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Cpt.Fred

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Cpt.Fred last won the day on September 19 2017

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About Cpt.Fred

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    Zen Master, I breathe vintage mopar!

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    1940 P10 2door sedan

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    Berlin, Germany
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    wrenching
  1. Shaving a 218 head vs. a standard 230 head?

    the pictures of the different chambers are very interesting, thanks for sharing. also, thanks for that milling chart, great info! i have a 1947 dodge 230 on the engine stand right now and the pistons on TDC are between 0,029" and 0,016" below the deck. also i never saw any of these engines having the pistons level to the deck from the factoy, yet. (but i admit i haven't seen more than 10 different ones)
  2. i finally got my tachometer rebuilt last week (the guy had it for 6 months ) so when i've put it in the car i can tell exactly what the engine spins. right now it's more like 2200 at 85mph or so. the people that are winning the flat head classes here are running serious machinery, passes in the low 8s. i won't be able to keep up with them, but like i said, this is a cruiser otherwise we'd have chosen a different cam...
  3. and since you like pictures of vintage drag racing, here are some more from the past years
  4. I don't know anything about the big race and i don't want to speculate about it either. It was before my time here on the board, so... To your questions: 1. i do not drag race the car in overdrive the car has 3.54 gears in it now, in OD that's a hefty 2.34:1. too much for the engine, as i have found out. the 4.11 gives you a 2,71:1 in OD and much more punch from a standing start without OD, so that's why i'll be swapping 3rd members again this winter. with the 16" wheels i have a 28" wheel diameter, so with the 2,7 OD gearing ratio the engine will turn just under 2600rpm at 80mph, which is perfect for the cam i am running in it now. 2. that Buick is pretty darn strong, so i don't know if i stand a chance, but it will surely seek my revenge next year (i know the guy who owns it). it's important to know that some of these cars are very well built and pretty strong for what they are, just like mine is "strong for what it is". of course it doesn't smoke tires like an overhead V8 with 300 and more cubic inches, and of course it doesn't go as fast as a model A with a stroked and bored out mercury block in it, but in comparison to the stock 201 setup it is of course waaaaay faster, and much more fun! 3. we don't run quarter miles but 1/8 miles here in these vintage classes, because for 1/4s we do not have proper race tracks and it's non-commercial. track time is expensive... it's mostly air fields, a guy or gal with a flag, 2 old fashioned stop watches. only very rarely there are lights and photo sensors. the old 201 wasn't that tired, but of course the car was slow (still quicker than some others, though ). i think it was something around 13 seconds for the 1/8 mile, and that is slow, hehehe. don't know what it runs now, because i haven't gotten any time slips this year and didn't drag race anymore because of the high gears. it should at least run 11s with the new engine, i hope. 4. cruise speed is between 70 and 80 mph. you cannot go slower than 65 with the gearing as it is, because the engine cannot pull when the rpms are too low in OD. the fastest i have run it is something between 85 and 90, it doesn't go any faster right now. the engine gets flooded with gasoline ( i am running O2 sensors) and i think it's a combination of the step up jets being too rich and the gears being to high. we are still figuring that out, changing jets, measuring, talking to George and his boys on the phone, and Tim of course, but it's a slow process because i have lots of work to do and don't get to wrenching as much as i would like to (then again who does... ) also, don't forget the 1940 body is likely to create much more drag in comparison to a, say, 1950 model body. the taildragger stance surely doesn't help, nor does the huge sun visor. the wind gets pretty violent once you're above 75 mph or so... this winter i hope to get a lot of stuff done so next year tuning can go on. i think this car should be able to go 100mph flat out in the end, we'll see. BUT! driving it is something completely different. brakes and the general behaviour of the chassis and suspension (although completely rebuilt and modified) do not really allow going faster than maybe 80mph, if you want to travel safely. mind you, i am running bias ply tires, 10" drums and the original brake system. the density of traffic on german highways seldomly allows to keep a safe distance to the car running in front of you, and even if you're traveling the same speed as the others, it's outrageously dangerous in a car like this... i guess i'm already as good as dead when i hit something at 40, so imagine the carnage when i flip the thing going above 90... thanks, but no thanks i have already discussed 12" drums with Tim, and i am planning to do something about that issue in the next years. best cruising speed is 60-80mph under realistic traffic conditions, and the 4.11 gears will help me to be in the right rpm range for those speeds to have enough punch and flexibilty, allowing me to react to traffic better than i can right now. when i want to go land speed racing, i can always swap the higher gears back in
  5. well, hate to disappoint you i wasn't behind the wheel in the drive-by videos, my buddy Damir was driving and he didn't want to flog it too much, not being his material and all (i got to ride his 66 BelAir with 454 LS6 square port big block in return, and i was equally gentle), and "burnouts" are unfortunately still pretty impossible. i guess when i change back from 3,54 to 4,11 gears it might work, but somehow the 6.00x16 are holding up to the torque pretty good. at least as long the roads are dry, a little rain and it gets hairy. here's 2 pictures from the first drag race i went to in May this year. the Buick beat me by almost a full car length, but he got his OHV straight 8 bored out to over 300cui, dual carbs, headers, camshaft, and, last but not least, a 4,44:1 rear... i guess with a lower ratio than 3,54 i would have had a chance. plus i loose a lot of time when it comes to shifting with the column shift, i have to give it quite some time from first to second, otherwise the gears are scratching. his is a stick shift and works faster somehow, so from second gear on he was gone. here's proof that i can lay down a tiny little bit of rubber at least on one side i wonder if there's any locker diffs out there for our kind of axle housing. otherwise one would have have to try the 8 3/4 type, but then again this car isn't a drag racer, it's a fast cruiser and is was the first season, so there's a lot of room for improvement!
  6. here are 2 very nice pictures from that road trip, where we headed to a small Donau harbour to shoot some photos of our cars in the evening sun. these were taken by my friend Lukas, owner of the 29 model A coupe in the pics. now the first season is almost over, so far i have 8000km on the car with the new engine. i am going to take most of the drive train apart in the winter to check everything, fix some leaks, change the 3rd member in the rear end again, chase down some noises that i don't like, do general maintenance work and and redo some things i didn't like in the first attempt. hopefully it will run even better and stronger next year! Fred
  7. hey everyone, a tiny, little update here... on my last road trip to southern germany i finally managed to shoot some (unfortunately pretty crappy) video footage of the car from the outside and inside. here goes: forgive my shaky hand, evenings are rough down there and nights short when you visit the guys i have been visiting Fred
  8. maybe the you got the notification because i was uploading pics? can't do anything these days without being watched, hehehe...
  9. hey everyone, i finally get to update again... :-) first, the car is street legal since christmas! i haven't had much opportunity to test drive due to bad weather, snow, ice and the dreaded salt they throw everywhere, but what i can tell from the few miles i could ride the car is a blast and works really nice... can't wait for spring to show up. and second, the new air cleaners are done and i really like them. very subtle and functional, and i guess once they are worn in a little they should really camouflage the engine even more - just the way i like it hope you like them too: i'll shoot some more outside pics and maybe a video when i finally get the boat out of the dry dock again and do some spring runs Fred
  10. Freds 55 Fargo Goes Dual Carb and Exhaust Build

    that one runs smooth as silk! nice!
  11. that's good! though i hope it should be pretty much done by now.. or soon. meanwhile having fun goofing around with a pair of cheater slicks on 8" rims that someone told me would NOT fit into my wheel wells.
  12. thanks! i will update when i got street legal again :-)
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