PROJECT FALCON cont.
January, 15, 2005: We
decided to rewire the car since we are going to a completely different
ignition setup. We pulled the factory wiring harness apart and removed
everything but the exterior lighting wires. All of the factory lighting
is functional including the turn signals and backup lights. All of the
ignition and accessories are controlled by a Painless wiring switch
panel. We also added a billet aluminum battery holder from Aerospace
February, 15, 2005: The
fuel system is complete except for the engine compartment. We used
a Magnaflow 500 fuel pump and one #10 line to supply the fuel to the
fuel log up front. We decided to pull the differential out and
go to an aluminum Strange case and lightened ring gear.
March 5, 2005: We
finally made time to run the engine on the dyno. On the 7th pull we
were able to make 698 H.P.@7400 rpm and 542 lb-ft of torque@6200 rpm.
April 8, 2005: The
motor is in the car now and there are only a few things left to do before
we can start testing.
We are working on a bolt in
coil over adjustable shock this setup should work well and keep us within
the rule of bolt-on upgrades only.
April 21, 2005: We
are almost ready for testing we are planning to go out next Friday for
some shake down passes. It looks like we will be ready for World Ford
May 1, 2005: We
have a few
bugs to work out of the car. The engine ran great but the converter was
way too to tight to get any tuning accomplished. We also had some brake
problems that were caused by lack of use during the upgrades.
We will be pulling the Granada front brakes and going with Wilwood lightweight
May 23, 2005: We
will take advantage of the downtime and go ahead and install the
nitrous system while we wait on the converter. We decided to pull the
side glass and replace it with Lexan. After pulling the glass and regulators
we found out we would loose almost 60#. We pulled the front brakes
and were shocked to find out the Wilwood setup
July 30, 2005: We
went to our first 1/8 mile race in Houston, Texas at Houston Motorsports
Park called Clobberthon. The events are well known in the Houston area
as organized street races in a safe and legal environment. We ran in
the new True 10.5 class with a 100hp tune up in the nitrous. The Falcon
only made one adjustment to the rear shocks and everything else seemed
to work just the way it was.
August 19, 2005: We
are headed back to Houston Motorsports
Park to run in True 10.5 at Clobberthon 18. We installed another stage
of nitrous, new tires, and a Stroud parachute. This time we are ready
September 20, 2005: We
found out that a 28" tire with a standard sidewall without tubes
gets a little loose after about 120mph in the 1/8 mile. We added a
wing and bumped
up the tire pressure and this seemed to help. We went back to Houston
Motorsports Park for Maximum
Impact and were able to run
a best of 5.70 at 124mph with a 1.32 60' time.
October 12, 2005: We
decided to go with a larger rear tire since the rules allow
a 29.5" x 10.5" non W tire. We went with Mickey Thompson's
new 29.5 x 10.5
15S stiff sidewall slick. We also changed to Weld Racing Aluma Star
wheels on the rear. The bigger tire fit well and only required a little
trimming at the front of the wheel opening.