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  • Beagle
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    I think BBR has run an A1000 both carbed and EFI on a mill making close to or over 700hp during Drag Week. Maybe he'll chime in here. Not pushing, again, just thinking there is an "Easier" button that keeps you on the track this year. It would suck to get this far and C5 the teething problems.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    return style. dead head and more then around 600 hp - you're asking for trouble.

    and to be clear, racing, absolutely, driving 800 miles with a static display, no.

    at least I didn't hit the wrong button.....
    Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; June 7, 2021, 08:31 AM.

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  • Beagle
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    Originally posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
    I'm a decision point about whether or not to attend UMC. I scored poorly in the design and engineering (I think dead last 63 out of 100 possible), no idea how the score was calculated - so no idea what I'd need to do to be competitive (okay, there's my complaint about that part of the challenge). Further, the car doesn't run and it's not likely I'll get my EFI back within 2 weeks. On top of all of those things the reality is I need to buy racing seats, and a new set of harnesses... which may or may not be here before the end of the month. Add the uncertainty about FiTech (who I'm not thrilled didn't bother telling me on Friday what their timeline is).

    When I made the 2 reservations, it was with the presumption the car was still running... now? I run the very real risk of it being another paddock ornament. IF I still run Optima, I may simply get an already done C5.... because no running is not a lot of fun.
    Aaron, it's a brotherly love thing here... I'm not hacking on you. BUT... put a damn carb on it, slap the factory 3 point seatbelt back in it, and run it. It's always been an underdog, I think by your design. Unless you just want other peoples approval, run it because you built it to drive it.

    Your EFI fuel pump is already deadheaded right? It's not going to change if that's 5psi or 50psi. Change the regulator and fire away. Best of luck with whatever you choose, but after the hours you have put in it, you should at least knock some cones down with it . Going through the braking challenge sideways or backwards will always score big style points here, almost as many as just making the show!

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    I'm a decision point about whether or not to attend UMC. I scored poorly in the design and engineering (I think dead last 63 out of 100 possible), no idea how the score was calculated - so no idea what I'd need to do to be competitive (okay, there's my complaint about that part of the challenge). Further, the car doesn't run and it's not likely I'll get my EFI back within 2 weeks. On top of all of those things the reality is I need to buy racing seats, and a new set of harnesses... which may or may not be here before the end of the month. Add the uncertainty about FiTech (who I'm not thrilled didn't bother telling me on Friday what their timeline is).

    When I made the 2 reservations, it was with the presumption the car was still running... now? I run the very real risk of it being another paddock ornament. IF I still run Optima, I may simply get an already done C5.... because no running is not a lot of fun.
    Last edited by SuperBuickGuy; June 6, 2021, 09:47 PM.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    The synopsis isn't done.... I ran Willow Springs (parked?) but part 2 is July in Utah. At this point, it's a FiTech discussion - and we'll see where it goes from there (also, that's a partial story at this point, stuff breaks but the story is always how the company reacts - I've asked for them to replace the current system with a port system.... but we will see).

    But the story so far. I drove 2450 miles to get baked and blown in the desert and averaged 17 mpg.
    Willow Springs is a way cool track that I got to run at 70%.
    The Optima people are very welcoming and run a good event.
    The competitors are all very nice people who really help each other out.
    I confirmed what I think racing is - moments of fun, moments of terror, hours of fixing (or driving for parts).
    If you have Verizon at Willow Springs, sorry. They utterly suck for reception, which isn't really a big deal except one of the communication methods for Optima is by text and if you're having trouble with your EFI, you get to fix and play Statue of Liberty all at the same time.
    The mine is called Tropico because of the street the investors lived on in San Francisco and could be a very productive mine even now.
    The mine started as a material supplier for a pottery company in LA. On a whim, the owner tested the clay and found it was full of gold - so there are clay pots out there which have several hundred dollars of gold in the clay that made them.
    Order L-208 is interesting and really explains a lot of things about California.
    I think the police in California drive 85 mph to just show off...

