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Front Engine Dragsters / Re: My dads gate
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:43:36 PM »
Somebody has way too much time on their hands. LOL  Seriously that is nice and unique.

Altereds / Re: Altered Weight
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:40:32 PM »
Mine is not a Spitzer but it weighs 1650 with me in it full of fuel and ready to run. It is a 125" Four link with brakes on all four wheels and large radiator. SBC with aluminum heads and Iron Eagle block. 1900+ Lbs for car only sounds like a lot even with a big block.

Altereds / Re: TIRE PRESSURE
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:58:57 PM »
It is hard to answer what tire pressure you will need because of so many variables. One big variable is the gauge itself. I have seen 3 different gauges get three different measurements. So what ever gauge you use stick with it and only use it. I think a good starting point would be around 5 PSI though. Good photos of the launch can tell you if it is too low (tire wrapping up too much and rim too close to ground) Also if it is too low it can fold up over itself. Wrinkles in the sidewalls and some deformation in front of tire is good.

Altereds / Re: Brakes
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:51:37 PM »
Mine has front and rear brakes to one master cylinder. I have a completely separate system on a hand brake with additional calipers on rear only. The foot brake has the harder compound and the hand brake has softer compound. I did not like not having back up system just in case. Many of the tracks around here are shorter than I like and want to be able to stop. I know too many people who have had brake failures and it can get ugly quick with out a back up system.

Altereds / Re: race trailer list
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:09:55 AM »
I have an enclosed trailer with nice cabinets. I keep everything I need in there and keep adding to it. Make sure you put some snacks in there. Oil filters, spare set of plugs, jets, tools. I bought a very small cheap air compressor off of Ebay, very small and light weight, noisy as can be but it does everything I need it to do. Things like that I want small lightweight and easy to move and use. If it fails or gets stolen etc it is not much.
I would get a good QUIET generator. Mine is a Champion 2000 watt inverter type. You can not hear it running and will run all day long on one fill.
I put a radio in the trailer to hear the announcer when they call us. A couple of chairs to sit in and a fan to keep cool.
I put velcro on the back of my log book and my laptop so they will not slide off my counter when going down the road.
As for a list I made a long list and put everything in the trailer.
Tie downs along the wall for air tank, fuel etc are nice to have.

Altereds / Re: rear light on altereds
« on: March 23, 2014, 03:28:37 AM »
I think it is a good idea on all cars that run at night. Mine is a simple LED light from Northern Tools that does not weigh much of anything and works good.

Spud Miller's Cave / Re: What injection set up is this
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:53:24 PM »
Tell him you want to freshen it and run it. I bet he would love to see it run again. (I would to!)

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Received an e-mail from a member beegodwin
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:49:21 PM »
I have seen that car, it is very nice and competitive to.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: Wooden grips ?
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:42:23 PM »
Nice, That makes me want to make a set for my ride.

Front Engine Dragsters / Re: New Guy love FED but clueless and scaried
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:40:30 PM »
I drive an Altered and it was evil when I got it. An FED is easier to drive. My Altered had issues and problems but I got them sorted out and it is a Blast to drive. A good FED should not be as hard to drive and it does not take much power at all to make them haul.
My car weighs 1675 with me in it and does 8.20's in the 1/4. And my motor is a very mild 434 with less than 650 Hp. Many FED's are lighter than that so it does not take much.  I agree a good flat top 355 would surprise you and you would like it. Nothing quite like sitting over the rear with motor in front of you and making a good pass.
As for being scared I do not think that is the right word, you need to be alert and on your toes and ready to get out of it if needed. If you ever have to get out of it do not jump on it again. Just ease into it and drive on down the track for another day.

On my car I went from single rear brakes to 4 wheel brakes and also added another set of rear brakes with hand brake. I of course have a parachute if needed.

Every now and then a decent FED will pop up on Racingjunk for a decent price and if possible that is what I would do get a complete or as complete as possible On any car much of the cost is the little things, fuel pump, fuel lines, wiring, etc and if you can get one with most of that done it will save you a bunch of time and money.

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