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Don Couch
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sway bar
I got a bit sidetracked yesterday, instead of working on the rear axles I ended up on the other end of the car. I noticed one of the bushings on my anti-sway bar had come loose. This lead me to a bit of "shipwright's disease" in that I ended up removing the...

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Let's get ready to RUMBLE!!!!
Like so many blogs, I haven't posted anything new in quite sometime. I thought instead of rehashing a rebuild I'd blog about some troubleshooting. The very first time I drove the car down the main straight at Texas World Speedway, a distinct "rumbling" soun...

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GETTING INTO GEAR
One thing about having this race car is I am delving into areas I've never ventured before. Case in point, gearbox rebuild. Never really needed this on my street Spitfire, I simply swapped out the gearbox or diff for another. Not sure what compelled me to t...

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Getting up to speed
Like so many Blogs, I realized this one has gone by the wayside. I haven't posted an update in ages and so much has happened. My last posting was the Dyno day. Since then, I have had two race weekends and have not blogged on them. The first race weekend end...

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Dyno soar or Dyno sore...
I realized (again) I haven't posted anything in some time. I took her to the dyno-shop, Colvin Automotive here in Austin to speed up the tuning. It was $$$ well spent. Pretty much the entire time was spent on dialing in the DCOE. The rest was in good order....

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Some time ago, I came into a stash of spark plugs. I must have over a hundred NGK, Champion and Bosch plugs. All new in their little boxes just waiting their turn to ignite some fuel and burn it down the track. In preparing to take this car to a rolling roa...

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A little help from my friends
So this past weekend found me at Harris Hills Road track just south of Austin, TX. It was a great "test and tune" day I have been needing. It was really a rush to go WOT and not worry about the neighbors calling the cops! Harris Hills Road is a great track ...

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Pushing a bit too far
So I order new shorter pushrods from SMITH BROTHERS PUSHRODS. Like a lot of the custom parts in the motor they are truly works of art I hate to have to cover up. Form and Function I guess. None the less, they worked perfectly. She fired up and idled right d...

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Pushing me too far
How this car ever ran is beyond me! The pushrods are too long. The valves can't close all the way, the car should never have been able to run. Yet it did... It's always funny to me how life plays little tricks on us. Checking to see if we are paying attenti...

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Shipwrights Right
When Bobby "pawned" this car off on me, he did say "No warranty". I have to keep remembering that he had the car for five years or so and a lot of the build out was ten or more years old. So what does this have to do with Shipwright's disease you may ask? F...
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