described above, it would save time to go with a auto "to get it over with" and go race. I have no doubt in my mind that what you said is true and correct in regards to building the RIGHT manual trans. But it takes time and money to BUILD it RIGHT.

I correct myself in my statement in saying it would be a "bad decision". It would imo, be a better choice for consistency and "getting it over with".

Erik

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I was under the impression that with the right torque converter, auto cars put a lot more force to the wheels than a manual (in drag trim).

I know my car would be faster with an auto, I have had reliability problems with my manual tranny. But I don't care. A stick is what makes my car cool, its what my car is. I swapped it to a stick for a reason, 'cause I like 'em better, damnit . So just do whatever you really want.

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posted 03-03-2003 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So.... if you want to have fun, drive a stick. If you want to have fun AND win, drive an Auto...

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Bluestreek I was also having trouble shifting at high rpms(6000) well, high for me at least .The stock Ford clutch linkage is a joke.I had to reinforce mine because it would bend(Z bar and pushrod)and I was constantly adjusting it and I'm only running a stock type Ford clutch.You need to keep the motor from torquing over like Mike said and when you start having trouble shifting,probably something is bent or out of adjustment.I personally like the versatility and the launch of the manual trannies.I'm not trying to be a smartass and no disrespect intended but some people just cannot seem to master the powershift.If you feel that every thing is set up properly and you just can't get it,by all means get an automatic.You'll be much happier.

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posted 03-03-2003 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bluestreak,

I have a custom made z-bar from the '66 that I fab'd when the stock z-bar kept bending. I just noticed it last weekend under my bench. You can have it if you'd like to try it, free. It's strong as hell and you won't break or bend it.

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posted 03-03-2003 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by n2oMike:
I wonder how the mph numbers compare. This would be a more valid indicator of how much power is reaching the rear wheels.

Plus, due to the bracket nature of Super Stock, I'd say most of the top guys are running automatics... which would also explain the performance difference.


Mike they are closer than you may think. Within one MPH in most cases.
True, the fun factor is not comparable.
If I had an unlimited budget MM would most certainly be a stick again. I love them and I am a stick shift drivin fool!

All I would need are two Jerico's, two $4000 clutches, two flywheels, one more third member (that would make 4 total)another drive shaft (3)and a nice shifter! That's all!
Oh yeah, I forgot that I would need another crew member to help me change all the parts that break in between rounds too.

Bottom line FACTS are that sticks are harder on EVERYTHING and less consistant. In Stock and Superstock racing I come in contact with more stick guys than you could imagine. Most if not all are my good friends. At any given race I am under one of their cars helping them to adjust or change their clutch, change transmissions, rear ends etc. This is WEEK IN and WEEK OUT!
Other than driving them, there is NO FUN in campaining a car with a stick anymore.

Mike, it's been a while since you have raced. Wait until you get your car back out and if it makes the power it should and it hooks, YOU'LL be under it in no time fixing something that broke! I GUARANTEE IT!
I want to race when I'm at the track. I get to work on my stuff enough at the shop.

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STEEVE Let me try it. I have busted 2 Hurst Plus shifters right off at the first bend, talk about fun POWERSHIFTS ALL 4 Now if I could figure out how to POWERSHIFT reverse

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I onlt wish I had your problem.
To much power,it most be nice.
I'd vote for the auto also.Sticks are cool and I enjoy driving them.But I'm one of the few that love to watch a fast car with a well built auto trans.They shift so fast and hard it's amazing.

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posted 03-03-2003 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dammit man!! I just came in from work and looked at all the posts and I feel like I missed the party!

