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    Electra GSX Road Racer

    Installed starboard header only to find the a .006" feeler gauge slipped past the copper gasket "seal". So, there was no seal and that is a non-starter for a turbo motor. It takes hours to align those headers and get the bolts into the soft aluminum head without damaging the soft threads. The new gaskets should seal better than the copper by a long shot. The gaskets are thicker so 1" long by 3/8-16 SHCS were used to secure the headers to the heads. In the mean time I am trying to slow down and do it right!
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    Electra GSX Road Racer

    Electra weight savings. I am not too worried about her est 4,855lb curb weight, in fact the record holder was 4,700lbs so I didn’t want to be under that! Anyway, I did make some weight savings that affect the front of the car. 1. Aluminum heads -64lbs. 2. Mini-starter -10lbs 3. Modified cross member -7lbs 4. Headers -5lbs 5. Driver -20lbs 6. Removal of Gear Vendors OD -40lbs this is is about 146lbs that will help with the weight transfer at launch. As power is applied the body will rotate to place more weight on the rear tires, the benefit is added traction and that more power can be applied.
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    Electra GSX Road Racer

    Thanks Mr. Earl. Here is Faithful Pursuit's inspiration my prized 1:18 scale model of the Tuskegee Airmen's first Red Tail fighter escort, the massive P-47 Thunderbolt, the "Jug". The Jug's large radial engine and rear mount turbos, mounted like ours, required a substantial ducting system that made her fuselage deep, giving her body an old fashioned milk jug appearance. Now Mr. Earl, myself and others of our generation remember the Milk Man delivering those bottles early morning, replacing the empties. My baby brother was born in '64 and I would get the bottles with mom or dad from the aluminum box by the front door. I remember the wax paper caps. The bottles were thick and heavy to stand up to lots of abuse! This P-47 was on the coach taking the Tuskegee Airmen to President Obama's Inaugural in 2008. I had it autographed by the Tuskegee Airmen as I performed my escort of the men from NY to DC. Is it really 10 years already?!?
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    Electra GSX Road Racer

    Hello all, Mocked up the intake install. The grade 8 bolts "dished" the washers on the last installation, rendering them ineffective. We had water getting pulled into the motor and coming out of the exhaust. A lot of mist would come out under full boost, from I suspect the blow off valves. The fix is to use 7/16-14 x 1.5 Grade 8 flanged bolts thus eliminating washers. A thin layer of 500F capable silicone will be applied to the 0.070" gaskets, already pre silicone glued to the manifold. This should give me the seal I need around the water passages while giving us the added contact pressure the motor seems to need. The 0.080 thick head gaskets altered the geometry making this necessary. I followed TA's advice on modifying the valley pan and trimmed much of it away at the intake ports. Siliconed in the front and rear seals and trial bolted the manifold in place. One bolt didn't go in straight last night and I boogered the threads. Popped the mani off tonight and tapped a few holes and we are good to go.
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    Electra GSX Road Racer

    Back on track after a 14 month cylinder head oddessy. My thanks to TA Performance for getting the job done after 2 other outfits lost their ability to do the job. Thanks Mike T. And crew!
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    Electra GSX Road Racer

    Back on track after a 14 month cylinder head oddessy. My thanks to TA Performance for getting the job done after 2 other outfits lost their ability to do the job. Thanks Mike T. And crew! Heads were torqued last week and they took about a week to do! The Cometic .080” thick gaskets had to be drilled for additional cooling passeges, separated, deburred, & re-silicone sealed. The torque fun began there...30ft-lbs, wait 8 hrs; 50ft-lbs, wait 8 hours; bolts 1,3,&5 to 110ft-lbs and the others to 100. Wait 24 hrs and re-torque wait another 24...well you get the point! Adjusting valve lash and naturally my old pushrods did not fit. Pulled adjustables from my old 455 STAGE-1 race motor. When Exhaust is fully closed as it opens to .050” adjust lash in intake to .005”. When intake is fully open and starts to close .050” adjust exhaust valve lash to .005”. Etc. etc. 16 X. Did 8 and will do the rest tomorrow night. God Bless you and God Speed, BqUICK
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    Electra GSX Road Racer

    Having trouble getting my heads done. The best people around here have been booked up for months; I need to send the heads and parts back to TA for them to build the heads. Just wasted 3 months while they sat in shops around here. The good news is that the inspection at our local shop turned up "dings" on the TA valves as though they had been dropped. I get the heads back today and will look into it. Anyway, Tim at TA said they can turn them around quickly. Here are some photos to enjoy...https://www.pinterest.com/michaelajoseph3/1969-buick-electra-225-electra-gran-sport-electra-/
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    Electra GSX Road Racer

    Twas the Night Before Christmas.... 'Twas the night before Christmas and in the garage, No trace of Ford, Chevy, or even a Dodge. The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit, So I figured I'd mess with the Electra a bit. I popped the release and I lifted the hood, When a deep voice behind me said "looks pretty good." Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick, And there, by the workbench, stood good ol Saint Nick! We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say, Then he said "don't suppose that you'd trade for my sleigh? I said "no way, Santa" and started to grin, "But if you've got the time we could go for a spin!" His round little mouth, tied up like a bow, Turned into a smile and he said "hey! Let's go!!" So as not to disturb all the neighbors' retreat, We pushed the big Buick into the street, Then, taking our places to drift down the hill, I turned on the key and I let MSD spill. The sound that erupted took him by surprise; But he liked it a lot, you could tell from his eyes. With Mickey Thompsons a' crying and exhaust tips aglow, We headed on out where hot rodders go. And Santa's grin widened, approaching his ears, With every shift up as I went through the gears. Then he yelled "can't recall when I've felt so alive!" So I backed off the gas and said "wanna drive?" Ol Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys, When he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees! The big block exploded with the 430 STAGE II sound! When he dropped the hammer, Electra GSX shook the ground! Power shift into second, again into third! I sat there just watching, at loss for a word, St. Nick turned to me with a gleam in his eye, And said “Shut the gates on the turbos and let's fly!” With a wave of his hand and a prayer to the Lord, There were twin Turbos & water Injection aboard! We passed Hemi’s, Cobra's and even Veyron's that night, Punched over-drive and blasted from sight! St. Nick turned to me with a gleam in his eye, And said “Merry Christmas BqUICK!” and we took to the sky!!!" God Speed, BqUICK aka Michael Joseph, II GSCA, North East Member #33, 1983 DSCF6976.mp4
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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,
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    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
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    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
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    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.