Skeeter Hawk Project

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63larkr1
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Re: Skeeter Hawk Project

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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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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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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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What Jeff said!!!
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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 .
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it ain't worth goin' .

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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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Bill,
The Skeeter Hawk looks really great and light. I hope you can get it to the track soon.
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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 .
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it ain't worth goin' .

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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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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' .

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Time and weather better . It was 85 deg. today . Finally to got to track to check out the changes .. Mixed results . A front was coming , but I went hoping to beat the rain.
Main thing was to shake the car down , as a bunch of new stuff , Frame , suspension , brakes , Steering , total cooling system , trans. mounts etc .
Made 2 runs , all seems ok on the above items , but engine was not running well . Backed out way early to make sure of brakes .
Carb. likely problem , but I'll find out later .
The Front was coming , so , after taking a quick look at the engine for any obvious Fubars etc , decided to make another shake down run and stay in it longer . Engine still not happy , but it did go about 88 mph , which worked the brakes harder , and they are ok . Handles differently but well .
A sprinkle came upon the track ( very light ) , but they stopped for a while . I could see more rain gathering as the front approached , so I loaded up and came home . A couple of quick showers on the way , but pretty good . They actually ran an Air Show at the Sanford / Orlando airport , between the scattered showers .
After unloading the car etc ( quite a process ) here , a rain came vigorously , and I got 1.6” and a good bit of wind . Mission mostly accomplished .

Image3 years Evolution Skeeter Hawk . by Bill H, on Flickr

ImageSkeet. OSW 11:1:20 b by Bill H, on Flickr
If you can't get there in a STUDEBAKER,
it ain't worth goin' .

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Really, really cool!!
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Progress!
You are wise to take it step by step.

But the most important thing is you are out there.
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Here's a video with a hopefully happier engine . An odd carburetor problem seems to have been the issue .
I've checked the fuel flow , and I've removed the filter between the regulator and the carb , as I have a canister
filter between the fuel cell and the pump. Fuel flow is about 1- 1/4 Gal / Min. after the regulator , so that's what the Carb. sees .
I've also increased the Accel. pump shot , and raised the level in the Carb. up about a 1/16" or so . Checked the Carb. out otherwise .
Had a very low fuel level most likely due to a float hanging up and keeping the needle closed on the feed side .....the other needle couldn't keep up .
Plugs were amazingly lean ( and some were totally white) before all of this . This all came to be during the long no start time while I did the
chassis improvements . Also a problem with the Coolant Recovery can happened , The down tube came out of the fitting ( it was just shoved in there
with no real clamp at the factory apparently ) and that prevented the coolant from being drawn back in . Took a while to find that . It is now epoxied in place , and working ok . Added a PCV system with an Air / Oil separating can , and only track testing will reveal how all of this works .....

https://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyhill ... ed-public/
If you can't get there in a STUDEBAKER,
it ain't worth goin' .

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Sounds good, good throttle response. Keep us updated.
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