I meant track numbers I'm anxious to see what it'll lay down now at the the track. And I'm really kinda glad you're keeping it more street friendly with the t-4 flange turbo, I had no idea they made 'em that big for the mid frame flanges. And I'm also stoked to know you drive that car! Hate seeing so much time and effort in something to just sit. You should TOTALLY do drag week next year if you have the chance man! lots of street miles and 1000-2700 hp cars driving 1700 mile to 6 tracks in 5 days SICK! Look it up on youtube if you've never heard of it. The Grey Malibu is Jake he does amazing fab work here locally. Now post up some vids of the new setup!
I think we know enough to build a car that could handle the drag week but I did not do that with this setup. We built it to drive 30 miles and go like hell in the 1/4.
The major issue for me would be trans/converter/trans temp. I don't think it is the right setup to have a powerglide on a car that will be driven long distances on a setup like my car. You need to have a relatively loose converter to get the thing out of the hole with a 1.80 first gear which creates heat when driving it and makes it always be at a relatively high rpm. We have it "ok" now with two coolers both with fans but it still creeps over long periods of time.
Randy Seward has an AOD at pretty much the limit with his car and breaks it frequently. It drives great and stays cool but has had issues at the track.
A high end turbo 400 with a gear vendors overdrive and a milder converter due to the lower first gear may do the trick.
The other thing I'm missing is the ability to run off of pump or racefuel. Another act of genius on Randy's car. Again, can we do that? Sure. But the reality is, when I drive around it is with C16 right now.
So do I drive the car? Absolutely!
Do I realize there is a big difference between 30 miles in true street and hanging out around town vs. drag week or hot rod power tour? Also absolutely?
I guess while on this rant, I do struggle what to do with the car next. To go faster, you need a 25.5 cage, which I think at some level ruins a street car. I still have a full interior, stock seats, radio and it really isn't that bad to drive. A 25.5 cage changes all of that...
So, do you go do something completely different? Do you try to make that same 1000 hp + setup drive super well on the street?
I'm not quite sure, but the latter seems interesting to me because we have enjoyed the challenge of true street. It is a bit of brains before muscle in terms of what you do with the car. Those long distance street car events are a stretch on the same concept.
Done with rant...
1989 Saleen 89-425 all original + Baer 6P Brakes
1990 Saleen 90-137 heavily modded
1989 Shadow Blue Metallic Hatchback LX
-- 94mm T4 True Street Trim
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