Everyone is making some good points on which tranny is better. The manual really is fun when it all works as it should but I just hate it when I have to work on it. There's nothing like the "fulltime torque" and "unlimited control" you get from driving a stick. On the otherhand, an automatic shifted manually can be fun too and it allows you concentrate on other things besides the mechanics of clutching and shifting.
I guess I'll try to sort out the problem and then we'll see what happens. While I'm just cruising, the clutch releases at least 3-4 inches from the floor and shifts fine. The Z-bar is a good hardened steel unit and has been through 3 diffrent Stangs so it's OK. I went away from the Long (3 finger) style clutch because it was hard on the old legs and gave me cramps on the long nights when I went into the final rounds. I had problems missing shifts early on but the Hurst shifter took car of all that. Before I spend anymore money on this manual drivetrain, I swear I'll go look for a good "hydromatic" instead.

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STEEVE Let me try it. I have busted 2 Hurst Plus shifters right off at the first bend, talk about fun


You're welcome to try anything I have, except Barb.

But, Your z-bar is much tougher than the '65/'65 z-bars, and I don't think it would fit.

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I have been known to break a trans or 4 but so far it's been something else that that has taken it out. The last time it was the rear gears on the line grenaded and it took the trans with it, I "LOVE" mowing the gears though so my vote is to keep the Stick.

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Bluestreek: You just need the right clutch, A top-shelf McLeod with a low base pressure is easier than a Pinto to use.

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Mark,

How many ponies do you figure that clutch setup of yours would take?

Would it hold a torquey strip-only 460?

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Originally posted by Mark T 7724:
I have been known to break a trans or 4 but so far it's been something else that that has taken it out. The last time it was the rear gears on the line grenaded and it took the trans with it, I "LOVE" mowing the gears though so my vote is to keep the Stick.

Mark,

My daughter loved the manual tranny too, and has a 5 speed in her street car. But, the only times that car has broken at the track were with a t-5 tranny. One weekend we had a well prepared track at Sac raceway and spit the pinion out the front of the case. Rebuilt it and the w/e after that we were back at Sac Raceway and in the same lane it rolled the spring perches and took out another drive shaft. Then the c-4 w/t-brake went in and it ran better than ever by over 1/2 second, followed by the 408w stroker. Now running in the upper 10's and still no failures at the track. Heck we're still running 28 splined axles (moser) and a single ribbed stock case. I like c-4's

But, I like driving manual trannys better and so does Melissa.
But for bracket racing, I (like Alex) would rather race than wrench on the car. The track appreciates not having to clean up too.

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In fact most of the time I don't even take tools with me to the track. Reliability is

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Ryan: That clutch has worked in a 68 428 CobraJet Mustang in C/S and was a really low rev motor 7000 at max. It also worked in my 289 9000 max it just matters how much pressure you let it down to.

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Steve: I have never Oiled the track with my Jericho trans, I'm sure if you had a better stick trans than what you were running you would still be running it.

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Mark,

Rebuilt it and the w/e after that we were back at Sac Raceway and in the same lane it rolled the spring perches and took out another drive shaft.

SteveW


Hell steve we did that with the fairlane footbrakin the c-4

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I've said this before anything that "Hits" real hard will find the Weakest Link, If you were to put Alex's trans in your car at that same time you would have had simular results.

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It has to be your diaphram clutch. Get the 3 finger one and you should be o.k. clutch wise. I have heard of the diaphram either not releasing or sticking with the pedal on the floor, and the clutch not engaging again at high rpms.

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Originally posted by Mark T 7724:
Steve: I have never Oiled the track with my Jericho trans, I'm sure if you had a better stick trans than what you were running you would still be running it.

Wellll........not a lot anyway Mark. That thing always leaks.

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Alex: I had Jericho redo my trans the last time and I'm happy to say "There is No Oil" under my car now.

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Listening to you guys has shed a lot of light on my situation. I'm going to have to rethink how I intend to use the car. My original plan was to build a high torque quick revving street/bracket machine. I went a little overboard on the motor and then got exited when it started feeling like it was capable a mid 11 e.t.. If I'm gonna keep this thing running without breaking anything I'll have to take it easy and enjoy it for awhile and remember that it's still just a weak street chassis with a strong motor.

I'll just calm down, drop my shift points, and drive it like it ain't paid for yet.

