Topic: Quick recap from NJMP- Killer Tomato
We started our repowered mustang for the first time Thursday night at 10:00 to pull it onto the trailer. Engine was a free 200+k mile 5.0 from a 95 mustang GT, bolted to a stock turbo 2.3 T5 trans. We pulled all the tech off it, installed an unknown 4 barrel and 1 wire HEI.
Got to the track around 1130 AM, got the car off the trailer and started fiddling with it. Randy and Rob from Dumb as a a Brick came over to help, and we eventually put the car into their garage. Small details were taken care of to get the car through tech and we went through with no problems. BS- A, zero. I wasn't going to argue, was concentrating on making it through the weekend. Randy spent quite a bit of time getting the carb dialed in, and we covered it up after setting timing.
Saturday rolled around, and it was very wet. NJMP is pretty notorious for standing water and we had lots of it. A decision was made to replace the comms wiring harness by the car owner,. Bad choice. with 5 minutes till parade laps, we were trying to re install the old harness. We had no working comms. We sent our senior member out first, and he came in early. Black flag, TRD Supra hit him on the outside of a turn with a low percentage pass. He also said front end now had a vibration. Wheel bearings weren't too snug, so we snugged them up. after a few more laps, windshield wiper stopped working. Removing right side wiper and spraying some oil on the assembly helped. We were running 55 minute stints, to get everyone in the car, so we cycled drivers through. Some came in for more wiper adjustments, some didn't. On my stint, I saw maybe 5 or 6 cars stopped at track out over my 45 minutes. At least 1 hydrolocked and broke their engine. We managed to stay out on track for the entirety of Saturday and came in at P82.
Sunday was a completely different story. Beautiful sun, a steady breeze with gusts, and low 70's. On the parade laps, a Subie spun out right on the front straight. Trans locked up and sent him off the track. A great stroke of luck, as a full speed rear wheel lockup with wet grass could have been very bad. Green dropped, and aside from the many yellows for cars spinning and 2/4 offs, it went pretty well all day. The car ran like a top all day Sunday and we moved up 30 spots to finish P52. Not awful for a fresh (re)build.
A quick apology to the 850 Volvo, as I went to pass, you didn't see me, and a yellow flag dropped at the same time. Sunday, maybe 1230-100.
Ricky Bobby's Laughing Clown Malt Liquor Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, Datsun 510, 87 Mustang (The Race Team Formerly Known as Prince), 72 Pinto Squire waggy, Parnelli Jones 67 Galaxie
Besmirching race tracks in the Eastern US since 2001