The MIR track rental was a huge success, but unfortunately it did not go perfectly. On my 8th run, between the 1/8 and 1/4 mile marker, it hit like a jack hammer...
- That familiar blown motor smell
- Then white smoke all over my windshield
- Then the familiar shaking of the block
I hurt her bad, and I'm consistent....I did it in the same time frame, every October I break her. Sucks big time. Jenna ran behind me, and she gave me a lift back to the lanes and then one of the other racers there with a pro drag car got his golf cart and wheeled her back to the lanes.
I am now in the Lance club, I punched a hole through the block. Shit! Talking with Jenna, she is leaning towards a wrist pin. Mike said a piston and/or rod most likely went. The car does start up and run oddly enough. We really need to find out what the issue is though, so others can learn from it. It could be the juice, might be too much of a hit on the motor at once. Though Mike is stumped cause I was running 114 octane gas Monday as an extra precaution.
I want to thank everyone at the track that was supportive. Every single person was supportive, and luckily for me, my wife didn't divorce and supported me fixing her.
My old shop, Excessive was there. And I have to thank Torey for trailing my car back to their shop. From there I will figure out getting her to Mike.
Well, I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I can't afford a motor swap every season, and I need to run 10s reliably and eventually 9's. So, after calls with Dale, Tony, Ron, Chris, Lance, Mike, Steve and several others, we have rough plan.
Spoke to Mike three times now, and here is what I'm doing...
- New take out 5.4 3V w/custom Powerhouse intake for CAI or Turbo
- 4r70 w/electronic valve body
- Probably a 70mm turbo, single
Phase two will include rods and pistons. A lot of this depends on timing, and other projects Powerhouse is working on. So its possible that I will be running motor and 100 shot only at norwalk depending on how quickly the R&D takes for the turbo. It will probably be an 11 second car till I do the bottom end sometime mid to late next year, then we can go from there.
The 5.4 3V is a nice sweet spot, not as strong as the 4V, but its way more affordable and you can use S197 GT parts with it (wiring harness, ecu, tb, ecu, etc). It really makes for a nice swap.
So, with a heavy heart, I'm going to be parting out Stella in the next couple of months. Mike will inspect the heads and cams, and if they are 100%, they will hit the market (and someone already jumped on this so I am honoring that one first). Other parts will include the TQ converter, drive shaft, turbo and misc. v6-4.0 specific parts.
Even with this happening I had an amazing time. And wanted to thank those that let me run their cars....Tony, Lance and Ron, and to everyone else who pretty much offered up thier cars.