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On the otherhand, an automatic shifted manually can be fun too and it allows you concentrate on other things besides the mechanics of clutching and shifting.

Oh please, the cellphone can be balanced on the shoulder and the Slurpee between the thighs while you shift... that's no excuse for the eternal damnation that is automaticdom.

"Stick" with a proper tranny and leave the slushboxes to those that need 'em.

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Originally posted by steve'66:
Is the manual tranny really quicker?

A look at the NHRA S/S records revealed the following;

SS/A 8.72 (manual)
SS/AA 8.64 (automatic)

SS/E 9.58 (manual)
SS/EA 9.52 (automatic)

SS/J 10.30 (manual)
SS/JA 10.02 (automatic)

SS/O 11.49 (manual)
SS/OA 11.43 (automatic)

SS/P 12.30 (manual)
SS/PA 11.68 (automatic)

The average of all SS manual classes is 10.102 seconds.

The average of all SS automatic classes is 10.195.

So the answer is MAYBE, SOMETIMES But not by much.


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Steve, you showed a FEW convinient SS class records where the Auto records were a tad quicker than the stick, (even though 1 of the stick "records" was at a minimum), however, it appears that the majority of the remaining SS classes had the STICK record quicker, but you never bothered to mention THOSE. Although Mel did very well with that awful 3speed with overdrive stick trans, you must admit that those ratios are awful when it comes to racing, with huge drops. For a 12 or 13 second street/strip car, you can usually get by with a basically stock trans & mild convertor, but I`ll bet most people with LONG LASTING automatics, in over 3000 lb cars running mid 10`s or quicker have a good chunk of dough in their automatic. Pricewise, a BRAND NEW Jerico is $2550.I have seen many Powerglides advertised for twice that, if you get into the heavy duty stuff needed for reliability in a fast car. Alexs ultra lite weight tricky dicky C4 costs way more than all new Jerico, & he hopes it will last 100 passes, which I don`t believe it has come close to yet. My Jerico was built in 1990, & used in a 8 second SS/AM 57 Corvette(multi time record holder, too) for several years, until I bought it used for $2000.00 US. The previous owner never actually broke the trans, although he did send it back to Jerico for a "go-through" before I purchased it.We only took the trans apart to change the input shaft & bearing retainer to make the trans compatible with my 428 FE Ford. After 4 full seasons, & hundreds of runs, I have yet to even take the cover off the trans! Thats better life than my fairly trick roller bearinged, re geared, trans brake & 8" convertored C6 enjoyed, plus the stick has gone 3 & 1/2 tenths quicker & over 6 MPH faster than my best ever with the automatic! On my street strip 302 Fairmont, replacing the C4 (shift kit, 2800 convertor) with a stock T5 5speed was even more dramatic, almost 9 tenths, & 5 mph better in the 1/4 mile, PLUS I knocked almost 1000 rpm off my freeway cruise revs. Steve, I`m sure that your Mustang would have gone faster with a race stick trans, with proper ratios. Alex, I can`t see why your Mustang which is likely lighter than my Fairmont, & would make less power would need a spare Jerico, I don`t!! TomP bought his Jerico before I had mine, I dn`t think he`s had the cover off neither! Granted, a stick can be a bit tougher to cut consistently good lights with, although the NHRA Stock World champ seems to have managed just fine! I think about half the NHRA Stock world champs have won the title with sticks over the past 15 or so years, even though they probably account for less than 10% of all the Stockers in competition.

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...I have heard of the diaphram either not releasing or sticking with the pedal on the floor...


NOT A GOOD THING TO HAVE HAPPEN!!

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Originally posted by TomP:

Oh please, the cellphone can be balanced on the shoulder and the Slurpee between the thighs while you shift... that's no excuse for the eternal damnation that is automaticdom.

"Stick" with a proper tranny and leave the slushboxes to those that need 'em.


LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!
TomP, Ya made me spit coffee, Dude!!

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Either way you decide; I suggest you take heed to SteveW experiences though, if you haven't already boxed your spring perches, you should! Or else, due to the extra hitting power of your hotter mill, YOU'LL be rolling your perches and breaking a driveshaft too!!

