Archive for June, 2011

Little Tire Traction—Part I

Monday, June 27th, 2011

How to Set-Up a Stock Suspension Car

Stock rear suspension drag racing is without question the big buzz today, and we’re not talking NHRA-legal stuff either. Instead, the current fervor is all about quick street cars. This is the sort of car that dominates, in sheer numbers, any of the myriad fastest street car organizations. But in truth, it’s also a wonderful combination for bracket racing, grudge racing or just to have fun.  It’s also perfect for the Pinks All Out format, but that’s another story. (more…)

Take Action for Reaction

Monday, June 20th, 2011

In my last column I discussed the importance of periodically inspecting various components on your race car such as suspension.  In addition to the safety aspect, I mentioned the fact that loose suspension components can rob your car of reaction time.  Now that spring is approaching and a new racing season is upon us, I thought it might be timely to delve deeper into reaction time.  Having a better understanding now will be beneficial as racing gets under way. (more…)

Carburetor Class

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Rebuilding Tips and Things to Watch For

We here at Quick Fuel Technology think it’s safe to say most gearheads have had carburetor troubles at some point in their life. The questions are: Am I experienced enough to isolate the problem and fix it? Do I give up and purchase a different carburetor? Do I completely rebuild the carburetor in hopes of experiencing an increase in performance? All of these are viable options to a problem, and there are many opinions on the best way to alleviate carburetor problems. Keep in mind, in many cases a carburetor just needs to be freshened up. (more…)

Street Cars Gone Bad

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

NMCA and NMRA Racers Are now a Long Way From What Street Legal Racing Used to Be

While there are a lot of different flavors of drag racing for public consumption, there’s one common denominator: People like cars that they can identify with. Yes, people will still watch the fastest and quickest vehicles on the track, especially if you throw in some noise, flames and smoke. Yet from the beginning, fans have had a special affinity for the cars that they grew up with, drove at one time or still have in their driveway. Drag racing started with hot-rodded street cars about 60 years ago, and they are still a favorite today. (more…)

The Hot Wheels Hauler

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Faithful readers, I wish I could have teleported you all with me recently to Snake’s operation just north of San Diego. Ever since he finished the amazing restoration of his ‘67 Dodge D700 yellow Hot Wheels Funny Car hauler, he’s been gnawing on the idea of finding my similar red Hot Wheels rig. Don’s had been owned by Richard Petty, mine by Sox & Martin. These are the transporters we used during our Hot Wheels days in the early ‘70s. Keep in mind that it’s been 35 years since I sent it down the road. Very rarely do good things happen to obsolete race stuff. (more…)

The Four-Barrel Chronicles

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

More Carburetor Mysteries Solved, Part II

Appearance Vs. Reality

Changing priorities during the 1970s and ‘80s combined with the EPA’s grand and glorious entrance into the automobile business, made fuel distribution especially important.  It is for this reason that some carburetors, which were used both as original equipment and for aftermarket replacement, differ even though they share the same model designation. New car emissions standards may have dictated internal changes not required on performance-type replacement carburetors produced during the same time period. (more…)