02 Pics N Slips
Lots of plans this year, how much gets completed we'll see
unexpected rebuild of the tranny
Auburn High Performance Series L/S Diff Pt#542070 completed
M1/2b intake P5007398 just in, springs, retainers, rods n
MP Cam P5007551 272/278 (208/216 @050)
Intake mods for Ramair
Shocks all the way around
install race bucket
replace M/T Street Ets
replace Good Year Eagle GTIIs
Pics n Slips to follow as the season progresses!!
I'll be getting some base #s after tranny and rear end
work. Could see a bit of a loss. This new Auburn diff is pretty beefy compared
to the suregrip
Quite a few parts have arrived now, still waiting on
porting templates. Also ordering double roller chain. May have a tb from the
Pedestals arrived so I'll be replacing the seating with
something sportier. Race bucket and 5 point harness. Using it as a 4pt (no
crotch strap). Help drop the weight a bit more. Shooting for 3800lbs.
Spent 4 days drilling and grinding off all the excess parts on the
pedestals to get them down to what you see. (driver's side as well) Cross bars
need to be milled down about 1/8" plus need to drill out the rear rivet
and bolt the back bar down (front bar bolted though not in this pic). Also
have to add the clip for the seat belt and then paint. (holding off on the
5point harnesses for now) Maybe have both seats in for the truck shoot out but
probably wont have time to paint them before.
Work on the pass. side race bucket now completed except for
paint. Though not a lot of difference then this picture I will upload the
finished installed pics later this weekend.
Both buckets now in, June 6 02
June 8th 02 London Motorsport Park
Things were really tight for the
Tranny only had about 300miles since rebuild
Diff n torque converter almost had 200miles.
Best time for the day, 14.39 with most in the 14.5 range
and a crasily spinning 14.7 worst. I hate that track. I get better traction on
the fricken street!
Toronto Motorsports Park July 20th (test n tune)
Well Cayuga finally opened and wild horses would have been
needed for me not to show up.
Only one lane open as they hadn't finished grinding the
concrete on the tower side. The guys from the IHRA broke the equipment 1/2 way
threw the tower lane. Didn't matter. Was real happy with the track surface,
concrete walls down 4000' to the end. Burnout area seems to be a bit shorter now
and is 60' back from where it was. Need a gas station for the shutdown
area its so long I didnt really need brakes, few Spro got in shit for not using
their chutes. Truck ran exactly what I expected with the new diff, tc and
rebuilt tranny. (what it should have run at London)
I ended up at the track on the heavy side with a hair
under 1/2 tank of gas. Conditions were very good with 90deg temps but low hum
and hi baro and a 5mph+ tailwind. I made 5 passes, 3 w/tailgate n pass.
seat. (one pass with gate 3/4 down) Street trim she ran 14.30-14.36. Race trim
only 2passes, 14.19 and 14.24. Short times are off though, only managed one
Race trim weight @ 3900lbs even (way too much
Street trim (with race rubber)
Wife n I got tons of pics with the digital. 02 Ram QC
4x4(17.9) 01(?)Vette 12.9 , 6sec dragster, Best action shot wasnt a burnout but
when the wife and I were at the far end of the track under the timing tower. I
parked about 15' from the concrete track,wall just past the finish line and was
standing in the 4x4 bed shooting pics of the start area, tower n stands. A jet
car lit up at the other end and made a full pass. Got him at about 900-1000'
doing 250+mph. Because we were so close it was a real rush as he went by. Wife
commented on the goosebumps on my legs n arms. (90deg) Track moved the fencing
much closer now that theres concrete all the way down. Before it was about 50'
from fence to guardrails.
Aug 17th 02 DTO meet @ TMP
Conditions were 90+f with high humidity and low baro.
Tailwind helped poor conditions
Things are starting to come back now. Sub 2.0 sec short times
with the ets very consistant. Going out on Aug. 31 or Sept 1 for some bracket
racing. Need to do some real racing instead of the test and tune. Here's a few
slips from the morning and afternoon. Afternoon air improved a bit as did ets.
Labour Day Weekend TMP
Temperature, 87F with high humidity of 84%+ and baro at
102. A crosswind of about 10mph+ that turned to an occasional headwind.
Truck running good, fairly consistant #s. As
usual the times picked up later in the day. Round #1 I dialed my fastest
TT pass 14.23 and had to get on the brakes running down a Chebby 1500. Rnd
one win with a .59rt running a .235 on a .23 dial. Round 2, 2hrs+
later I pushed it and red lighted with a .488 rt. Even backing out of it
just before the 1/8 I still ran a 14.29 on a lower 14.20 dial. Short times
almost back to normal with a couple in the 1.95. 1/8 times coming back
also. 2 passes under 9.0 with a 8.89 best (prior 8.88)
Painted Seat Pedestals
Both sides are now painted and clear coated. They
turned out pretty good and look a lot better than they did black with rust
Sept 28th J&P Performance Meet TMP
Track conditions not the best for my truck. Headwind and
cold. Most passes I spun off the line
Managed to run slow (14.302+)but came home with cash. Made
it to the finals in the street/et class. Couple good lights, couple lucky runs
but outraced myself by increasing dial at the end. Semi I dialed 14.30.
Increased it to 14.38 for the final round. Traction was getting worse and temps
were dropping. Headwind up n down. Broke out running a 14.302
Oct 26 last DTO meet at the track
As usual its been a pleasure meeting up with HP all season
and a few others that have been joining us. Hopefully next year we can get a few
more out to join us on the track. My truck doesn't like the conditions we had at
all but it was still a fun day all n all. Mid 50s temps, low baro, hi humidity
with a damp track and a bit of a headwind. My 60's were off by a huge .25-.5
sec!! Ets were off by .5 seconds +. Traction in cold weather is a real issue for
my 96 with its super low weight (for a Ram) even with 12.5" ET Streets on. I had
to lift off the gas 4 times threw 1st n 2nd first pass out (15.6
) Even got a bit twitchy going into 3rd
gear on a couple passes. Couldnt load the tc past 1600 and had to wait till 2nd
to roll the gas on to WOT. WOT caused spin every time in 1st gear no matter how
slow I rolled the gas.
Days Highlight. Towards the end of the day a couple of
guys HP n I were talking to with 01 Lightnings lined up with us. I ran a Red one
from the old tower lane with HP and a black 01 in opposite lanes right behind
us. After treeing his eyes out I had 5+ lengths off the line. At the finish I
still had 4lengths on him. Only started to gain on me in the last 200'. He
crossed the line .4 seconds behind but had a slightly faster et. His 14.70@99 to
my 14.75@94. Temporarily misplaced the slips (not that the ets were any good)
but will still add some of them for giggles.
Big thanks to foley r 666(spelling?)
for getting mpg vid of it and some still of us as well
. You can see the vid of it by
going to the video page