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That line from TomP cracked me up too!! LOL!!

Question for Rory M.. Is the Jerico really a "manual" tranny and is it sanctioned the same as one??

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Originally posted by bluestreek:
Question for Rory M.. Is the Jerico really a "manual" tranny and is it sanctioned the same as one??

That's a good point, when you shift without a clutch how is that different than an automatic. Just curious,

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Steve, you showed a FEW convinient SS class records where the Auto records were a tad quicker than the stick, (even though 1 of the stick "records" was at a minimum), however, it appears that the majority of the remaining SS classes had the STICK record quicker, but you never bothered to mention THOSE. Although Mel did very well with that awful 3speed with overdrive stick trans, you must admit that those ratios are awful when it comes to racing, with huge drops. For a 12 or 13 second street/strip car, you can usually get by with a basically stock trans & mild convertor, but I`ll bet most people with LONG LASTING automatics, in over 3000 lb cars running mid 10`s or quicker have a good chunk of dough in their automatic. Pricewise, a BRAND NEW Jerico is $2550.
Alexs ultra lite weight tricky dicky C4 costs way more than all new Jerico, & he hopes it will last 100 passes, which I don`t believe it has come close to yet.



That's for a "base" Jerico. NOBODY who is fast in S/SS uses a BASE Jerico Rory. NOBODY!
Mag case, better gears, and precision machined units like LeBlanc, Paquet, Hill, Pond, etc. use are $5250. Call Hemminson for a price. COD only and no credit cards.
We have put 52 trouble free passes on our "last" incarnation of the JPT UltraLite C-4. It appears that the two years of R&D have paid off handsomly. How long did it take Jerry Hemmingson to get the Jerico right? Remember that I grew up racing with him in the midwest when he had his Pinto.
So far so good.

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I remember that Pinto, it was real fast and always lost on a missed shift. I once asked him how much he wanted for the car minus the transmission. All I got for a reply was a dirty look.

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I remember that Pinto, it was real fast and always lost on a missed shift. I once asked him how much he wanted for the car minus the transmission. All I got for a reply was a dirty look.

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Steve, yes the Jerico is an approved transmission in Stock & Super Stock, but only the clutch assist type. The clutchless unit is OK for Comp, but not Stock or S/S. My trans is a regular "Clutch assist" type, & I always use the clutch in every gear. That said, a clutch type Jerico (or G Force) CAN be shifted clutchless, but thats when tou start tearing stuff up!! My buddys SS/F Chevelle was run as a bracket car before he converted it into a S/S car. He was running a 522 inch BB Chev, with a regular, run of the mill Jerico, at about 3400 lbs. The car ran two years like that, going 9.3`s & 4`s, at 142-143 mph. At that time he was always using the clutch to shift, & NEVER hurt the transmission. Going to the 396 in S/S, he had to add 150 lbs, but also gave up almost 200 HP to the 522.Again the trans worked flawlessly, UNTIL he started shifting it clutchless. Then, he absolutley started busting stuff, & plenty of it! He does carry a spae Jerico with him, but we have swapped trans in about 45 minutes (those CHevelles are pretty much wide open underneath!), which is quicker than you can change a torque convertor, much less messy too! As for adjusting my clutch pressure, I can adjust all 6 springs in my pressure plate in about 15 minutes. Alex, be honest, how many torque convertors have you tried in your MUstang over the years? I`ve watched & helped several Stock & S/S buddys swap convertors at the track, & I have the pink shirts to prove it! . I`ve seen one Chevy racers try 3 different convertors on his SS/JA 72 Chevelle on a single track rental day.

