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  1. #26
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    I am sorry guys, I thought I finished this..

    I was looking thru the BPG nats results, and saw Mike Erickson.. that is the guy who owns this first one. That got me to come back to the thread, where I noticed I needed to finish it up.

    I see he is running 9.20's in the heat... And I am sure it has well over a hundred passes on it by now. He races it a lot, and is not bashful with the fuel.. he will run 10-15 passes a weekend. It's been in two different cars now. (edit.. accordng to Mike, it has just shy of 400 passes on it )

    It was built specifically with this type of usage in mind, we selected the TA block for durability, mainly, not because we were out to set the world on fire.. that is also evident in the moderate cam specs, and E-85 fuel usage. I was very happy with the power this combo put out, it was more than I expected. Our target was a reliable 700 HP motor that would go 3-5 seasons between freshening. 300+ runs.

    Anyway, here is the dyno stuff.

    First, we tested with a 1250 and Race fuel. If you recall, this combo is actually going to be run on E-85, but we wanted a race gasoline baseline.




    Nice easy pwr..

    And then on E-85, after several pulls fooling around with the carb.







    Note the good idle quality at 800 rpm. The stumble going into the pull is common on these carbs, and is a phenomena that you only see on the dyno, with a slow throttle opening. They never get the transition circuits right on these aftermarket carbs.

    I might venture to say the first "low maintenance" 750+ HP Buick bracket motor. There is nothing wild about this thing, just big cubes a mild solid race roller with decent heads, on a good foundation.

    A wise investment in your drag racing program.
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  2. #27
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Hi Jim,
    Did you take the chambers on the heads out to meet the larger bore, if so, any pics of that?
    Cheers

    Regards
    Royden Hardcastle
    1966 Buick Electra 225 Convertible 401cui
    1928 Dodge Brothers Senior 6
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    Yep, the only one in the Southern Hemisphere

  3. #28
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    I would like to see car that this Engine is in would like here more about Car weight. Ware does Mike Erickson live.

  4. #29
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Here is the car..



    Mike is on the board here, he said he may wander by later on and post about it. It is a light tube chassis car. About 2200 lbs.

    And I was wrong about the runs.. try more like just shy of 400.. He races just about every weekend. There is your durablity test for the block, at this level anyway..

    Mike lives in western MN but he builds Ethonol plants for a living, and therefore travels all over the midwest and western US.. and he takes the car with him, everywhere he goes, and finds a drag strip.

    Thanks for asking, I had to call him up to find out the answers to your question, and it was great to talk to him again. I needed the conversation, it helped my mood, as I spent the better part of today at Gil's funeral.

    And yes, we did open the heads up for the larger bore, look back at the thread there is a picture of the chamber.

    JW
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  5. #30

    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    I was really impressed with Mike's car last week. Consistent and FAST! Ran it like it was a street car. Really nice guy, too...
    Adam Martin
    BPG# 1358
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  6. #31
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Hey Jim,

    I chatted with Mike in the staging lanes at the BPG event. He is really happy with the car and engine. Keep up the good work!!!
    John R. Zerucha
    70 Skylark @2800 lbs
    8.78 @ 153 mph 535 Stage 4 2850 lbs
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  7. #32
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Car came out of our neck of the woods. Looked real nice.
    John Csordas
    Director Northeast GS/GN Club

  8. #33
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    We finally have closure on this. Nice engine. I want one. Thanks Jim
    Paul Wilke DDS

    '70GS 350 ,now an "Amateur" Touring Car, Stage 2 455/2004R ,Baer brakes, FAST EFI, called 3GS, 2016 OUSCI Participant
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  9. #34
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Quote Originally Posted by Smartin View Post
    Ran it like it was a street car.
    No wonder, that's some seat time!
    70 GSX clone race car 10.58@126
    70 stage 2 (real) KenneBell test car that Pop raced.
    70 Skylark 12,400 miles rust free
    70 stage 1 will be restored

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    We watched this car run all weekend and we were very impressed. Very consistent even in the brutal heat. Nice looking car too.
    69 GS400 convertible 4-speed
    69 GS STG 2 10.04@130
    68/69 STEPCHILD NATION
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  11. #36

    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    That is a beautiful engine man. I need to hit the lottery! Are you thinking of getting that car in the US Nationals? I would be there to help! Buicks Rock!

  12. #37
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Did anyone manage to get a vid of Mike racing?

    Regards
    Royden Hardcastle
    1966 Buick Electra 225 Convertible 401cui
    1928 Dodge Brothers Senior 6
    TA555cui BBB #0291110
    Yep, the only one in the Southern Hemisphere

  13. #38
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Thanks for sharing this build Jim. Lots of useful info that will save us some time and money on my Tomahawk Stock Appearing build.

  14. #39
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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Update on this thread.

    This motor came back for a freshen, after 450 1/4 mile passes.. new rods for maintenance, and he wanted to go faster, so we went with a set of fully ported STG 3 heads, larger camshaft and a converted Indy 440-3X intake.

    At high rpm, the old combo was laying down about 80 HP from peak, which was hurting his MPH.

    The new combo "went big" on the intake tract and we were rewarded with improved dyno and track performance.

    Here is the comparison

    Before freshen/upgrade:

    On C-12 race fuel

    :



    On E-85 (30% more fuel which displaces air, hence the power loss)




    After rebuild, on E-85




    On track performance:

    Summer weather, typically about 2500 DA... from 9.0's and teens at 147-148 to 8.60-8.70 at 156-157 MPH..

    He has run a whole season now since the rebuild.

    Here it is in it's latest configuration:

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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    What a work of art. I'm late for work after reading this thread. shes a beauty Jim.
    $$$* 1967 Buick GS 400 *$$$

    Joe M.

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    Default Re: E-85 555 buildup- drag race

    Where's that line from the fuel pump block off plate going?
    The Silver Buick- '77 Skylark coupe w/455, SPX, MegaSquirt 2 & TKO-600 (Drag Week 2011!), '72 Centurion Conv't - 455w/TH400, '67 T-bird 4Dr (suicide) w/428, MegaSquirt 1 & C6. '69 Firebird replaced, now building a Pontiac Turbo L6!

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