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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #180 on: November 22, 2017, 08:57:00 PM »
Afraid of the dreaded tire shake.

It only hurts until the pain goes away  :o

But looks like a nice piece

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« Reply #181 on: January 17, 2018, 09:26:05 PM »
Well we had a gathering of the faithful, even with the date change.

The Dragster has been successfully moved from the trailer to the garage. This is the first step of the engine swap to let us run with the big boys.

Someone once said that it did not happen unless there is video. See below.

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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #182 on: January 20, 2018, 03:08:35 PM »
The next installment of the engine swap in the dragster has been released.



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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #183 on: January 22, 2018, 08:41:14 PM »
BIG NEWS, another installment of the Dragster Engine Swap has just appeared in the cloud and can be seen at this link.

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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #184 on: January 26, 2018, 08:17:30 PM »
The engine has been posted for sale on Racing Junk at this link.
https://www.racingjunk.com/Other/182995742/Pontiac-Ram-Air-III-Dragster-Engine.html#1

The reassembly of the engine after being removed from the dragster can be seen at this link.

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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #185 on: January 30, 2018, 08:56:26 PM »
I really screwed up the video of the Car Nuts meeting this Saturday. We did test fit the engine in the dragster, there are fitment issues, but they can be overcome. We committed the egregious sin of painting the aluminum block. The only concern I really have about it is heat transfer. It might take longer to cool the block of between rounds. Below is the link to the YouTube video.









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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #186 on: January 30, 2018, 09:21:43 PM »
I'm fan of your videos Glenn. Also like the pace and tone of your narration  8)

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« Reply #187 on: January 31, 2018, 05:24:32 AM »
I'm fan of your videos Glenn. Also like the pace and tone of your narration  8)

Thanks you.
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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #188 on: February 03, 2018, 11:04:50 PM »
Here is the latest video in the dragster series.

In this video we address the fitment of the engine into the dragster chassis. The engine was not sitting flash to the midplate and that cannot be.

The first part of this video is more of a discussion of the problem then any actions taken to correct the problem, but after the first two minutes and thirty seconds of video the action starts!.



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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #189 on: February 04, 2018, 01:23:11 PM »
If we pull the engine we take it all . That is motor,midplate convertor ,transmission and the male side of the coupler. In the same way. Most of the wiring and cables run around the midplate in a notch on the starter side rather than thru it.

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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #190 on: February 04, 2018, 09:52:50 PM »
If we pull the engine we take it all . That is motor,midplate convertor ,transmission and the male side of the coupler. In the same way. Most of the wiring and cables run around the midplate in a notch on the starter side rather than thru it.

I had not thought of that. I will have to look at the locations and accessibility of the bolts that hold the mid plate to the dragster.

A little change in pace.

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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #191 on: February 11, 2018, 10:15:28 PM »
I purchased some headers off Fee-Bay to use on the dyno.

Dyno is now done and it is time to try and pass them on.

These are Hedman Hustler racing headers that fit Ram Air IV and Edelbrock heads. 1967 thru 1969 Firebird.
Engine Size: 6.6L/400, 6.9L/421, 7.0L/428, 7.5L/455

They were poorly represented on Fee-Bay as to their condition so I need to clean them up.

Prior to this video I had sand blasted them and painted them to make them more presentable, something I would allow to be bolted onto the engine. 

This is the second pass at them to fix problems before I list them on Fee-Bay, here is the link to that project.


This is the link to the Fee-Bay listing
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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #193 on: February 14, 2018, 08:31:08 AM »
Glenn – well thought out comments by Brian.  Huge step up his “anvil” reference versus boat anchor.  With anvil you put the hammer to it and beat on it : )  You can tell by what he wrote he got soft spot for Pontiacs.  For $13K and new rebuild, certainly is attractive.  Would be nice alternate, the 1949 Gasser.  Alan

p.s.  Enjoyed seeing your videos; worthwhile and a lot of time to make.


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Re: Glenn's dragster thread
« Reply #194 on: February 14, 2018, 09:26:54 AM »
I have an engine in the 49. a 454 chevy. the idea for the 49 is sometime in the future it will be left at the track between weekends and just be an easy vehicle to go racing with.
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