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  1. Bliggida

    Dodge Sidewinder

    In light of FifthAve's post on the If You had unlimited funds thread in Misc Found here --> FifthAve's post With regards to Chrysler/Mopar - Did anyone else hear about the (now cancelled) Dodge Sidewinder Truck? I don't remember much about it, other than it was basically a tubbed, convertible truck with a Viper's V-10 making around 650 horsepower. Anyone else remember that? I guess it was around '99 to early 2000?
  2. What's a big engine to you? Blig's car? 350 ci? nah ol' muscle car? 454ci? please! Monster truck engine? 542ci? for kiddies Pat Musi racing engine? 632ci? go home wit dat' go-cart How about that 30,000 dollar engine that was showed on Horsepower TV today??? Anyone else see it? Get this, bored over and stroked it made a full 1,000 cubic inches. It completely dwarfed a GM Performance crate 502, like it was a Honda engine!!! A 502! This engine was a full race engine, but it ran on pump gas - so you could build one as a street motor. It was originally for off-shore power boats, but it will accept the engine mounting brackets for your favorite Chevy! at 2,500 RPM a phat 800 ft/lbs of torque. At 5,000 RPM well over 1000 horsepower and torque! On pump gas! No supercharger, no nitrous, not even a radical cam and timing! Dry sump oiling system, two distributors - yes they use these engines for Super Modifieds at the strip! Brave enough to put one in your car? To tell you the truth I would like to rid in that car, but even as crazy as I am and a freak about power - I would not build a street motor of this kind, because it would scare even me! I still can't believed how teeny-tiny a 5-0-2 looked next to this thing! You shoulda seen the heads for this monster! whoof.
  3. Bliggida

    Mopar Power!

    Driving the van home from school today. Follow some guy out of the parking lot in a blue import. Couldn't tell what it was without the badges on it. I suspect it was a Civic. Anyway, he had a horrible exhaust on it. Actually did sound like a coffee can, empty, hollow resonance. Anyway, I look over at him and don't make any faces or anything but I guess he noticed I was looking at him or something. So light goes green he gets on it a little so I follow suit a bit. The light in front of us goes red, so I am sitting there and he knows that I sped up to stay close to him on that last light. So it's kinda on. Light went green and I eased into the throttle so I didn't thrash the tires. Front end on the minivan must be really light. WOT will burn them up in smoke. So anyway once the tries are making traction I put it to the floor, but by then he had launched much harder than I did, since I was only playing around really. We were dragging for about 1st and 2nd gear and he was holding me off. Given another light if I could have launched harder I think I would have taken him. I'm sure he's going to go home now and brag to his friends how he ate this crazed minivan. Like it wouldn't have been a contest. Soft launch and he was never had more than a fender on me? Please. I wish I knew what it was - the car. Almost certain a Honda, and fairly sure an Civic just a couple or few model years old. He put his blinkers on after a while, and I thought, ya know, given the right circumstances had I beat him, what could you say to that? That'd just be so embarrasing!
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    V6 Corvette

    Being that the Camaro is offered with a V6, and the 'Vette being considerably expensive to buy, insure, and maintain. How well do you think a V6 Corvette would sell? Like the Mustang, I think chicks would eat it up, every blonde and their mother would have one!
  5. I know, I know, you all must think it's a joke. In stock form you'd be right and laughing...very hard. But if we went on looks now that both of them have the same power what would you choose? What? What did he say? Same power? Yeah, I caught a small article in Car & Driver about Hennesy (Guy who builds nasty Vipers) can take a PT Cruiser, drop a Viper V-10 mid-engine style and rework it RWD. I think it was dubbed the PT Bruizer. For oh, an additional $75,000, hey buy two at that price right? So what would you choose?
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    Your suggestions to the big 3

    Not meant to fill the shoes of the F-body, just a new car they are bringing into the line up, which the performance world has wanted for a while. -Sporty -Four door -with RWD, -V8, -and a manual transmission option.
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    2003 Svt Cobra

