CMP was fun.
ToadRacer was driven to the race from Blacksburg, VA (about 250 miles). That was a good break in and shake down for the new Slant 6 engine.
Testing Friday was great! Two of us had never been to CMP before, so it was good to get on track and try things out before the race.
Taking the kink at full throttle in a 60 year old Mopar on sticky tires is SO much fun!!
Saturday started off pretty good with the best lap time of 2:00.xxx. The new engine probably has about 30-40 more HP than the first one.
Then we had rear brake issues a couple times... worked through that...
Then the little 7 1/4 differential started complaining (about taking the kink at full throttle...)... Keep going, it'll be fine...
Then Deja Vu hit!!
Barber 2018 was my first Lemons race driving a 64 Valiant Signet. They were leading class on Saturday until the air cleaner bolt snapped and went through 5 of the 6 cylinders, eventually putting a hole in #2 piston.
My stint was close to the bitter end with the #2 pushrods removed and the car running on maybe 4 cylinders. I lasted about 45 minutes until the burning oil and smoke fumes became too much to bear...
This time the nut we added to keep the stud in place only went through 1 and 6 and was caught before catastrophic damage was done. We removed the head, verified we could still go on, replaced one valve and she fired back to life. Ready to hit the track again.
Unfortunately, the part we knew to be the weakest link proved us right. The little 7 1/4 differential with a sure-grip (try finding one of those these days) turned into a spool with nerve shattering clunking.
It was at that point we decided to call it a day.
I guess we need to quit talking about upgrading the differential and actually do it now.
See you at NCM in September!
That's ToadRacer in a nutshell.
'62 Plymouth Valiant "ToadRacer" - Organizer's Choice, IOE...