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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Fed build design ?
« on: September 04, 2019, 08:43:41 AM »
car can be longer than garage just go corner to corner.How do I know this?225" car in 20' garage. add in extra for 30 over nose and the cage out back. Warning it means about 5 million trips stepping over car.LOL As for power plant.Plenty SBC running in 7's with blower.Biggest thing with bracket deal will be questionable track prep and it happens more than not it seems.Keep power where it will go snow covered track  and you will e upsetting lts of RED guys.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Fed build design ?
« on: September 03, 2019, 11:39:50 AM »
Neil and Parks have a set for sale also. Frank and Scott both can be get source for info,not to mention almost every part you may need or want.

Matt Shaff's Engine Shop / Re: maintaining finish on magnesium
« on: September 02, 2019, 05:30:32 AM »
they have dow 7 coating now and I want to keep it looking good. Car was in trailer for one week and they started to fuzz up. I wiped them down with wd40 and it got them back to good and seemed to remove the texture roughness from the fuzz(I call it). dehumidifier is in trailers future.

Matt Shaff's Engine Shop / maintaining finish on magnesium
« on: September 01, 2019, 08:12:47 AM »
Wondering if anyone knows of good product to maintain finish on magnesium,especially valve covers?

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:39:02 PM »
Yea a  tag will never pull like a goose neck will.  Would have gone goose neck except for motor home I have is best thing for towing. FL70 with 1100 tq will have very little problem pulling trailer regardless what I put in it. Comfort aside of coarse.LMAO  Motor home has been sitting a while and needs some TLC plus computer needs to be flashed to hopefully fix cpl things. Dually needs brakes,paint and AC worked on. How do you know I own it? It needs work.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: August 21, 2019, 05:40:34 PM »
Got trailer and getting it prepped. Had few issues for manufacture to correct hopefully pick up Friday. Working on generator and ramp extensions,you know these things don't load easy with 175" of it with only 3 inches ground clearance. LOL Lots more to do but that-s all that needed to  run the car. Have full tool trays,tool boxe and extras for running car so really just creature comforts for trailer to this winter. Luckily track is close(18 miles) because Ram 1500 even with Hemi is little lite for 32' trailer,heck running car will be relaxing after driving to track. Got to do few repairs to Dually or the Motor home for longer trips. Once she makes some solid runs I can worry with those.

Going to do some test runs in cpl weeks after these 95* &75% humidity crap is gone. May have to race in it ,but no reason  to test with driver/crew chief /owner in bad mood.. Going over car now dbl checking little things  making final tweaks to keep issue at track  minimal. Figure if can get down T-n-T track I will be good or at least on right track.

Hopefully have something to post by mid September.Will giver me  3  months to play before real winter hits around here.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: negatives of FED as bracket car?
« on: August 07, 2019, 07:57:04 AM »
I am hoping I can control temp with richening and leanout valve I have in system. I have run injected dry motors for years in bracket cars and never had a temp issue,except making sure I have enough. I have a chart that should help me make predictions due to engine temps same as weather changes. Plus holding a cpl is norm and knowing I will have to shed them at finish line.                If temps creep up I just have to know I have 1 or 2 more to shed. If it was easy it would be boring,but cashing checks never boring.LMAO

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.

 Got to be a up side to every town including LA.LOL

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.

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