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Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« on: October 01, 2013, 07:52:31 PM »
Jack sent me this great photo of his 800+ HP Cougar leaving the starting line at Bowling Green this year.  Unfortunately the car had to withdraw after the first day, due to a hole in one of the intake ports spitting water into the engine.  Jack thinks its an easy fix and he'll be back at Drag Week next year.  Really, really cool car...

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- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2013, 10:36:38 AM »
Fe or 385?

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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2013, 03:17:47 PM »
Jack is an FE guy; the car has a 427 stroker in it.
Jay Brown
- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2013, 05:56:35 PM »
Would be curious to find out about that 800 hp number.  Those are hard to come by with a FE.  Any information on the particualrs?  Joe-JDC

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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2013, 07:10:00 PM »
I don't know a lot about the engine, but the heads and intake are Dove high riser parts.  The intake is a tunnel wedge for a high riser, kind of like the one you ported for me, Joe.  I don't know about the cam and compression, but Jack said it made 820 HP on the dyno.  Maybe Jack will chime in here...
Jay Brown
- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2013, 09:54:09 PM »
I guess that explains the unusual hood ornament! LOL  If it didn't look like a GM product, it would be cool.  Beautiful cars, I almost bought a '69 CJ Cougar, but bought the Fairlane Cobra instead.  Joe-JDC

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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2013, 06:30:45 AM »
yeah, didn't mean to blaspheme.
If it were an 800hp 385, there wouldn't be much mystery.... an 800hp FE is worth talking about :-)

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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2013, 12:02:47 PM »
The GM hood ornament was a last ditch effort to get to drag week and the boss 429 type scoop didn't have quite enough clearance to clear the carbs with a 2 inch spacer. That will be changed for next year. It did look a little out of place but it was definitely functional. The engine made right at 700 ft lbs torque and 820 hp on Jim Morgans dyno in Maryland. This engine is right at 500 cu in and I have had it for a while with a one carb set up which made 768 hp at 7000. I took it to Blair Patrick and he dropped the compression about 2 points with a different cam so we could run it on pump gas at least on the road. Blair added the 2x4 set up. Heads have been set up for t&d rockers and been ported quite a bit by myself which is why #8 intake popped a small in the short radius leading to internal water injection which definitely killed off some power. Looks like the head can be fixed so we look forward to going back to drag week next year. Lord willing.

Jack
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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2013, 02:55:16 PM »
Thanks for the details, Jack.  Any details on the cam?  I'm curious about that...
Jay Brown
- 1969 Mach 1, Drag Week 2005 Winner NA/BB, 511" FE (10.60s @ 129); Drag Week 2007 Runner-Up PA/BB, 490" Supercharged FE (9.35 @ 151)
- 1964 Ford Galaxie, Drag Week 2009 Winner Modified NA (9.50s @ 143), 585" SOHC
- 1969 Shelby Clone, Drag Week 2015 Winner Modified NA (Average 8.98 @ 149), 585" SOHC

   

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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2013, 05:19:47 PM »
 ::) Very nice Jack! What ET's does it run and MPH. I'm thinking it is pretty quick!

Thanks for posting.
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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2013, 07:03:06 PM »
Yup, very nice car! 8)

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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2013, 07:40:55 PM »
The car has been down the track at Bowling Green 3 times, two of those times it was having serious carb problems which turned out mostly to be a faulty fuel pressure ga plus we were having other issues with the carbs also. On the last run we got a 10.04 at 132+ mph but it was laying down in every gear. When I got back to the pits it took 2 gallon of water to fill it back up. Couldn't figure out where it was going until my son looked under the car and water was running out of the exhaust on the drivers side. As far as et I believe it should run 9.60s to 9.70s at about 138 to 139 mph. Have to get it fixed and try again.

Jack
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Re: Jack Miller's Cougar at Drag Week
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2013, 07:47:41 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  Hope you get everything sorted out for next year.  Blair is a good guy to work with, so I know it will work for you.   Those hi-riser engines seem to have been overachievers in the right hands.  I sure wish there was a source of new heads with a raised floor to use with the existing manifolds.  Joe-JDC