Skeeter Hawk Project

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63larkr1
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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by 63larkr1 » 14 Mar 2020, 09:13

Fantastic, looks like a pro built race car. Great job all around. You took the time to do it all at once. Looks lower, that will help cut the ET.
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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by TedHarbit » 14 Mar 2020, 11:38

Wow Blll! You sure been busy this winter. Would have taken me at least a whole year to do all you did. Looks great. Thanks for the update. Keep us up to date on your racing. Will be at least a month before any strip are open up here.

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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by Champion V8 » 14 Mar 2020, 17:40

Oh, that's COOL! Looks way lighter also as well as roadholding might be up a notch!
In that direction I'd do some roadracing too...

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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by stewed » 14 Mar 2020, 21:29

What Jeff said!!!

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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by shifter44 » 17 Apr 2020, 17:44

Been doing a lot of little things to the car for the last month . Today was a test to check things out before putting the nose back on .
Added a LineLock , reinforced the motor mounts , added an overflow jug after the Surge tank , had a major FUBAR with the Trans. to deal with .
It is rebuilt , and has the good stuff in there . I brought it home , installed the Eng. / trans etc , and after adding some fluid to the trans. a weeping appeared. Turned out to be the 1-2 shift Accumulator o-ring .
The shop of course did not run the trans as it was a handed back to me for installation .
It was very difficult to reach ,from the bottom side , so I ended up cutting a good sized access hole in the floor / tunnel . I still could not get the piston / cover assay to install , and the snap ring is a bear also , so finally the shop sent t guy out , and together we were able to do it . So here is a video of today .

ImageSkeeter Hawk April 17 2020 driveway run by Bill H, on Flickr


Now I've put the nose on , and It'll need a few tweaks of course .
If you can't get there in a STUDEBAKER,
it ain't worth goin' .

Bill H .

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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by Champion V8 » 18 Apr 2020, 16:04

Always cool to see your car!
Is it -56 tail lights you have? Also wonder about the oil filter; I saw it's in the same place as on MoPar engines, is that original? (I've only seen them on top up front before.)
Congrats again to a nice work on the front suspension!

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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by 63larkr1 » 19 Apr 2020, 22:43

Bill,
The Skeeter Hawk looks really great and light. I hope you can get it to the track soon.
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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by shifter44 » 20 Apr 2020, 11:49

I'm eager to go to the track , but the Pandemic is here , so we'll see............
I can't wait to weigh it on their scales , as I am not sure if I've gained or lost weight .

That is the late model Full flow oil filter location . This is a 1963 block .
I am really not sure about the tail light lenses .
If you can't get there in a STUDEBAKER,
it ain't worth goin' .

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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by Jeff Rice » 20 Apr 2020, 15:58

I'm with you...
Am bustin' butt to get my shop in order so I can go to a test & tune and put some laps down.
Maybe we should hook up and go together.
Help (hurt) each other out.

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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

Post by shifter44 » 26 Jun 2020, 11:53

Well , I haven't gotten to the track to race yet. tried to go on June 7th , but that was a rain out weekend .
Next real shot for me would be July 5th , but I will not go. This is mid summer heat Hell here in Central Florida .
I do not race at night.
Last weekend , I did go to the track on Saturday , in order to get a drag racing Fix , and to
check out the back road route that I take ( I'd heard of some construction projects nearby ) , and also to see what changes have happened at the track itself . This was a daytime event , a Quick 32 race . These are serious hard core Bracket Racers , mostly rear engined dragsters ( not all ) , and also
a bunch of Jr, Dragsters were there . About 45 Quick 32 cars , and total of about 80 cars at the track . Hope one of these links works .

https://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyhill ... ed-public/

https://flic.kr/p/2jftgB3

I stayed for about 1.5 hours and came on home .
I fire my car up , and run it up and down the driveway here at the house on about a 2 week schedule , and also keep my trailer mover (aka old Cub Cadet) on the same schedule .
So for the rest of the super heat season , I'm doing some garage renovation . Tucking all of my stuff into a very small yard , and pretty small garage
is quite a struggle on its own . Keeps an old fart going .
If you can't get there in a STUDEBAKER,
it ain't worth goin' .

Bill H .

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