Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
During tuning the car didn't take timing well. With the stock Novi 1000 kit and the JMS chip we started at 17.5 degrees total. We didn't hear any detonation but the car wouldn't make any power, 330 ish with the mixture right at 12.0:1. The only other setting I had at the same fuel level was 17 degrees. That made 350 rwhp. I ran 16.5 and got about 360 rwhp. I swapped in a 16 with the same fuel and the car even better up top. So that is why I ended up there. I even tried adding more fuel in an attempt to add a little more timing. No luck. It sure drives better around town with the additional timing.
Because of this I'm not really a fan of adding timing. Some motors don't respond well to it and I think mine is one of them. I opted to up boost and work a little with a more aggressive mixture. With the headers and boost the car runs right at 89-90 mph traps in the eighth. So at 3500+ pounds it's probably at or over 400 rwhp. The mixture is where I'll go next. I'm right about 11.3:1 max with the current chip and without the W/A. There is some room there more power pretty safely I think. I do have a chip on hand with 2 percent less fuel than I have now and 16.5 degrees and one for 2 percent less than current and 16.0. I may try that one soon.
Another thing to consider is that this motor has never had a valve cover off. Although there seems to be more ponies left in her, is it a good idea? I can't use them all at this point anyway and I"ve pretty much met my goals with it power wise. I just need to crack 11's and that goal will be met as well. I don't know where to go after that. I don't have visions of it becoming a 10 second car.
I need to work on other things on the car first. I don't really want a drag race only car. But a great handling and stopping, stock looking car that can run 11's is a pretty good sounding goal.
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Last edited by Edward Clark; 04-11-2002 at 11:22 PM.