Well where do I start. First thanks to all the guys that helped in ANY way like Livemore Dave’s “Clean” drain pan and Dan Hobbs Expert decal installing. BIG thanks to Blake and Mike for helping with the tranny problems. I sure wish I could have run the first round to see what happens.
We got in early Thursday morning, got pitted and went to register and I’m given car number 9697 …. I get my membership package so then I need permanent numbers…… well guess what, they don’t have 9’s or 6’s and I’m to check back a little later. Long story short, they don’t have 9’s or 6’s so now I have to wait for the Vinyl guy to get here on Friday. Vinyl guy doesn’t show until LATE morning and I don’t’ get my decals until 12:45 or so. Can’t run without the permanent numbers. So by the time I get all these decals and numbers on the car T&T is over and it’s 3pm grrrrrrrrrr………. I wanted to make one full T&T pass at the 6800 shift point to see what that car will run all out before trying to dial it back. Oh well……….
The First run, some of you guys have seen on the video thread that Jon (Richter69) started. I was telling Blake and Red about how I’m not in second gear very long before having to shift into Third. (I haven't seen the video yet and can't because of this firewall), well that first pass I moved my shift point down to 6500 from 6800 and according to my data the car should have run slower BUT it ran faster and I had 3 more mph just by putting the J20C spec fluid in the tranny. So who knows how fast it would have went if the tranny was working correctly..... maybe a 9.49?
In the past when shifting at 6500 the car should have run around a 6.20 and a 9.70 or in that range.
Saturday: Second qualifying pass: I move my shift point back to 6800 and will shut it down at the 1/8 mile so I don’t go any faster, my Dial will already be 9.49 now. Well I launch and cut a .030 light and a 1.359 short time, best ever with these wheelie bars attached. I shift into second and the engine hits the rev limiter! NOT GOOD! I shut it down and limp back to the pits. Under a load second gear is GONE however cruising back to the pits the tranny works fine???
I check the shifter linkage (I had installed a new shifter cable before) and everything lines up correctly? I tighten up the shifter cable position by 2 revolutions to see if that helps.
Third qualifying pass I launch the car (Time slip is still in the car) and I cut a -.019 light in the right lane (Other 2 passes were in the left lane) and the car goes another 1.37 short time and then I hit second gear……. It engages and I’m thinking GREAT IT’s WORKING! But then I realize as I cross the 1/8 mile marker that the tranny is in Third gear and shut it down… What the Hell!?!?!
After talking with Blake and Mike (Tranny specialist) we decide to drop the pan and valve body to check the bands, clutches etc……. During all this mess my wife hasn’t got to see the jet car up close so I go with her to the stands while Blake and Mike check the tranny. A LOT of clutch and band material in the pan. Mike offered to rebuild the tranny right there that night but I decided to take Tracy to Rafferty’s instead, she deserved a break from all the heat plus that’s where all the BBF guys were going.
Next morning I’m thinking that my class doesn’t run until 10AM, I was going to shift it like a glide, First to Third and let her PULL from a 7000 shift point instead. Never got a chance, My class ran FIRST at 8:50 AM and I didn’t realize it until we got to the track and I saw the Open Comp cars going down the track…….. BUMMER!
I qualified #14 with a .012 light but never made eliminations. I'm fairly confident that I would have smoked these turkeys ;-)
Chuck's weekend was bitter sweet. His first time run he ran a 6.74 and then we got Phillip over to work on his carb. Phillip got on the phone with Lem and together they diagnosed Chuck's carb issues and the plug fouling issues. They changed all his air bleeds, readjusted his idle in the front and back and BAM it picked up .15 seconds and 3.5 mph! In the very next time run with identical weather and track conditions! He was a HAPPY camper! But during eliminations Chuck had problems with reaction times and his box. He didn't know that he had to cross over to the slower cars light on the top bulb or something. So he was out in the first round.
When I left, Phillip and Dan Hobbs raced each other and Phillip was the winner, don't know how far he got. My friend Derrick made it into the money rounds in Bracket 1.
You CAN'T miss the next one! Some BAD Mustangs! Wait 'til you see some of the videos and pictures I snapped.
I had a really good time meeting new and old friends from the BBF Forum. Lem kept all of us entertained Saturday. Blakes friend Red kept me in stitches with his King of the Hill Impersonations :lol: :lol: :lol: "Damn It Bobby!" :P
Plus they fed me Friday morning. We had Chuck-Donald's Saturday morning. Many of us pitted together so it was a really good time!
Looking forward to the next get together! BTW: we all wore our BBF Bash T-shirts with pride 8)
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