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Author:  PSweeney [ Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:26 am ]
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great stuff john,  you have a captive audience !

Author:  Blue Steele [ Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:57 pm ]
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Here are the engine mounts and mid plate.

I will be welding the a-arms this week and working on the steering.

John

Author:  Beretta [ Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:10 pm ]
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Got a BB in there \:D/  \:D/  \:D/

Author:  StrokerCamaro [ Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:18 pm ]
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Beretta wrote:
Got a BB in there \:D/  \:D/  \:D/


Only way to fly, looking good. \:D/

Author:  Blue Steele [ Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:11 pm ]
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Yes, Gentlemen, The goal is a 555-582 BBC. At least all my research points in that direction. With my body weight of 275 lbs I figure that is what it will take to go 4.70-4.79.

John =;

Author:  PSweeney [ Tue Nov 20, 2007 10:18 am ]
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great progress,

any ideas on induction, carbs or injected ?, gas or alky ?

Author:  DCarr [ Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:13 pm ]
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Looks good so far ... When you mounted the motor plates did you have the rear end in place with an alignment bar from the pinion running through the main journals of the block ?

Author:  Blue Steele [ Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:15 pm ]
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DCarr wrote:
Looks good so far ... When you mounted the motor plates did you have the rear end in place with an alignment bar from the pinion running through the main journals of the block ?


Duane:
           I used an aluminum tube that was bolted thru the main caps and centered through the drive shaft loop. I am trying to find an old 9" case to check it with before I weld the mounts. They are just tacked right now.

I would love to run hat injection, but everyone seems to think that a 4500 carb on alky is faster. Go figure.

John


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Author:  PSweeney [ Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:59 am ]
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depends what you want really, personaly I wish I'd built my motor for alky and gone injected straight away but  I got a pump gas motor running 8.4's and it gets the job done and is fairly cheap on fuel ....but a carbs kinda boring in comparison to going blown or injected....not much of a wow factor with single plane manifold and carb...

Author:  Ken0069 [ Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:19 pm ]
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Blue Steele wrote:
I would love to run hat injection, but everyone seems to think that a 4500 carb on alky is faster. Go figure.

John


Talk to Ron Owens about the Hat setup.  He had one and swears by them!  He also can probably give you a tuneup that will work with that engine size.

I like the carbs myself but only if you're running duals as sometimes it's hard to get enough fuel thru a single without jumping thru some hoops.

Author:  Blue Steele [ Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:53 pm ]
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This has been interesting. I had to do some shimming to get the alignment correct. I will have to move one tab on the right side forward about .100" .  Once that is done I can weld the tabs to the frame.

I also got to tap a Big Duke intake manifold today for injection nozzles for a friend. I did it on my vertical milling machine. It turned out nice.

John =;  :-$

Author:  DCarr [ Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:31 pm ]
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Blue Steele wrote:
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This has been interesting. I had to do some shimming to get the alignment correct. I will have to move one tab on the right side forward about .100" .  Once that is done I can weld the tabs to the frame.

John =;  :-$


Looks good, thats why we use an alignment bar with a pinion support mounted on the end of it.

Your project is coming along great and thanks for keeping us posted !!

Author:  Blue Steele [ Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:09 pm ]
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Ken0069 wrote:
Blue Steele wrote:
I would love to run hat injection, but everyone seems to think that a 4500 carb on alky is faster. Go figure.

John


Talk to Ron Owens about the Hat setup.  He had one and swears by them!  He also can probably give you a tuneup that will work with that engine size.

Ken:
      I called Ron and we had a nice, long discussion about hat injection.
Thanks, for the tip.

John =;  :-$

Author:  Blue Steele [ Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:54 am ]
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Worked on the engine mounts on Thanksgiving. Level the engine fore & aft. Then made sure it was level across the chassis.

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Here is a shot of the ignition panel I installed Thanksgiving day. I had to modifiy another set of tabs I had. The original ones were too short. I tacked the rack & pinion mounts in. Welded the steering column up. The spindles have been back ordered so I am working around them.

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I installed the Dzus plates for the interior this morning and worked on the interior panels. The dash will have to wait till I can sit in the car to figure out the pedal length, etc. The carbon fiber seat arrived broken by good ole' Fed Ex. Another work around.

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This shot shows the interior better. Slowly, but surely it is coming along.
I have adjustable pedal mounts to go under the floor panels.

It is amazing how many offers I have had for someone to drive the dragster. They just can't ever seem to get over here when I need some help.   :-  =;  =;  :-$

John a.k.a. Maverick, the mad chassis builder!

Author:  DCarr [ Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:40 pm ]
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Its coming along great,  are you mounting the radiator up front ?

Thanks for keeping us posted.

I'll have some pics of a tube chassied Saturn Coupe to post soon, we have the backhalf mostly done

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