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Old 10-18-2018, 07:03 PM
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Following the racing on Friday we were going to get some good food but it was rainy, every place was packed, and we were tired so we settled for fast food and called it an early night. Slept in and then hit the road for home.

Ran across this cool J10 and had to take a picture.


Just cruising through the night at 80 mph in an old Jeep, nothing else like it.


How you know you're in Indiana - pulling tractors.


Finally back home at 2:09am Sunday morning. 2805 miles total, 13 passes, and 9 states. Burned 29.44 gallons of 87 octane, 99.46 gallons on 93 octane, and 52.76 gallons of e85. Total average mileage of 15.4 mpg and had a couple 21 mpg tanks on gasoline.


We did pretty alright with achieving goals on the week, got very lucky.

1. Finish the week (so I can enter the stick shift shootout) Check
2. Make the quick 32 Street Machine Eliminator field Check
3. Run 10s at every track Check
4. One pass and hit the road every day Fail
5. Beat the previous Jeep single pass record of 10.68 Check 10.61
6. Beat the previous Jeep record average of 10.96 Check 10.70
7. Maintain a sealed hood for the whole week Check

Huge thanks to the people who helped get this Jeep together in the first place and those that helped get it ready for Drag week. And especially the best copilot in the game Mike.

I think we outdid 2016 Drag Week, time to retire that hat to the trophy shelf.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:54 PM
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Awesome read, thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:56 PM
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Awesome read, thanks for sharing.


Thanks! I was very fortunate to be able to go again, the least I can do is share.



And the full length version with all the video clips and pictures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt576RYZceU
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Awesome read, thanks for sharing.

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Old 10-28-2018, 09:09 PM
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Really, really enjoyed this thread from the building of the red monster to the blue descendant; I wish I could have gone to Zmax while you were there.
I noted the "sealed hood" comments and saw the tape in your pics; what does that mean?
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Old 10-31-2018, 04:19 PM
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Thanks guys! The sealed hood is an additional challenge you can choose to take on at the beginning of the week. They put the tamper proof tape on the hood during tech inspection the day before the event that prevents you from opening the hood. If you've got to open the hood to work on something, you cut the tape and that takes you out of the running for the sealed hood category. We made it through the whole week with no issues aside from the shifter handle and rear window wiring which was very lucky.
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I'm glad you made it all week without having to lift the hood. But with your expertise and prep, I'm not surprised. I have to check oil and coolant every time I drive; but then I...……...
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:28 PM
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Aftermath of Drag Week wasn't too bad. Lots of bugs and some rubber.





Quick wash job and she was good enough to drive into town without being too unsightly.
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A week after getting back from Drag Week I finally was able to get the new Jeep out on the autocross course.

Safe to say the Cherokee was the largest vehicle on course (except the new Challenger).





The parking lot was pretty old and deteriorated, not a lot of traction with all the marbles that kept getting knocked loose. And one big hole that kept getting bigger.






The width definitely hurt on this course and the low traction in the more open areas didn't let me carry speed where I could've made up some time. Still managed to get 27th out of 67 cars. I was pretty happy with that for the first time out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ777nx2SxM

Benefit of having a Cherokee - ideal course takedown vehicle.



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At the end of September, I ran across a pair of my dream cars at a local cruise-in. Two Panteras in the same place is a great photo-op in of itself but I got to drive the yellow one! The hook is set, I have to have one. Someday...






So low compared to what I'm used to.
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A bunch of my friends were going to the track on October 13 so I tagged along and ran. It became apparent that the clutch was starting to go, it wouldn't hit the tire off the line like I wanted it to. Still managed to run a new best of 10.38 @ 132.6 on a soft launch. All of the three passes I made were within a tenth and were quicker than my previous best time. Super happy with the results.

