I sent this to some friends last night so I hope you don't mind me being
lazy and reposting it here. ;^)
After a 2 year hiatus, the T/A rolled down the strip in paint for the first
time ever. It was a frustrating night with two big oil downs so I only got 2
passes in but it was worth it. With all of the attention to painting the
car, I've neglected the driveline and it showed tonight. Two friends watched
the first pass and noticed that the driver's side tire never spun while the
passenger tire hand no problem hazing for as far as they could see down the
track. No more posi. I also noticed the pressure plate isn't up to the
ordeal as the car filled up with burned clutch smell before I hit the 1000
ft mark. To top that off, the carb was jetted way too lean. That one is my
fault, I rejetted before heading to the track and the power loss was
noticeable even on the way to the track. But with all of the problems, the
T/A turned a firstname.lastname@example.org on the first run.
The second run was too much fun. Another chebbie blew up and I was stuck in
the staging lanes again. When they started runs again, there was some
shuffling and I ended up against a shiny black slammed ricemobile, don't ask
me what it was. It was very hard to do, but I kept my cool till we were in
line behind the burnout boxes. I shut the car down for the wait but when we
got the go signal, I started the car and opened the electric cutouts. The
look of amazement on that poor kid's face was worth every penny I spent on
the cutouts as I rapped the 462 a few times. I didn't even do a burnout,
just rolled up and staged to keep the clutch cool.
A sidenote here. On the first run, someone decided to run a Pro Tree on us
and imagine my surprise while lined up against a 406 SBC 3rd gen when all
the yellows came on at once. I cut a .924 light and was pretty proud of it.
But with no traction, the Camaro beat me out of the hole but I was running
him down till the end with a 2 mph advantage.
Anyway, the Pro Tree had me wound up and I cut a .514 1/2 second light. I
dunno what happened to the ricer but I only beat him by 21 mph. My first
open header run (106 mph, the clutch was really fading) and it was a hoot;
I'm still pumped from it. It reminded me of my first run at a drag strip
against a good friend but this time I was in the win lane. ;^)
A new clutch is a good idea since I will finally install the scattershield I
picked up three years ago. I'll have to look around for someone to fix the
posi or maybe buy an Eaton unit. The carb is pretty trival to fix but it
will probably be a while before the next run down the track.