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Old 02-13-2017, 09:59 PM   #1
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My 2017 season

So after a rough 2016 image try to hit it hard this year. In 2016 I had a new baby in April and that slowed racing season down. I also had to rebuild the motor late in the year. In Nov and December I manage to have two good showing but failed to make the money. In Dec a triple zero red cost me a bye to the finals.

2017 started at hubcity dragway. I been to this track once and I liked it. The tree is funny tho it has white covers on all the bulbs so it's hard to see the lights. First time trial the cars spins hard off the hit and runs a 7.41 rt was a .071 and I felt like I crushed it. Second time trial I get in the right lane and car goes 7.34 with a 20 light. That's exactly where I expected the car to be. First round rolls around I am dialed a 7.36. My opponent is a duster dialed 6.65. As soon as I leave the car spins again and I knew I was in trouble I hold it to the floor and run a 7.40 @ 95 with a .064 tree. Okay so in my mind I am thinking what's wrong with this junk! None of the guys I know are spinning. My car leaves soft 1.75 60 ft on the footbrake. It usually hooks on a dirt road.so I buy back and try to put a plan together. Second round I hook a s10 dialed 7.28. I dial up to a 7.42 to cover in case of a spin. His light starts with a .1 so I cruise to a easy 7.76 @ 78 mph. My light was a .052 not great but I take the win. Third round I dial a 43. My opponent in a Buick skylark dials 7.30. As soon as we start talking I realize this ain't his first rodeo. I am 52 to his 37 on the tree. I locked the tires up to take 005 and breakout. I decide to load up and not stay for the second race. I wanted to hang out with the family and was tired of fighting an inconsistent car.

so now I am wondering if it was track or tires. No one else with much faster cars were fighting spinning issues. I did add a carb spacer and think maybe the added torque is making the wore out slicks a problem. I am thinking of ordering some mt 3055s. It should help speed up rt some I would think. Any questions comments or advice is greatly appreciated
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I just decided to start writing about my season today but I will start taking pics at the track. He is one of my first and third round opp. Yes they got down to three cars.
in Dec I was triple zero red and dead on 1 next to the red Chevelle so all three of these cars have whooped me!
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Middle of Feb and you're already on the track! Our season doesn't start until first week of May and even then, there may be snow on the ground.
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It WAS 77 yesterday. We had some ice on the roads are few years ago and Mississippi shut down. No schools business closed the whole 9 yards!
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Here is a pic of the ride. It's a budget car. It has a 406 sbc. I plan to speed her up sometime this year. I would like to get it to run 7.20s in the heat. I like being the slower car I just wanna close the gap a little. The majority of the foot brake cars seem to be 6.30 to 6.80 cars. I also plan to build a 9 inch at some point so I can hook the time brake up and start run super pro
as well. So any good deals on rear ends would be great. Also I have a 81 ford chateau van I plan to rebuild the motor in and use as my tow rig so I can sleep on a bed at the track.
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How old are the tires ?
also what manifold and type of spacer did you use ?
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The tires are beat. I don't know how old they are. I ordered a set of Mt 3055s today. I never bought new slicks before because I have always been on a very limited budget. Manifold is a vic Jr withe a 1 inch 4 hole spacer. I wanted to try a tapered but I had this one in the shop. I may buy a tapered later in the season.
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Also does anyone have any experience with these tires? My car weighs 2950 with 275 button in the seat. I know my combo is not the norm. I know it could be faster but I just want it to repeat. I drive a 27 roadster also so I get my speed thrills from it.
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The tires are beat. I don't know how old they are. I ordered a set of Mt 3055s today. I never bought new slicks before because I have always been on a very limited budget. Manifold is a vic Jr withe a 1 inch 4 hole spacer. I wanted to try a tapered but I had this one in the shop. I may buy a tapered later in the season.


Its probably a safe bet that it is the old slicks causing your grief. (assuming nothing else is broke.)
If all you have changed is the spacer since last year and you were not spinning then. I cant imagine it ( the plate )made that big of a difference.
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Old slicks even if they have lots of rubber left on them can still be worn out if the rubber has dried out. Doing a waterbox burnout makes the tires hot. The oils in the tire make the rubber sticky when heated. If the oils have dried out, the rubber is too hard. New tires can make a huge difference. I know some stock eliminator racers will change out their tires as soon as their 60' time start to drop off. Bracket racers can pick up these tires cheap as for a bracket racer, they're still good tires.

As for your carb spacer, there are so many different types to choose from. Unfortunately, picking one and slapping it on may not do anything and can even make performance worse. They are a tuning aid and unless you do dyno testing, you'll never know which ones work and which ones don't. Each engine is different. One that works good on one engine may reduce power on another.

I run 32x16 slicks and a pair of them is not cheap but when I need them, I go to the local speed shop and put my credit card on the counter.
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Yeah slicks came in today. The car 60 ft was same for et so I am thinking the spacer didn't change much. There is a race this weekend at my home track but I am be stuck at work. Hopefully I can get tires swapped next week and find a race next weekend.
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Well I went this past Saturday. That's the end of the good news it was a rough day. I figured the car to be running between 7.33 to a 7.36 and it went 7.35 first time shot. I was -.04 red. Second time shot I am .062 and it ran a 7.37. I actually thought all was good here besides my lights. It warmed up some and the left lane is 1 slow at this track. First round I dial a 7.40 thinking it was a little warmer and I got in a little deeper. I am .049 he is .040 on the light. He runs a 6.83 on his 81 I am 43 ripping it to get behind by 009. I told myself do not rip it more than once but I seen him start dropping and I just kept ripping. Buy back round I dial 7.40 and turn it 005 red. All out it ran 7.44.

second race we get one time shot I am .053 and it runs 7.37. First round I dial a 37 and really miss the tree bad but he is worse. I rip it a few times and run a 7.367 on the brakes! Killed 4 mph. Second round I dial a 36 and crush the tree. I am .014 next to his 031. I flat foot it out the back door. He is right there with me. I run a 7.40 to his 6.84 on his 81 dial. Move is 0007 with him getting the win. Day over!

so my car ain't been that bad in a long time and neither have I. If it was running the number I was bad on tree. If I was good it was bad. I am lost. Luckily in two weeks I am going to the footbrake 150 plus 50. It pays 17500 both days. That seems like a good race to be testing and trying to get confidence back! Ha maybe I got a plug trying to die on me or something. I'm a throw a set in it and hope for the best. The tires worked great with 14 lbs tho.
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some tight racing going on my man! keep it up and you'll be getting W's before you know it.

and in regards to 2016, it was a tough year for me as well, and i get it. here's to 2017!
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Thank man. Yea hopefully i can go a few rounds next week. Hell just gettin first round win saves 100 on buy back second rd winners get 50 bucks. I put a set of plugs in the car changed tranny fluid and gonna drain the fuel out and start with some fresh. That should straighten out some consitancy issues. Ima take it wed night for test and tune and make some hits.
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