1978 557 Merc Zephyr - Page 28 - 460 Ford Forum
Car Buildup Forum A place to detail your car build and chronicle your progress as you put together your BBF powered vehicle.

User Tag List

 60Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
post #406 of 419 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 07:06 PM
Super Moderator
 
MrScharfenberger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Georgetown Indiana
Posts: 4,936
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 175 Post(s)
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bajarick View Post
...here in Maryland the last couple of weekends

Car is working pretty good.

Hoping to get to a track this weekend
Cool! Get some video if you can. Let us know how she runs.

Send Questions To: [email protected]
MrScharfenberger is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #407 of 419 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
Hey Chris!

Yes - has been a while.

What day will you be there?

Not sure if Im going Friday night or Saturday.

Rick

Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!

Last edited by bajarick; 05-19-2017 at 09:39 AM.
bajarick is offline  
post #408 of 419 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrScharfenberger View Post
Cool! Get some video if you can. Let us know how she runs.
Hey Scarf!

I got my Go Pro working so I should have some pretty good video this year.

Hope you get that suspension worked out

Thanks!

Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!
bajarick is offline  
 
post #409 of 419 (permalink) Old 05-20-2017, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
IT RAINED YESTERDAY........

......AND IT LOOKS LIKE ITS GOING TO RAIN SOME MORE TODAY

Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!
bajarick is offline  
post #410 of 419 (permalink) Old 05-20-2017, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
WELL, NO......

Quote:
Originally Posted by bajarick View Post
......AND IT LOOKS LIKE ITS GOING TO RAIN SOME MORE TODAY
......RAIN CAME :surprise

Made it there ready to race, but the $175 entry fee for the race killed me

Didn't hear about that part of the deal when I called the track-lol.

On the bright side I got to meet my good friend TOPHER1, with his 89 BB Thunderbird, showin all them dam Chevy guys some FORD POWER in the Box Class ......Ill let TOPHER tell us his story.

Way to go TOPHER!

Next time, Ill get into the Foot Brake Class.

There were more dragsters there than I ever seen in my life - must have been a hundred of em

Anyway, got a few pics.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg G0010099.jpg (97.5 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg G0010100.jpg (95.6 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg G0030105.jpg (96.9 KB, 29 views)
File Type: jpg G0040106.jpg (96.3 KB, 27 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN1834.jpg (85.5 KB, 27 views)
Devildog likes this.

Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!

Last edited by bajarick; 05-20-2017 at 06:58 PM.
bajarick is offline  
post #411 of 419 (permalink) Old 06-11-2017, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
FINALLY.....

........made some runs at Capital this Saturday

Made four runs total....the last run was a good one until I had a brain fart and let up at the 1/8 mile.

Technically, I won the race cause my cousin red lighted, but Im looking at the performance and the car was on its way to a potential 130 mph run (or a least a best time of say 10:28 or so).

Comparing the time slip from my previous best run in 2015 (timeslip on left), I was on par to make a nice run.

https://youtu.be/S9kPUxhphL0
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN1894.jpg (61.1 KB, 22 views)
CarsByCarl and Devildog like this.

Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!
bajarick is offline  
post #412 of 419 (permalink) Old 03-29-2018, 03:52 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 1,464
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
 
Send a message via Yahoo to Devildog
What's going on over there?......D

'71 Mustang Mach1 370 Truck Motor
'09 Shelby GT500
Devildog is offline  
post #413 of 419 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
HEY FOLKS..!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Devildog View Post
What's going on over there?......D
Whats up D!

Been a long time for me.

The Z car is just sitting around the last year or so.

Last November I was out putting gas in it and get into a skirmish with a Challenger after that I heard something making bad noises from the trans or something - thought I had bent a push rod or rocker but after checking that didn't appear to be the case.

Planning to continue the investigation over the winter.

In the mean time I finished the restoration of my 13 ft vintage race boat.

I had it out a Regatta in Southern MD (Leonardtown Boat Races) - lots of fun!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg BASH 1 HP.jpg (99.9 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg BAY 3 CM.jpg (72.3 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN2806.jpg (97.7 KB, 9 views)
CarsByCarl, Mike R and r72cnvt like this.

Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!

Last edited by bajarick; 11-15-2018 at 01:36 AM.
bajarick is offline  
post #414 of 419 (permalink) Old 11-15-2018, 09:20 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sioux City,Ia
Posts: 476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
 
What motor? Hey,don't kill yourself in that thing! A friend acquired a 16 footer about like yours a while ago. Don't remember the make or know much about it but it had a Merc Bridgeport,2.4 or 2.5L Scared the crap out of me at 8,000 RPM with a 28 Chopper. Got kicked off the lake by the game warden. Never ran it again.
thermod is offline  
post #415 of 419 (permalink) Old 11-15-2018, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by thermod View Post
What motor? Hey,don't kill yourself in that thing! A friend acquired a 16 footer about like yours a while ago. Don't remember the make or know much about it but it had a Merc Bridgeport,2.4 or 2.5L Scared the crap out of me at 8,000 RPM with a 28 Chopper. Got kicked off the lake by the game warden. Never ran it again.
Hey Thermod,

My boat is relatively safe compared to what you were riding in - I think that Bridgeport is about 175 hp.

This boat fits into the Sport G category - 69 cubic inch motors, 75-85 hp, 13 ft minimum length.

I have an 80hp Mercury on the back - 14 x 26 cleaver prop.