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He does carry a spae Jerico with him, but we have swapped trans in about 45 minutes (those CHevelles are pretty much wide open underneath!), which is quicker than you can change a torque convertor, much less messy too! As for adjusting my clutch pressure, I can adjust all 6 springs in my pressure plate in about 15 minutes. Alex, be honest, how many torque convertors have you tried in your MUstang over the years? I`ve watched & helped several Stock & S/S buddys swap convertors at the track, & I have the pink shirts to prove it! . I`ve seen one Chevy racers try 3 different convertors on his SS/JA 72 Chevelle on a single track rental day.


Rory, I can have the powerglitch out in 10 minutes. 2 U-joints, 5 bellhousing bolts, 2 starter bolts, quick release cross member and 2 bolts for the shifter cable, cut one wire for the transbrake. You can get to all the bellhousing & starter from the engine bay with a ratchet. A 5 dollar tailshaft plug keeps fluid off of you. 2 guys can put a lightweight Powerglitch back on the motor in about 15 minutes. Hooked up ready to rock & roll.

Sounds like those class racers you hang out with ain't real smurfy at taking a race tranny out. Just an observation. BTW MOST other cars I run with in PRO Et brackets are easy like this too. When I say most I mean guys that race regular.
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Oh please, the cellphone can be balanced on the shoulder and the Slurpee between the thighs while you shift... that's no excuse for the eternal damnation that is automaticdom.



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Jerry, isn`t your car a tube frame, removable "tin" interior vehicle? You really can`t compare a chassis like that with a stock floor, trans tunnel & firewall application like a Stock or Super Stocker. I mean, I`ve seen tube chassis S/Gas type cars basically reduced to almost dragster like access with the turn of a few Dzus fasteners.Stick that 385 style motor in a stock bodied 69 Mustang with a non removable trans tunnel, & tell me how fast you can get the C4 or C6 in& out!! No Powerslides allowed in non GM`s in Stock or S/S! Also, the Stock, S/S guys are always changing the convertors, looking for hundrenths of a second, where a SUPER Comp,Gas, ST guy can simply stick on a bigger carb, heads, cubic inches, blower, or play with a throttle stop. No real tuning skills required there.Hardly the same thing.

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I can't honestly remember Rory.
Maybe 100 or more over the past 25 years in several dozen cars. Probably at least 20 or more in M&M laone in the last 5 years, BUT.... most of that was for testing, no different than fooling with air gaps and pressures on a clutch!
Everyone I know in S/SS who is FAST CONSISTANTLY shifts clutchless.
They BREAK!
Hell, anyone who is fast PERIOD CONSISTANTLY is breaking something. LOL
My P/SA convert at -.500 under the index couldn't break a sweat! LOL
MM and Tony's car are high(er) maintanance just like any other fast record holding class car.

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PS Rory, ask Red LeBlanc or Ray Paquet how many clutches they have tried over the years?

Dozens!

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I honestly can't saymuch so far about the c4 and 10" vertor in the fairlane.We have maybe 20 passes at the track and 400 miles on the street without a problem,but in my old 67 camaro which was 3700lbs with me in it i ran an ati 8" convertor originally built for me for foot braking then i switched over to a brake in the 400,i had over 800 runs on the convertor and never cut it open and freshened the trans twice in that time.When i had a Hemi crash box in that car i literally depleated all the third gears and clusters in ill.I think i can still rebuild a crashbox in my sleep

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Oh yeah, and in the last 25 years I can honestly say that in MM I have only broken 3 converters. That's three total! One ATI that was absolute junk and took out the splines, one TCI that locked up, and one JPT that rolled over the sprag. Only the JPT was used with a trans brake and suffered the greatest abuse. Both the ATI and TCI's were 8 inchers that were only foot braked.

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posted 03-04-2003 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fstln69   Click Here to Email Fstln69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex have you heard of Fred's trans and convertors?He supposedly was one of the original owners of ATI.I have a 10"ss 19 vane convertor he built that is supposed to be 98% efficent in high gear for high hp application for my chebbie
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posted 03-04-2003 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just love to read these tranny and motor arguments. Nobody is ever going to change their mind except the poor guy who asked for help. He will probably go back and forth several times before just doing what he wanted to do in the first place.

