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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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First Drag Strip Runs with New Combination

I made it out to Milan Dragway last evening for the first time since the new motor got completed and tuned. Weather was far from optimum, with air temps in the low to mid 90s, but traction was good. The NT05Rs fully met my expectations! I only made two successful runs, but both were significant improvements over my previous personal best of 11.96 @ 117 mph:
Run #1: 11.45 @ 122 mph with 1.77 60-foot. This was launching from an idle.
Run #2: 11.28 @ 123 mph with 1.69 60-foot. This was launching with some brake torque.

I tried a third run with more brake torque, but the car pushed through and I red lit. Waited in line until sunset for a fourth run, but they kept shutting the track down for cleanups and I finally packed up and left. May try again next Wednesday if weather permits. I'm pretty sure that the car has a 10 second run in it in cooler air and if I can optimize the launch RPM.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 11:11 AM
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Well done sir, and you did the Epic Drive also. Outstanding I look forward to seeing ya break into the 10's

Read ya later,Nick
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! It is amazing how different the car feels with the new setup. The burnout is bigger, the sound of the engine going down track is louder, the sensation of speed going through the traps is more thrilling. It was quick enough to be entertaining before, but now it is actually fast. I got a lot of positive feedback about the car and its performance from other racers and bystanders. Now I just need to learn the optimum technique for launching. I'm close enough to the 10's that I know I'm going to fixate on reaching them. If this level of power won't do it, I have a smaller pulley........
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 02:35 PM
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Congrats Mike! It will be the first Tbird to break into the 10's in quite some time.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
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I went back to Milan last evening on a quest for better ETs, but did not get them. On my second run, the throttle cable pulled out of the end fitting and the engine dropped to idle. Couldn’t find a replacement fitting, so I ended up modifying a carburetor jet purchased from the track shop to use as a bolt, and borrowed a drill to make a hole in the throttle body arm. Luckily, I had a nut which matched the threads on the jet. Anyway, after 2-1/2 hours in very hot and humid conditions, I had a functioning throttle, so I swapped tires, packed up and headed home. Will try making some runs this fall when it isn’t so hot.
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Sounds like a plan. I had issues too the last time I went to the track the alternator on my car decided to take a dump. Like you it took about two hours to source another one and swap them out. Hoping for better ETs this fall. Let's see if we can't get both of our cars into the 10's!

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Dude!!! That thing is haulin! Congrats
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