    That maybe true ZX, but when it comes to who is king of the hill in terms of performance and sports car. Ford is not winning. And yes I read the same article you did about a supposed 12.3 et Cobra. The rest of the story you negletced to mention was that it was a professional driver from Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords Magazine, who had access to a special edition Press car which usually means that version the public will never see. All the other reputable magazines that tested it such as Car and Driver, Road and Track, and Even Hot Rod Magazine all said it was a low 13 second car. The lowest ET of all of them, was Car and Driver posting a 12.9!!! The Z06 will run 12.4 to 12.3, and the Camaro SS even by Muscle Mustang and Fast Fords magazines' OWN ADMITION - with a full tank of gas - in the 120 degree heat of Arizona will run a 12.89, - regularly run 12.9's. They also indicated that a bad driver could still click off a 13.5 in the Camaro SS despite not knowing how to drive the thing. The Cobra should be able to hang with the Camaro SS, but to the Corvette and Corvette Z06 it loses. Neither on the track nor the drag strip. And furthermore as I pointed out, the Camaro SS will out accelerate, out brake, and out-handle the new Cobra. And it did so 2 years before the Cobra ever came out. So whoopty-doo, Ford Finally made a car that can actually hang with the GM F-body without modification. While I am ecstatic as you that they built the Cobra, you have to keep in mind, it's only as good as the Camaro SS was when it came out with the '01 version LS1 engine.
  8. Bliggida

    Mustang news

    I finally got around to installing the fan shroud on the '72 Mustang. It's too bad I had to drive all the way out to Phoenix Arizona to get the fan shround though. But hey, if you need the part - you need the part. What can you do? If my budget had allowed it, and possibly later, I'll take off the shroud /lose the mechanical fan and run a performance radiator for either Be Cool or Fluidyne. And run twin electric pullers. So I'll free up some horses and it'll run oh, maybe 30 degrees cooler. Which is good because you want the maximum engine temperature to be set not by your radiator or cooling ability - fans, but by your thermostat. So it'll probably allow me to run a higher temp. thermostat. Like a 195. Good for winter heating! I didn't have the actual hardware for the mounting so for now I just zip-tied it to see if the clearance would be ok with an aftermarket flex-fan. Seems to be ok. And on that note, after driving it around and even idling in traffic, it seemed to run fine and start up, even when hot. So maybe I finally pegged the cooling, although I know heat-sink/electrical is part of the problem. So eventually I will have to install a starter heat sheild, and heat wrap the headers, and battery cables. So it looks like I might start driving it around more. Needs a lot of fix-up stuff though. Not difficult but, for example there is a screw missing on the rear valance and its hanging/scraping on the exhaust tip. So that needs to be buttoned up, the driving side mirror which I also got in Phoenix needs to be installed, although they aren't much for actually working on that style mirror. Hmm maybe as power mirrors they would actually be worth something when you're driving? Oh well. That and then I need to try and see if I can clean up and make sense of the spaghetti wiring under the dash that some fool did a 'quick fix' I'm thinking a painless wiring kit. But we'll see.
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    What should I do with the 305ci SBC

    .484 lift is kinda weak though. Mild motor or not, I doubt I'll ever put anything less than .488's and more likely around .510's lift. TPI is ok, it works, but it's not designed for performance engine's. I'd be much better off with the Edelbrock MPFI Pro-Flo Fuel Injection kit. It utilizes a closed loop, speed density unit on the computer and has a lot more agility to changing conditions. But, either way, I got the 231ci V6 on the engine stand about a week ago. Now, I'm going to mount up the 305ci on the other engine stand and begin working on it.
  10. Hey guys, wanted some opinions as to what you guys might do with an extra 305 laying around. Right now other, than accesories, it only needs an intake and carb, otherwise complete. It probably would fire up and run, but it's pretty dirty and you can tell a rebuild is definately in order. SO, what would you guys do if you had the chance to rebuild it. - Mild 300 horse street-torque motor, basic rebuild parts from Summit. - Little more racey with an over bore and stroke? Forged bottom end, roller drivetrain, fair idle cam, etc. - or would you really try and put the horsepower into it? Other suggestions are welcome too. Anything you can come up with. I'm also thinking about building it up enough to sell it for the same amount as an aluminum 350 racing block with 4.125 mains!!! I think they run around 3 thousand dollars? Perhaps a small, small blower like a Holley 144 Powercharger, so it would clear most stock hoods. So what ya'll think, give me some good ideas.
  11. Bliggida