    The drive....
    my goodness that's a lot of bugs on the front of my truck (going south). 1173 miles which I completed in 18 hours and change (which is an average of 63 mph).
    Going north 1137 miles - 395 is the far better route except where it descends from Monmouth (and maybe the 2 lane in Lassen county).... there the idiots with the trailers .... they drive 25 until a passing zone then they floor it to keep people from going around them. I nearly ran one of those into a ditch, I'm not sorry.
    I call the people who try to maintain one speed in rush hour traffic 'floaters' and I mean that in the most derogatory of definitions.
    Also, did you know your truck reduces power when it starts picking up air? On the back route, don't push the distance on a tank because many stations in that area don't carry diesel. I filled a 22 gallon tank with 21.9 gallons of diesel... then had to do a air-bleed to get it started again (really, really easy in the Colorado).
    Google maps puts the people who pay them first on their recommended stops, which may (or likely) may not be the closest fuel.
    My truck runs the same whether the diesel costs $5.69 or $3.29.... weird, no?
    Oh and I finally found a county in California I like... Lassen. Pretty sure the rest of California has no idea it exists.
    BBQ at some random small town restaurant is really really good.

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  • Monster
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    Originally posted by BBR View Post
    Ok, so how about a synopsis of the trip?
    https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...62#post1295088

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  • BBR
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    Ok, so how about a synopsis of the trip?

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    Pdub reminded me that I needed to post pictures of the exciting drive back



    the stats
    1137 miles home
    18h 56m total time
    17.5 mpg

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  • Monster
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    Awesome race report and the cars look great !

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    Day 2, not better then the last
    Okay, I left you on Day 1 with great news the car ran again.
    Day 2 started with me warming up and adjusting the IAC. Drove it up to the pad where they do the autocross, walked it, good? no? no.
    I did a bit of tuning and realized the fans weren't coming on. fine, hot wired them. The the alternator said 'nope'. There is an autozone in Rosamond - but by that time, I'm done.

    FiTech may have changed how it turns on a fan.... because the computer won't turn it on, and I wonder if (because last time it was a ground to energize the relay) I lunched another computer. I did get judged in the Engineering, and even got a time for my orientation laps (which is a bonus, I suppose).

    FiTech and I are going to have to talk. I like them, a lot, but this is getting old. Let's recount, on the FJ40, there was a new computer and new injectors. On this one, there was a failed computer (MY FAULT), but then the squirting, mis-machined throttle body, and I'm calling the failed computer their fault - with an asterisk that it may not be their fault (though on my column it was running fine until I got to Willow Springs).

    anyway, enough discussion... pictures
    this thing took a dump on me at the worst possible moment - on the way to Riverside - put my truck in limp mode... in LA traffic.... with no way to test or troubleshoot.

    a familiar sight on my blogs

    Friday night, I had towed it to its spot, but then it ran so I straightened up the parking.

    I swear Optima Challenge is 90% Corvette.... makes sense, you can either win or have another car.

    these while walking around before I found out my car wasn't going to make it

    won his class

    had almost as many troubles as I did - but at least got to run

    met the owner in line to judging... neat guy


    the noises this made were unholy

    love this truck, it'll be a SEMA because it won its class this time - uses a Corvette cradle and Camaro diff

    another neat truck

    think he won his class

    this car is badass... don't know why he was on the trailer for day 2....



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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    There will be more pooches, and more races.

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  • Dan Barlow
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    I' put a carb on the 85 vette when it was my son's car and it is fine for me for anywhere I'll ever take it . But you will probably be running as t alot of drastically different elevations, won't a carb be difficult to keep at an optimum tune ? P.S. sorry to hear about the loss of your #1 Buick . I've been trying to wear the wife down on getting a dog but so far it isn't happening. I get the 3.5 car garage minus on stall . And she gets the house minus one half the bed .

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