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Mike Puckett
01-14-2010, 07:28 PM
The entire album is at this link.
http://s636.photobucket.com/albums/uu89/Mike2908/Road%20Atlanta%202009/
The guy in the passenger seat is my instructor and an excellent one he was. I'm going to try to do this every year.

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu89/Mike2908/Road%20Atlanta%202009/CHINROADATLANTANov28-292009DL-17140.jpg

Mike8675309
01-14-2010, 07:57 PM
Very cool. I assume these pictures are from this thread:
http://www.sccoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111058

BLOWN38
01-14-2010, 08:43 PM
Nice pics, Mike. Lots of high dollar machines out there with you. One of these days I'd like to do that.

Mike Puckett
01-14-2010, 08:50 PM
Yes, that is the post. They run at VIR the weekend after Road Atlanta.

David Neibert
01-15-2010, 04:19 PM
Yes, that is the post. They run at VIR the weekend after Road Atlanta.


Mike,

That looks like a lot of fun. What kind of max speed are you seeing on that track ?

David

Mike Puckett
01-15-2010, 09:58 PM
I only ran it up to about 100-110 on the back straight. It was the only place I had time to look at the speedo. I was a little busy everywhere else.:D Since they weren't timing the laps I was more concerned with learning to brake and turn. Also, due to the cost of 100 octane I ran 93 Chevron pump gas and my conservative pass emissions tune so my top speed wasn't up to par anyway.

Flip
01-23-2010, 05:23 PM
Looks Great, you're hooked now. Those photographers at the track events are really good.

90SC BIG BLOCK
05-26-2010, 01:13 AM
Alright , road racing a Thunderbird like it was mint to be . Next stop , BFG R-1's and 18"s .

ganuolfthegrey
05-26-2010, 01:34 PM
what did the instructer think of the bird on handling the coarse.

Mike Puckett
05-27-2010, 09:43 PM
He was a bit of a Ford man himself and I think he was pleased with the way it ran. He noticed that it was capable of a lot more than I what I was giving it. Once when I was leaning on the car in front of me he was egging me on saying "show 'em what this Ford will do." With the new smoother running rear end in it now, I should be able to get a little more speed out of it next time I run in Nov. I also got some new Z rated 255/50/16's to go on the front so I won't have to get by on my drag fronts, 205/60/16's.

Plat0ribs
06-01-2010, 10:37 AM
...too.

I suspect having a 5-speed is very benificial for road racing, also setting up the suspension. The suspension is where all the fun is in dialing it all in. However I would have to do a 5-speed swap to my AOD powered car and was wondering how difficult it would be to swap in something smoother and more reliable than the manual Ford used? Any suggestions for something not requiring tons of modifications to work or money to buy?

ricardoa1
06-01-2010, 10:47 AM
...too.

I suspect having a 5-speed is very benificial for road racing, also setting up the suspension. The suspension is where all the fun is in dialing it all in. However I would have to do a 5-speed swap to my AOD powered car and was wondering how difficult it would be to swap in something smoother and more reliable than the manual Ford used? Any suggestions for something not requiring tons of modifications to work or money to buy?

Define Tons of modifications. We are kind of stuck with the M5R2 trans unless someone comes out with a kit to put in a T-56.

Mike Puckett
06-01-2010, 12:47 PM
One of our local guys has successfully installed a T45 into an LX with a 4.6. He made all of the modifications himself using an old shifter from an M5R2. It works quite well. I frankly have no problems with the M5R2 other than wearing out blockers speedshifting them. I am using the newer 94/95 version. I've done nothing special with the suspension other than to make sure all the ball joints and rubber bushings are in good shape which mine are and had it aligned. I do have the Tokico lowered springs and Illumina II shocks. I set my shocks to firm and ran my street tires.

ganuolfthegrey
06-01-2010, 01:28 PM
i don't remember but how mutch does it cost to run? I am just going to use my aod. It's does fine on autocross.:D

Mike Puckett
06-01-2010, 02:59 PM
The 2 day event fee is $549 plus $100 for the instructor which is required until you're solo qualified which usually takes 3-6 events. It's quite reasonable considering the Barber driving school is about $1900. Count on burning 2-3 full tanks of gas during the event. You first need to join Chin Motorsports via their website which is $50 per yr. The event registration usually opens up about a month before each event.

ganuolfthegrey
01-22-2011, 02:10 AM
i have all new suspension with eibach's and some bracing.
i was wondering about downforce i know my cobra spoiler works well cause i have used it for autocross. but what about the front of the car. Is a front splitter a good idea for road course and is it needed on the sc? i know our cars have real good aero package stock. any idea's or tip's

Mike Puckett
01-22-2011, 10:29 AM
If you notice in my photos I don't have a rear spoiler or wing and in the front I have what is actually a 1"x 2" L bracket for a spoiler. I had no problems with needing more downforce and the car handled exceptionally well and the steering felt very neutral. I do have the Tokico lowered springs and Illumina II shocks all the way around and that accounted for the handling. The car is pretty flat going thru the corners and felt very balanced everywhere on the course. I also have stock sway bars.