    What should I do with the 305ci SBC

    You already landed a 305 LZ. Otherwise it would be a consideration. I'll certainly build this engine before getting to work on the 231ci V6. Hopefully I will have both done, although with the 305 I can wait for ??? until I actually get the opportunity to drive it around in something. The 231ci V6 will be the one I want to get slapped into something fast (G-body). That will be a hopped up version of the GNX motor. (300HP/375TQ) so realistically it could see 350HP and over 425 FT-LBs...from a V6! Ahhh the fun one could have with the bragging rights on that one. I'm curious as to see how the 305 will do on the dyno, after assembling a Summit Racing Forged bottom end, 10:1 compression, and a bore and stroke to 347 with the Edelbrock Performer RPM package up-top. All that aluminum should shave some weight too! Though it would be expensive, and perhaps I'll do this someday but carbureted initially, but swap over to the new Multi-Point Pro-Flo Fuel Injection system. Crank & Go driveability with the awesome power of a SBC. Win/Win! And I imagine behind the right transmission, and gearing the gas mileage on an engine like that could realize 20 MPG. *sigh* ...someday I'll actually get around to just bolting it up an engine stand, spending hours in the garage just looking at it. (I need help! )
  12. Bliggida

    2003 Svt Cobra

    That's all fine and dandy but it was never disputed nor argued by me or anyone else that the Mustang outsells the Camaro. The comment made was that the new Cobra Mustang is as fast as the current Corvette. Which is a falsity. As it doesn't even beat the SS Camaro down the drag strip. And my numbers are based off of the Cobra and SuperSport Tests done by: Car and Driver Magazine Road and Track Magazine Hot Rod Magazine Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords Magazine If you are actually going to check it out I can give you the issue and page numbers. But I don't think that is actually of any interst to you, since you are ranting about a useless point that no one initially commented on in the first place. Mustangs do sell more than Camaro's. How the number sold has anything to do with power output and traction and hence going faster is beyond me. It just means that chicks dig the convertible V6 Mustang and that my friend is who is buying up all the Mustangs. Not the Hot Rod crowd. For going fast down the quarter mile and laying the smack down on Autocross tracks. The weapon of choice for the budget minded is still the Camaro.
  13. Bliggida

    What should I do with the 305ci SBC

    Taking a newer model Xtreme S-10 would be pretty nice as a pro-street truck. It'd be a lot easier with an older mid to early 80's S-10 (or Equivalent - Ranger etc.) so yeah that would be a fun project. More than likely I've pretty much planned on using the 305 for another Jeep Wrangler project. Pick up where I left off on the last Wrangler (before it got totaled). If that's the case, off-road it's all about Torque, torque and more torque and down low around 2,000 to 2,500 RPM. Basically a stump puller. But, I certainly don't know what the future holds, so I may find a TH-350 tranny, get that rebuilt and then mate it to the 305 for a running drivetrain. I could either sell that to a Hot-Rodder, or find a decent body/frame muscle car with no engine/tranny for cheap $$$, then slap my motor in it and have it running a couple days later. Drive that around for a while and/or sell that as a turn-around and make a few grand on it, if not more. So? we'll see. As soon as I finish the Yukon's 350ci. I'll put the 305 on an engine stand and start the disassembling process. IF it weren't for standing water introduced into the motors' internals I would be just giving it gas and 12 volts to get it to fire with the missing parts it needs. But as I said before, a rebuild is simply the smart thing to do in the case. My only other factor now, beyond what level to build it up, is am I going to leave it carbureted and possibly roots blown, or should I go for fuel injection and always leave open the possibility of a centrifugal supercharger. The latter would be better gas mileage and fit under almost any stock hood. Whatever I do, it'll will be a 'looks' engine from the get-go. More 'show' than 'go'.
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    2003 Svt Cobra