But they are good threads filled with interesting information. You can learn more about racing parts during these arguments than you can by reading 5 years worth of magazine articles.

Keep shooting guys.

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quote:
Originally posted by Fstln69:
Alex have you heard of Fred's trans and convertors?He supposedly was one of the original owners of ATI.I have a 10"ss 19 vane convertor he built that is supposed to be 98% efficent in high gear for high hp application for my chebbie
Dennis


No I have not Dennis. It must be a mechanical diode converter.

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PS, NO converter can EVER be 98% efficiant!
A clutch can't even be 98% efficiant.

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Yep...what john said this is why im here as m&m.................Jay

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quote:
Originally posted by Moneymaker:
PS, NO converter can EVER be 98% efficiant!
A clutch can't even be 98% efficiant.



I was just quoting what he had said.I guess this design was for promod type hp with an automatic trans.For my application it should be fine tight stall on motor perfect on the BIG spray

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Hey Blue,

If you really want the best use an electric shifter on the new c-4. Perfect shifts everytime.

SteveW


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quote:
Originally posted by steve'66:
Hey Blue,

If you really want the best use an electric shifter on the new c-4. Perfect shifts everytime.

SteveW

He means a "SISSY" shifter.

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I would love to run a stick, they are fun, but I don't want sraight cut gears in a street car. ("Hey man, what' wrong with your car?" "Who needs a radio when you can dive in reverse all the time?" "WHAT DID YOU SAY?")

A TKO is not that big an investment but can I honestly expect it to live for any period of time behind 600 ft lbs? First time I bolt on the slicks I can probably kiss that thing goodbye. A C-6 with very little work will live a long and happy life behind that kind of torque. I have thought about a T-56, but two overdrive gears?

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Alright, I was trying to stay out of this one

I LOVE to bang them gears!

Disclaimer: I built my car for having fun first, racing second (still haven't made it to the track ). Ever since I've been a licensed driver (and even before ) I've loved driving stickshift cars. Autos definately seem to have consistancy and repeatabiliby on their side, and probably break less stuff, but Dan, how often do you plan to wind that thing 8k??? I shift mine on the 7k limiter all the time without any problems . I don't have enough camshaft to spin it any more than that. But being that this is the racing forum, I'll just shut my mouth and behave

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quote:
Originally posted by steve'66:
Hey Blue,

If you really want the best use an electric shifter on the new c-4. Perfect shifts everytime.

SteveW


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It's funny you should say that, Steve. I was thinking about that while I was underneath the car this evening changing out my shifter. It took me 2 hours to take out the bad one and get the spare put in and adjusted. I'm gonna leave the old iron 4 speed in the '66 for awhile and begin saving and scrounging for a "easyshift" '67 Cougar race project. I'll have my cake and eat it too!

One more question Which tranny is better, C4 or C6?

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Blue,
Keep the manual, get rid of your clutch and go back to the Long style. Your problem is not unique to you. A couple of guys around here have the same problem with a FOMOCO Diaphragm in early Mustangs.

We have tried to figure out why they won't engage at high RPMS. So heres a question to the group. Is it possible with a diahragm clutch and old hard linkage,Z bar, to go beyond center? Doesn't a diaphragm clutch use a different style throwout bearing than a three finger Long plate?

Only Chebbys and women use diaphragms

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quote:
Originally posted by bluestreek:
One more question Which tranny is better, C4 or C6?

DAN


Dan,

A built c-4 is worth .3 seconds off your et over a c-6. A good c-4 van handle over 500 hp with less rotating mass and hp loss than a big old c-6.

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quote:
Originally posted by kcode:
Blue,
Keep the manual, get rid of your clutch and go back to the Long style. Your problem is not unique to you. A couple of guys around here have the same problem with a FOMOCO Diaphragm in early Mustangs.

We have tried to figure out why they won't engage at high RPMS. So heres a question to the group. Is it possible with a diahragm clutch and old hard linkage,Z bar, to go beyond center? Doesn't a diaphragm clutch use a different style throwout bearing than a three finger Long plate?

