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Events / Re: New England Nationals Epping
« on: July 16, 2019, 11:58:01 PM »
Yea old guys got to rest when its hot out. That includes my butt too. It kills me ,always has and now with diabetes its dbl bad.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 14, 2019, 12:56:43 PM »
we have won a lot of events bracket racing, only thing we fight is if the track starts to go away in the later rounds it seems to affect us before the red,door car guys.

The crew chief in me says no problem,just drive the thing. The driver says set it up so its not issue that your job ALBERT! Man those two have always fought !

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 13, 2019, 03:24:45 PM »
Made ours a 174" triple slip joint to fit a normal garage. Can jack up the car under the front motor mount bottom rail will raise 7" before front tires start to dangle off the ground. First two slips I use stops on to control about 4" of that movement. Front slip is always free to eat up shut down area and getting on binders hard.


 I can raise mine about that with all joints loosed up some. I am going to start out full rigid and loosen front joints then maybe one of others . I have 3 in chassis plus the one at front end. My front slip joint allows good amount of chassis lift w/o wheels leaving ground. I figured while building car I would add them as another tuning tool and if decided I did not need or like something a few minutes with welder and little grinding of the stops and we are back to solid chassis. Naterials cost almost nothing and was just work and thats point of having a race car.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 13, 2019, 03:16:33 PM »
Turned fine other day riding around neighborhood .Well was little rough turning around at end of street with only 2 lane ride area.LOL Hey neighbors thought it was cool and I was bored. Even Deputy 6 houses down liked it,

 I do have to adjust the stop for left hand turns since tire gets into the drag link enough to rub pretty good,but only issue on really hard turn which should not really be doing anyway.

Rear Engine Dragsters / Re: Front suspension
« on: July 12, 2019, 03:01:36 PM »
Just so happens I know where there is a set of those little air plane wheels. Tires are in good shape too.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:55:01 PM »
Hopefully I have at least two of those covered.

 Hoping the slip joint I have about 1.5' back from front axle will help with lights and beams. 

As for seeing center of track my semi high chair positions and new lowered injector  should help there, Visibility of front end was big part of reason for building lower set up

As for others time will tell as with all things and will attack then. Agian I am hoping the above things will be more limited .

As for does not turn well. Are you talking straight axle front end or A arm style front end? Not say difference ,but have me wondering .

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:54:42 PM »
thanks .
Add fan to car to pull heat out of cock pit. Thats advice I can appreciate,especially considering how much I hat heat. Good thing is most bracket races around here time between rounds is long for first 2 or 3 anyway and getting later and cooler by late rounds.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 08, 2019, 11:43:50 AM »
but again Ive never had to race on a track with a crappy shutdown area, Id rather pack up and go home then to kill the car

I hope you packed up this day.  I think this was Sac?  Made for a great photo opp...

And that is why I have steering wheel mounted oh crap button to dump the chute if need.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 06, 2019, 10:23:04 AM »

 Two thins I have on my car for bad shut down. Well one but two way to activate. I have a air solenoid  for chute. I can either hit the oh crap button on steering wheel(both hands on) or if  I know track has rough shut down I can do it off timer and have chute out every time same spot. I can also just hit handle as norm. I also have a second chute with quick swap set up so as to avoid having to hurry pack chute. If you drive into chute it will make rough shut down lot smoother.

Glad you are getting your car worked out.

Spud Miller's Cave / Re: pump rebuild
« on: July 05, 2019, 07:48:59 AM »
any idea as to how big of pump they are using? Going to check with cpl folks about this and getting  restrictor in one of my older pumps . I know they use to be right at 18.5 gpm,but may need work. May give Spud a call next week.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 04, 2019, 12:10:29 PM »
First I am not arguing the negatives posted,input is why I started thread.

 On the seat belts.I have done cpl test fit deals and get them pretty dang tight and I am firm believer in tight belts.I do have belts where you pull up to tighten lap belts which maybe difference.

 Loading wise I do not see where FED is any different from any other 225" car.If issue is with dragging especially on stupid beaver tail crap all trailer(most) come with.I will be doing away with that as soon as I can get to where I can build what I want instead of buying something  that is just a get me by.

As for the ET part .This thing will be 4.70 1/8 or less.If not I will be redoing a bunch of stuff. I do not expect it first it but should be by hit number 3.LOL I figure with close to 1000 hp and around 1625 lbs that is not a unreasonable expectation.If anything it should do better.

If not for challenge of getting it tuned to work like I want I would not have built it. I am just thinking maybe you fellas with lots of FED experience  will have more insight to these than the guys who run those boring everybody got same car things.Not that they do not work great and probably smart way to go, I  believe you can always do it different and do it just as good or better with work.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Oil temp
« on: July 03, 2019, 06:31:15 PM »
I run temp sensor in Pan,heads and outlet side of oil cooler. I run one gauge with 3 positon switches that allow me to read all separately with flip of a swtich or two. I use electric sensor not probe for this. Can compare temps in 3 seconds.

Front Engine Dragsters / negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: July 03, 2019, 06:27:56 PM »
Ok first I know we have had threads about bracket racing a FED. Is it the choice of cookie cutter crowd?No. Is it easiest to get tune up info on,heck no. Is it cool? xxxx yes. Can it be just as consistent as a four link RED? I think so,with proper prep and tuning. Have been told from day one( alot of days between then and now too) a FED is wrong for bracket racing and can not win on anything but a fluke day. Reason I asking here is site is FED's and not a bunch of do as everyone else or you don't have a chance bracket racers only site.Maybe short cut learning curve.Yes I know getting it on track would too.Trying for end of August once heat dies down some,its just not my thing to  play in.

Question what would be the negatives or obstacle with a FED as a kick butt screw the names bracket race car?

Events / Re: New England Nationals Epping
« on: July 03, 2019, 05:05:23 AM »
Bill showing smarts come with age.Going from spending money to go to track.To getting paid to be there.

Funyy thing about the material part of this. I tried for two months to find what I need in aluminum tubing.Finally fabricated one rollong .090 sheeting. Week later went to local salvage yard and they ahd stacks of brand new 20' lengths in 4,4.5,6,6.6 and 6 inch diameters. 3/16 and 1/4" thickness. Bought some and thought about buying cpl pieces 20' that would make a slip two piece unit. Probably still have them they only had about 50 of each size.

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