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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by racer-x, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. The bruno is fixed. When the gear broke it roughed up the case slightly. The main case was put in the lathe to have the pump surface machined flat. .005 was all it needed. The new pump gears were ground to match the old pump housing. They are made over size then ground for .003-.004 clearance. They are made out of powdered metal. If dropped they will break. They are very brittle. I don't know why they use that material. Bruno said he has seen gears break when installing the converter. The issue now is finding someone to fix the converter snout. It was damaged and needs to be replaced. 20190906_125020.jpg 20190906_162227.jpg
     
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  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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    Looks like a Ford converter hub?

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  3. It uses a gm dimensions. The hub uses a c-6 seal and bushing. I have exhausted all my resources to fix the hub tonight. I can't get it fixed until monday.
     
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  4. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
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    Jeez, sometimes it seems like if it wasn’t for bad luck, you wouldn’t have any luck at all.


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  5. TRENDZ
    Joined: Oct 16, 2018
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    Looks like some gouges. Weld em and refinish? The hub is ruined anyway, would it hurt to try?
     
  6. TRENDZ
    Joined: Oct 16, 2018
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    TRENDZ

    Glad to help out if you want. Im on the S W side of Milwaukee if you need a hand or machines.
     
  7. Does that mean no drag week for you?
     
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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    No drag week for Brian this year, damn.
     
  9. That sucks, I’m sorry to hear this Brian.


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  10. Thanks guys. I don't think I have worked so hard on something for no return in my life. It's one thing to quit and there were plenty of opportunities believe me. We didn't quit. We kept going until there were no more options available. I hate quitters. Sometimes you just get beat. Being from Wisconsin Vince Lombardi was a part of growing up. He had many great quotes. Look the guy up. One of them is a man is not judged for getting knocked down but how he gets back up. The car will be fixed this week. We will go to the grove next Saturday. It's all we can do.
    That's the drag in drag racing. It can be a cruel sport at times. My parents told me life is not fair and to be ready to deal with disappointments. I'm ok with not making the race only because I gave it all I had. We will be back next year. There is still some season left this year.
     
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  11. There is not one person that could argue whether or not you gave it your all. I have great admiration for your work ethic and attitude. Now that drag week is out, set that thing on kill and let’s see what it’s got!!


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  12. That's the plan.
    There had to be a reason the front seal and bushing went bad. I started to look at the bell housing to see how it was lined up with the block. Just because I set it up correctly this spring doesn't mean it didn't move. It turns out the dowel pins wollowed out the holes in the mid plate. The dowels are a stepped design. The side that goes in the mid plate is only 3/8 were the bell housing side is around 5/8ths. I lined up the bell housing then I indicated it. I used a dill to make the holes the same size. Next I made new dowel pins that are a few thousands larger so it all fits tight. I re indicated the bell housing and its within spec. That should end those problems.
    Problem identified. Problem solved.
     
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  13. dirty old man
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    Sorry it didn't work out Brian, but you gave it your all, and burnt a helluva lot of midnight oil trying to fix it. I'm sure you'll be back next time bigger, badder, and faster.
     
  14. Tony mcmopar is at drag week. This towel was in the goodie bag. imagejpeg_0.jpg
     
  15. Nostrebor
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  16. Runnin shine
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    Well at least your still famous. As for the hardships. As the Lama told Carl... “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed you will receive total consciousness.” So you got that goin for ya, which is nice.


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  17. DDDenny
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    I can't see S#/T captain, maybe you took that in a blizzard!:rolleyes:
     
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  18. rooman
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    Not bad being paired with Jonnie and Oz's bad arse wagon--hemis rule!

    Roo
     
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  19. Yah that was a cool surprise. Tony mcmopar is at the event. I called him to see if he could grab my goodie bag. The first guy told him I had to be present to get it. Tony stopped by registration a second time later in the day and talked to another guy. He was cool and gave him a bag so I have the collector items with my car on them. Thanks tony.
    The converter was dropped off at automatic transmission design also known as hipsters in German town Wi. this morning. It will be fixed by thursday.
     
  20. DDDenny
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    Roo
    Info or a link on that 57 wagon???
    Preciate it!
     
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  21. 34Larry
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    The plan is to make a street driven fuel coupe. Yes fuel coupe. As in nitro.