Only Chebbys and women use diaphragms

Mike



Mike, I used a custom made diaphragm clutch with an early style HD throwout bearing in my last 289 combo with excellent results up to 7200 rpms. The shop that built it went out of business. This time I decided to use an FMS clutch and PP. The throwout bearing in the FMS kit was too short and small, so I used another early HD throwout. One other problem I ran into was when I found out that the new Aluminum/steel flywheel was 1/8 thinner than the stock iron flywheel. I think you're right about the geomtry being off a little. I will figure it out one way or another. Pulling the TL tranny will be last resort!

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Ok here is the deal..Either go with a long-style clutch assembly,, like a RAM. I have one in my 85 GT.. I havent missed a gear sense.. which I also run a sintored iron disk.. yes i do drive it on the street its a daily driven car.. that runs 11.80s N/A.. I used to run a diaphram clutch but i had problems shifting at 6500.. I turn my 6800 now.. and it shifts like cutting through butter.. What is happening is the diaphram clutch's float at 6,000Rpms.. that is why it is hard to shift.. You can go with a SPEC or call Anderson Motorsports. they have a Hi-Rev Clutch that is designed to shift at 7600rpms.. but my opinion is go with a LONG-STYLE clutch.. I have been there done that..

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So am i correct in thinking Bluestreek is trying to set the record for 331" 66 Mustangs? Therefore NEEDS to shift without a clutch?

I haven't intentionally shifted without the clutch. It's abuse, it may be faster, just like an engine would be faster without that darn oil making windage... drain it.

Any stocker i've ever seen has a regular $2500 Jerico like i have. The faster ones may shift second without using the pedal on qualifying runs, heads up or record runs. In these cars automatic breakage is not uncommon... in fact the scariest incident i saw last year was a 69 Camaro Stocker blowing it's Turdo 350 thru the windshield on the burnout, actually split the case horizontally and sent schrapnel thru the floor, dash, windshield and cowl...this is a mid 10 second car.

Ask what a "good" automatic costs, and decide value from there...

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The diaphram clutch is only a cost saver, not a better design. They were junk when only GM cars had them. I use one in my Ranger, a used one that came from the wrecker and has launched as high as 6000rpm hundreds of times. It doesn't rev past 6000 though so it isn't a big deal.

I had to drive a guys 396 Chevelle years ago, he had shifting problems and wanted advice... i took it to 5000 and banged 2nd no problem. He looks over and says "No, rev it like normal" meaning 7000, that turkey would not shift at all, another attempt had the clutch pedal sticking to the floor!! Poor engine went past the end of the tach since there was no rev limiter. He switched to an aftermarket Long style meant to fit the diagphram bolt pattern i guess... worked great.

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Originally posted by TomP:
So am i correct in thinking Bluestreek is trying to set the record for 331" 66 Mustangs? Therefore NEEDS to shift without a clutch?


Ask what a "good" automatic costs, and decide value from there...


No it's not a record setter! Not yet anyway.
The roller cam is too small for that (236 dur. .580/.600 lift).
I refuse to shift a toploader without a clutch. It just isn't made for it. I just make split second shifts bumping the clutch and keeping the pedal on the floor. Before changing clutches I'm gonna take it to the track and find what shift points it really likes. Maybe I won't need to get into those high rpms now, but eventually with a bigger cam, this thread will be very helpful.

OK what would a decent C4 cost to safely handle 400-500 ft-lb launches??

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quote:
Originally posted by bluestreek:

The roller cam is too small for that (236 dur. .580/.600 lift).
Before changing clutches I'm gonna take it to the track and find what shift points it really likes.

I doubt it will want any more than 6800rpm. My 302 has a 236/248 cam, and 6800 rpm is all it wants. It will rev higher, but doesn't run better. Worse, actually. Your 331 might even do best shifted around 6500. You'll just have to experiment.

BTW, a set of slicks and a 6800rpm launch will probably put the car into the 11's.

