March 2012 Chevy High Performance Q&A

What’s going on out there?

Kevin McClelland Jan 20, 2012 0 Comment(s)
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People always come up to me at the races, swap meets, or car shows, and tell me how much they enjoy the escapades of the Mac family with our cars, and the projects we’re working on. Unfortunately, because our local track, Fontana’s Auto Club Dragway, has had a very limited schedule this past year, we’ve mainly stuck around the house. So what do you do when you’re bored and broke? The price of fuel has limited us to racing close to home, and when we do spend the money to take two cars, let’s say to Vegas and stay overnight, our pocketbook takes a real hit. You have to win in at least one class just to break even!

So you’d think Daniel and I would have finished all our projects. We have made quite a bit of headway on his RX-7, and we’re down to final assembly on his 404-inch LS2. We’ve also finished all of the suspension updates, the rearend rebuild, and posi blueprint. We deleted the ’94-vintage ABS braking and replumbed all the steel brake lines in the front system. We may be done with it someday … if project cars stop following Daniel home.

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I also have Charlie Allen’s F-bomb 302 stocker engine ready to slap together. He just picked up the rotating assembly from the balancer, and I’m sure he’ll be pushing soon to get it into his race car. The current engine is a 150,000-mile dead-stock engine and the heads have never been off. All he did was stuff a stocker cam grind in the engine and replace the trans, converter, and gears. The car has run as quick as 0.25 second under the O/SA index. We’re really hoping to pick up about a half second with this new engine. It has the best of everything and dead-legal cylinder heads. Hopefully, the tech inspectors will agree with my interpretation of the rules.

I would really like to hear what you guys and gals are up to. The other day I was thinking about how cool it’s been writing for the magazine all these years. The first issue I contributed to was way back in 1992. If I do my math right, I’ve been trying to answer your questions for 20 years. Coming up with new ideas and fresh info to share can sometimes be a challenge. I always appreciate people stopping me and letting me know how much they have learned and the time our advice has saved them with their projects. Keep sending in your questions and letters for us to help.

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