In Reply to: Just spoke with Simeon on the phone from his car.. posted by Big-T on April 19, 2002 at 18:37:33:
Please forgive the delay. I returned yesterday (Sat) from some shakedown driving at the hands of Dave one of my OLoA teammates and his father Bob, a SC Mustang owner and drag racer himself. The problem was that Comcast had some sort of problem last night & I had NO Internet access.
Sequence of events:
Friday night, I arrived at VAC and Tony & the crew were buttoning up Baby for me. Eventually we backed her out and I offered Tony the honor to go first because of the effort that went into this project. (That was how I was able to speak with "T").
Needless to say I was blown away with the acceleration & throttle response. SICK, NUTS, AWESOME come to mind. If I had drag slicks, we could bring the front end off the ground.
Tony, took it easy (yeah right) for the first time out and then after the tires and brake pads warmed up, it was intense. He put her through some acceleration trials and some braking trials. She was wonderful & the only thing we will address next week are her springs. We think she needs stiffer springs.
After the first run I got out and offered the VAC troops an opprotunity to ride with Tony, because they had done the work and since I was going to drive her everyday, I thought they should experience the result of their efforts. They were gone for 10 minutes & I was beginning to worry that we had an mechanical problem when all of a sudden from 2 blocks away, I heard squealing tires and the roar of a V8. Within an instant Baby had pulled up in front of VAC and the riders got out smiling & shaking their heads in disbelief.
I left VAC Friday night and drove home only to HAVE to give Alexandra a ride. I finally had supper @ 11:00 pm.
On Saturday, I drove (spiritedly) to Phoenixville, PA. where Dave & Bob waited so we could install the Valentine V1 and then get Baby set-up with a CB radio & antenna. Needless to say a 5 minute journey took several hours as Dave (a BMW CCA & Car Guys Driving Instructor) tried to wring out Baby to see if thing were relaible. After 150 miles of twisty roads, Turnpike driving and some empty parking lot antics, both Dave & Bob were very impressed. Dave said he was going to hate getting into his M3 having felt the torque Baby produces and Bob said he thought that Baby should be able to do low 13's in the 1/4 mi. Bob was especially amazed with the SC because his Mustang has a PowerDyne SC and he kept saying that Baby's ESS unit was as smooth as silk, & that it was as if Baby had come from the factory that way and not for a tuner.
It's like this...at idle there is a subtle whine which to the knowledgeable person, will indicate the presence of Baby's SC. If you take it easy there is no real difference in the way she starts out. Stand on the throttle, and all hell breaks loose. There is a growl immediately followed by a roar from the exhaust and you are pressed back into the seat with acceleration. The power comes on without any spikes to speak of. It is just there, as if it was always there to begin with. There is torque, LOTS of torque.
Quoting Dave, "This thing pulls like a Sum Bitch"
What I like hearing is the whistle Baby makes when the blow off system operates during deceleration. It is the only clue that this is not a normal 7.
The Brembos are serious even with street pads. With the carbon kevlar Porterfield pads installed, the tires may flat spot on us.
The B&M shifter is spot on and the clutch behaves as it should, factory made.
I had two kills on the way home the past two nights, one Fri & one Sat. On Friday a MB SL500 tried to do the "pass on the right" move. Wrong move! Cruising in 5th @ 70 mph, I saw him coming and as his front bumper got even with my rear bumper, I double clutched into 3 and stomped on the gas. He's still trying to figure out what the hell kind of car Baby was. She chirped the tires in 3rd and blasted off and when I looked back after going into 5th he was waaaay back. When I got to the light at rt. 63, I caught looking over and trying to figure out what had happened.
On Sat, on my way home from Phoenixville on Rt.202, I happened upon a 528(?) that was weaving in and out. I got behind him at the intersection of 202 & Morris road and when he started out and gave me enough room to swing left, I pulled along side as he gunned it, to take my challange. The long and short of the matter is when we reached Rt.63 and he finally caught up at the light, there was a "What the hell kind of car is that?" look on his face.
All in all a fabulous weekend. I am a NEW man. My family mambers have commented upon the change in my personallity now that Baby has been returned to me. I am a HAPPY CAMPER once more.
I have to return to VAC for the springs and for a final dyno run, but these are minor matters compared to the SC & tranny work. I'll post the results when I receive them.
Baby & I are looking forward to seeing you guys again, hopefully in Newark, DE.
Thank you, one and all for the encouragement and support you have all demonstrated over the past few months. At times it felt as though I was loosing my sanity (insert bewilderment or other comments here) and I appreciate everyone's tolerance with my obcessing over this project.
In conclusion, It was worth the wait.
Simeon & Baby