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But I'm heading to the track tonight. New England Dragway in Epping, NH. My goal is to break 100mph in the quarter, and the weather should be perfect for doing so, in the 50's with no humidity... :D I REALLY want to run that 13.9x, but I don't think I'll have much traction up there at night... I did install a set of airbags in the coils this weekend, so at least I can pre-load the right rear...

So wish me luck!

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Well... The weather was good, but my car was "off" a bit. :( I matched my best ET with a 14.4 @ 98. Still having problem launching... I got 5 runs in and they were all 14.4's and 5's.

The air bags did get rid of my wheelspin problem (with 17lbs in the right rear)... But... Now I have a big wheel HOP problem!!! D'oh! :D

I need to get my line lock installed so I can warm up my tires a bit at the line. I think that would help A LOT. But I don't even adjust my air pressures inmy tires or anything. I want to claim my times in full street trim. :)

I put in a new tranny crossmember over the weekend and my pass side exhaust rests against it. I assume the PCM is "hearing" that and pulling timing becuase it thinks it's knocking... Gonna fix that this weekend. Hopefully it'll take care of it. :)

Oh, I did get to embarass a few cars!!! I beat a Kenne Bell Crown vic with a 14.4 to his 13.9. :) Beat him at the tree! :D I also spanked a 3000GT by about 8 car lengths. :) And I beat an 80's rustang GT... I did get beat by a brand new (stock) Lightning and an 11 second 67 Chevelle just mopped up the track with me. :)

But I had fun... A bunch of my buddies showed up and we hung at BK for a while afterwards. And I always love all the attention my car gets up at the track from EVERYONE! The old school guys to ricers, everyone comes up and gives me props on the car. That's a great feeling and lots of fun. :)

I have some pics that I'll post once I get my net connection back at home...
 

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Oh well, you'll get there I'm sure. You'll need to be careful though. As you search for the solution to one issue, you'll inevitably cause another. Case in point would be the wheel hop issue now. After that, you'll probably find a rear problem, or maybe driveshaft. The OEM driveshaft and rear are NOT up to the task of hard-launching a 4500lb car. Wheel-spin serves to relieve stress on the driveline components. If you had a torquemeter on the individual components, you'd find that there's never anywhere near the torque applied to them that the engine is fully capable of generating. As you increase your traction, you're effectively raising the stress on the driveline components, and they will start to fail. I've seen it at the track many times. A guy pumps up his engine and then dumps more rubber etc on the car to get traction, and then one by one, the trans, driveshaft, pinion gear, and axles go. It's especially common with a higher mileage car like yours. And Lord knows the cars weight ain't helping either. This is always going to be the case when modifying a car like you did. So if you intend to continue on the track, you better be ready for the inevitable.
This is really why I only took my car to the track a couple times. Besides the beating it takes from just racing it basically stock, I didn't want it to turn into a money-pit. Been there, done that. ;)
 

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Yeah, I know all that, and am prepared for it. I already picked up a set of u-joints and have a relatively new ring and pinion and posi in it. I have new LCA's yet to install. I see breakage as an opportunity to upgrade. :)

Besides, once I get that 13 second slip, I'm done racing it unless I do more big mods. :) Then I'm on to autocrossing. :) Heh heh...

Oh, and she weighs in at 4860lbs with my fat azz in it. :) Thank you very much!

...always the optimist. ;)



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Oh well, you'll get there I'm sure. You'll need to be careful though. As you search for the solution to one issue, you'll inevitably cause another. Case in point would be the wheel hop issue now. After that, you'll probably find a rear problem, or maybe driveshaft. The OEM driveshaft and rear are NOT up to the task of hard-launching a 4500lb car. Wheel-spin serves to relieve stress on the driveline components. If you had a torquemeter on the individual components, you'd find that there's never anywhere near the torque applied to them that the engine is fully capable of generating. As you increase your traction, you're effectively raising the stress on the driveline components, and they will start to fail. I've seen it at the track many times. A guy pumps up his engine and then dumps more rubber etc on the car to get traction, and then one by one, the trans, driveshaft, pinion gear, and axles go. It's especially common with a higher mileage car like yours. And Lord knows the cars weight ain't helping either. This is always going to be the case when modifying a car like you did. So if you intend to continue on the track, you better be ready for the inevitable.
This is really why I only took my car to the track a couple times. Besides the beating it takes from just racing it basically stock, I didn't want it to turn into a money-pit. Been there, done that. ;)
 

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Autocrossing?! Yikes! You ARE determined to spend money. ;) Have fun man. :D
Heh heh. :D
 

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The question would still have to be WHY?
Why not?
There are lots of people that think it's silly to modify ANY car of ANY KIND. I'm sure you've come across people that didn't understand you modding your FW. It's different. To me, different is cool. Cookie cutter cars don't impress me much.
I say, if you want to do it, it's yours, go for it.
A well done H2, spanking a bunch of sports cars on a road coarse, IMO, would be cool as hell.
 

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Unfortunately, that only proves that with enough work and money, you can make anything a racecar.


He didn't spend as much money as you think he did. Amazing what moving things around can do for you.
 

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EXACTLY! :D

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Why not?
There are lots of people that think it's silly to modify ANY car of ANY KIND. I'm sure you've come across people that didn't understand you modding your FW. It's different. To me, different is cool. Cookie cutter cars don't impress me much.
I say, if you want to do it, it's yours, go for it.
A well done H2, spanking a bunch of sports cars on a road coarse, IMO, would be cool as hell.
 

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Oh I read the articles on his car. There is PLENTY rolled into that car. Like I said, if you put enough into it, eventually you will make it a race car. It's like the old drag racing theory, if you put enough into it, eventually you'll win a race. Winning and losing is only seperated by desire.
 

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Then you also know that the magazine made mistakes on some of the items in his car. I remebered somewhere on another forum Jeff said that the magazine messed up. I also know he did most of the work himself thus saving on major cash. Who cares.....its still the best Fleetwood out there.
 

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Mad'lac said:
. Who cares.....its still the best Fleetwood out there.
Oh... I don't know about that. :) :D
 
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