    I have been following this thread, fascinated with every facet of all the posts. I suppose its because I'm late to this party, (in life), wishing now that I'd have been able to be deeply involved earlier in my life.
    By that I mean, building and living the life, not just as a hobbyist, but on the level of your involvement and that of "squirrel".
    The sentence above that you posted blows me away. If I had done anything in the hobby at your level it would have been to own and race a 33/34 Ford Fuel Coupe...........mmmm(I think).
    There was a 30 A around these parts, years back, that evolved into what I believe must have been close to a FC as it was very wild. Started out as a extremely nice little blue model A owned by (2) brothers who exported meat products & became a beast of lime green as I recall. So wild it would literately jump from spot to spot like any bad ass fuel car. No idea what ever happened to it as a new married life at that point took me out of that sandbox for a good while.
    I want to express my thanks for this post and keeping us updated and............to all you other posters also for your input.
    34 Lar.
     
  22. rooman
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    My mate Richie Crampton originally built it with a twin turbo LS for drag week in 2017. He sourced a the wagon out of Texas and put a full tube chassis (that he built himself) underneath it. Hauled the slicks and spares on the roof rack and ran in the 8's that year. Last year following the US Nats he and Jonnie Lindberg got together and with fellow Aussie Jamie Noonan supplying a water jacketed block and heads they put the rest of Lindberg's alky funny car engine and transmission package in the car. It ended up running in the sixes at over 200 mph.
    Try these for some more info:
    https://speedsociety.com/richie-cra...he-tafc-powered-57-chevy-wagon-on-the-street/
    https://www.racepagesdigital.com/pr...go-street-car-racing-presented-by-nitto-tire/
    And this is probably the best and most accurate:
    https://www.holley.com/blog/post/ho..._wagon_hundreds_of_miles_from_track_to_track/
    Here is a bit of video as well:
    This is the original version:
    And as it is now:


    With the original package (LS and turbos) Richie even had his mum behind the wheel on the streets of Brownsburg when she and his dad were visiting from Oz.

    Roo
     
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  23. DDDenny
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    I thought it looked familiar, I seem to recall seing it in ?Hot Rod? in its first iteration.
    I think the article showed a photo of the car full of guys.
    Thanks Roo.
     
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  24. That car is so cool. The longer you look at it the more you see things that don't jump out. The sides of the billet block and heads have been machined away for water passages then covered up with a plate. The ignition system uses two set ups. The throttle body idea is very innovative. I like cars like this were guys think outside of the box. Squirrels car is another neat car going in the opposite direction. He uses a bunch of old parts that guys say can't work. All three of us have been told you can't do that or that wont work but here we are driving the cars on drag week.
     
  25. DDDenny
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    Running with the throttle body NA is pure genius, with the full setup that thing is a beast.
    Check out their other videos, dig that loaded roof rack too, looks like a 2019 version of The Grapes of Wrath.
     
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  26. It's all back together to race another day. I will run it at the fall out drags at the rock falls raceway in northwest Wisconsin weather permitting or at Milan dragway south of Detroit. Milan will be plan two depending on the weather. I will start it up tomorrow with the bruno return line off. The line will go into a bucket. I want to flush the cooler. Any time I can make improvements I do. The spacing between the flex plate and converter used to take spacers equaling .140 I asked that the hub be that much longer to get rid of them. The larger dowels will help to. This is were I wanted to be last Thursday. 20190912_214607.jpg
     
  27. wrenchbender
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  28. Went to rock falls for the fall out drags. Had a great time. Car ran 177 mph. I thought the lenco was kicking out of gear. Turns out the co2 bottle emptied. It has a leak somewhere. The result was a fried low gear clutch pack. Who knows how fast it could have gone without the slippage. New clutches on the right. 20190922_190316.jpg 20190922_190322.jpg
     
  29. Stogy
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    Ouch...that must have sounded a little metallic for a bit...Glad it remained isolated to only those components as unfortunate as it was...and you are okay minus the inconvenience which is most important.
     
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  30. The steel plates that go between each clutch disc got so hot they warped. The 30wt oil came out looking like black goo. All the clutch material is gone.
    Good news is the tune up is very close. The car picked up 45 mph past the eighth with a slipping trans. Those speeds make me think it could go 200 mph.
     

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