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  • squirrel
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    thanks!

    I forgot to mention..my truck died 350 miles into the trip, so we unloaded Plan II and drove it 1200 miles to Drag week, 1000 miles on Drag Week, then to the Zip Tie Drags, then home. 4165 miles on the little car in two weeks.

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  • DanStokes
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    Do the front tires last longer when you keep them off the pavement like that? Seems reasonable.

    (Love this car!)

    Dan
    Last edited by DanStokes; September 21, 2017, 12:45 PM.

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  • squirrel
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    made it home safely.

    Had a few issues on the way. The throttle linkage needs some redesign. There was a problem a few months ago where it was not opening fully, I made some changes, and that fixed it...for a while. It acted up again in the middle of Drag Week, not getting full throttle, so I did some more tweaking. It's also kind of hard to drive on the highway when it works right on the drag strip..not enough travel at the pedal, so it's too sensitive. I ended up changing a pivot point for the drive home, it drives ok like that, but won't go as fast as it could at the drag strip. I will figure out something...

    Also the fuel pump died the last day of the drive home. It did not start running when I fired up the car in the morning at the hotel. I carry a spare, so we swapped it, and drove home. Today I pulled the dead pump apart, the shaft was rusty where it rides in the lower bushing. I've had this issue before, on my 55. I just cleaned up the shaft with emery cloth and reassembled. But the brushes are pretty far worn, so it won't last too many more thousand miles. It's good as a spare, still.

    we also had some fun handling issues on the drive home. Looked at the traction bars, the wheel bearings, the locker function, tire pressure, etc. The car would do some strange things when going on or off the throttle. What it seems to be is that we had adjusted the tire pressure when racing, and didn't really keep track of where it started. The car is kind of rear heavy when loaded for the road, and with bias ply tires, it's kind of finicky about pressures. Since I had recently driven a Corvair lots of miles, I got to thinking about that...and decided to try more air pressure in the rear tires, 24 front, 28 rear. That fixed it.

    strange how it takes me so long to figure out basic things about my car! but it's fun, the car is always teaching me things.

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  • squirrel
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    my car did fine, no problems there.

    My wife is going to haul my truck home behind her truck. Chevy II does not have any load carrying capacity beyond what I normally haul on Drag Week.

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  • langleylad
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    Brian announced that there was a red car at the end of the track that needed help . This was just after you made your pass . I'll be watching tomorrow, best of luck.
    Mike

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  • 68scott385
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    LOVE watching you/your car(s)!!

    Dumb question.......Does Plan II have a trailer hitch so that it can pull its tow vehicle home from NM?
    On second thought, probably some serious leverage disadvantage even with minimal tongue weight on an altered wheelbase car.

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  • squirrel
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    Originally posted by langleylad View Post
    Just watched you go 10.81 @ 131 at Great Lakes . Did you have a problem on the return road ?
    i stopped on the return road to talk with Brian.

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  • DanStokes
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    Originally posted by squirrel View Post
    Thanks, we're doing fine. Adjusting to her being retired is not that difficult.
    ME and I have hit a slightly different stride but we've adjusted pretty easily, too.

    Dan

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  • langleylad
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    Just watched you go 10.81 @ 131 at Great Lakes . Did you have a problem on the return road ?
    Last edited by langleylad; September 14, 2017, 09:01 AM.

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  • squirrel
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    Thanks, we're doing fine. Adjusting to her being retired is not that difficult.

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  • DanStokes
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    Great to hear from you, Jim. Hope you and Mrs. Squirrel are having a great summer.

    Dan

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  • squirrel
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    Updated the racing log.

    selectric.org/62nova/62racing.pdf

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  • TheSilverBuick
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    Great Success!

    Last edited by TheSilverBuick; November 13, 2016, 09:02 AM.

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  • squirrel
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    They helped. And, that was part of my plan in getting those ones....

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  • TheSilverBuick
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    Was it the new seats that convinced her to go for a ride??

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