From Junk To Champ: Rebuilding A Swap Meet Holley 850 For Cheap

With new products being slung left and right, if you’ve got deep pockets, by all means, have at it. If you desire the industry’s latest and greatest, you better have the greenbacks to back it up. On the other hand, if you’ve only got a cheeseburger allowance (like us) to play with, then scoring a swap-meet carburetor for less then what the average tire alignment costs — you’ve scored.

Advanced Tech: Getting to Know MSD’s Power Grid Features

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Racers have long coveted a universal timing controller that would allow them to seamlessly merge various ignition controls and data logging functions with different racing applications. So it was no surprise a few years back when Autotronic Controls Corporation, better known as MSD Performance, came up with that very hardware.

MSD’s versatile Power Grid system was originally conceived when turbo drag cars underwent a wholesale conversion from gasoline to alcohol in search of greater performance. Boost levels quickly escalated and engine builders began switching from Digital 7 ignition boxes to Digital 8s to ensure the spark energy required for richer fuel mixtures. To retain the full programmability found on the sevens, they had to merge the two boxes, prompting MSD to consider developing a programmable Digital 8 unit.

New Parts!

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Kevin Volk’s New GT500 From Victory Racecraft For NMRA/NMCA Action

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The NMRA’s Street Outlaw class is undergoing a resurgence, and Rhode Island’s Kevin Volk is smack dab in the middle of it with this gorgeous new GT500 Mustang built by Jason Enos, Bill Gilsbach and the fabrication team at Victory Racecraft in Massachusetts. You may remember Kevin as one half (along with his father, Karl) of the Karl’s East Coast Speed team from when they took their old Shelby into the eight-second zone way back in 2010. “When we left off with the other Shelby, it was fast, but it wasn’t built for a class, or anything other than to say that we had a fast Shelby. Now we decided to build for a class, with a set of rules, and compete against other people instead of just ourselves. With what we have learned from building the other car, we’ve been able to apply those ideas to the new combination in a top-notch car, and we plan to be competitive wherever we race,” says co-owner and driver Kevin.

TECH: MSD Crank Trigger Setup and Rotor Phasing

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  1. Remove mechanical advance mechanism and/or lock it out on the distributor. You should not have any advance mechanism setup in the distributor! There are different ways to disable or lock out advance mechanisms, see your distributor instructions for details.
  2. Bring the engine up to TDC on #1 Cyl on the compression stroke.
  3. Roll engine on over to approximately 30 degrees advance BTDC, or whatever base timing you’re targeting for full advance on the engine.
  4. Crank Trigger wheel should be mounted so that one of the four magnets is lined up approximately with the sensor bracket hole when it’s in the center position in it’s travel. There is only about 20 degrees of adjustment in the Sensor Bracket, so setting the trigger wheel in this fashion should give you plenty of adjustment in both directions. Also make sure the Arrow on the trigger wheel is visible, it should face out (away from the engine). Failure to do so will have the wrong polarity on the magnets and cause false triggering at higher RPMs.
  5. Install Sensor into adjustable bracket. Sensor should be centered on the trigger wheel front to back. If it isn’t, you may have to add or remove shims from the adjustable trigger mount. You should have about .050 to .080 air gap between the sensor and the trigger wheel. Avoid using less gap than .050 as any radial run out in the balancer may cause the wheel to hit the sensor.

Bring Em’ Out, Bring Em’ Out

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Decided to get the black truck out and clean it up a bit, had a layer of dust from the old shop. First time it’s been washed since I parked it four years ago. The blue truck still needs a bath. 

New Dayton Area Car Site!

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I’d like to announce a new local site for the Dayton, Ohio area. Dayton Street Society, the home for Dayton and surrounding area car scene. Everyone is welcome, imports, domestics, bikes or race cars. So if you are local, check it out!

Dayton Street Society | Dayton, Ohio Car Scene

Contents of salvage yard that closed in 1953 headed to auction

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While car collectors in Oklahoma might have heard about it, not many actually got to see the inside of Oliver Jordan’s Enid, Oklahoma-based salvage yard. That’s because, in a decades-long fight with local officials, he guarded it from sight, ringed it with barbed wire, and hardly let a soul in to see it. This summer, however, the gates to the yard will open up for one last time as the entire collection heads to auction.

Seems Legit

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How to drive your club into the ground 101

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So basically they are saying, shut up, don’t point out the piss-poor moderation, or the fact they move and delete posts that trash their shady platinum vendor P.I.E, or else you will be banned. Banning dozens of members, some long standing members who helped the group grow to what it is, is simply idiotic and a sign that they are out of control. I can only laugh as they implode all the while lying about it and pretending the ship isn’t sinking.

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