PROJECT FALCON cont.
October 11, 2003: We decided
to add some more bars to the cage to stiffen things up and make the car
safer at the speeds we are running. We decided to X the door bars, add
a diagonal bar in the top of the cage with parachute handle mount, add
a window bar on the drivers side and switch the plastic seat out for
an aluminum Kirkey seat. The new seat will have a gray velour cover.
October 18, 2003: We took
the car to Sealy Texas to run it at an 1/8 mile track. During the first
burnout the engine simply stopped running with no major noises or anything.
After looking at the engine we thought the roll pin in the distributor
broke since the rotor was not turning. We pulled the distributor and
the pin was still in place but the
gear was nicked up. We turned the engine over an the cam did not turn
so we thought the pin in the cam had sheared. We put the hood back on
and went home.
October 27, 2003: We finally
had a chance to pull the engine and look into the problem. You know it
can't be good when you pull the drain plug in the oil pan and get about
3 gallons of water, then the oil. We found #1 connecting rod lost the
cap and kicked up towards the cam and broke the block. #5 connecting
rod was twisted but stayed together. The crank and cam took a beating
from the rod that was loose. Several of the pistons kissed the valves
so there is sure to be several bent valves. The pin in the cam sheared
as well as the grade 5 bolt with lock washer. We were sick when we saw
a grade 5 bolt and lock washer used in the cam but the builder of this
engine said it was acceptable even though Crane says you must use a grade
8 bolt and a hardened flat washer.
All David has to say about this is he is glad
it happened in the burnout box and not at the other end of the track
and he knows who he would not recommend to assemble an engine.
Jan. 30, 2004: The new short
block is going together now. We had to order a custom aluminum oil pan
from Canton to fit the chassis and hold enough oil for the high revving
small block. We are waiting for a custom ground cam and for the rotating
assembly to be balanced to finish assembling the engine. We also decided
to go with a belt drive for this engine.
April 20, 2004: The Falcon
is back in the chassis shop for more upgrades. We have decided to run
a different event
this year and will be running a power adder to be competitive. When
the Falcon is finished it will be lower, have wheelie bars, parachute
and rear wing. We are looking to run 5.40 at 130+ in the 1/8th.
July 7, 2004: The Falcon
has taken a back seat while we relocated our shop to a much larger facility.
The chassis upgrades and sheet metal work are almost complete and the
engine will be
finished within the next week. We upgraded the rear to Currie 35 spline
axles with 5/8"
studs. We will have to rewire the car and run a new fuel system that
will support the new engine and Edelbrock nitrous system. We will also
be removing the Granada disc brakes up front and replacing them with
Wilwood drag brakes. It looks like we will be building the headers in
house since no one offers a set for our body style and engine combination.
July 30, 2004: The
chassis upgrades included an X in the rear of the cage, raising the rear
shock mount, adding an X between the frame rails, new
crossmember, moving the dash bar up inside the dash, adding front bars
from the cage to the shock towers and drivers side rocker
bar. We also decided to close the floor in with
metal welded in place to keep the car legal in our new class. All of
the interior sheet metal will get a base coat of semi flat black and
then a light coat of black and white spatter paint. The cage will remain
semi flat black.
August 2, 2004: The
motor is basically finished. The only items needed to finish the
motor are the external oil pump and spark plug wires.
October 28, 2004: The
motor is in the car now and the headers are being made. As soon as the
headers are finished and ceramic coated we will pull the motor and head
to the Dyno.
The interior is completely seam
sealed, painted and ready for wiring.
November 18, 2004: The
headers are built and ceramic coated, they are 2" primaries with 3 1/2"
collectors. Now we have everything to dyno the motor.
December 30, 2004: The
wheelie bars are finished and painted. Next weekend we plan on going
to dyno the engine so we can start putting the Falcon back together for
the final time.
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