    No current produced Mustang: out accelerates out brakes, or reaches the same top-end MPH number as the Camaro SS. Look at the figures, that's not bias, it's fact. I own two Camaro's myself. Big deal? How you figure it (the SS) was 'beaten' out is beyond me. Camaro's haven't been selling, nothing to do with the Mustang. Mustangs sell because women find the V6 version "cute" I dunno about you, but I wouldn't want my car - a sports car...a muscle car to be thought of as 'cute'. Anything short of being called "a rip-snorting, in your face, beast" I would tend to be a bit dissapointed. Anyway, The Mustang now (the Cobra) makes it more appealing than ever before to me. Short of the 5.0. But, truth is the top-o-tha-line as far as performance goes for the ol' pony still is only able to keep up with the Camaro SS. And cost 7,000 bucks more doing it! I would like to think that Ford is every bit as capable of staying in the horsepower game as GM. But just as long before and now, stock for stock you pull up against an SSM6 with a Cobra you'll get pulled on by a fender. For all intended purposes I would call it a clutch race, and that the cars are pretty much even. However, at the race track "...it don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile...winnings' winning!" As cliche as that may be, it is true. But beyond just the 0-60 folks. The Camaro still comes to a halt in a blood-rushing 120 feet from 60 MPH. The Mustang even with 4-wheel discs is not contending that matter. Same for top-end. And as far as handling I haven't seen any reports that the Cobra will outhandle the SS suspension package. Even with an independant rear suspension. Then you look at the fact that the Cobra needs a supercharger, 3.55 gears, and a 6-speed just to run 12.9 ET. When the Camaro has done this first with only 3.23 gears and NO supercharger. It may sound like I'm bashing the Mustang and I'm really not. I really think its a great product and I am glad to see that Ford is at least making an honest stab at the king-of-the-streets title. While its the best they've ever done - they're not there yet. Just how it is. The '03 Cobra Mustang is awesome in it's own right. What it was in '02 and what they've managed to turn it into in just one year. That's impressive. In essensce, they made the Cobra R...with A/C and Mach 1 sound system. Too cool! With bolt-ons, sure it could take a stock Camaro SS. But that's nothing new. Mustangs have been doing that since '67...playing catch-up. The winner in a race...SS vs. Coby may not be visible to the naked eye, but the traps know. All I ever meant is that if Ford really wanted to impress me, especially when the Camaro wasn't trying to go out with a bang and still rips a 12.89 with a pro driver. That they would at least make it (the Cobra) a few steps ahead of the SS to the extent that the winner is visible by the human eye. Cobra has two big thumbs up from me. It's just that I can only be so ecstatic about a car that cost closer to ten thousand (more) than not, and all I've got to show for it is a 10th or two slower than what the Camaro SS has been doing for a couple years now.
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    2003 Svt Cobra

    Honestly, For having 390 Horsepower it's not as fast as it should be. It doesn't hang with the base coupe Corvette, much less the Z06. Sorry. The magazines are all testing it this month, and last month. It seems that just as I had told everyone all along - it won't beat out the current (and NOT supercharged) Camaro. I said I would be dissapointed if it didn't go 12.7 ET. Well, Best anyone has gotten it to go (magazine wise) is C&D. Which was a 12.9. All other magazines are pointing to a 13.3 second car. Not all that impressive for the "Cobra" name plate. But as I've said, at least Ford is finally putting the Mustang where it should have been a long time ago - a true competitor with the Camaro. I like the new Cobra more than any other current Mustang, but in my opinion it failed what it should have accomplished. Good car though.
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    Special Supra

    Anything special or that I should fear about a "Stillen" Supra? Or was that just a sticker slapped on the back of a Supra I saw at school the other day? Thought it was an aftermarket company but wasn't positive it wasn't a tuner of some sort? Or is it?
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    Hey is this motor big enough?

    Why'd ya mention it?
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    96 VW Jetta

    Dare I say perform a search with the words "Jetta" and "enthusiast" ???
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    LS1 Twin turbo'd HP Ratings

    I need a little more than 650 to 900 horsepower, that would not meet any of my personal goals. Twin turbocharger setups are nice...for the super rich. However I'm not about to spend 50,000 on engine work, when I can make more power with a simple supercharged SBC that will cost less than $10,000.
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    Hey is this motor big enough?

    How does engine size relate to gearing and hence MPH?
  21. Bliggida

    96 VW Jetta

    Pontiac, I was wondering the same thing, but unfortunately he did mention that you would have to purchase a multi-thousand dollar turbocharger first. I mean, who doesn't have a few extra thousand lying around to make turn a motor into a turbocharged monster??? (forgetting to include all the wiring, and mechanical modifications needed to make the engine function from N/A to Turbocharged) So I guess he got away from us this time. Pity. I was really looking forward to laughing at rice. :mad: next time, I 'spose.
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    96 VW Jetta

