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  • Report: Studebakers at Martin MI Drag Race June 23/24

    Team Harbit & Studebaker did well. Report here:

    http://racingstudebakers.com/foo/vie...php?f=1&t=3364

    BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

  • #2
    Good job! I would have liked to have seen this.
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    • #3
      Thanks, Bob and Ted. One of these years we'll get some help from the wind!

      George

      Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
      Team Harbit & Studebaker did well. Report here:

      http://racingstudebakers.com/foo/vie...php?f=1&t=3364

      BP
      george krem

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      • #4
        It sounds like the new tires worked well on both cars. Did Ted run F70-15s on his car also? Is there an opinion of which tire is better (235 radial, F70 radial or bias ply)?

        Thanks for the race report,
        Nick

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 61Lark View Post
          It sounds like the new tires worked well on both cars. Did Ted run F70-15s on his car also? Is there an opinion of which tire is better (235 radial, F70 radial or bias ply)?

          Thanks for the race report,
          Nick
          Yes, I ran the F 70 bias tires on the Tomato but too early to tell yet. Getting a lot of info from others but so much is opposite of what others say. For example, We've heard on both the bias and F70 radials to use air pressure all the way from 45 pounds to 20. We're still experimenting.

          Also been told they have a "coating" on them that we have to "burn" off before they start hooking well. We've been told to burn them enough to get that all worn off. The radials seem to be good as far as roundness, etc. but the bias acts as though they are out of balance but think it's due to being out of round as they have been balanced twice, once at two different shops.

          Was told to burn them good and put the fronts on the back and burn them good also to make them round. I really doubt this will do that but going to give it a try. If the bias set very long they seem to develop a flat spot and takes a few miles to get that corrected.

          On the Wrapper taking the average of the 60' times throwing out the best and worst, the average was 2.3. On the Tomato the average was 2.4 but had some really bad spinning on some of them. Once they start spinning you almost have to get completely out of it to get them to stop spinning. We averaged better time with out Firestone Indy Fire Hawk radials but not a lot better so maybe with more experimenting these will do as good.

          We can tell you the FAST cars use these tires (most are bias at this time) and they tell us they don't hook at all until they get practically ALL the tread wore off so they are almost like slicks and then they hold very well. Of course we can't do that at the Pure Stock races. They HAVE to have a minimum about of tread left.

          Ted

          Taking the Tomato to the Meltdown Drags in Byron, Illinois next week so will try some more experimenting.

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          • #6
            Thank you for taking the time to reply. I look forward to hearing about your next race at Byron.

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            • #7
              WOW! It is great to hear about how well these Studebakers represent the marque. Thanks guys!
              Joe Roberts
              '61 R1 Champ
              '65 Cruiser
              Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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              • #8
                The October 2017 Hemmings Muscle Machines just arrived in subscriber mailboxes. This event was covered.

                Here are the Studebaker citations. 'Way cool!



                BP
                We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                Ayn Rand:
                "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chicken Hawk View Post
                  ....Was told to burn them good and put the fronts on the back and burn them good also to make them round.

                  Ted

                  Taking the Tomato to the Meltdown Drags in Byron, Illinois next week so will try some more experimenting.
                  Somehow, an out of round tire on a burn out will still be out of round afterwards.

                  An alignment shop in Tucson use to put the wheel and tire on a machine, as if they were spin balancing it, and run it over a cheese grater drum spinning the opposite direction to "grate off" imperfections, then final balance.

                  Found this youtube video for other tire truing methods..
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAasIWzUJaU

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