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RayK
Cochise

USA
925 Posts

Posted - 19 Sep 2011 :  07:00:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We took Ray Jr's car to the track Saturday night for a few runs. It's an 81 Firbird with a 400 we put in that was sitting for about 20 years under the work bench. RA-4 camshaft, #46 heads and Performer RPM intake with a Q-Jet. His best run at Norwalk was 13.77 @ 101 MPH this past August.

Saturday night, the first run was a 13.22 @ 103. Second run got a tad slower at 13.70 @ 98. I firgured something was up, but I firgured it was track conditions and lack of a good burnout. Anyway, I added a bit of fuel to it and on his third run, I saw some oil coming out of the right header and the run was 14.98 @ 90 MPH. By the time he got back to the pit it was down to 5 P.S.I. oil pressure. Thank goodness it didn't blow and oil the track down! We got it back to the shop and will pull it in a couple weeks.

1969 Firebird 461, #62 iron heads, Comp roller, Performer RPM, Q-Jet Turbo 400 w/ Continental converter. GM 8.5" 10 bolt with 3:73 gears.11.50's@ 119+ MPH

67drake
Sitting Duck

Azerbaijan
1501 Posts

Posted - 19 Sep 2011 :  07:29:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a drag! Hope it survives.
He sure was flying before the meltdown though.


71' GTO Original 400 M20 3.23 posi
13.95@102.1 MPH on street tires
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Bill Boyle
Horse Feathers (Charter Member)

USA
4794 Posts

Posted - 19 Sep 2011 :  08:58:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bill Boyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll bet it spun a bearing Ray.

"Dedicated to keeping the classic Pontiac engine alive."

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400 bored +.030, forged TRW pistons, ported 62 heads, Hedman headers, 2.5 SS dual exhaust X Pypes, Comp 276AH10 cam, Scorpion 1.65 RR, 850 Q-jet, stock intake & tuned HEI; original owner.

Edited by - Bill Boyle on 19 Sep 2011 08:59:17 AM
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RayK
Cochise

USA
925 Posts

Posted - 19 Sep 2011 :  12:24:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not quite sure as yet. It's not making any knocking sounds but that doesn't mean anything. We have a line on a nice 455 so the 400 will probably sit around to make a stroker out of it when Brandon gets his first Pontiac here in the not so distant future.

1969 Firebird 461, #62 iron heads, Comp roller, Performer RPM, Q-Jet Turbo 400 w/ Continental converter. GM 8.5" 10 bolt with 3:73 gears.11.50's@ 119+ MPH
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rad400
War Paint

USA
1251 Posts

Posted - 19 Sep 2011 :  5:58:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good passes though.

Conrad
79 Trans Am 400 auto Crower 60210 Torker II Holley 750 vac sec. #12 heads,3500 stall.
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Lucas
Cochise

USA
428 Posts

Posted - 28 Sep 2011 :  11:04:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You know what they say Ray, they always run best before they let go. Thats always been my experience anyway. Pretty good runs though for those small valve 46's.
Lucas

"wildfire"
Real pontiac power
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RayK
Cochise

USA
925 Posts

Posted - 13 Jul 2012 :  08:38:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tore the engine down a couple months ago. Sorry it's been so long for the update, but life happens. you guys know how it is. Anyhow, found that the bearings had gone by the wayside. From sitting under the work bench for 20+ years, the engine had acquired a lot of dirt at some point and even though I pulled the pan and cleaned it out there was still dirt in the engine which over the course of the weekend last year at Norwalk, began plugging up the pickup on the oil pump. The last run Ray made at 42 lunched it from lack of oil. All bearings were wiped out, two top rings were broken, the cam of course was wiped out as well. All in all we got 15 runs out of an engine that was sitting around doing nothing for 20 years and didn't sink hardly any money at all into it so i think it did pretty well for what it was. This year, he is running a 455 with the same heads as the 400 had, and a 60213 Crower, which I ran in my car for two seasons.

1969 Firebird 461, #62 iron heads, Comp roller, Performer RPM, Q-Jet Turbo 400 w/ Continental converter. GM 8.5" 10 bolt with 3:73 gears.11.50's@ 119+ MPH
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