Most of the boats run about 60-65 mph.....still dialing mine in at 56-57 mph.

Vintage racing is not really racing either....there is no winner or loser, just 3-5 laps of fun each heat.

I attached a short video of me testing some engine and trim height adjustments -click on the words you tube to play the clip.

My Zephyr is supposed to be the tow vehicle - lol !


Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!

Last edited by bajarick; 11-15-2018 at 02:35 PM.
bajarick is offline  
post #416 of 419 (permalink) Old 11-16-2018, 08:39 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sioux City,Ia
Posts: 476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
 
That looks like a blast! I love fast outboards. Been messing around with them for years which led to a bunch of free work on a lot of my friend's boats. Guys shell out big money for hi perf bass boats but have no clue on props,setup,or basic maintenance.
You might try raising your motor up on the transom a little and going with less trim to level it out some. Be less susceptible to chine walk.
bajarick likes this.
thermod is offline  
post #417 of 419 (permalink) Old 11-16-2018, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by thermod View Post
That looks like a blast! I love fast outboards. Been messing around with them for years which led to a bunch of free work on a lot of my friend's boats. Guys shell out big money for hi perf bass boats but have no clue on props,setup,or basic maintenance.
You might try raising your motor up on the transom a little and going with less trim to level it out some. Be less susceptible to chine walk.
Hey Thermod - I've always had a boat in my life - love to go a little faster too.

I can get most things done on a motor myself, but far from expert.

There is a group on Face Book called Vintage Outboard Tunnel Hulls for more pics.

I'm also in Vintage Outboard Mercury Fanatics (on FB).

Do you post anything about boats anywhere?

By the way - would love to go up a little more with my motor, but need a nose cone for water pick up, and a bit more transom height.

I agree the trim is way too high - there was zero wind that day and I was trying the third hole up on my trim settings (need power trim) - would never run that much trim on a normal basis.

My prop is a 14 x 26 Ron Hill Cleaver, I'm running it about 1 inch up into the tunnel which is not enough for that prop.

The prop seems to be sucking the back of the boat down into the water at speed - I think this is because its being run too deep for a cleaver.

I think the rotating blade coming out of the water is pulling the back of the boat down rather than the blade entering the water providing stern lift.

I want to be high and flat at speed with this boat.

I would like to see more rooster tail from the engine rather than the sides of the boat (like whats happening to me in the video).

In the attached pic the flat board indicates the bottom of the sponsons, and the T square is flat on top of the board - you can see the propshaft is about even with the bottom of the sponsons.

In the video, I raised the motor up about 3/4 of an inch from this position. - don't have enough transom to go any higher.

Disregard the bronze prop - not used.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN2778.jpg (96.2 KB, 4 views)

Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!

Last edited by bajarick; 11-16-2018 at 11:49 AM.
bajarick is offline  
post #418 of 419 (permalink) Old 11-17-2018, 10:42 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Sioux City,Ia
Posts: 476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
 
Yeah,with the way it's set up,you are sucking water up in the tunnel which is slowing you down. BTW,we just got done with a 79 Fairmont drag car,521,650 horse. Hope to run as good as you did next spring. I have build pics from start to finish but so far,too lazy to get them posted.Only boat forum I'm on is Bass Boat Central.There are a couple of good Merc wrenches on there. Live around 3 blocks from the Missouri river so been around boats all my life. If I win the lottery,will buy a Stroker bass boat with the new Merc 400 4 stroke.Should run over 100.It would be just a go fast deal,got a 19 ft tin boat with a 200 on it for fishing. Cars and boats,fishing...big $$$ No golf as of yet.PM me your motor yr and serial no and I might have a cheap trim setup if you're interested.
thermod is offline  
post #419 of 419 (permalink) Old 11-17-2018, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
bajarick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 67 Post(s)
 
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by thermod View Post
Yeah,with the way it's set up,you are sucking water up in the tunnel which is slowing you down. BTW,we just got done with a 79 Fairmont drag car,521,650 horse. Hope to run as good as you did next spring. I have build pics from start to finish but so far,too lazy to get them posted.Only boat forum I'm on is Bass Boat Central.There are a couple of good Merc wrenches on there. Live around 3 blocks from the Missouri river so been around boats all my life. If I win the lottery,will buy a Stroker bass boat with the new Merc 400 4 stroke.Should run over 100.It would be just a go fast deal,got a 19 ft tin boat with a 200 on it for fishing. Cars and boats,fishing...big $$$ No golf as of yet.PM me your motor yr and serial no and I might have a cheap trim setup if you're interested.
That Fairmont sounds cool - Ill look for some updates.

Post a few picks - not all.

I would like to have a Stoker Tunnel - like the old Mod VP boats.

100 mph sounds like a handfull....talk about me being carefull....ahem, cough, clear throat...

My other boat is an 89 Baja 186 Sport, 200 Rude, nose cone, jack plate, 26 inch Raker...will do 70 on a good day.

Boat is built heavy like the Checkmates...1200 lbs bare.

Put 200 on a Hydrostream and you instantly in the mid 80's.

BTW - I was also fishing....see the rod in the back of the boat....
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSCN1973.jpg (95.0 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg DSCN1974.jpg (92.0 KB, 4 views)

Best ET-10.36, 128 mph.

Race it. Break it. Fix it. Repeat!

Last edited by bajarick; 11-17-2018 at 11:32 AM.
bajarick is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the 460 Ford Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome