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  1. Electra GSX Road Racer

    Its always great to connect with people who saw her years ago, thanks for the contribution! Here is a photo of me and GT PERFORMANCE FORD president Gary Tyler. He builds the 9” racing rear ends.
  2. Electra GSX Road Racer

    I took out a loan for $5,000 and had Chad Wilcox Racing Transmissions in PA custom build a Turbo Hydrmatic 400 for my application. It is considerably stronger than my past racing transmission. It has the SFI rated Superbell, 34 element sprag, aluminum drum, Redline competition clutches, tranny brake with reversed valve body. ACC Torque converter is 3,800 stall and 3,200 hp capable.
  3. Electra GSX Road Racer

    Dear All, I've been holding back on Go Fund Me thinking we could do it all. Sadly, we cannot. We need additional money for a new transmission, new aluminum cylinder heads to prevent detonation, and other msc. things like fluids, and a brake caliper. We've rebuilt the trans 5X in 13 years. We cannot go on cheaply, we need a 1000HP transmission. Please help us reach our goal! https://www.gofundme.com/faithfulpursuit
  4. Electra GSX Road Racer

    Wow, what a whirlwind of activity. Too much stuff to list was happening but it all got done and we went to the races. My thanks to the NYC crew that drove 6 hours to get to us in Corning then on to the track in Mt. Morris. The car sounded good, looked great, and we drew a lot of attention from people who stopped to see us at the track. Gary Tyler, GT Performance FORD stopped by too. He built the racing rear differential for our car and he and his wife were at the track. First the good news is the critical 60' time, the first 60 feet traveled after the green light was improved from last year by about .1 sec. This has a significant impact on the quarter mile time. Since programming for the day prevented us from doing a full quarter, limiting us to the 1/8th, we could at least determine where we stand. So we are quicker in the 60' but I had to back off because she was losing power. We knew going in that there were some touchy areas and sure enough they reared their heads. The transmission began to slip noticeably and there were indications of coolant coming from the car. We made a single pass then trailered her. It looks like its back to the shop for a while. God Speed,
  5. Electra GSX Road Racer

    Twin Cam Fan and All, We will be running our Electra GSX on Saturday only as the forecast is calling for rain Sunday. We will leave a little earlier and prep the car so at about 6pm we will be ready to run. My friend Roberta Vasilow and I had a good chat about her racing Buick Gran Sport 455 STAGE-1 cars. She recommended that I talk to Dave "Turbo Dave" Roland who has a lot of experience with the new generation of computer programmable cars like mine. Its always good to gather experienced from people, there are many little tips that add up to victory! Best wishes, Michael
  6. Electra GSX Road Racer

    All, Many of you know of my interest in motorsports, my penchant for Buick automobiles, the Tuskegee Airmen and the Red Tail fighter planes they flew. Perhaps some even know I actually Road/Drag race the twin turbo 1969 Buick Electra GSX I re-designed as a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen. She was formally dedicated in 2004 at the Wings of Eagles in the presence of seven of the World War II Tuskegee heroes. Many autographs adorn her Red Tail. Well, on Sunday July 23rd we will attempt to surpass the big Buick Electra ¼ mile record. The record has stood for 30 years. You see, back in the 1970’s & 80’s many “Sleeper” Buick Electra’s dominated the NYC street racing scene. The current heavy weight champion is a 4,700lb 700hp 1970 Buick Electra 225. Its record was documented as 11.7 Seconds with a terminal velocity of 118mph. It has stood since 1987 and was documented in CARS Illustrated magazine back then. My best time, set at Norwalk Raceway in Ohio was 12.3 Seconds at 116.6 mph. We are so close, we just needed a better launch! Gates open at 9:30am and the admission is about $20. You can bring your own car and run it if you like for $20, what a deal! Remember to bring hearing protection! Empire Dragway: 1 hr 13 min from Corning https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Corning,+New+York/Empire+Dragway,+2011+New+Rd,+Leicester,+NY+14481/@42.2280392,-77.3515403,8z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89d04835841bf683:0x795685e564bc44ab!2m2!1d-77.0546903!2d42.1428521!1m5!1m1!1s0x89d3df632f816055:0xee43396dee4cd6ac!2m2!1d-77.93158!2d42.7961339 http://empiredragway.com/index.html My thanks to the many Corning volunteers who have helped out directly and indirectly to the building and support of this car including Jake Harrington, Jim Lamacchia, Jason Stewart, the late Gary Shaw, and others. We need a few volunteers to help out as well with taking video and other stuff. Look for our big white tent with Tuskegee Airmen memorabilia on the grounds. Thank you and best regards, Michael Joseph 607-346-5208
  7. Electra GSX Road Racer

    I was musing about what would Clint say if he were to street race my Buick... Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six NOS shots or only five?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a STAGE II Buick, and the most powerful Electra 225 in the world and would blow your doors clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk? Chuckle. I don't use nitrous myself but lots of Electra racers have and some probably still do.
  8. Electra GSX Road Racer

    Dave Machuga and his people have been working to get Faithful Pursuit up and going. Headers replace the stock cast iron manifolds and a Corvette master cylinder and booster. I wired in the 40th Anniversary MSD box back in after having it rebuilt by MSD. Still working out some details as it did not start. FAST Box wont engage the fuel pump, I'll get into the wiring and see if there is a loose ground.
  9. Electra GSX Road Racer

    Dear Mr. Earl, Thank you for the gracious invitation to Buick Gardens! You wouldn't happen to have '69 Electra parts growing there would ya? I need a complete red interior for my convertible! Anyway, it looks like a nice place for a Buick man and his missus to stop by for some iced tea on a hot day. 'Preciate the neighborly offer! Give me some more details about what you've got going on over there and we'll see if it's in the cards. Thank you and best regards, Michael BqUICK Joseph
  10. Electra GSX Road Racer

    Buick Gardens you say? I'll have to look into that! Dave Machuga came over to the house yesterday to help with the double inverted flaring of the brake lines. It took a few days to bench bleed the air out of the Vette MC. Then we could not get any flow past the proportioning valve. I ordered a new one this morning. to help with the launch I received a two-step MSD rev limiter box. It will interrupt ignition in a way that is favorable to turbos. The GN guys use it to spool the turbos up and build pressure at lower engine rpm. The misfiring that occurs causes high velocity exhaust gas to be dumped; spinning the turbines faster. After the brakes, we can then ship the car for header installation, dumping the cast iron exhaust manifolds. 12.3 sec @ 116.6 mph for a 4,800 lb car on stock un ported manifolds was good. If I eliminated the restrictions of the manifolds it would be 40 "free" hp without having to raise boost. The considerable increase of flow should help the response of the motor as well and increase acceleration. All of these things have added to the time line and now it looks like I will have to run in June. The good news is that she will be ready. God Speed, BqUICK
  11. Electra GSX Road Racer

    Have to travel to Atlanta for a friend's wedding and Germany for work. It's going to he hard to squeeze in the run time but we'll find a way this Month. Working on a constant problem of too little braking at the rear wheels. Empire Dragway does have a long run down area but we expect to do 120mph in the traps so why chance it. I have a new 1970 Corvette master cylinder on order and already have the wear shims. We'll get the best braking we can get because, despite the high drag design, she keeps going like a bullet after you let off at that speed. God Speed, BqUICK
  12. Electra GSX Road Racer

    We will run at our local track, Empire Dragway, in May in another week or two. I am looking for volunteers to hold cameras and help out. My crew, of four sons, are mostly in college or out on their own. I'll have a better idea of a date after a few fixes are made to eliminate the relay issue.
  13. Electra GSX Road Racer

    We were still trying to understand why the turbo pumps failed and the ignition simultaneously. All fuses were A Okay on the fuse block but the MSD box got its power and ground through the battery directly. When the fuses checked ok I checked wiring. Wiring checked out so I got a test light on the fuse block. Sure enough, one row was fine which powered the water pump, fans, etc; stuff You normally heard. The other was dead as the proverbial door nail. I removed the unit from its mountings and saw no burnt wiring, potentially from the high draw of the twin STS Turbo oil pumps. I pulled the relay and saw a shiny spot between its high output legs and atlast had the smoking gun. A new relay lit the whole system up like nothing had happened. Hmmm...the poem "for want of a nail". In my case it was for want of a tight idle screw. FOR WANT OF AN IDLE SCREW (A Buick racers lament) For want of a screw, good idle was lost. For want of good idle , clean plugs were lost. For want of clean plugs, easy starting was lost. For want of easy starting, the relay was over taxed and lost. For want of the relay, ignition was lost. For want of ignition, the Buick was lost. For want of Buick, The racer was lost ( And had to walk two miles.) For want of a racer, the race was lost. (Empire Drag-way no show) For want of a race, the big Electra record was lost (Temporarily) And all for want of a screw. Damn. BqUICK
  14. Electra GSX Road Racer

    That is a nice idea!
  15. Electra GSX Road Racer

    The MSD spark box failed and was the source of the problem, not low fuel. The MSD units are very sensitive to voltage fluctuations. This is the 3rd MSD box over the past 13 years, the last one persisted for only one year. I ordered a Mallory unit today. Mallory, by some accounts, does a better job. Mallory was recently acquired by MSD and I was concerned that the company has changed its spark box internals to MSD. This does not seem to be the case as the rev limiter and other controls are different. Keep your fingers crossed. Yesterday, Dave Machuga of Machuga Chassis Works, six time Dirt Modifieds Champion, and fabricator of our NASCAR CUP suspension; walked through the troubleshooting with me. We used my fancy digital multi-meter that was worthless. It showed 0 V where we had 11.99V. Power goes directly from the battery to the MSD to eliminate noise and other negative feedback, it was the last attempt to address the ongoing MSD problem. I have had it with MSD and will migrate to an HEI when I find out how to wire it into the FAST electronic fuel management system. The other mystery is that of why are the turbo pumps not working and why is oil leaking from the system? It is possible that the systems on two separate circuits have affected one another. Since we had no engine power and no crew, everyone was away but Blair, me, Deborah, and our grand daughter; we had to put the car in the garage back end first out of the trailer. That took about an hour all by itself. My youngest, Blair and I had to carefully guide the trailer in position on our narrow street angling to box squarely in front of the garage door. This sometimes takes 15 minutes to get right but I did it in 5 after 13 years of practice. The tough part was getting the trailer tongue high enough for Faithful Pursuit to be rolled back. The decline of my driveway made this too hard for us. This took a lot of blocking and tackling, literally. Disconnected from my truck, that was too low at the dip in the curb, I had to use blocks of wood under the trailer tongue. As Faithful Pursuit rolled back, the toungue came off the blocks and we had to stand on the tongue, wrap chain and secure it against moving wildly when 5,000 Faithful Pursuit's weight would no longer be on it. Naturally, the box moved around a bit and the FP's rear wheels got wedged between the trailer ramp and garage slab. I cut some 2x6 and we placed it under the ramp to good effect. We carefully guided the big Buick in and were "In like Flynn", (That's old school talk, in other words we had it made.)