Two words- Holy Crap!
I wish I was half the man my dog thinks I am!
How about a ride.... ???? Will be in Plano for a wedding in a couple of weeks.
Staying at my brother's house (JOE - with the RED last-gen Supercharged GTO)
We are working off a gig list from the shakedown. Right now the heads are out being freshened up and the suspension is undergoing a pretty major tightening up. Hopefully she will be on the road when you are here, If so you bet on the ride On a different note, while analyzing the videos I found one run with a 1.55 60' which isn't that great but right at the end of the 60' the boost controller fired up and when 1200+ rwhp hit the car it slewed sideways out of the groove. Reviewing the video, it looks to me like the car lifted both front wheels around the 50-100' mark then slewed sideways when the driver lifted. Basing the guess on wheels lifting on the appearance of the shadow on the passenger side tire in 1-3 then the disappearance of said shadow in the next 2-3 frames, then reappearance in the remaining frames. No big deal if you don't think I am right but I thought it was fun anyhow. Keep in mind with the 10.7 he lifted completely, coasted back into the groove then ran it on out.
Blow up of frame 5
Not bad for 4000 lbs eh?
We get the cradle straightened out this sucker should fly
Great to meet John this past week.; So there have been times in the last 10 years I actually thought we would get Ethyl together and start driving the piss out of her. During those times I entertain myself with ideas of things I would like to do. One thing I have been working on for a couple of years is a more business like and functional console that accommodates the reverse manual shift pattern of the TH400. I do not or am not able to drink anything in the car, mostly because of the 250 lbs springs on the coil overs which require a mouthpiece when driving on Texas concrete roads. So right off the bat the cup holders had to go. Got rid of them a few years ago but the console lacked the functionality I wanted. Even the nice looking M6 shift boots really bug me since you cannot tell what the transmission is doing in a glance. So I got hold of Brian Kilduff and picked up once of his fantastic Lighting Rod shifters. I thought the multi-lever shifter was cool, because "race car."
The unit is as solid as a piece of construction gear. I swear you would expect a D8 Caterpillar shifter to be this strong. The unit was mainly made to stand alone though Brian does sell consoles. He doesn't provide anything that can be sculpted into the existing console lines, his consoles are just folded aluminum tunnels. I like the unpolished aluminum look but after fires and all the horseshit we've come through I didn't have the heart or coin to ask Steve to make it work. So I just started the project myself. I had already been working on the console looking for ideas on electronics, switches, and so forth. In early versions I tried to use ABS Plastic to form a replacement for the shift boot.
Right away the window switches were a problem. The switch box is huge under the console. I would have loved to have scrapped the OEM Switches and put my own in..
At one point the panel hosted the fire suppression handles as well as the electronics.
Unable to overcome the switches, the earlier versions envisioned a quick release panel that the new switches would be put in (Transbrake and Lineloc). This way they would be accessible with the 1/4 turn fastener. That was used early on and eventually the carbon fiber replacement for the cup holders came to host the Leash Boost Control Display.
So I picked up the Kilduff and started trying to figure how to integrate it since it wasn't an easy swap. In one version I built my own sheetmetal console,
Wrestling with the Kilduff and fabricating the necessary components was sort of fun. I sure wish I could lay fiberglass or carbon fiber.