The following update and pictures were added on Oct 28 2002:
After flogging on my new racer all year I finally
got it ready to fire Sunday at midnight. I decided to show compassion to my
sleeping neighbors and NOT fire it up in the driveway. Instead, today I
loaded up and drove back down to Advanced Chassis where Ken Bowers set up the
chassis, measured corner weights, and made some final adjustments.
His crew said "let's hear it" so I
started it in their shop. What a thrill it was to listen to that engine after
a two year hibernation.
I have to fix a couple of minor leaks and swap out
a balky starter motor. Lord willing, this is my testing schedule for the rest
of the week:
Wed - 4 PM at Milan Dragway test and tune
Thur - 4 PM at MDW. FME has the track rented. Crew
gets free admission, so (pending a successful Wed test session) stop by
Fri - 4 PM This is the run off for the Street race
season champ. I will have the Koesel Family Truckster there plus hopefully the
new car for some additional testing.
Sat - 12 PM Bracket racing the new car
Sun - 10 PM - If all of the above fails I will try
This evening i took my new FRENCHTOWN
FLYER altered to the track. No major problems - everything worked except the
track was cold and very slick, preventing all out runs. I had to feather the
gas until half track. Here's what it ran:
12.32 @ 107
11.02 @ 127
10.77 @ 132
10.90 @ 131
10.69 @ 131
10.42 @ 132
10.31 @ 133
I DIDN'T HOOK UP UNTIL ABOUT 600 FEET OUT. IT WAS 42 DEGREES OUT. HAD TO
FEATHER THE THROTTLE AS THOUGH I WAS DRIVING ON SNOW.
July 14, 2003
Carol and I went to Norwalk yesterday to test
the new car. It took two months longer than planned to get the body prepped
and painted. I did the paint and art myself - pinstriping and lettering to
We had to enter Super Pro to test - only
got one time trial - 10.01 @ 131.
Round 1: Ran an 8 second Mustang that just
finished competing in Quick 16. I dialed 9.98. Ran 9.982 - he broke out by
.008. That WIN was a nice surprise to start the new car's stats. Car ran on
Round 2: Dialed 9.97. Ran dragster - I cut a
.032 light - his was .037. Ran 10.04. Won by .003 MOV. Straight run too.
Round 3: Dialed 9.97 Ran a 8.57 second Mustang.
He had a .001 to my .043 light. I went under at 9.954 - He went 8.59 for the
win.- .001 MOV.
All in all not a bad start. The car gave me
absolutely no problems whatsoever and got lots of looks and compliments. One
gentleman said he was planning to build a similar car and asked for your
name and address. I plan to run the car Sat and Sun at the Milan All Ford
Race, and enter The Koesel Family Truckster too. One Box car and one No-box
car. Call me crazy...
I hope you are all well and that you are
enjoying the summer and getting lots of win slips. Thanks for the good ride.
Now I need to concentrate on learning the fine points of all those gizmos in
the car - and making it go faster.