First 1/4 mile run
Took my Fairlane out for it's maiden run down the strip yesterday. First run, I eased it off the line then gave it full throttle, short shifted into 2nd, and shifted into 3rd at 6500rpm. The car ran dead straight and steady, recording a 10.75 @ 125mph. To say I was happy is an understatement.
After a few practice launches and half track runs, I gave it a hard launch and full power run. Shifting at 6500rpm, I managed a 10.38 @ 129.5mph. At that stage I was told to go home by the officials as I don't have a full racing license. However, I was more than happy.
My car is a 1970 Australian Fairlane sedan, full street trim at a race weight of 3600lbs. Engine is a 521, SCJ heads, XR292R cam, 1050 carb, and runs on 98 octane pump gas. The trans is a C4 with a 4000rpm stall converter, 4.11 diff gears and 28x10.5 slicks. I run power brakes, and the engine is sedate enough to handle moderate traffic and be driven 30 miles to and from the track.
These runs were made with a full street legal exhaust system and the air cleaner on. I managed a 60' time of 1.49sec, although the car was still turning the tires of the line. I think with a bit more tuning, I can get the times down to low 10's. Needless to say, I am more than happy with this combo. It's taken me and all who have worked on this car about 2.5 years to get to this stage. It is so awesome to own a street legal, street driven car that, with a pair of slicks, can run low 10's.
Praise the Lord for the big block Ford