You'll just need to get that clutch figured out. The soft-loc sintered iron unit offered by McLeod is really tough to beat. It's base pressure is adjustable, and it works off heat... so it slips on launch a little (keeps the engine from bogging) then as it gets heat it grabs, and locks tight for the rest of the run. This also helps extend the service life of drivetrain parts dramatically.

Cars run fastest with these set up pretty loose, but they don't last all that long that way. I run mine fairly tight to get good disk life. (and to hold up to the bottle) The disk has given great service for 3 years, and shows very little wear.

They'll try and sell you the complete kit with aluminum flywheel, etc. But, all you really need are the disk and pressure plate. Your existing flywheel will work just fine.

I use the clutch and don't powershift (except for special occasions) and this trans (small input/output) has been in service for several years now. (although it's about due for a major overhaul)

McLeod also offers a less expensive rev-loc clutch that uses a sintered iron disk and non-adjustable pressure plate. It would hold up to major power and allow clean shifts... it just wouldn't be adjustable.

Regardless, I don't like diaphragm pressure plates and disks with that wavy marcel spring between the facings. Get a Long style plate, and a disk without the marcel for best shifting... and don't use tranny oil that is too thick.

Oh well, enough rambling... I gotta' go!

Good Luck!

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What tranny oil do you recommend for the TL and how much, Mike? I noticed that mine was leaking oil from the top when I punished it that day.

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Hey n2oMike,
How would you compare your clutch setup to the one below that MarkT7724 has for sale?

"...A top-shelf McLeod with a low base pressure is easier than a Pinto to use. Check out my spare for sale on E-Bay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2405424746&category=6755


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I can`t see the adjusting allen head screws in the Ebay pic, but MarkT`s pressure plate looks similar to my "soft lok" unit, although mine uses a full circle 10 1/2" sintered iron disc. I bought mine new from McLeod as a complete assembly, with an aluminum flywheel, & it`s been great. McLeod told me that for under 450 hp, they recommend a stock weight steel flywheel, to maintain the inertia needed to get the car moving off the line. On my buddys J/S 350 76 Camaro has a "soft lok"/Jerico combo as well, with a steel flywheel, but when we picked the clutch assembly at their So. Cal. factory, they suggested that the full circle disc allowed too much surface area for the fairly weak engine. They put the disc in a lathe, & cut almost 1/2 the sintered iron material away, leaving about a 1 1/2" wide strip of material. It works good in his application.

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Oh, yeah, I had a similar problem with my 70 Mach 1 years ago, where the clutch wouldn`t release cleanly at higher rpm. It turned out the the clutch linkage cross shaft (equalizer bar, Z bar) was tearing the steel where the lower lever was welded to the tube. Thus, it was not getting adequate travel to fully disengage the clutch. Check this carefully for cracks, tears, or worn oversized holes, & make certain the linkage is adjusted for adequate air gap.

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Sintered iron is a MUCH better material for clutches. Bronze is much more 'grabby', and once it gets slipped hard a time or two, it's toast. Iron is a lot smoother and more durable than bronze.

McLeod is at the top of the line-up when it comes to clutches. Their soft-lock is very popular among racers.

I believe their web address is...

http://www.mcleodind.com

I've been using Mobil 1 75w90 gear oil. It's around $8/qt at Autozone. There are others out now that might be better. Just look for a good oil (not ATF based) that is meant for syncronized manual transmissions.

I just fill it up until it comes out the fill hole. It's around two quarts or so. I also installed a vent in the top of the tailhousing that helps relieve things a bit. (often included in rebuild kits, and available from Dan Williams Toploaders, and probably David Kee)

Good Luck!

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Rory: The clutch is a 4 turn adjustable 800# base pressure.

Mike: It's the opposite of what you think Bronze is aggressive untill heated, And Iron is aggressive when heated. It's the same with the two materials, If you burn the Iron clutch it will hit too hard, If you burn the bronze it wont hold anymore either way your going to have to fix it untill you learn to drive.

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