Well I donít own this car anymore but I am proud of it and enjoyed it
alot. I sold it in the
fall of Ď98 to a police officer!
Donít try and outrun him! The quarter mile times donít do
this car justice, from 140mph and up it could out pull almost any motorcycle!
It Started life as a stock 302 with 200,000 km on it. When I
first got it I base lined it in Calgary (3300 feet) and it ran 15.0ís
consistantly. With gears, sticky tires and underdrive pulleys, it
went 14.0 and won me a lot of bets (and street races!). By the way,
the correction factor our track uses is .9565....so corrected for sea
level, the 14.0 is a 13.39. Anyway sticking with what I know works,
I installed full length 1 5/8" headers and a 2.5" exhaust system.
After some tuning and experimenting with driving technique, It ran a
best of 13.6 @ 99.2 mph (13.0 @ 103.7 mph corrected).
Over the winter I performed a quick Ďfreshení on the motor.
This included new rings and bearings (with a Ďtouch-upí hone job
performed by my buddy Rick), an E 303 cam, ported stock heads with
1.94/1.6 valves, and 1.6 roller rockers. The lower intake was port
matched. The mass air meter was bored to 61mm and the throttle body
was left stock. After these mods, the car went 13.1 @ 102.5 mph
(12.53 @ 107.1 mph corrected). Now the clincher.....the Powerdyne
Supercharger. Making 6 PSI at the guage, the car responded with an
11.9 @ 116 mph (I am told the correction factor doesnít apply to
supercharged vehicles, so I am leaving it out from now on). I was
very impressed with the Powerdyne, but I knew the real reason for the
great performance was the attention to detail in the hone and head work.
In this state of tune the car put 402 hp to the wheels and 410 lb ft
of torque. Then I added a Cobra Intake, 65mm throttle body, 30lb
injectors, 73mm mass air and 3" exhaust system and 8 psi from the
Powerdyne. The car pulled like a banshee in the top end and the dyno
numbers from the dynojet were equally impressive: 471 hp and 457 lb
ft of torque (at the wheels)!. This was one of the most powerful
supercharged cars I had seen given the boost level....not to mention stock
Unfortunatley this power never transformed into much of an ET or mph
improvement. The gearing and tire size was obviously not optimized,
however, some thought should be given to the fact that the car picked up
200 pounds of weight at the same time in the form of a steel bellhousing,
Tremec transmission and 6 point roll bar. Anyway the best I got out
of it after was 11.72 @ 118 mph.
Stock 'freshened' 302
∑ Arp rod bolts
∑ Windage tray
∑ 1.94/1.6 valves
∑ 1.6 Roller
Cobra Intake, Port Matched
73mm Mass Air
∑ 8 Rib Drive Pulleys
∑ Bosch Bypass
∑ 7" Integral Blower/Crank Pulley
3.55 Gears, Stock Rear
Some time ago, I had installed a Jamex Sportsline suspension package. I think
the look was awsome and mean, but unfortunately it wasn't optimum for drag strip
performance so I replaced it with 4 cylinder springs, shocks and struts. I
include a picture here 'cause it looks cool, and some of you may wonder how your
cars would look with the JAMEX