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  • So what changes to your car are you making over the Winter?

    For me, I'm scrambling to get the Thug Finished and tested fr NMCA by February, and an new engine built and installed in the Vitamin C for SHRA . Then I'll start tearing down the Whale to be rebuilt for 2020.

    From my race diary

    Got a little more work done on the Thug Wednesday.

    The brakes on all four corners finished, just need to be bled.
    Four new Afco shocks and a pair of new springs.
    Most of front suspension on
    I was going to sell the 580ci/572-16 head engine because the 572 heads want so much RPMs, but I've decided to use it after all in the Thug as the machinist s taking a very long time to do my blocks.
    Ordered 30' of #10 AN hose, a new 5gal aluminum fuel cell, a pair of custom aluminum weight boxes, and trying to negotiate a fuel system from fuelab so I don't has to use the Aeromotive I use to have on the car

    I hope to have the trunk looking like new and the fuel lines finished by Dec 10th, then get the motor and transmission in the car, then the new wiring, then the interior, and finally the the final trim assembly so I can get to the track in mid February to shake down.






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    Slapping on letter G over top my D class letter. I keep my car real nice but as a protest and not a fan of the .25 index change. I'll later do it right later.

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    • #3
      Mine is at a chassis shop to replace a cracked ladder bar bracket and all hardware including the ladder bars. He will add two new bars to the cage and swap the rear shocks.

      I have The block, crank, rods and pistons ordered to build another motor. I may start the season on the existing combo. It will just depend on delivery time on parts and my work schedule to see if I can build it in time to test.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 66coronet View Post
        Mine is at a chassis shop to replace a cracked ladder bar bracket and all hardware including the ladder bars. He will add two new bars to the cage and swap the rear shocks.

        I have The block, crank, rods and pistons ordered to build another motor. I may start the season on the existing combo. It will just depend on delivery time on parts and my work schedule to see if I can build it in time to test.
        How often do you swap your shocks?
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        • #5
          5 years on the shocks and 2 on the coil over springs.
          I make a ton of passes a year between NMCA races, Nostalgia races in the south and bracket racing in between.

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          • #6
            I already installed my Victory aluminum driveshaft. My next change is to replace my stock gas tank with an aluminum fuel cell, 15 gallon capacity. This will have two benefits:
            1. Allow more precise control on how much gas is in the tank (for weight purposes ie ballast). At 15 gallons this allows for approximately 80# of removable ballast.
            2. With a rear sump pick-up, I'm not as likely to uncover the inlet during acceleration. This has happened a few times with my stock tank when I've had to pare weight to meet my index.

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            • #7
              I would like to replace the door panels with some decent originals preferably red, to avoid dying them. I watch for them regularly but so far have not found any. If anyone has a set or knows of someone with a set please send me contact info.
              63 Plymouth Savoy 2Dr front and rear red door panels.

              Ladder bars are well aged and I inspect them regularly, but the weight of these cars and carrying the front wheels strains them for sure. The car still leaves straight and 60’ Times remain consistent but, I will try to update them this winter. I have decided on Chris Alston 32” adjustable. I run them on a 66 Dart that is a low 9 sec. bracket car. They have held up well for 8 years now, so stick with what works.

              I just put a back up set of engine, Trany, converter and replaced all the front suspension bushings, in September. The 540 I removed, had about 17 years and somewhere over 400 pass on it and the trany/ convert were in need of attention. So before they came from togetherness it was time. I had stopped Racing in April 2017, expecting to get to the swap earlier than end of summer. That didn’t happen...Life and work gets in the way of hobbies/ fun for everyone.

              This old car is getting closer to being fresh with every episode of my home spun hot rod garage. We’ll see what that start of 2018 brings.

              Custodian of,
              Larrys old girl
              High Voltage

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              • #8
                Rear suspension work coming for me, once I can get it into a chassis shop. Electrical stuff to get sorted out also.

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                • #9
                  Converting from Max Wedge to HEMI

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                  • #10
                    That'll work
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                    • #11
                      Put in a six point roll bar in my 12 second NSS for safety sake.

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