What goes down the 1320 in 7.04 seconds at 190 mph?

A 4G63 turbo powered rail car of course!  I know, I know, you are probably all like “Hey enough with the Mitsubishi power drag cars already!” My response to you is “Share some new, exciting, and unique non-mitsu powered stuff with me and I’ll post ‘em up!

Now, I really should have far more details about this car due to it being a local guy, its sheer awesomeness, the hottness, the quickness, and its immeasurable good looks.  Unfortunately I don’t at the moment.  If this video gets a positive response though, I will be sure to get all the details, have a real write-up (not just a quicky like this) and so much more!  This car has been many years in the making, so seeing it nearly dip into the 6′s while knocking on the door of 200mph is just plain sick.  Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVurhzRQhrY

Friday’s 1A Blog Video Wrap Up

Here’s a really cool 1930 Ford model A coupe Rat Rod with a suicide shifter outside of the car. It has a gas tank inside the car and a pretty cool gas cap located on the roof to fill-er-up. There’s a lot of really nice custom work done on this one.

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlQq-SpoO4w&feature=related

Ryan Newman Loses Modified Win In Louden NH (NHMS)

Ryan Newman had a great pay day last weekend or so he thought. Newman won the F.W. Webb 100 on Saturday and also the Lenox Tool 301 on Sunday.

Sitting in the grandstands on Saturday I had the perfect view of the modified race in which for the third straight year in a row Ryan Newman won the pole. Newman’s car was pretty fast during the race, so fast in fact that it failed Nascar’s post race inspection.

On Wednesday Nascar announced that Newman would be stripped of his win in the modified series, due to an illegal motor. The modified cars run a restrictor plate and Newmans crew decided to make a weep hole in the carburetor gasket that would allow more air to be sucked into the intake creating more horsepower.

Nascar has announced  Todd Szegedy as the winner of the F.W. Webb 100. All of the other drivers will move up a spot in the finishing order.

As a result of the infraction, car owner Kevin Manion and also crew chief Mike LaRochelle have both been suspended from all NASCAR regional touring series for the remainder of the year due to the severity of the issue.

 

Woodgrain Roadmaster Wagons: Discuss.

Call me old school if you must, but I looove me some Buick woody wagon.  Wagons are not for everybody though, and I’ve come to terms with that over the years.  I’ve also learned that a wagon covered in woodgrain will never be able to pass a Hennessey Venom GT, nor will they float as well as an Amphicar.  That’s not what they are about.  They are cruisers, plain and simple. » Continue reading more of this post…

My Turbo Tried Eating My Mass Airflow Sensor!

This was once a rectangle.

When your turbo is forcing 25 psi through your engine at 6000 rpm, there is a fair amount of air being drawn through your Mass Airflow Sensor.  If the honeycomb breaks free, it will eventually find itself lodged against the insides of the sensor, causing your vehicle to run quite poorly.  I haven’t checked yet, but I don’t believe any pieces made it past the sensor and into the turbo’s compressor wheel. Fingers crossed….

1964 Impala Convertible Project Part 4

We left off the last episode with a freshly fabricated trunk floor, and I had a new tail pan and taillight surround on order.   A few days later, they arrived, and work commenced.  If you are curious, I would imagine that at this point in the story, I must have had about 75 hours into the removal of the quarter, and the repair of the wheel house, filler neck surround, trunk drop off, and trunk floor.  It is easy to see why car restorations add up fast.   The labor factor is huge.  Moving on…

I began this round with the test fitting of the tail pan and the left taillight surround.  They were both perfect, except my trunk floor wasn’t.  Everything needed some TLC with hammers to align it all.  Once I was happy with the tail pan, I drilled a million holes in it and spot welded it all the way down just like when the car was new.  I then coated it in ugly reddish primer because that is what was within reach.

The taillight surround was much more challenging to align than the tail pan was. I used a variety of clamps, and cleco’s.  If you have never used cleco’s you are missing out.  They are cheap little devices that hold metal together like a champ.  Every tool box should have some.

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LS6 Carnage: When It All Goes Terribly Wrong.

Yesterday, over on LS1Tech.com, “Fastdriver1992″ posted up some pictures of his engine… err… what was left of it at least. When it was in one piece, it was a beautiful, all aluminum LS6.  Today it is a pile of aluminum which once resembled a 5.7L Corvette / Cadillac CTS-V engine.  These engines are light, make gobs of horsepower, are fuel injected, and are nice to look at.  Did I mention they make gobs of power?  Oh yes, I believe I did…

Fastdriver1992′s LS6 is typically being used to rocket his 1975 Corvette down the 1320 at 119mph in 11 seconds flat.  It was making roughly 450 horsepower at the top end of the track, around 6000 rpm when all hell broke loose.  After some detective work, the theory is that his engine broke a valve, which danced around the combustion chamber, bent the connecting rod, ate the piston, and exploded the block.  5 seconds later, ouch.

You can see the Full Thread Here.

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