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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Deuced Up!, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. Be interesting to see how many people remember seeing this car run in '64 and '65.
     
  2. Deuced Up!
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  3. saltflats
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    Even found you working. :D
     
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    I was looking for the Snake all weekend. Couldn’t find it and didn’t remember the coupe was your father’s. Oh well, there’s always next year.
     
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    Yep that was us. Sorry about that Cobra, there was no way I was bringing that crazy thing two years in a row not running. But Dad I had good time and the coupe was a well received "Switch-A-Roo" which I know Ryan normally hates.

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    Hard to see but he did have little detour there on the second run. If you close you can almost read the Caledonia Kid graphic off the driver's side. He saved it but had to be towed off the track. When I got to the car on the big end he said it just got all wacky and now it will not shift at all. I took a quick look and it was obvious what had happened, the shifter linked, which runs very close to the exhaust was actually bent upwards and sitting on it.

    He started it with the brakes on and sure enough it was jammed in reverse. We towed it back to the pit and managed to free it up and bend it somewhat back in place. That just about the time the called all staging lanes open for all classes. Dad hopped back in and we got one full 1/8 mile pass in before it started to rain yet again and for the FINAL TIME as far as the event was concerned.

    As far as Dad's ride we had an issue loading the car with my M&H Slicks on it. They lowered the coupe a couple of inches and Dad took a few rounds out of the coil overs as well. In the process we caught the bottom of the car on the trailer door on the way in. We adjusted the trailer up and got it in with no issue. We tagged it again at the track as the trailer crank sunk a bit in the soft ground. We had to go way up this time but got the car unstuck and out cleanly. Dad said after the incident that the shifter did not feel right and was hard to shift.

    On the run in question, he started with the two speed glide in low and then about 100' or out tried to slip it up into high. However it was jammed up so hard up against the exhaust that by the time he pushed hard enough to move it, it went straight into reverse...AND at that point was high enough to clear the top of the exhaust so it it just locked it right there.
     
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    Started in reverse?:eek:
    Sounds like a neutral safety switch is in your future.
     
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    Back at work on the Snake this weekend. Still hacking my way through the wiring. We are at the point now we need to install the intake for real. A job I have been procrastinating on dreading the necessary step of removing the 8 stack units. AND...I was correct...it was a pain in the back side.

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    Quite a bit easier if you have a daughter with a set of small hands to squeeze in there etc. I sure hope she remembers how this thing goes back together. LMAO!

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    Phasable rotor came in this week. This will certainly make things easier later on.

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    Small hands come in handy later on locking down the distributor.

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    Well we tore the shop apart this morning searching for the bolts to install the intake. Finally came to the decision we never had any. At least that stopped the search anyway. We headed into to Springfield to get some and had our welding gas bottle filled again.

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    When we got back we made quick work setting the intake gaskets and dropping it in place.

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    I also snagged a set of long handled ball end hex keys. Which after a quick wack at the cut off saw made a very nice 8 stack installation tool. Lol

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    We removed the headers and this one got an O2 sensor bung installed.

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    Then we wrapped it. Going to haved to get some more wrap. That took about 70 feet! But it looks nice.

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    We ended the day by getting the header back on. We also installed the 1 1/8" valve cover spacers with some black RTV.



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  9. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    So does this mean there is going to be a vroom, vroom video soon?? ;);) Larry
     
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    Shouldn't the o2 bung be in the top side of the pipe to stop condensation in the sensor?
     
  11. and usually a couple inches aft of the collector, must be a space issue under the car.
     
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    Yes...and it is. Remember these headers are installed upside down from how they would normally be installed. So in that photo, you are actually looking at the top side etc. Good call though.
     
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    I sure as hell hope so. We are ready to pour the Penngrade Break In Oil in it, and the rear end and transmission are ready for lubricants. I have one last wiring issue to clear up with the FAST guys hopefully I can do that today. I did discover a total bone head move this weekend as we were measuring everything for fuel lines, we did not install the fuel level and sender unit in the cell when we did the pump install! I don't really know why a race car needs a fuel gauge, but I have sort of an expensive Holman Moody unit in the dash so....

    I was working on the knockout list yesterday and besides the above issues all I have left is finish plumbing the rear brakes which is a no brainer, the lower radiator hose and correct alternator belt. So we are pretty darn close to pouring some high octane fuel in it and turning the key.
     
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    So when will the party start, maybe I can make a trip down for the big event. :)
     
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    Maybe as early as Monday.
     
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    Actually maybe we should put firing it off another week and try to have a little HAMB party. Like the following Saturday September 7th. I could fire up the BBQ and chill some cold ones...put Dad to work cooking?
     
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    James , Have one of Randall's beers for me too! lol Larry
     
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    What's your address?
    I like my T-bone medium.:D
     
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    Count me in!




    Bones
     
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    I'll drive anywhere for steaks & hot rods!
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  21. Deuced Up!
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    Alright boys, it is on. Cobra birthing BBQ Bash...Bowman's house Saturday September 7th around lunch time or so! Shoot me a PM rsvp and I will shoot you the address etc. Good fun, food and hot rod fellowship! LMAO! Maybe I should order a stripper just incase it won't start! LOL
     
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    The reason the race car needs a fuel gauge is to prevent the embarrassment of running out of fuel as you are pulling up for your burn out. Seen it happen and it ain't pretty.:rolleyes:
     
  23. Offset
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    Order the stripper anyhow. Girls just want to have fun too.

    Good luck to you, kind of sad to see this thread nearing a conclusion. You tired me out just watching and reading.
     
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    Yep happened to me last fri night at test and tune but at least I was just in the staging lanes lol filled it up with fuel then ran the fastest pass so far lol
     
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    Well here is what it took to plumb the beast. I am not sure but I think it all came out to somewhere around $150 per pound. LMAO! But that is everything from the fuel cell forward, once around the 8 stack units and back. Includes an extra inline filter for good measure, a one-way valve for the vent line and about 20' of the aeroquip fuel line.
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    The cool part is my parts guy is going to send his little push on hose installing unit home with me this weekend so I can build all the lines myself and make sure they look and fit perfect!
     
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    Yeah without that tool it’s a real pain to get them together correctly


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    Takes a GI Joe with a kung fu grip. :D
     
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  28. Deuced Up!
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    I was not happy with the Blue Streak starter solenoid (actual old stock Standard Blue Streak) not the new renamed stuff. Lol

    Anyway...even with the wires dressed up a bit I still did not liked the look. It was busy and unfinished etc. etc.

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    I tried several bits and pieces from the old used part bin but simply could not find a cover for it. Until I pulled out the original speedometer from the Austin (I never throw anything away).

    The cup was small but just about the perfect circumference. It was also dead nuts perfect deep. After cutting it for the wires and test fitting, I cut an aluminum disk to install on the end to cover several holes.

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    I cut me an school Cobra logo for it today. And check this out...

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    It is black reflective.

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    To finish it off I installed the MSD high voltage tag on it.

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  29. You are killing it with the little details!
     
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    Speaking of little details check this out. So I ordered me one of the AC Cars VIN tags from a Cobra place. However I promptly destroyed it with handy dandy Harbor Freight stamp kit. So anyway, I decided last night instead of ordering another one, how about just make it (since that is certainly in my wheelhouse). While I was at it, I also did a Holman Moody dash tag based off what I could find photos of online.
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    I went ahead and just printed the numbers on them but gave the text an engraved look. I was really happy with the art...but check out the final results printed on polished .040 aluminum!

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