Skeeter Hawk Project

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Great job Bill, as Ted said no hope to get to the track around here. As usual nice and smooth going down the track you hit the shifts just right.
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Nice performance Bill. It's a win up to the last 4 feet. (lol).
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Here's a couple of vids made on an iPhone .
My buddy only recorded 2 of my runs that day.
They are small , and you may have to click on them twice or so. Flickr can be balky .

ImageG-Ville run b 480p by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageG-Ville run a IPhone by Bill H, on Flickr
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You get off the line real well making them try to catch up as you run off on your way. Normally aspirated Studebakers seem to have a strong low end.
Thanks for sharing.
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That was the biggest complaint with my 53K. At Fernando I got down to 14.70's and it would flatten out on the top end. Being a A&E mechanic, I took out the old gas lines and installed -6 or 3/8" SS lines and made sure that the through holes in the fittings were as large as they could be. With just that change I dropped to 14.10 and picked up 4 MPH. I also worked on the gas tank fitting, there was a tube inside and it had a rag on it and the fitting brazed to the tank had a hole that was less than 1/4". It is a pain to get a 3 or 4 car jump out of the hole and watch the car in the other lane catch up at the finish line.
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When Ted wrecked the CH he was testing the changes he made in his fuel lines. He put the pickup in the rear. Tom's 1964 Commander has a pickup in the rear of the stock tank. The CH was running maybe the best that night it ever ran, too bad it was the last time out.
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My Buddy did finally send the Video of the 13.993 run against the red Camaro.
I gave up a huge starting line advantage ( concentrating on making a good pass ) , but caught him at mid track , but
his cubes etc pulled him back to me right at the line .

Great fun .

Image13.9 from stands by Bill H, on Flickr
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I've been to Tracks twice in 2018 .
First was to Gainesville on January 27th . Not a good day .
Had the Evans intake on , and had installed a Wilson super 1.5" spacer . Tested as usual here at home in my driveway , as much
as possible . seemed ok .
Unloaded at the track , and the car seemed to run a little " off " , just there in the pit , but seemed to improve a little , and so I made a run.
The Et was off by about 2/10ths and speed down about 3 mph . The engine temperature seemed a little hotter than average , as well.
Came to pit , looked it over , and made another run . The engine shut off at the finish line !! I coasted off the track , and after waiting a minute or so it fired up , and made 200' , and died again . Pulled it back to the pit via ATV .
I and my helper both needed to get back to Daytona at a reasonable hour , so we got help and pushed the car up on the trailer and headed home .
(Gainesville is a 104 mile trip from my house .) My helper lives on a bad dirt road 80 of those miles back , and after dropping him off , I was
heading back out to the paved road ( about 2 miles ) , and the badly rippled road shook my removable fender off of the trailer , and removed the race car driver door mirror , and dented the door a good bit ,bending the Stainless in the process , and bent the fender too ! I was traveling at a slow pace , so.....
So.... when I arrived home , the car fired up , and I saw only 3.5 lbs fuel pressure . I think that the little pump that i had been running was dying , and on Run 1 the engine was running lean at the end of the run causing the elevated temperature . On run 2 the pump itself was probably running poorly due to getting hotter , and just gave out until cooling down on the 2.5 hour trip home . It was a stock GM inline AC pump , and old when I originally put it on.
Subsequently , I have installed a New Holley Blue pump , and also a new fuel pressure regulator , and replaced the elements in both of my fuel
filters , one an AC canister between the fuel cell , and the pump , the other a Jeg's after the regulator and right at the carb.
Also , I made some new brackets for the Throttle linkage and springs , as I finally noticed that with all of the various intakes , spacers etc , that I have done , and now the 1.5" spacer, that the geometry had slowly become bad .
I also made a better bracket at the pump area under the rear of the car , to hold the braided lines more securely .
I repaired the door , and the trim enough to be ok on a race car .

So today I went to Orlando SpeedWorld , and made 3 runs .
Run 1 14.161 at 94.54 felt some tire slippage at 14 psi tire press. (I do think that the car in front of me had tracked some water up to the line )
60 ft 1.905 1/8th 8.985 .

Run 2 13.979 at 95.20 Hooked better - 12 psi
60 ft 1.848 1/8th 8.839

Run 3 13.930 at 95.79
60 ft 1.895 1/8th 8.828

Place was full of cars , and lines very long , so came on home . Happy .
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Sweet! Like those 60 ft times, especially run 2 which would have made the best run #3 even quicker. Was that still with the Evans intake? If so it seems to have been your best performance todate. I drove my trailer off the ditch this weekend by accident and screwed up my driveway so I know the sick feeling when things go wrong.
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Way to go Bill! You should be really pleased with those times and speeds, especially for the first time out; even if it were mid season. 1.8's in the sixty foot is awsome! Look forward to seeing more as the season goes on. Will be about a month before strips open here in Indiana.

Good luck and keep on having FUN>

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Looks good, keep us updated. I like that 60" and your 1/8th mile times and speeds are strong.
Good work
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So here is the progression of the intakes and the linkage too.

First is the Stude cast iron w short spacer/adapter , then the Morgan , then the Evans w/no spacer stock linkage set-up , then the Evans w/ 1.5" spacer and a short linkage change , and then the raised , better aligned linkage on the Evans with spacer .

The recent runs are NOT the best ever on the car . The best was in 2016 , at Orlando at 13.88 .
That was with the Morgan , and ideal weather . This current set-up ( Evans , with the spacer) does pull well on the other end .

However , I think that I may attempt to go and run next time with the Evans w/o spacer . That did produce the 13.99 late last year , and it is possible that the fuel pump problem was beginning , but not in full effect yet .

ImageLinkage w Stock manifold by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageMorgan Manif-E by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageEvans on Skeet 1 by Bill H, on Flickr


ImageEvans linkage no brackets copy by Bill H, on Flickr


ImageLinkage for 1.5" spacer by Bill H, on Flickr
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Here's a video of the 13.93.

I had a much better RT , but his 117 mph speed on the big end let him
win by .0146 seconds !!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBg-B5J ... e=youtu.be
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Well , here on Friday the 13th , 2020 I had a good day , despite the World going through the Covid 19 crisis .
Since my trip to the Gatornationals was cancelled by this , my day was spent FINALLY getting Ol' Skeeter running and moving under its own power, for the first time in 10 months . My Step Son pitched in , and helped a great deal .
The pics show a brief view of what has been done . I replaced the frame from about 12" behind the cowl , with new Sq. tubing , a-arm suspension
rack and pinion steering , a new Gigantic radiator and fan , etc etc . Quite a project for such as me . Lots of loose ends to tie up , but I am happy right now .

ImageIMG_0060 by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0207 by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageIMG_0278 by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageIMG_1126 by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageIMG_1130 by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageIMG_1127 by Bill H, on Flickr
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Absolutely spectacular!!!
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