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Second try at the track
I am a happy camper...
Ran at New England Dragway, for the second time in my life last night.
My 1988 Thunderbird TC is still stock, with the exception of K&N 6"
diameter cone filter...took off boost modification etc.
Before I ran, I let the car sit for 1/2 hour, while I iced down the whole
throttle body, upper intake and intercooler.
Then I ran the car... 16.1 @ 85.3 YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!
I had 87 octane in the car, firm ride activated, and timing switch in
My personal best, over a time of 16.3 @ 84, and I still bogged the launch a
bit. No doubt in my mind that this TC is a high 15's car, in stock trim,
no less, and if I was running 94 octane last night, I am absolutely sure I
would have been in the high 15's.
So, for any "Doubting Thomas" out there, who parrots R&T and C&D times for
their 1988 Thunderbird TC (similar to a jerk named Steve Baerts, less the
Tbird, add an SVT Cobra), dammit, stop it. Go out and run your car, since,
it is a whole lot faster, to the tune of a whole SECOND, than those
companies tested it. BTW, R&T and C&D tested the car @ 16.8 and 16.7
respectively in the quarter mile. What a bunch of crazies.
Also, never whine about "drag racing not being exciting"! I was pretty
excited to see a "Cummins Turbo Diesel semi-tractor trailer truck bake his
rear wheels up, and throw smoking rubber shavings onto the hood of my
Tbird, all with flames coming out of his stacks, and then run a 17.5 in the
quarter. What does one of those things weight, 6000lbs? Also, I almost
saw a Corvette buy it, and hit a wall. Kept spinning left to right on the
launch, but, eventually got a hook. Now, if that isn't exciting to you,
then your name is <Eh, hum, STEVE BAERTS>. And, if your name is <Steve
Baerts> you own a fast car, that your too puss to run at the track, so your
Comments, welcome. I love BOOST.