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FE Technical Forum / Re: The future doesn't look too bright.
« on: Today at 11:19:48 AM »
From my viewpoint, the long wait times all leads back to lack of workforce.  That is what I hear from suppliers.  Materials are hard to get and I would bet that is lack of workers at the mills.  If not the mills, it's the mines not producing due to workers.  Etc.....

FE Technical Forum / Re: The future doesn't look too bright.
« on: August 14, 2022, 06:16:28 PM »
Saw this on FB.

It's everywhere, in every industry.

My shop deals in injection molding screws/barrels.  I had a 4 month lead time on 3 pcs of SS bar stock.  Even 4140HT can takes weeks instead of days.  Nobody has anything in stock.  If they do, you can get the random length quickly.  If you want a cut length, that can be weeks wait.

Bimetallic lining material used to be 4-6 weeks.  Right now we have an order that is 37 weeks out.  There used to be four suppliers in the US.  Now there is ONE!

Ive lived through some rough times, but in my 36 yrs at this company I have never had such a bleak outlook.

We are all screwed.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Kuhnle Motor Sports Park July 23-2022
« on: August 11, 2022, 09:02:48 PM »
Ya, once I drilled the squirters out big enough to fill fhe runs great.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Kuhnle Motor Sports Park July 23-2022
« on: August 10, 2022, 10:17:52 PM »
Hope to get my new hood back soon.  Its at my buddies getting painted.  It took 7 months for Crites to make it.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Kuhnle Motor Sports Park July 23-2022
« on: August 10, 2022, 11:46:13 AM »
Looks like someone I know. 

In all my first round runner up glory...ugh.  Went dead on with a 1, but too late on the tree to make it work.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: 2022 FE Race and Reunion.
« on: August 09, 2022, 06:44:04 PM »
I'm about convinced I will make the trip this year.  No
stick race this year on that weekend so that opens up the possibility.  With a poor showing the last two races my points lead diminished and now sit 2 rounds behind the leader.

I do have events for like the next 6 weekends.  Gunno be busy!

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Re: Crites hood.....finally!!
« on: July 08, 2022, 04:52:11 PM »
Oops, sorry guess I never did report back. 

So far, no real ET or mph improvement.  Nothing noticable for the most part.  Maybe I haven't had the perfect weather either because it took a few TnT to get the carbs dialed in.  Now its just 90* all the time.

Non-FE Discussion Forum / Crites hood.....finally!!
« on: July 06, 2022, 05:23:47 PM »
It has been 7 months, but they called a week ago and asked if I was still interested in it?  Um, ya.  I took a few extra days off over the holiday so the better half and I took a drive to Columbus area and picked it up yesterday.

I got ambitious and have it bolted on, drilled for hood pins and hole cut already!  Just need to finesse it a touch before delivering to friend for paint.

Did I really need a hood?  No.  But it will look a bit more "finished" with it.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Rod torque- all most blew it
« on: June 06, 2022, 05:03:39 PM »
Larry get yourself a torque multiplier. You get 600 ft lbs and it feels like 50 lbs. At our age it’s like cheating.

It was like 15 yrs ago and basically a one time deal so a buddy just lent me the big wrench.  I was a bit younger and dumber then too....LOL.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Installing FT oil pan on my FE in a pickup
« on: June 06, 2022, 04:57:32 PM »
I've run one on my 69 f100 for nearly 30 yrs.  I'm pretty sure I added a couple baffles to keep the oil under control better.  Ya, I do "race" the truck to an extent.  At least beat on it occasionally while on running around.

It is no deeper then a stock pan so clearance is not an issue.

Looking back now, it was kinda a moot point to install it.  It just cost double to change the oil compared to the stock pan and I'm not sure there is really any real reason to install it?

FE Technical Forum / Re: Rod torque- all most blew it
« on: June 03, 2022, 01:47:13 PM »
From back when all we had was the old beam style torque wrench to measuring the bolts to within a few thousandths.  We've come a long way for sure.

When I check stretch, you can usually find a happy torque value to pull them down and get it close.  That is kinda my way to verify there isn't a bolt that is out of spec(bad manufacturing, heat treat, etc).  Usually it's about 5+ lb/ft more then what the old book calls for but that usually depends on how accurate the wrench is and the lube, etc.  So I just pull most of them right to that number, confirm stretch and go to the next one.

I watch a video of a guy working on a bit Cat engine.  They torque the main caps to XXX lb/ft and then take it 1/2 turn(or so).  Since it's hard to find a torque wrench to go that far and even harder to pull something like that while laying on the ground they figured a basic torque to yield way.  I did the rear springs on my Mack years back and had to pull the U bolts to like 600 lb/ft.  What a bear that was.  Had to borrow a buddies BIG torque wrench, then had to try to support it off the ground so I could reach out and pull it, and pull it, and pull it......ugh.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Tunnelram woes.....
« on: May 17, 2022, 02:33:32 PM »
Well, we're in good shape presently.

Spent last Fri at TnT and drilled the squirters to .045 and to .055 and saw improvements.  Then at the first stick race on Sunday I drilled them to .065 along with installing drilled screws(that I was told I needed for anything over .040 holes).  I've got a pretty good hold on it for now.  So much I actually made it to the semifinals!  Not bad.

I need to replace leaky squirter diaphrams and will install jet extensions on the secondary sides.  It have jet plates already installed so it's an easy thing.  I also have proper floats on the front side so just need to swap ends.

I'm sure I will upgrade carbs at some point but for now if I can make the season on these I'll be happy.

Thanks all.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Tunnelram woes.....
« on: May 09, 2022, 09:05:03 PM »
Tom, advice well taken.  The plenum on this Weiand is not that big actually.  Slightly larger then the TW.  The scary thing is the fact I had two different squirters on the carbs, and one being almost stock size and it worked perfectly all these years on the TW.  I can see why it doesn't work now, and I should have looked at them sooner. 

Jay, I do still have the 660s and will try them if need be.

Here's a story for you.  The 660s on the blower car?  It has a huge bog at lower rpm.  I drilled the squirters out to the largest drill I had and it still doesn't like it.  I need to being running 3000 rpm or so before flogging it or it drops on its nose.  Unless I slide the clutch and get the tires spinning.  Im not sure the 660s will do any better on the tunnel ram?  Granted the plenum is no where as large as that 671 blower.  I wonder if I won't need a pair of 650-750 DP to get enough shot to overcome.

Dyno and real driveability are two different ballgames.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Tunnelram woes.....
« on: May 08, 2022, 07:16:55 PM »
I found a pair of 25's and drilled them to .040 and will see if that helps.  Going to take my pin drills and play with it the next time out.  Maybe I will get a chance before next Sundays stick race.

Sadly TnT nights haven't been available lately due to weather.  I had to test today with local points race...and only one TT.  Ugh, can't do much playing around with that.  Not paying to buy back just to get another pass.

FE Technical Forum / Re: Tunnelram woes.....
« on: May 08, 2022, 02:27:07 PM »
Oops, just confirmed what is in there.  One #37 and a#28!  Yikes, no wonder it falls on its face.  How the heck did I get this so messed up??  Been so long since I even looked at the squirters in the wagon carbs I was completely off base.

The cams are in the #2 slot, so it has a long gradual pump, not a big short burst.  With launching at 4500 the throttle is open a bit and I want some pump left.

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