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Drag Racing / Re: battery mounting?
« on: June 11, 2022, 05:35:48 PM »
I have no opinion on the batteries you specifically mentioned, but trust me, you want an alternator. Some mini alternators (Mitsubishi???) are quite small. Look at East Coast Auto Electric for ideas, both 12 or 16 volt.
https://ecae.com/product-category/alternators/

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Your Builds / Photo Gallery / Re: Overseas new members ride
« on: May 31, 2022, 07:52:40 PM »
Your car looks good.
Congratulations

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Throttle Linkage
« on: May 25, 2022, 08:09:36 AM »
I now use Morse cables on my cars. Because:
In 2000 I got out of shape and crashed head-on into the concrete guard wall. The block plate balooned forward about two inches and trapped the throttle rod and pinched it in the WOT position. Amazingly the car spun around still running at WOT and headed back toward the starting line where about 700 people were standing around. Thanks to an in-cockpit master shut-off switch I was able to kill the engine even though I was semi conscious and temporarily blinded by the impact (Now I know why the blindfold cockpit test is important.)

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Roo Man's Room / Re: extra holes in motor plate
« on: May 25, 2022, 07:58:26 AM »
A quick fix may be to put packing tape over the hole and fill it with JB Weld. I doubt tech would not allow that.

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Altereds / Re: Hand Brake?
« on: April 15, 2022, 05:21:34 PM »
I have an altered with a hand brake.
I also have another altered with a foot brake.
I prefer the hand brake. It is easier to stage the car precisely. Mine is Pull to brake.

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Spud Miller's Cave / Re: Magneto signal conversion:
« on: April 10, 2022, 08:22:43 PM »
I am using a Mallory signal generator for the tach. Autometer and MSD also make one. Hope this helps.
 https://www.autometer.com/magneto-signal-converter.html
https://www.holley.com/products/ignition/magnetos/pro_mag_accessories/parts/8132MSD

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Vintage helmet and respirators
« on: March 26, 2022, 10:13:31 AM »
Frenchtown, do you mean floor pan under the car or trans or a pan separating you from the trans?

There has to be a metal tunnel cover completely isolating the transmission from the driver's compartment. The only other option was to wear a complete Top Fuel driving suit instead. I knew of the rule when I built the car, but the foot clearance between the frame rails and the trans was so tight that I elected to race without the tunnel in place. More room to move my size 13 driving shoe. Mine is held in place with Dzus buttons, with a piece of PigMat sandwiched under it since I cannot see the transmission with the tunnel in place.

Sorry for the hijack of the thread, but safety regs can be a stumbling block, be it helmet design or other stuff.

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Vintage helmet and respirators
« on: March 24, 2022, 05:16:26 PM »
As long as we're on the subject of safety let me state that my track allows me to run without a floor pan between my legs and an auto trans.

At Indy - Nuttna!
I had to install a floor pan before I raced. Even with the requisite trans shield and flywheel guards installed. Fortunately I had one already made.

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Trying to letter a FED for nostalgic look
« on: March 22, 2022, 09:57:42 AM »
C/D for the '60s.

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Spud Miller's Cave / Re: Injection Alky Vs. Carb Gas
« on: March 09, 2022, 09:54:15 AM »
Will you have someone to prime the injector stacks?
If not, consider a priming device, and possibly a way to drive around in the pits on gas.

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: bracket racing a FED
« on: February 15, 2022, 05:37:54 PM »
Speaking of charging batteries, I would also recommend using an alternator. They absorb little power. One horsepower = 746 watts. At 16 volts that's 46 amps worth of charging, and a fully charged battery will not draw 46 amps worth of power. Even at 50% efficiency that 46 amp draw only requires 2 HP. Trivial.
Remember - consistency over maximum performance?

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: bracket racing a FED
« on: February 14, 2022, 07:03:47 PM »
Put in a radiator and an electric pump. An inexpensive one is a Teel. It is better to build it in initially than to realize later you need one and have to rearrange everything on the car to make it fit. You can always remove either the rad or the pump or both if you feel it is unneeded. I predict you'll need it at some point - hot days, oil downs just in front of you, round robbining, etc.
I use a Sirocco type and and Teel pump.

https://teelpumpcatalog.com/

EDIT: It appears Grainger does no longer carry the Teel 12V bilge pump. Jabsco or Marco are alternate brands.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/184409770558?epid=24019157637&hash=item2aefadca3e:g:edAAAOSwduNiCvb6

https://www.ebay.com/itm/301733368029?epid=1222226781&hash=item4640b5d0dd:g:cQkAAOSwcwRevRPq


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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: bracket racing a FED
« on: February 13, 2022, 07:35:07 AM »
I don't normally drive a FED but some guys think that running against my six cylinder altered would be an easy time. So there is that similarity.
Let 'em.
I don't care who I race - anybody can beat anybody. Hero-to-Zero in nuttin' flat.
Just get your car consistent if you want to bracket race. Even if you have to sacrifice some e.t. to do it. If you want to set a personal best e.t. every time you suit up don't expect to excel at bracket racing. Consistency wins. I want to race a competitor who would refuse to lift because he might be on a personal best [breakout?] pass.

Having said that, there ARE certain types of cars I WANT to race. For example, on a hot sunny day give me the guy in a black driving suit with a flat black helmet driving a doorslammer painted black. Hopefully he's strapped in there with a crew member opening and closing the door like a Geisha Girl waving a fan in an effort to keep air circulated to keep him from baking. And if he's a really fast car even the better. I feel that guy sub-consciously can't wait to get out of that car and I will be happy to oblige him. There are other examples too.

Win or lose be cordial to everybody. I try to. But on the starting line if I'm lined up next to my Mother I want to trounce her!

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Altereds / Re: Thoughts on cooling systems
« on: February 13, 2022, 06:53:35 AM »
...I used the throttle as a Horn--rump! rump! get out of the way!
...
All my race cars have a small motorcycle horn. Sometimes spectators are oblivious to a race car approaching frombehind, and even less aware that there could be cooling / fouling issues if the car is left idling while they saunter down the lanes.
Likewise, I have two small headlights for night racing for the same reason.

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: FED Build
« on: January 25, 2022, 11:12:49 AM »
I do something similar. It once saved a LOT of people from being injured when I was semi-conscious in a run-away race car.

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