Spend Money, Win Plastic
I finally got a chance to put my new G-Force T-5 upgrade/swap to the test. After 3 weeks of delays, going about 35% over budget, missing out on the spring weather, the forecast was for sun. I made plans to attend the Ford & Mustang Show & Go at Englishtown on Saturday this past weekend. I entered the trophy class and she ran and shifted beautifully. Amazing how much better you can drive when you arenít worrying about how hard its going to be to get in the next gear. Since I only had a few pounds of nitrous and my shop was all out I left the DRís home and dialed in on the motor alone, keeping the nitrous in reserve. Long story short I cut some great lights (ok, one lucky .006) and went the 3 rounds needed to win the class. Knocked off two non-Termi Cobraís in the semiís & finals which was cool, even if it is handicapped racing. Cut a .028 light in the final, then spun the tires and decided I better hit the cheater juice Ė shifted 2nd, flipped the switch for the juice, grabbed 3rd switched off boost, at least I think thatís how it went down. Grabbed 4th around 1000í with the Cobra closing fast. It was going to be real close but decided not to go back to the bottle and risk breaking out. I thought I crossed the line first, and hoped i hadn't broken out. I didn't and took the win with a MOV of .0852. Running a 15.204 on my 15.00 dial vs the Cobra's 13.367 on a 13.29 dial in and respectable .240 light. Got me a nice plastic trophy. Reminds me a little of pumping money into an arcade game to win toy you could go out and buy for a fraction of the money:-)
Island Dragway is reopening which is a lot closer to me so hopefully I can get some regular passes on the bottle and see how all my 'new' mods work out now that I can shift. I haven't power shifted it yet but its pretty much begging for it. I just have to shake my lingering fear after shifting the old truck box as it went to crap the last few years - had 165k on it after all. All the input shaft gear teeth were chipped or broken and the synchros were shot.
'05 4.0: G-Force T-5, MGW Shifter; VMP MAF/ CAI/93oct N2O Tun; CHE K-Brace & Torque Limiters, Rr Ctrl Arm; Shorty Headers; Centerforce Pressure Plate, McLeod DF clutch, Adj Slave Cyl; 8.8" 4:10's w/ T-Lok; Coast Alum D/S; FRPP Dual Ex; 18" Bullitts; CF Hood; Rr Louvers; SS Gen 1 Frt Cover. ZEX N2O - 100 shot bests: 1/4mi ET 13.495/MPH 103.95 (*only mods were VMP N2O tune & CAI; shorties w/ duals; t-lok).