    ha ha ha, typical ricer. Sorry bud but there is no chip that will net you an additional 48 horsepower, much less "48+" horsepower. *sigh* what a 'box' racer.
  23. Instead of droning on in a post...way the heck off topic as usual What a concept - it's own topic. Anyway, after what Gimpy said, I would be more apt to say, "It's easier for a beginner to learn on - based on the fact it is harder for them to get way out of shape". However, once you actually lose control it doesn't matter what drivetrain you have you are going to be in trouble. At that point, it comes down to training. Most wrecks are avoidable if you just steer out of it, but most people panic and hit the brakes. That's not always the case but that's all people think to do. I think drivers ed. should cover "regaining loss of control" they teach you nothing about what to do when a car isn't going where it should be. You pay them enough money already - they should have there own road courses, even if just a parking lot. So like I said, it's better for someone to be driving a FWD, but I wouldn't go so far to say, 'if they are going to be an idiot and drive aggressive' that they do so in a FWD, because it doesn't matter. Once you push the car beyond it's limits you no longer have any input as to what the car is doing. So FWD or RWD won't matter, you're still out of control. My question is if either drivetrain can settle or regain control faster than the other. I'm biased towards RWD, but I have no evidence to support it as superior in saving the car. I think it would be more of a matter of the car and its equipment: Tires, suspension. than what type of drivetrain.
  24. I watched it on Speedvision today. Anyone else see it. The Ford Focus idea was cool - that FR200, made 304 horsepower. Was that a RWD conversion? They said it was faster than a Corvette, I'd find that hard to believe being a front wheel spinner? They had a few cool cars like a Civic that mimicked a Lexus. And another Civic with Z3 fender scoops, some nice body work was done, Frenched supra tail-lights, etc. But that new guy they are using to be the link for the "young, hip-hop crowd, that's suppose to be with it, and knowledeable" - Brian Fox. Ok, he's gotta go! Brett Kepner does a better job of reporting import performance and he knows nothing about them, he's a hot-rod reporter.
  25. On my way to school today, it's dark, cold, I'm have asleep because I leave around 6AM. So it's about 6:20 or so (left a little late) and I'm driving down the highway with the cruise control at 70. The vehicle in front of me was an SUV so I could not see ahead of it or around it. I wasn't quite 2 seconds back from his bumper, (which I should have been) that might have saved me more reaction time, or allow me to see around him a bit. All the sudden, debris is in the road, the SUV in front of me cuts the wheel and dives right (we're in the right hand lane). I didn't see the debris until he actually passed it, and less than 2 seconds away at 70, reaction time was down to instinct and practice. Textbook manuevering! I mean textbook. I see the debris, what looks to be a huge metal wheel-well/fender on the left side of the right lane. For some reason (Thank you Lord) I happend to have both hands on the wheel at the time. *Keep in mind this is a 4000 pound minivan, nice and tippy* I cut the wheel right and dive into the shoulder some following this SUV like I was behind him in a race. I whizzed passed the fender, corrected, waited for the van to be neutrally ballanced, then layed into the brakes. The nose dives down, and I feel the ABS starting to kick in, so I kept applying even pressure for as long as I could... But then, there is a huge rail road tie or wooden ladder in the right side of the right lane. So I back off the brakes completely, and just covered the brake pedal, ready to mash it again. Then I cut the wheel left to dart around the wooden beam. By then the body roll from the right swerve was transfering it's weight to the left side and really dug into the left front tire. I dunno how it didn't roll on me, I imagine it was pretty close. I was at its handling limits. So I clear that and by then I am deep into the bumper of that SUV because he slowed down way before I saw what was ahead like he did. So I get the van nuetral again and lay into the brakes again, firm even pressure all the way down. And just then he cuts the wheel right again There is a Re-tread laying in the left side of the right lane. So I follow him, cutting the wheel right. Remember the body roll? Well by now it ballooned into a full on sway from the first two swerves and was really bad now. I'm just about smacking my head on the driver side glass, and I just barely nip the edge of that re-tread. So I come out of this huge chicane, the van settles flat and I start to accelerate. Whew! That one was very close. I didn't really have any time to think about what I was doing, my body just took over. Practicing paid off. Executed the manuever like an F1 or CART champion. As you sit there are read all that, remember that all this happend within probably two seconds. If anyone was in the car with me, I'm sure they would have really impressed with my skills, and thankful. If would have been one thing to do that in the '98 Camaro, which is flat and wide performance tires. But battling the minivan's physics. This is just one of those time I've got to brag, man I absolutely nailed it! Anyway that was my scare for the day.