Category Archives: RaceCar

This time I acutal BROKE a transmission!

Thursday afternoon before we left for SSHS, I took the car for one last “Test” run. I was on a long stretch of smooth road not to far from home. I took off from a roll in first. Shifting 1-2 at 6000, 2-3 at 6000 and 3-4 at 6000, RPMs dropped to 4800. The car was back up to 5400 and roughly 120 MPH when everything started to fall about.

Broke the case on a 4L80E transmission. Bent and broke the drive shaft. The drive shaft crushed the exhaust.

Burned clutch plates

I’ve been running consistent numbers all summer, so I decided it was time to open the N2O bottle. I ran down the track one time just to make sure I didn’t have any issues. Everything worked just fine, so I got out the laptop and loaded the nitrous tune.

The car launched just fine and I could feel the extra power as the progressive controller ramped up.  Just as the transmission shifted from first to second gear I felt the trans let go. You could just feel the car wasn’t pulling itself forward.  I shutdown the nitrous controller and drifted off the track. At the end of the track I shifted the car into first gear and drove back to the trailer.

I have a Datamaster log of the run and you can clearly when the transmission failed. I’ll try to post a screen shot later.

Super Chevy Show @ Norwalk

At the last minute I decided to take the DGGM Impala to Norwalk to race at the Super Chevy Show. I ran the time trials on Saturday, the track prep was good but the heat and humidity made it pretty miserable. After I was done with my sessions, I went over to check out the car show.  Only two of the OASISS guys were showing their cars. As far as I could tell these were the only other 94-96 Impala’s at the event.

Eliminations were on Sunday.  The heat and humidity were down with overcast skies and steady breeze .

Round 1 – 12:54pm
I dialed-in a 12.91 vs. 11.46.  I had a terrible reaction time .205, but at 1000′   I couldn’t see the other car so I backed off just a bit to prevent a breakout.  I won with a 13.37.

Round 2 – 3:43pm
The sun was out on the track and the temp was up, so I dialed in a 12.93 vs. 16.73.  The Camaro red lights and the pressure is off, I have the win. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, I had a better reaction time of .162 and I ran 12.939, while the Camaro ran a 16.9.

Round 3 – 4:35pm
The lanes start to move and the car won’t start!  Last week I blew a fuse, so I hop out and check it. Fuse it good, I only have another couple minutes to figure this out. Luckily,  I find a lose ground. I tighten it by hand and hope it works. Turn the key and the car starts up just in time. I quickly get my helmet and seat belts on and it it time to go.

We both dial in a 12.93.  This is a heads up race, just don’t break out. My reaction time is a .054 (yes!) he has a .270,  I hit the line first with a  13.063 and he has a 13.031.  Holeshot win!

Round 4  – 4:54pm ( Final 8 Cars)
I made a quick run to the pits and tighten down that ground and I dash back to the staging lanes. I wasn’t even thinking and I left the 12.93 on the window.   The Chevelle is set for 12.06.   The car launches hard and we’re off! The Chevelle is right there by my rear quarter the entire way down the strip and gaining. Man this is going to be close!   Break out! I ran a 12.86 on a 12.93 dial-in.  Where did that extra power come from?? Was the bad ground causing that much power lose?

Polished Wheels

Last fall one of the guys at work gave me a hard time that my painted wheels looked dirty. Since I’m waiting for back-ordered  parts for the motor rebuild, I’ve been busy polishing a set of stock Impala wheels. Hand sanding with 120, 220, 320, 600, 800 and 1500 grit paper. Then 3000 grit Perfect Cut rubbing compound.  The final step was to polish with Simichrome.

Depending on the wheel condition it took between 2 to 4 hours per wheel.  I really need to invest in a power buffer.

I’m still looking for a new set of center caps.