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Old 01-16-2019, 08:27 AM
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Wow! haven't been here in a while.

...Looks like a great time!

My aunt had a Yellow Pantera back in the day (70's) along with a lime green 914. and Brother had a 70's Marauder with a Police interceptor motor. I think 3.73's ??
https://goo.gl/images/AFWBQA
(probably the only ferd that actually ran well in the family) VERY FAST!
But I was only around 7-9yrs old.
I DO remember that my sis-n-law's '70 monte would beat it off the line, but once it got rolling good, it was GONE!

Keep the pics coming! Gives me incentive to get going on stuff.

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Old 05-21-2019, 08:37 AM
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After that last drag day and autocross of last year, the clutch was just about done. Not unexpected since it was pretty rough looking when I got it used. Replaced with a new stock Hellcat clutch.



Dust just from unbolting the bellhousing.




Flywheel still looks the same as when I installed it used.



You can see the thickness difference between the old and new disc.



Major difference in preload between old and new.



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Old 05-21-2019, 08:44 AM
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Had a small winter project. Finally got my hands on a Majorette 1:64 Cherokee from Bulgaria ebay. Lowered, wheel swap, painted, added weight. I have a hot wheels drag strip with full timing system, it's one of my quicker modified cars.















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Old 05-21-2019, 08:58 AM
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Winter updates to the Jeep were all electrical. Added a driveshaft speed sensor, electronic boost control, and a line lock. I mounted the switches in an old torched piston from my nitrous days.


Left switch is line lock arm, left button is line lock enable.
Right switch is launch control. If the switch is enabled, vehicle speed below 1 mph, and clutch in, the launch rev limiter is set, boost builder enabled, and line lock set. When either of those three conditions are broken, rev limiter releases, boost vs time starts, and line lock releases.
Right button is rolling antilag.






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Old 05-21-2019, 09:07 AM
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Went to the first test and tune of the year at US131 at the beginning of April. Quite a learning curve with the new launch strategy. Previously I was leaving at 6300 rpm with no boost and rolling the clutch out. Now I'm leaving at lower rpm on a 2 step on boost and ramping in boost down track. Still have to work on it but did get it to 1.5x sixty and 10.50 @ 133. Pretty pleased for the first time out. The tire is much happier than before.

















Had to call it quits early because it developed a brake shake. Yep, drilled rotors that came with the front end kit failed.



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Old 05-21-2019, 09:42 AM
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Was invited back to be on display during the Autocraft Custom Collision open house. Showed up a little early to swap out the radiator that had sprung an un-fixable leak. That removable front clip sure is convenient.






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Old 05-21-2019, 12:22 PM
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Made a trip to Chicago and on the way back stopped at US12 Speed and Custom for some quick dyno pulls. Just made two at slightly different boost levels and called it good. 720 whp and 840 ft-lbs. Way more than expected.



https://youtu.be/Wm_1p0WZxbk


Night before. Good camping spot.




Without a doubt, my favorite car (truck) at US12.












Strapped down.












And my cruising buddy Eric.
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How are things goin these days? Any shows? Any updates?
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:58 AM
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Time to dust this off again. Got some big changes in process. But need to bring this up to date first. Somewhat off topic but my brother finally finished his '78 Trans Am. Turned out great! Awesome to have a cruising buddy now.









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Old 04-11-2020, 09:20 AM
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Next up is Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids. I started the event off by going to a track rental by Berger Chevy. The plan was to wheel a friend's 6 speed 2014 Camaro, which I did. But I also talked them into letting a non-chevy run. I ended up running 10s again on street tires but this time with a passenger.













It's always been tradition for people to do burnouts at the after cruise party but I have never done one there. Decided to remedy that situation. I think I did ok. Language warning.




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Old 04-11-2020, 10:12 AM
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Longest trip so far. Michigan to Texas and back.


Packed up and ready to go.







Beautiful drive




Ummm. That's not on the way to Texas.




An hour south of Denver I started having issues. First was my bluetooth headphones that were charging tried to light the Jeep on fire.




Second, I got a bad tank of gasoline and was having fuel delivery issues. I carry spare filters. Replaced the filter in a gas station parking lot, still no beans. The Hydramat pickup in the tank must be clogged.




Luckily I know some awesome people. Adam Dorey and crew were able to point me in the direction of a new Hydramat in stock, only had to backtrack an hour. Plus they helped me drop the tank and change it in their air conditioned shop. Talk about awesome people!




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Old 04-11-2020, 10:30 AM
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North pole, huh?





There's what I was after. This is the ticket booth for Pikes Peak. Always wanted to drive up to the top with a hot rod.




Unfortunately they were not letting the public drive to the summit due to construction. HOWEVER. I was able to convince the lady to pull some strings and give me a Summit Pass. Would've been a major bummer to drive all that way just to come up a few miles short.













These two were very nice but absolutely insane. They made the summit of over 14,000 feet on bicycles unassisted.







No breathtaking views up at the summit because of the construction but I bribed my way into getting a picture in front of the sign.

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Old 04-11-2020, 10:36 AM
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Got the sticker to prove I was there.






Look at that barometric pressure!




The descent.













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Old 04-11-2020, 10:38 AM
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Made it to Mexico.... er.... Texas.

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Old 04-11-2020, 02:45 PM
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We managed to get a little cruising in this Spring before they locked Michigan down because some idiots in China wouldn't quit eating bats.


















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Awesome pics. Whats up with the seabee sticker? I must say it fits in perfect with the color of your Jeep.
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Wow! I really enjoyed catching up on this! Thanks for all the pics and stories! SOOOOoooo epic!!!

I notice in TX you had full slicks and pizza cutters.... how much do they help?
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Awesome pics. Whats up with the seabee sticker? I must say it fits in perfect with the color of your Jeep.


The side glass came out of my red Cherokee that was wrecked. The Seabees sticker as well as the Aero Club Ancona come from when it was bought new and brought to Italy by a service member. They were too cool to peel off, even when I transplanted the windows to this '75. Kind of keeps a little bit of the history of the old '83.



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Wow! I really enjoyed catching up on this! Thanks for all the pics and stories! SOOOOoooo epic!!!

I notice in TX you had full slicks and pizza cutters.... how much do they help?


The slicks help a bunch in a straight line. With the regular street tires it is extremely traction limited. I have to do a LOT of tomfoolery with power management and driver input to get it to run high 10s at the track with the street tires. If I put all the power in, it has enough grunt to smoke the tires from basically any legal speed limit in the country, haha.
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Awesome trip, enjoyed the pics... your brothers TA is perfect, I always wanted a Bandit TA.
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Old 09-05-2020, 03:59 AM
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Greg. Picking up a 70 panel van from a bud who just got it for the front cap.
Should be picking it up in a couple weeks 😉
Must've lost your email address. Sorry.

A gazillion things going on and constant changes it seems.

I'll get back with you on the "Z-ing" the frame..

Thanks again for your help.
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