Post by Volvord784VC on Sept 10, 2004 8:40:17 GMT -5
Thanks for the warm welcome. Being an "old school" mechanic I looked seriously at both Chev and Ford power plants. Although the higher HP was available through the Chev I was looking for the best "package" The Ford engine weighed 100 pounds less and with the distributor located at the front I was able to position the engine lower and back further which greatly enhances the vehicle balance. Weight distribution is very close to 50/50.
I should mention that over the winter I will be installing a new, and of course "better", engine. Custom blueprinted shortblock, forged 10.5:1, full ARP bolts/studs, DSS stud girdle, custom ported Edelbrock Perfomer RPM heads (flow over 280 cfm), custom cam with 224/232 duration and .592"/601" lift, 1 3/4" long tube headers, etc. Hope to get into the low 12's
Post by §ùp€®ÑÓV∆ on Sept 10, 2004 12:46:28 GMT -5
I see you wanted the weight distribution to be as close to 50/50 as possible, and say you have some stuff done to the suspension (which a good suspension and balance is a good thing to have). Do you ever race it on a road course? Or just wanted to improve daily drivablitly, and performance?
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Post by Volvord784VC on Sept 10, 2004 21:13:52 GMT -5
Well I have to answer your question yes & no. First realize I am more that twice the age of most of you. When I was much younger I raced in several classes including Pro Stage Rallying, IP (Improved Touring), and Formula Ford. Because of this background I always improve handling and brakes prior to engine modifications. I do take the car out to the road track occasionally to thash it, but not abuse it. The car is really designed as a fun car that I enter in a bunch of local car shows.