Thread: Back in the day .............
07-22-2007, 09:54 AM #1
Back in the day .............
Back in the day when I had drag cars, I said to a friend " I'm going to get me a Hemi".
Now anybody with half a brain knows that a 283, 4 barrel ,4 speed station wagon can't beat a Hemi Roadrunner , dual 4s, a 4speed and a 4.10 rearend. But I figured the guys in the stands only watch the launch and first part of the run anyway.
At this time in my life I was quick at the lights, so, I brought the Rs to 7200 and at the green I'm gone. The high Rs must have rattled the Hemi guy because he got the engine up a little and spun his 9 inch slicks giving his friends a good show (he was also slow on the lights). Now that we have the smoke show you may aswell turn the wheel a little to get that great fishtail effect (don't worry he has a Hemi).
So here I am rowing the 283 down the track with powershifts at 7200, as I'm going for 4th at the 1/8th mile mark I say to myself "where is he" . After the gear change I look back over my shoulder and he is way back.
Now after what seemed forever I'm going over the finish line ( this sucker is tight at the finish line,there aint no more !) and the Hemi comes by me like I have never been passed before. I swear if he had of had 2 inches more in drag strip length he would have got me.
Later in the pits as I'm cooling the mighty 283 down he came by and says "what-cha got in this thing" and I said "a 283", he promptly looked at the 283 with the cast iron intake and Rocester 4GC carb then looks inside the car to find a complete interior like in Grandma's satition wagon. He walked away shaking he head.
I don't think he had ever met up with an NHRA Legal Stocker before.
1965 Chevelle wagon, 283 cu in , engine rated at 220 hp , hyd cam .399 lift 300 degrees of duration , 4 speed , 12 bolt with 6.14s
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Last edited by Bob W; 07-22-2007 at 10:04 AM.
07-22-2007, 05:29 PM #2BlackZR1Guest
Just goes to show
If you are going to race, never sell the other guy short. Bring your 'A' game every time.
07-22-2007, 06:44 PM #3
I'm still amazed by the muscle cars of the fifties and sixties. Some of those cars like the Hemis and the Olds 442s are big, heavy cars, but man can they move!!
07-22-2007, 06:59 PM #4
If I remember right the big mopars were 4000 to about 4300 lbs. My wagon had a minimum weight of 3450. My 66 Chevelle was 3375 (I think).
The true story of "me and the Hemi" has to be about the best one I have, it was a once in a lifetime event. The track didn't have stands much past the starting line so the spectators never knew how close it really was, they just saw the win light in my lane.
Last edited by Bob W; 07-23-2007 at 01:33 AM.
09-20-2007, 11:03 PM #5