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Safe to say the Cherokee was the largest vehicle on course (except the new Challenger).
Probably the best looking and most attention grabbing too!!!
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At the end of September, I ran across a pair of my dream cars at a local cruise-in. Two Panteras in the same place is a great photo-op in of itself but I got to drive the yellow one! The hook is set, I have to have one. Someday...
When I was in High School in the mid 90's I had a mid 13 second VW Bug. I thought I was a stud in that car. Rolled up to the starting line at Pomona for the street legal drags and a Pantera rolled up next to me. I had never seen one and didn't know what it was so I thought "Psshh... kit car. I'm gonna smoke this dude. Probably has a Fiero drivetrain." Then to my horror, my tree started first.... by a lot. Then as I was screaming toward the finish, I watched him getting bigger in my rear view mirror, quickly. He flew past me probably doing a 125 as we crossed the line (I was usually about 102 at crossing). I have no idea if he was stock or not but he damn fast. He broke out so I "won" but ever since then, I have admired them. Sweet cars! Totally unique and under rated, too. I see one or two a year at car shows but thats about it. I would love to see you get one. It would look awesome being towed behind your Cherk....
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After 3 weeks of rainy weekends, we finally had a nice (but cold) Saturday on the last day of the season at our local track. Was planning on just watching because of the soft clutch but peer pressured myself into running. I was already set up for the autocross the next day and decided to just run it that way on the street tires. First pass on a super soft launch went 11.74 @ 129 which was within a couple tenths of my best on those tires. Second pass I left in second gear, slipped the clutch out, rolled on the power and it actually gripped. Had to pedal in 3rd but pretty uneventful after that, including the 4-5 shift. Figured it was a mid 11 second pass at best, was definitely surprised to see it was a 10.91 @ 130!!!! Went right back out and backed it up with a 10.90 @ 129.5, nearly identical numbers on the whole slip. Keep in mind that this is all on a 275/40zr17 Continental street tire stretched on an 11" wide wheel in a stick shift car. Unbelievable.

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On my way back from the track I stopped for fuel in the tiny town of Middleville and ran across this 5.3 swapped turbo Marauder. The odds of two turbocharged modern engine swapped boats rolling into that small town gas station has to be waaay up there.

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Probably the best looking and most attention grabbing too!!!

When I was in High School in the mid 90's I had a mid 13 second VW Bug. I thought I was a stud in that car. Rolled up to the starting line at Pomona for the street legal drags and a Pantera rolled up next to me. I had never seen one and didn't know what it was so I thought "Psshh... kit car. I'm gonna smoke this dude. Probably has a Fiero drivetrain." Then to my horror, my tree started first.... by a lot. Then as I was screaming toward the finish, I watched him getting bigger in my rear view mirror, quickly. He flew past me probably doing a 125 as we crossed the line (I was usually about 102 at crossing). I have no idea if he was stock or not but he damn fast. He broke out so I "won" but ever since then, I have admired them. Sweet cars! Totally unique and under rated, too. I see one or two a year at car shows but thats about it. I would love to see you get one. It would look awesome being towed behind your Cherk....


At 125 it definitely wasn't anywhere close to stock. But they're still a lot of fun in stock form. I remember when they used to be relatively inexpensive. When my red Cherokee got crashed my first thought was to just buy a Pantera and be done with it. The last time I had looked you could get a pretty nice one for under $30k. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I realized decent ones are creeping up on 6 figures now. I have a feeling that if I ever make it to the point where I can afford to spend a hundred grand on a car, they'll be a quarter million dollar car. But at least I got to drive one for free. Oh, and if I ever get one it'll never see a trailer, they were meant to be driven.
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The last autocross of the year had also been pushed back due to weather but they finally got a chance to sneak it in. So one day after running 10s on street tires at US131 Motorsports park, I'm back there in the morning to autocross through the pits.

Rainy drive there.


Good variety of vehicles showed up.



Still fairly damp but at least it wasn't raining when the course was hot.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkaeodPmGuI

My co-driver Jordan got 18th and I got 23rd out of 75 cars. This course was pretty nice to the big, wide Jeep and the shock adjustments definitely gained us some. I'm learning with every lap, can't wait to do more next year.



And another rainy drive home.

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Have you seen this project yet?

http://www.amx390.com/amx3.html

They were starting to make reproduction bodies for the AMX/3. Not sure where things are at right now, but there was a lot of talk of putting that body on a Pantera or similar chassis.


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http://www.amx390.com/amx3.html

They were starting to make reproduction bodies for the AMX/3. Not sure where things are at right now, but there was a lot of talk of putting that body on a Pantera or similar chassis.


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I've been checking up on that project since the beginning, haven't seen anything recently. I still think I'd rather have a Pantera, that's the one I wanted as a kid. Building an AMX/3 out of a Pantera would be a terribly expensive endeavor. You can hardly find a decent Pantera for less than 6 digits these days.
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No fair...you're living my dream lol.
Looks like helluva lotta fun though.
Maybe when/if I get my dad's '79 back in Cali I can make a cool driver out of it?
It sure won't be staying a 258/T18/4wd
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Hey, nobody's stopping you! The 258 is a fine engine but there are certainly choices that are more exciting to drive, haha.
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One of the Furrin Group members got a bunch of photos from the US131 autocross. Pretty neat to see.








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