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beersngars
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:13 am    Post subject: Heading to the track Reply with quote

As soon as I get off work I'll be driving about 25 miles to the 1/8 mile track and trying this thing out for the first time. Mufflers, air filter and street tires. As I was throwing a few tools together last night (that hopefully won't leave the trunk) I wondered how that tree might look after 25 years. The last time I ran was 1981. Embarassed Any thoughts on how to launch? The tires are M/T 33x19.5x15 Sportsmans. On the street, first is smoke. Oh well, I just really hope to have some fun, get an idea of where the car is now so any future upgrades can be fairly judged, and most of all, to drive it back home. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope you have a good night. On the launch, VHT is a wonderful thing, good luck on a sticky track. Clay
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck and have fun. Let us know what you run.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok Beers how did it go? Hopefully the track wasn't packed!
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beersngars
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well first the good news. Made 5 passes and drove the car home and used no tools. Now the rest, being 25 years rusty showed big time at the tree. Best reaction was 0.888, worst 1.037. Embarassed Best 60 foot 2.000, worst 2.143. Best mph 88.03, worst 83.75. Best time 8.121, worst 8.345. The problems were me and the tires. The wife took videos and there was tire smoke better than half way down. I tried a light burn out once, tried smoking up the car and some in between. I also tried a lighter foot at the light but nothing was helping. These tires are not ideal for WOT. I ran with a 70 Cuda 440 twice and he was using drag radials, those worked well for him. First time he beat me, second I got him. Both times he wasted me out of the hole and I had to run him down. All in all, a good time but rather embaressing time sheets. I need new tires anyway, so I'll try again then.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news anyways, never had to break out the tools! Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job. With some traction and tweaking 11's and not far away. How much does the car weigh?
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beersngars
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smokemup wrote:
Good job. With some traction and tweaking 11's and not far away. How much does the car weigh?


Don't know. One of those things I never got around finding out. And yea the tools staying in the trunk was a small victory.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beersngars wrote:
The wife took videos and there was tire smoke better than half way down. .



Would like to see the video. Smokin the tires half way down just like the days when I was a kid at Fremont on Sundays. Cool Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

af2 wrote:
beersngars wrote:
The wife took videos and there was tire smoke better than half way down. .



Would like to see the video. Smokin the tires half way down just like the days when I was a kid at Fremont on Sundays. Cool Cool


To get the video to the TV is a chore for me. Embarassed Getting them on the net........ Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suggest trying the practice tree right here on SMOKEmUP.com
Left click on games, left click on Sportsman Tree and there you have it. I use.167 as a number for Vehicle reaction. Use it every time you check out the site and your reaction times will improve. During the season I try to practice every day at least twice. I play until I have 10 wins each time.
When I don't practice my reaction times suffer.

Maybe some people would like to tell what they do for a routine when they stage.
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beersngars
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

af2 wrote:
beersngars wrote:
The wife took videos and there was tire smoke better than half way down. .



Would like to see the video. Smokin the tires half way down just like the days when I was a kid at Fremont on Sundays. Cool Cool


Let me clarify the smoke at half way. I could hear the high pitch tire squeal and the video showed pillows of smoke. Not to be confused with "smoke" like when Pro60 does a burnout. Embarassed I needed new tires anyway, so I might give the MT S/R radials a try. I can't run drag radials because of the sizes avalible. Any thoughts or first hand accounts with these tires?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoosier makes a D.O.T drag tire that is you're size. Part#18107 at summit 31x18.5x15 $240.00 ea. The tires you are looking at will fry like the ones you have now.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Adam. Went to the Hoosier site and took a peek. Quite a few disclaimers saying NOT to use them on the street. This car is a street car that I just took to the track to see where it was at performance wise. Have you run those type tires on the street?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beersngars wrote:
Thanks Adam. Went to the Hoosier site and took a peek. Quite a few disclaimers saying NOT to use them on the street. This car is a street car that I just took to the track to see where it was at performance wise. Have you run those type tires on the street?


All the M.F.G. Have those disclaimers on that type of tire. I would never run the tire when it is wet on the road, they are basically a slick with 2 groves. They hook like hell though. As far as a street tire only go with what you are looking at, they look mean!
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