The cooler the fuel rails are, the cooler the fuel inside them will stay, which helps to improve injector performance and prevent power loss. With the AutoRama show rolling into Dallas, TX, auto photographers had their cameras ready and we were fortunate to get our hands on some of their work.
“Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma had other plans,” the Florida native said—a reference to the Category 5 hurricane that affected much of the Caribbean and southeast United States during August and September of 2017. But Edwards assures us that he’s made plans to get to Bonneville this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing that.
Your TPI and exhaust modifications should help performance, but don’t get so carried away that you give up everyday reliability. You should be able to hit the 350 hp mark with the computer and custom-burned chip. If you change fuel injectors, start with 22 lb./hr. units and go up only if top-end performance dictates more fuel.
I have a 1985 Camaro IROC-Z with a 305 Tuned Port Injection (TPI) engine, 700-R4 transmission, and 3.23 rear axle gears. I plan to buy a 350 crate engine that has been dyno’d at 350 horsepower and 389 foot-pounds of torque with a carburetor.
With little more than a chassis, engine, wheels, and seat, these belly tankers (also referred to as “Lakesters”) demonstrated their capabilities at land-speed events and became common sights at places like Bonneville. The beauty of these racers is the sheer simplicity of design combined with the ingenuity involved in re-purposing existing components to create something better than the sum of its parts.
The CP Carrillo-backed Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot left the starting line with a psychic .029-second reaction time and kept right on going for a 5.425, 269.67 win over Swede Ulf Leanders’ 5.508, 268.33. Aggressively testing in Phoenix prior to the Winternationals paid off for Top Alcohol Dragster driver Shawn Cowie, who scored his 11th national event win and second season-opener Wally with a defeat of Garrett Bateman.
The LSA came equipped with rectangle port (LS3-style) cylinder heads. However, the supercharged heads were Rotocast for added strength. The engines also use the same 4.065 in. bore block. In fact, the engine block casting number is the same as the LS3.
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona became the site of Dan Fletcher’s 103rd national event win at this year’s NHRA Winternationals. “I’m always on a mission, it’s just whether you get lucky and the Lord blesses you and you get the win, that’s all,” Fletcher said, following his victory over a red-lighting Clint Neff in the Competition Eliminator final. “This weekend it worked out. We were really fortunate, and we won. Our chances weren’t great, but there’s just so much luck involved in this. We got it done.”