Thanks guys. I got a fair bit of work done on the weekend. Installed the new 3.55 center section by myself, with the help of my trusty floor jack. Reinstalled the axles and driveshaft. Two of the retaining bolts for the u-joint straps were a bit loose when I took them off, so they got a good shot of lock tite and a good tightening. I also noticed one of the wheel studs was a bit loose (screw in bolt type) so I snugged them all up. I am going to have to keep an eye on these in the future. I also installed the new Hughes engines locking trans dipstick. Like everthing else on the car it didn't fit the first time. The stock one had about a 3 inch mounting bracket, and the new one was less than an inch long. I had to make up a small bracket to extend it and bend the tube away from the firewall a bit. Man it is tight space to work in with fat fingers.
It is a nice Cuda man its kinda what I thought my car would turn out like but things change
Happy to report an update. My buddies convinced me to go to the Mopar show at St Thomas Dragway on the weekend, a 1 hour and 45 minute drive, and I'm glad I did. The car ran great on the way down, so I decided to race it. They all drove their cars about the same distance and raced as well. I have been after my first 11 second time slip. I bolted on the slicks, removed the stock air cleaner lid and put on my open one. Because the pits were grass, I decided not to even crawl underneath and drop the exhaust. The result:
BEST ET 11.78 BEST MPH 115.06
To say I was happy would be an understatement. Not only that, I went 4 rounds in eliminations and ended up with semi-final gas money. There was a track photographer who had taken pictures so I bought one. Hopefully the quality is OK as I had to scan the print.
The first picture is from 2008 at Cayuga with the 400 in the car. The second picture is from this weekend. Sure is launching a lot harder. ( I offered the photographer extra cash if he could find one with air under the tires, but no luck) The 60 foot times were right around 1.65 every run. I'm going to have to change my signature pic.
Last edited by qkcuda; 06-17-2013 at 01:22 PM.
Looks like you had a blast and glad the weather held out for you. Car looks like it is working great! Andrew
Nice!! Gratz man the car looks like it hooked up good so close to lifting that tire
69 dodge Dart GT. 440. 950 carb. Auto with RPVB & GVOD. Dana w/4.56 gears. MSD Digital 6. TTI 2" headers. 3" exhaust. Peak Dash.
Thanks guys. It was a blast. I just checked back and my previous 60 foot times with the 3.23's were 1.80, now with the 3.55's they are 1.65. That's actually more of an improvement than I thought I would see. No wonder it felt like it was leaving harder. I'll have to get it out again soon for some more testing.
Last edited by qkcuda; 06-18-2013 at 09:25 AM.
I raced at Mopar Day at Cayuga on the weekend, and a buddy got a picture of the car leaving. The suspension and tires appear to be working well, but I still can't see air under the front wheels. We ran into a pretty stiff headwind all day, but it died down on my last run and I ran an 11.84 at 114.6, so almost the same as at St Thomas.
Andrew, I saw your buddy's car, very clean. We were in the same class, but we never raced each other. It was a blast as usual. We have to get you out sometime.
A friend just sent me a link to another pic someone posted from the race.