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  • DanStokes
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    Please keep the updates coming. (Though I prefer the Olds - I like weird-os.)

    Dan
    Last edited by DanStokes; November 16th, 2018, 12:07 PM.

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  • 68scott385
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    I "threatened" to update this thread but I'm having trouble picking up where it left off. Certain years are a blur, like nearly everything from mid-1994 to mid-1999. I can recall plenty of events, I just can't date them without referencing other dates/events. The last couple years are like that too. Someone said slowly going in one direction is better than quickly going nowhere. My life resembles that remark more than I care to admit.

    Not that I thought it was quick, or fast, but I wanted to know what it would run on the track, mostly as a reference to other vehicles and as a starting point. It went down the track twice. The times were close enough to call consistent for me. First was 10.312 @ 65.48, second was 10.305 @ 66.07. I'm sure there's more to be had with some tuning but to me it's beating a dead horse, almost literally.

    The 455 ran when bought, was cleaner than the 3ow7 that came out, hasn't been any more apart that valve cover gaskets and distributor replacement in decades, and was cheap enough to enjoy as an experiment. After patiently waiting, searching for a couple great, running cores, I've decided to change directions. It's a Chevrolet car, it was born with an Olds engine, it had an Olds engine transplant, and now it's time for a Chevy engine to be between its fenders.

    I've accumulated a MkIV 454 that is half inspected, a '98 GenVI 454 that I haven't had time to inspect, and a '97 GenVI that runs very well but still needs some work to be reliable. Then there's the 385 that was built in 1999 and has somewhere between 15,ooo & 25,ooo miles. Have you ever really owned a hot rod if you haven't had to drive by the tach for a couple years? There's also enough "spare" parts to build 350hp small block if need be.......but I'm getting ahead of the timeline of events.

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  • Deaf Bob
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    I figured you prolly go thru more congested areas than I will..
    3 metropolitian areas, one is quite big.. All freeway 25 miles from home.. Untill we cross into WA midstate..
    Will be seeing wild horse herds from the highway...

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  • DanStokes
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    Originally posted by 68scott385 View Post

    Sorry if I was a pest. I try not to get in the way. It did take an hour before getting kicked off the starting line. OOPS!

    Walking around, looking at all the combinations, it was very interesting and left me with several questions. Reading through the rules started clearing up some things. Still though, the diversity is incredible.
    NOT a pest! Always great to have someone to chat up in the staging lanes - as you saw, one can be there a while!

    Dan

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  • 68scott385
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    Funny how things are closer together on the east side of the Mississippi River. East of me and they really get close, too close for me.

    The local drag strip is only five miles. When the wind is right and the sky is clear I can hear them run from the backyard. I planned to go to test-n-tune tonight and the track's FB page said they where open, until it was time to open, then they cancelled test-n-tune, CRAP. Friday's a wash due to Door Slammer Nationals, so I get to spectate again.

    Two weeks ago I bought some bucket seats for the car. It's more a necessity than a want, I have to get my back in a comfortable position if I'm going to drive this car for any amount of time. I also found a Colonnade El Camino rear bumper. The wragon's rear bumper is rusted through close to the license plate. For nearly four years I've been looking for a wagon rear bumper but nothing close. I figure an El Camino bumper should be close to the correct contour on top of the bumper and since one showed up for a reasonable price I snagged it.

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  • Deaf Bob
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    3-3.5 hrs! THAT'S ALL?!?!?
    Going to Yakima this weekend.. It is a 4-5 hr one way drive..
    Went to Lakeview OR by the CA border over Labor Day to watch a derby, that was 5.5-6 hrs.
    4th of July we went to Forks WA, and that was 6-7 hrs one way..
    Did not get a motel as all these are "fair" shows and all the motels are full in advance..
    Admittingly we do win some cash at our shows that helps offset the costs.. Forks and Lakeview were watch shows
    We had one in mid Aig that was only 45 min away

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  • 68scott385
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    Originally posted by DanStokes View Post
    Great chatting with you in the staging lanes. "Attending Drag Week" seems like a perfectly acceptable reason to me.

    Later!

    Dan
    Sorry if I was a pest. I try not to get in the way. It did take an hour before getting kicked off the starting line. OOPS!

    Walking around, looking at all the combinations, it was very interesting and left me with several questions. Reading through the rules started clearing up some things. Still though, the diversity is incredible.

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  • Stewzer55
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    Attending Drag Week? You mean "family vacation" it's not a lie. I had no idea Ohio Mile was going on, been busy interning.

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  • DanStokes
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    Great chatting with you in the staging lanes. "Attending Drag Week" seems like a perfectly acceptable reason to me.

    Later!

    Dan

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  • 68scott385
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    Some last minute changes allowed me to go to Ohio and enjoy it. It took roughly 3 -3.5 hours to get there but 2.25 to get back. Insomnia has benefits after all. We didn't stay for Sunday since Jr-ette has school and they frowned at the note in 2013 for missing school for part of Drag Week.

    I still "need" to take the wragon to the drag strip to satisfy my curiosity and after this weekend I want to take it to Wilmington at least once. I noticed there was a lot of waiting to make two runs in one day. That's not too different from my local drag strip. On a good test-n-tune night you'll get 3-5 runs. I guess it's time to get serious about a car trailer.

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  • Deaf Bob
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    Glad you are back! Yes that is a common problem...

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  • 68scott385
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    AHhhh, it's summer, the weather is nice, driven the wagon a few times and enjoy it. There is just one small problem that is starting to concern me. When not in traffic the tach hangs out at roughly 2000rpm and the speedometer won't read less that 70. This is happening on ground roads as I haven't taken it on the freeway yet. Does anyone else have this problem with their car(s)?

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  • Deaf Bob
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    Boat races!

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  • 68scott385
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    If it ever quits raining I plan to find out how quick. Note on the local track's website "closed due to flooding." It happens every time the river comes up.

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    This is from a couple years ago but you get the idea.


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