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View Poll Results: How often do you fire up your cleveland?
You can't get me out of the car 9 19.57%
Daily commuter 11 23.91%
Only when the sun is shining 9 19.57%
Only on a Sunday (racetrack or cruising) 11 23.91%
Car not yet finished 6 13.04%
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Old 02-08-2005, 04:22   #1 (permalink)
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How often do you drive your cleveland?

I would be interested to hear from you guys how often you drive your cars with clevelands?

I see lots of posts where everyone talks about how much power their engine makes, and where others ask for hints to extract more power. But where do you guys drive these beasts?

I have an XW fairmont with 351 cleveland (last dyno 231rwkw), toploader, and 3.25 9" LSD. I drive it every day. It is not the most practical car for commuting (ie heavy clutch, lumpy idle, scapes it guts on speedhumps, a fuel gauge that heads south and a temp gauge that heads north while sitting in traffic) but I absolutely love it to death.
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Old 02-08-2005, 05:03   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How often do you drive your cleveland?

I put "you can't get me out of the car". As if it hasn't got an issue. I'm driving it! I went auto with a histall to move away from the lumpy cam @ low rpm in traffic issues. Mine drives as well as my stock EL Falcon. Uses a tad more fuel but sounds a hell of a lot nicer

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Old 02-08-2005, 05:17   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How often do you drive your cleveland?

I balance it out with only the occasional drive these days "when the sun is out". As much as I love to drive it, and it is easy to drive on the street, I don't like looking over my shoulder for cops trailing me.

Also I get pre-occupied with thought of theft/vandalism when I park it anywhere.

If I had the same driveline/engine set-up in a more average looking car I would definately drive it everyday as it's a buzz.
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Old 02-08-2005, 05:22   #4 (permalink)
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Re: How often do you drive your cleveland?

Most days for work, I load it up with tools or tow something heavy.
I put the Cleveland in my van so it could tow anything my 3.5 litre diesel truck does. It does that well and never over heats, it has been a testing time lately! I run around on lpg most of the time, and run petrol at the drags.
It runs 13's at the drags and never over heats!
Is there nothing my van can not do? If it turned into a pizza late at night I think I'd marry it!!

I have to get out more!
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Old 02-08-2005, 05:47   #5 (permalink)
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Re: How often do you drive your cleveland?

as a 6 cylinder and a six seater i was using my xy wagon as my family hack but now that it is nearly finished after 4 months off the road it will only get driven a couple of times a week.
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Old 02-08-2005, 09:18   #6 (permalink)
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Re: How often do you drive your cleveland?

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I have an XW fairmont with 351 cleveland (last dyno 231rwkw), toploader, and 3.25 9" LSD. I drive it every day. It is not the most practical car for commuting (ie heavy clutch, lumpy idle, scapes it guts on speedhumps, a fuel gauge that heads south and a temp gauge that heads north while sitting in traffic) but I absolutely love it to death.
i know extacty what u mean i have and XY with 351 c10 with 3500rpm stall
the engine when it was built by warlord drag engines 8 months ago was bulit so it would have exactly 500rwhp. with 4.11 detort locker this car i thought would be fun as to drive on the street. Yes it is as long as its not in traffic as it get every hot when its siting on the spot not moving i do drive it everyday. I jump in my na fairlane on days that it is wet due to my xy is every hard to in a straight line in the dry yet alone the wet
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Old 02-08-2005, 11:09   #7 (permalink)
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Re: How often do you drive your cleveland?

I've only driven my XA three times since I got it, but as soon as I get it running right I'll be driving it every day and I'll sell my peice of shit EA. Can't wait.
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Old 02-08-2005, 12:12   #8 (permalink)
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Re: How often do you drive your cleveland?

Only when the sun is shining for me, its always piss...isantly raining over here & combine that with all the road salt the Highways dept chuck down at the slightest hint of frost its just not worth it,& thats not to mention the price of fuel also....
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Old 02-08-2005, 14:44   #9 (permalink)
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568 runs on the strip last year. If I ever go to sell it, I can say "Only driven on Fridays nights or Saturdays in fair weather."
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Old 02-08-2005, 15:20   #10 (permalink)
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Re: How often do you drive your cleveland?

The current clevo has been in my coupe for over six months, and I haven't finished running it in.
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