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Dan Dishon's Transmission Den / Re: Good Powerglide Build Book?
« on: October 23, 2021, 04:10:42 PM »
Thanks to both of you for the suggestions. I did a short view of both videos and expect that I'll learn a lot through them. Also, the book is one that I saw during some searches but having it recommended here suggests it is indeed a helpful book. Sometime buying a book is just a shot in the dark.

Thanks. I'll do my "homework", get the book, and get busy.  ;D

Lynn

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Dan Dishon's Transmission Den / Good Powerglide Build Book?
« on: October 22, 2021, 07:58:39 PM »
I plan to rebuild and modify a Powerglide for the FED I have been collecting parts for and am about to start building. I have 2 core Powerglides and with the 12 7/8" input shaft they have that tells me they are both the preferred 1.76 ratio units. The HP of the engine will be under 300 HP (just a fun FED for local bracket racing) and I don't plan a trans brake thinking that foot-braking the car will be less stressful (less shock) for the driveline parts.

With that said, I'd be interested in a recommendation of a good book on rebuilding a Powerglide in general, that would also offer suggestions on modifications needed to live at various HP levels.

Thanks.

Lynn

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Wanted to buy / Re: Miscellaneous Parts Wanted
« on: September 30, 2021, 05:18:57 AM »
By all means, I appreciate the info, tips and suggestion, dusterdave. The FED I'm gathering parts for will be powered by a very mild 283 SBC, from which I'm only expecting a realistic 250+/- HP. With that in mind I'm thinking the 741 pinion should live. I understand that time might bring changes that bring more HP but already have a lot of parts including a 29 spline pinion coupler so I'm going to cross my fingers and plan to use the 741 3rd member for now.

Thanks

Lynn

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Wanted to buy / Re: Miscellaneous Parts Wanted
« on: September 29, 2021, 04:37:15 AM »
Looking for 8 3/4" Mopar Spool for 30 Spline Axles. Also, good, re-useable Ring and Pinion for 8 3/4" Mopar for 741 3rd member with 29 spline pinion. Gear ratio not critical, but thinking anything from 3.23 to 4.11.

Lynn Winter
(573) 286-3335 Cell (Call, text and photos)

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Heritage race in Tulsa
« on: September 19, 2021, 04:09:23 PM »
Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Heritage race in Tulsa
« on: September 19, 2021, 03:47:28 PM »
I was at Byron, IL for a day of the Glory Days drags, and both days of the Gas & Fuel drags at Sikeston, MO but never did ask anyone.....is there a purse paid at Nostalgia races, or is it strictly about running the car and having a great time? I really enjoyed both events I attended as a spectator!

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Selling FED
« on: September 15, 2021, 07:56:07 PM »
Any reason you wouldn't post it here in the "For Sale" classifieds? Description, price and photos would be a start.

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / FED Build
« on: September 11, 2021, 01:52:01 PM »
I had started a thread titled "Potential FED Build" but on my computer none of the posts past page 6 show up. I have no idea of what happened to them, but I decided to start a new thread now that I have been gathering parts and getting close to starting construction. Below is the most recent post I tried to put on my previous thread, so if you see it duplicated that's the reason. I'll make future posts to this thread since I now consider that I'm actually moving past the "potential" and thinking phase and am about to begin actual construction with what I have accumulated. So......the story continues.....

I got a piece of 1 1/2" X .058 to try a test bend with my JD Squared manual bender. I have a 5.5" centerline radius die for the 1 1/2". Short story, it failed miserably! So, I called a friend who builds circle track cars and is about 1 1/2 Hr. away. He has a Mittler Brothers bender that uses a long radiused "shoe" that follows along with the tube as the die pulls the tubing around the die to bend. It was a bit bigger centerline radius than I would have preferred (7"), but the bend was beautiful! As I counted, there are only going to be 9 bends necessary to follow the S&W FED plans I have, so I went from feeling I would either need to find or buy a chassis that suits me, to being happy that I have the resources to do what I wanted to do all along, and that is to build ground-up. I continue to stockpile a few parts and pieces here and there, so as soon as I get my current project (hot rod Model A Coupe) on the road I'll be in FED mode.

