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Old 10-18-2013, 11:17 AM   #31
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Has the Burford car made any runs or headway yet?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:14 PM   #32
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Guy, I hate to be an ol' stick in the mud, but you need to run that car with a 4 bbl.
The 2 bbl is just too small with 350 ci.
You can run it in N without a roll bar. The hp is way too high but it will still run the index easier with a 4 bbl.
Write a letter to NHRA. Tell them the hp was kicked up on that car because of Rink's GTO.
A Ventura body style with a ram air hood..
Should be back down to 250 max...Really 235 where the GTO started.It should have never been factored up in the first place.
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:11 PM   #33
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Amen to Mark! Keep writing those letters and working on the car. They reduced my '62 Grand Prix from 318 to 275hp although I still had to throw a bunch of money at it to be in the middle of the pack for a K/SA!
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:33 AM   #34
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Sorry for disappearing on everyone. Been working a lot of overtime at my regular job and the garage has been crazy at night. With only the Lee Sherman left this season and since the engine is already out I am going to blueprint the shortblock over the winter and come out swinging in the spring. Good news is the rear is done and back in the car, the trans is fresh and ready to go and the carb is redone.....so I have a great headstart. I will keep everyone posted as I make progress .
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:16 PM   #35
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Danny Ashley,,,7-10-11
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Back in the late 80's when I had my 1974 GTO I considered the 2-bbl. because that body was a one engine combination for a 4-bbl. I obtained a manifold and carburetor and knowing that the late W.A.Lee worked on 2-bbl's, I sent it to him. He called me up and said they had tried it already and that the carb was too small and it would slow the car one and a half seconds. I had looked at Allen Peters at the time and made my decision off him but W.A. informed me that the '69 Chevy had a much larger venturi. He didn't want to do it because he felt I was wasting my time and sent it back. I really didn't think it would kill it that much so I decided to try it anyway.
It was in the fall and we had decent air but nothing like I had just ran at the Keystones where I was no.1 qualifier and ran 11.97 in L/SA which was really quick for that time. The car at that time with the 2 bbl. was P/SA and the index was an odd number for some reason of 13.54. My first pass was 13.53 followed by a 13.52. The car had no power. I had to almost floor it to do a burnout. I came back and installed the 4-bbl. set-up which is quick to do on a Pontiac and went right back up and went 12.22. I'll admit that the car could go quicker with maybe more gear, smaller headers, cam change, etc. but it didn't look worth the time and money to flogg it out especially when the 4bbl. was so good.
One last thought. Please don't base the 2bbl. combination off of Bill Rink's car. Bill is a good friend and carburetor customer and I can tell you that his engine is a "Top Shelf" Parson & Meyers piece as is everything else on the car. Definitely not a "Dime Rocket". Just a "Rocket" in it's day.
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Old 01-24-2021, 03:55 PM   #36
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Was this build ever completed??
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Old 01-25-2021, 07:34 AM   #37
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Nope, I'm sorry to say. Wayne went Bracket Racing with his Wife and Son. It was a better fit for him. It was a really nice survivor car but by the time that I got there to try and save it, it had been scrapped.
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