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Spoolpigeon
Spoolpigeon PowerDork
8/13/18 10:42 a.m.

The car looked great this weekend! Sorry I didn’t get the chance to say hi due to the run/work order. 

Jack Heideman
Jack Heideman New Reader
8/14/18 6:31 a.m.

In reply to XenaFordPrincess :

It was just some cold rolled 1020 we had lying around.

Jack Heideman
Jack Heideman New Reader
8/14/18 6:31 a.m.

In reply to Spoolpigeon :

Shoot. We would have liked to talk to you too. Maybe next time!

Jack Heideman
Jack Heideman New Reader
8/14/18 6:37 a.m.

In reply to 4Msfam :

I couldn't have said it better than alfadriver. I am no expert in this subject. We just built the bar because we figured it would help. I would just add on that the way I think about it is depending on the angle the bar is at it will change where the cornering load is being transferred to. It can be transferred to the front of the car if it has under steer problems or to the rear if the car isn't putting power down or over steering. 

As far as acting different in left or right hand corners I am not sure. We did notice that we would spin the inside wheel more in one direction on the course this weekend than the other but that could have been a lot of other things. 

Jack Heideman
Jack Heideman New Reader
8/14/18 6:45 a.m.

Update from Sunday!

Sunday my codriver and I each went about a tenth faster than on Saturday. We would have had to go about 3 seconds faster to qualify for the CAM challenge though so we were out after the first three runs. I finished 26/35 and Jarrett was 31/35. In the overall index I was 143/173 and Jarrett was 155/173.

Overall it was a great weekend. Our car stayed together and we met our goal of not last! 

Here are a couple of on track pictures someone had on Facebook:

We have some in car video as well but I'll have to see how to get that uploaded. 

Gunchsta
Gunchsta Reader
8/14/18 7:31 a.m.

Dang this is awesome. 

 

Having played with shock-tower Fords a little I have to ask, what's your secret for getting the front springs out and not dying? Those things are SO long.  The last time I tried to get a pair out my spring compressors slipped off a half dozen times and almost took off my ring finger a week before my wedding. 

 

Beyond that, well done sir. Looks like a handful of "simple" suspension modifications have really made the car work. 

Jack Heideman
Jack Heideman New Reader
8/16/18 10:24 p.m.

In reply to Gunchsta :

We made a tool. It was pretty much a long piece of threaded rod that bolted to the lower shock mount. We disconnected the lower shock mount from the upper A-arm and turned down the nut on the threaded rod until we could drop the upper A-arm. After the A-arm was out, the nut was loosened and the spring came out. The first iteration of the tool had too short of a threaded rod to allow the spring completely decompress. We lengthened it and it worked well. I plan on making an extra deep socket so an impact can be used for the spring compressing instead of a wrench.

I can't find a picture of the whole tool but here it is in the car. 

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
8/17/18 9:50 a.m.

In reply to Jack Heideman :

i bet there's a market for that tool...

wawazat
wawazat Reader
8/17/18 11:26 a.m.
AngryCorvair said:

In reply to Jack Heideman :

i bet there's a market for that tool...

Yes there is and I’m interested and in Detroit.  I need this for my Cougar  suspension replacement this winter. Rent it perhaps?

Jack Heideman
Jack Heideman New Reader
8/17/18 1:07 p.m.

If you can weld, or know someone who can here is the article we followed. We didn't cut up an old shock, instead we just made a piece that bolted up to it out of angle iron.

https://sep.yimg.com/ty/cdn/yhst-13525187779972/spring.pdf

Jack Heideman
Jack Heideman New Reader
8/30/18 8:32 a.m.

Well classes have started and I haven't worked on the car much lately, but I have been watching for some used parts. The original bench seat wasn't quite cutting it at Grissom so I was hoping to replace it some sort of race seat. I found a local guy selling these Kirkeys for pretty cheap. They're the 15" size which is a little big for me, but it looks like I can add some more padding to it to make it fit perfect! I'm hoping to cut some weight with these as well.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
8/30/18 8:46 a.m.

In reply to Jack Heideman :

i bet the OE front bench with tracks weighs a good 80-90 lbs.  the OE buckets in my '65 corvair were 46 lbs each with tracks.

Jack Heideman
Jack Heideman New Reader
9/24/18 10:17 p.m.

Well I have started down the slippery slope of power adders for the wagon. The 2 barrel is gone!

A while back I bought a $50 Holley 4 barrel for the old 289 I had in the wagon. I just needed a 4 barrel intake. I wanted an aluminum one for the heat dissipation advantages along with taking some weight off the car. Bill Wiswedel helped me out again. He had a 1969 Ford Performance aluminum intake for a 302 sitting around his shop. It has been welded in a couple places but I figured its better than whats on the car now. 

Here's some pictures:

The swap went pretty smooth. I expected to find a lot of stuck bolts but to my luck everything came free very easily. As for weights, There was a pretty significant change. The new intake and carb saved 22 pounds!

The 4 barrel sure made the engine sound different. It also seems to pull a little harder at higher RPMs like we would expect, but I won't be sure till its back on the dyno.

Gunchsta
Gunchsta Reader
9/25/18 8:43 a.m.

Yeah cast iron intake manifolds are no joke. So SO heavy! 

Good call on the threaded rod spring compressor, I hate that front suspension for that reason alone. Seems like a fun car, keep up the good work! 

gumby
gumby Reader
9/25/18 4:31 p.m.

Hey Jack, did you catch the new round of pics added to this album?

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155985986133323&type=3

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