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Potential FED Build
« on: September 11, 2021, 01:46:55 PM »
I got a piece of 1 1/2" X .058 to try a test bend with my JD Squared manual bender. I have a 5.5" centerline radius die for the 1 1/2". Short story, it failed miserably! So, I called a friend who builds circle track cars and is about 1 1/2 Hr. away. He has a Mittler Brothers bender that uses a long radiused "shoe" that follows along with the tube as the die pulls the tubing around the die to bend. It was a bit bigger centerline radius than I would have preferred (7"), but the bend was beautiful! As I counted, there are only going to be 9 bends necessary to follow the S&W FED plans I have, so I went from feeling I would either need to find or buy a chassis that suits me, to being happy that I have the resources to do what I wanted to do all along, and that is to build ground-up. I continue to stockpile a few parts and pieces here and there, so as soon as I get my current project (hot rod Model A Coupe) on the road I'll be in FED mode.

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Potential FED Build
« on: September 04, 2021, 07:53:53 PM »
I went to some Fuel & Gas drags yesterday and today at Sikeston, MO, the track where I plan to run. There were about 7 or 8 FED's there and spent a lot of time talking with one of the drivers and his crew who answered a lot of questions for me and generally gave me a good education on FEDs. To say I'm pumped about getting started would be a huge understatement!

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Potential FED Build
« on: August 22, 2021, 07:41:34 PM »
I picked up another key item for getting started on a FED. I wanted to have the wheels I plan to use to measure backspace and determine rear axle width when construction starts. I got a very good price on a really clean pair of 15 X 8.5" American Torq-Thrust wheels. The wheels are one of the last key components to begin placement of the engine, transmission and rearend and mockup to begin building around it all.

Now....I just need to stay focused on the '31 Model A hot rod I've been building to get it wrapped up. Another month or so should do it but at worst I should be building a FED by late Fall.

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Potential FED Build
« on: July 27, 2021, 05:42:12 PM »
Winner winner! Chicken dinner!  I look forward to knowing more about the wheels, but, I didn't get your e-mail. Want to try it again? Or, you can call or text me at 573-286-3335

Thanks

Lynn
winter62@att.net

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Potential FED Build
« on: July 26, 2021, 07:30:07 AM »
Thanks for the offer. 10" is the maximum wheel width listed for the 9.00 slicks so I am curious what you'd want for them. I'd also be curious about the backspace on them. We could talk shipping cost later. I guess with a wider wheel inflation pressure would need to be slightly higher so the face of the slick remains flat? If that's the case, the higher inflation would make for a more stable car at speed, wouldn't it?

You can reply with the wheel price via PM or e-mail directly to;  winter62@att.net

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Potential FED Build
« on: July 25, 2021, 08:31:50 PM »
So far my search for 8" or 8.5"wide wheels with the 4.5" bolt pattern for my 29.5/9.00-15 slicks has been fruitless. There are a pair of 7.5" wide wheels available nearby but wondered if going .5" under the minimum width wheel recommended by M/T is strictly a no-no? Would it possibly create a handling problem?

My thought is with a 7.5" wheel the slicks would have to be run at a couple pounds less pressure compared to being on a 8' or 8.5" wheel to keep the tread flat rather than slightly crowned?

FWIW the tires I have are listed as having a 8.9" tread width.

Lynn

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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Potential FED Build
« on: July 23, 2021, 07:08:15 PM »
Thanks Paul. I guarantee I'll do my best to keep the cage short. I have 1 1/2" dies for my bender but not 1 5/8". If I had to go 1 5/8" I would find someone to do those bends rather than buying a die to do about 6 bends. Instead of .065" on the roll cage I might add a bit of wall thickness on it and go .083".

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