The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by squirrel, Dec 27, 2013.
Made a couple not quite full passes yesterday. Ran 10.38 today. Car is doing good.
VERY nice Reaction Time.
Yea, no shit, Dang!
Thanks. Of course I red lighted on my next run.
Hope you are giving them the tail lights Jim
Jim , saw you run this afternoon ! Very cool! Have a safe trip home!! Larry
Walked pretty much the whole pits and never saw your car, oh well.
Yeah, I walked around the whole place and never found you. You were well hidden. Saw the 10.38 pass, you were on your game.
Sorry, i don't have time to read through the whole thread; It's not that it is not fascinating---it IS. i'm just too busy.
What spindles does the front axle kit use?
They are modified 49 to 54 Chevy.
updated the racing log after the Meltdown.
I've been trying to keep this up to date after every race I go to.
There's also the spreadsheet version, if you like playing with numbers.
I will see you on Drag Week. As I said, just give a holler if you need ANYTHING during your visit to the Upper Midwest.
Jim mind if I ask what size and brand front tires you are using on the Nova? I think I saw where you were using the M&H vintage 900 x15 slicks. Pleased with them? Thanks, Mike
The slicks work fine, they are that size. The fronts are coker BFG Silvertown 6.00-15. Rear street tires are coker classic L78-15
Thank you. Appreciate the help. Making the wrong tire choice gets pricey
sometimes I long for the days of the $19.99 deluxe champion...and it was only about 30 years ago.
When I put the mufflers back on the car and drove it on the trailer at the Meltdown drags, I noticed a little ticking sound. I finally got around to looking at the car today. Ran it some, it idles rough, and a faint ticking. The heater hose stethoscope indicated it might be in the pass side valve cover. I pulled it off, and found the front rocker nut loose. This has been a recurring problem, but since I have kind of long ARP rocker studs (needed with the factory aluminum heads) and stock valve covers, there really isn't much room for polylocks. This nut turned pretty easily...I got a couple packs of new stock type nuts last year, and keep them in the car. I guess I'll replace all of them, and make sure I have a full set of spares still. I think the ones that are on the car have been off and on a few times, which gets them loose.
Still a rather cheap valve train for a car that goes this fast! here's an older picture of the other head:
Jim, How about putting a standard nut over the lock nut? Seems like you could snug it just a little without moving the lock nut.
good idea. I think there's plenty of room. I'd just want to make sure it can't come loose
Have I read somewhere that there is a torque spec for turning the nut maybe?
Guessing it's not the stud worn out being they are ARP.
There probably is a torque spec. Besides "it feels looose"
The studs are still in good shape. I have encountered worn out stock studs, though.
I've already re-used the nuts after putting them in a vice and slightly egg shaping them to lock in better. Your solution is probably way better for the long haul of Drag Week. A jam nut should be plenty to keep the other nut in place I would think.
If I did put a jam nut on it I would use a lock nut.
maybe I should just loctite the damn things. It's a hydraulic roller cam, so they don't need to be adjusted except when I take things apart.
Do you think by going full roller rocker that harmonics may play less of an issue ?
I doubt it. But I built the car so only stock valve covers will fit, so I would not be tempted to run full roller rockers. There's a plan, you know...
We used to double nut our rocker arms all the time before the fancy stuff came out. We ran a 57 Chevy down in south Florida with a 427-425 hp crate motor. In the late 60's in 1/2 mile oval track stuff. Ran it until it blew and go to Chevy and for $ 780.00 buy another brand new one . Sell off the old one for parts.
Just stick the L-88 cam in it and run it.
You and your car are getting pretty famous . Next reality show ? Squirrel Garage .
You could run spacers under the valve covers
Just trying to help.
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