Monday, July 28, 2014

Norwalk 2014 - First 1/4 mile run in 14 years

I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed.  I would also be lying if I said I didn't have a blast and feel something inside re-ignited while blasting down the track.  I ran a disappointing 11.9@117.65 mph.  That said, I learned a lot in which I had forgot, and realized that my tune was WAY off, and was drowning the engine with fuel.  I plan to hit the track again soon, hopefully within a month, though this time it will be at the much closer Milan Dragway.  As you can see from the video, the car launches fairly well, then hesitates off the line with a bog.  I think a much leaner tune, a little more timing, and correctly adjusted valve lash will make a world of difference.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FINALLY hitting the 1/4 mile

My car hasn't been to the track since 2000. Yeah, you read that right, 14 years! I have been preparing to get back to the track for most of that time, more so in the past 4 years since it has been back on the road. I come back with a vengeance, with a full cage, 200 extra hp, bullet proof 9", and some sticky Mickey's out back. Tomorrow, I head to Norwalk, now Summit Motorsports Park. The car is loaded and ready to go, and I am confident I have a fairly good tune on the car, and hope for a trouble free day. I have friends and family going and will have both pictures and video from the outing. It's just a test and tune night, but I hope to make it to the track a few more times this year, though most likely to Milan Dragway. I can't wait to blast down the track, as it's been building up inside for more than a decade. Summit Motorsports Park

Monday, July 07, 2014

Camaro Update: 7-7-2014

I just finished picking up the last of the parts needed to get my Camaro ready for the track, hopefully hitting Norwalk Raceway Park on 7/25/2014.  After a front end alignment and new tie rods a week ago, I picked up a new set of front tires today, rated up to 168 mph.  The old tires were shot, and to be honest, I believe they were responsible for the front end vibration.  In addition to new tires, I also picked up a Bell helmet, ordered a fire jacket, and stopped by Detroit Performance Center for a new shifter cable.  I also grabbed a book on nitrous systems while I was there, as at some point, my nitrous kit will find its way onto something I own.  I still have a few items to finish on the car, but I now have all the parts I need, and with a little tuning, the car should easily be ready for the track come July 25th!

2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat

707 hp. What else do you really need to know?

2014 Downriver Cruise

2014 Downriver Cruise

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Roadkill: Episode 29

This makes me excited to build our '68 Firebird!

2014 Gratiot Cruise - Eastpointe

This is the first year my Camaro has ever made it to the Gratiot cruise.  Typically, we all go to the show, but we park and walk.  This year, by friend Rod brought his '41 Ford pickup, my '69 Camaro, Dad's '95 Formula, Father-in-law's '14 Challenger SRT, and Brother-in-law's '14 Challenger R/T Shaker.  It was nice to have so many family and friends with their cars at the show.  After a few hours of settling in, we still walked the cruise, and though turnout seemed a bit lighter, was still a very good kickoff to this year's cruise season.

My wife's dream car, which I hope to some day get her.

One of the baddest wagons ever, and I'm not a big fan of Olds.  This Vista Cruiser though, man, with those skylight windows, simply awesome!

Nice Coronet.

This is about how my dad's Challenger will ride, perhaps even a little bit lower.

Twin turbo power!

A boat of a car, but those lines are perfect.  The wheels and stance are perfect on this one.

I really like the two tone on this Ford.

You don't see many Falcons, and this is one of the nicest, with some massive meats out back!

3rd Gens continue to gain popularity.

There are but a handful of cars that can get away with the metal flake paint jobs, and this one definitely qualifies.


2014 Gratiot Cruise - Eastpointe

Monday, June 16, 2014

1968 Pontiac Firebird Update: 6-11-2014

I sold off the power window motors a few days ago, and also picked up some full length floor pans and a radiator support.  While the car has been on hold for awhile, my Camaro is now on the road and ready for the cruise season.  I can now try and find some free time for us to get back started on the Firebird.  Next step is getting the subframe out and the floors cut out in preparation of new pans.