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    The plan is to run the heck out of this sucker!! With moving, work etc...I just haven't had time to play with this thing over the last few years like I'd prefer. So trying to make up for things!

    As you recall...back n November I took it to the Half-Mile race at the Sulfur Springs TX runway. Had a great time and didn't hurt anything...including me! Managed a few 176-177 MPH runs and tested the brakes real well on the short stopping area.

    So now I've signed up for the "Quick 30" race in February. http://texasspeedsyndicate.com/q30-general-information/

    It's a track rental with only 30 or so cars at the Baytown 1/4 mile track. That means no hassles and lots of time to make passes. Hoping to nail an 8 sec time slip if I can figure out how to launch the beast. I think we've got plenty of power even without leaning on it hard...just gotta put it to the track. It will be another fun event full of new Lambos, Vipers, Vette's etc...so I will stick out like a sore thumb!!

    THEN....I'm planning to run the TX Mile at the end of March! I want to earn a 200 MPH title.

    To put all of this together I've got some work to do.
    • I've got an appt. with my rollbar guy in Houston to modify my bar so I can install Paul's hardtop. The 'ole softop might stand a few 1/4 mile runs but as out of shape as it was at 177 MPH...don't think it will look too good at 200 MPH.
    • Also planning to add a parachute mount behind the license plate to help the slow down issue.
    • We're trying to coordinate all of this around his big projects and now I've thrown in this 1/4 mile race to make it a little trickier.
    • Gotta install a fire extinguisher inside so I can reach it if needed.
    • Need to get me a racing suit, shoes etc. C5Rider already sent me some gloves. Thanks!
    • Need to order the parachute and cable/handle
    • Got the approval to run NASCAR tires. I found a supplier for them at a good price...so ordering those.
    • Working on some new wheels for the NASCAR tires...but good news is I can stay 15".
    • The SAM School folks have offered me some chassis dyno time to do some more tuning if I want to.
    I'm sure there is a lot more.....but you get the idea. I have to put it in "drag mode"...which really only amounts to installing the slicks and skinnies... adjusting the rebound on the front shocks and installing the hood latch extensions to let air out from under hood. Not sure where to start with clutch adjustment. I had a dead on the money Naturally Aspirated setting...but with the turbos it's going to be a new game. Might take a few runs to figure it out.

    So if everything in the drivetrain survives the 1/4 mile fun...then I've got a little time to make sure rollbar is done and then convert to TX Mile format.

    Install NASCAR tires. readjust front shocks...maybe lower it some in the front.....not really much more to do. What I'd LIKE to do is swap some gears around in the G-Force 5 speed to convert it to a .90 O/D. Looks like it will take 3 new gears....so need to think that through. Considering it will take 7400 RPM or so to get to 200 MPH....and I expect it will want to go past that.....I'd like to know 500 or more RPM out of it to make things easier. Still working on that plan. If not....I'll just spin the bejeezus out of it like always!

    So lots to do in a little bit of time.....but if this thing will knock off an 8 sec 1/4 mile time, run 200 MPH...and drive to the Sonic afterwards....I'll be a happy camper!

    If I missed anything let me know...but stay tuned...we're going to have some fun!!
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    JIM

  • #2
    LOVE IT!!!

    And looking forward to see what 2017 has in store!

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    • #3
      Cool,Bonneville next,I want to join 200mph club....
      Every thing is going too fast and not fast enough. . Warren Oats a.k.a.."GTO" Two lane Blacktop..

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      • #4
        A friend of my with a Camaro drag car wanted to go 200 in the mile so he swapped gear and gave it a try ... 427 small block with sb2 heads .. he got close 199 ..

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        • #5
          but if this thing will knock off an 8 sec 1/4 mile time, run 200 MPH...and drive to the Sonic afterwards....I'll be a happy camper!
          So, uh.... What STATE is that Sonic located in?

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          • #6
            Heck....I can drive it out to see you!!

            JIM

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lee Pritchard View Post
              A friend of my with a Camaro drag car wanted to go 200 in the mile so he swapped gear and gave it a try ... 427 small block with sb2 heads .. he got close 199 ..

              Thanks for the video Lee.......look like about 25 seconds of WOT. Cool!!

              JIM

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              • #8
                Ok...got new seat belts ordered (old ones out of date), new pants, shoes, socks, bacalava, fire retardant underwear ( I know TMI!!), parachute, fire extinguisher mount, etc. Also have the tires on the way.

                Nothing to make it faster.....just better for me if something doesn't go right!

                Moving ahead!!

                JIM

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                • #9
                  Jim, I am planning vacation day around the texas syndicate meet, will Karen be attending? if so I will bring KT, if not I will try and get Larry to ride with me,
                  I am also going to plan and attend the texas mile, same question is Karen going KT will want to know, thanks

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                  • #10
                    At this point I don't think she's coming. I've asked...but she hasn't said yet, If another woman was there she might?

                    JIM

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                    • #11
                      well KT will only go if Karen is going , But you know KT aint interested in no race track, She is interested in going shopping, eating, yacking ETC, so let me know IM coming, and Larry might to! actually just mention it to Karen and lets let them work it out!!!!

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                      • #12
                        Got a big box of parts from Jeg's this week! Tires showed up too!! Going to be busy in the shop tomorrow!!

                        JIM

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                        • #13
                          Ok sunday feb 26th, Baytown, im in, Larry would you like to ride with me?

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                          • #14
                            Anyone need a couple of 26.5x9.5" x 15" sticky roundy rounder tires? Not sure....but they may be a little fat for the front of mine. Might have to find something a little skinnier.

                            Larry....sounds perfect for a Nova!! I'll make you a deal!!

                            JIM

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