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 Post subject: Re: 1978 luv # 2
PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:05 pm 
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Nice work, once again you make it look easy. You should put together a step by step manual on how to set up a Luv for drag racing. 8)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:24 pm 
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Surprised you got it back home and didn't sell it at the track :D

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:50 am 
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You two guys are funny . I was talking to someone at the track and he said the same thing . Even an older guy with a Luv truck at the track told me he had never seen a cleaner install and that it looked factory . Oh and I was at a gas station on the way to the track and a guy tried to buy it . I told him it wasn't for sale . He said everything is for sale and how much . I told him $25,000


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:21 am 
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Got the front and rear bumpers on . Headed to Ben Bruce memorial raceway this weekend for Texas vs Louisiana race .
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:56 pm 
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Wow looks really nice. Good luck at the races!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:57 pm 
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Had a pretty good night . Won the reaction time challenge with my worst light of the night a .0327 and got to 3 cars and lost with a .-012 to and .084. I had the rpm at 2200 instead of 2000 and was watching the tach . By the time I got it to 2000 it had crept into the second bulb and was almost deep . $183.75 for semis and reaction time challenge . .003 a .012 a pair of .018s and the .032 . Now have about 10 passes on it and the fastest pass is 7.64 . Still has about 16 number swing , but trans shifts different now and then in drive . Going to try and just shift it at 5000 off the shift light Thursday . Had a blast .


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:05 pm 
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Just gonna try shifting manually @ 5000 . I had a few electrical issues last weekend , mainly the tach light and loss of power to half the accessories . I went today to West Marine and bought a 6 place ATC fuse block and a needed power junction . All the original stuff was Japanese and worn out . The fan belt was rubbing the underside of the upper radiator hose . I pulled the bulb out of the fasten seat belt light . anyway .... im as ready as im gonna get . Leaving Thursday morning For DIV 4 bracket finals .
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:58 pm 
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Had a pretty good weekend . Manually shifting at 5000 worked out well . It definitely has more in it . The air was 1800DA sunday morning and 32% humidity and I won a double break out with a 7.498 . Went out 3rd round . I was like.030 to .045 all weekend . Going into 3rd I knew I needed to wittle on the .030 and made a big front tire pressure adjustment of 3#s up and was -.010 red , but my opponent was .012 so I was gonna have to make a move. I just moved to much . Before I left I installed a stereo and speaker so I could listen to the track announcer on the radio broadcast to get hints about the passes . The dash pad on this truck was long gone so I just glued some cheap carpet to it . Had a great time and figured I would add a few pictures .

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:05 am 
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Just to update . I dropped a screwdriver while it was running and tore up the radiator . $38 later it was repaired . Got it all back together and took it to get inspection yesterday . Guess I forgot to tighten the gas cap cause when I got to the inspection place it was gone . Nobody in town had one . Got one ordered and had fun driving it around town . Sat next to a police man at a light and he just shot me a thumbs up with no plates and registration out of date . Fun truck on the street for sure . Passengerside caliper acts like it is hanging up a bit . So far so good .


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:48 am 
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Awesome thread man. Thanks for posting.


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I'm new to Chevy luvs, how did you do 5 bolt front brake on yours?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:46 pm 
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captainseabass wrote:
I'm new to Chevy luvs, how did you do 5 bolt front brake on yours?


Moser engineering used to redrill them 5 x 4 3/4 chevy car pattern . These are factory rotors redrilled with 1/2 x 20 arp studs .


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:19 pm 
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I took it out a couple of weeks ago on test and tune night and ran it all the way out the back . Motor seems to really like being back on gas vs E85 . 11.88 @111 on 87 pump gas. Happy with that for sure . 1.57 60'
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Anyway I have a taillight on the driver side that has some sort of short . When I hit the brakes the turn signal lights . Anyway took the truck to get it inspected and got to the place and passed everything except the gas cap was gone . Guess I forgot to tighten it . Drove to every auto parts in town looking for a new one and had to order it . Bought the only 2 they had left . In Texas the previous owner has the right to keep the plates off the car . The guy I bought it from chose to keep them . Also in Texas you have to have an inspection paper to get new tags . Basically I have insurance on it , but no plates and inspection . Pulled up to a light and Baytown PD pulls up next to me . I look over and he gives me a thumbs up ! Just glad he wasn't the ticket writing guy . I worked all weekend and now we have rain . The gas gauge wasn't working and on these trucks the fuel gauge has a voltage regulator that drops the voltage to the fuel gauge and the temp gauge to 7 volts . Somewhere along the way the wires had shorted and the voltage to both was 11.7 . The fuel gauge was un responsive and the temp gauge was working , but not very linear on the higher end . I found this thing n o s .
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Hopefully this fixes the remainder of the factory gauges . I also found the factory bolts for the tailgate to put the tailgate straps back on .


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:41 pm 
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How wide is your rear? Im looking to get one narrowed and wonder if what size it has to be to fit 8"(usually)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:29 am 
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Well just an update . truck got driven at a truck race in the 12.0 class here in Houston and got a bit hot . Looks like it got a head gasket . Afr headed 388 going in with rebuilt converter . Also the long tubes off my yellow truck and a new exhaust system going in . This motor was .2 slower than the old "beater" in my yellow truck so maybe we can slow it back down to 7.50 1/8th mile . It has been as fast as 11.44 now . Anyway here are some update photos . Oil had water in it .
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Pretty cool going straight up with the top of the core support intact and hood still on. You are the Luv Whisperer. 8)

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Pretty cool going straight up with the top of the core support intact and hood still on. You are the Luv Whisperer. 8)


I like working on them that is for sure .


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:32 pm 
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Well I got a bit further and the motor doesn't look hurt to bad . It looks like it got hot and pushed water from the water jacket into the valley from the corner . Any way here are more pics of progress .
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hotrod80 wrote:
An older guy in the bad part of town . Did a great job said he started 45 years ago in Vegas doing bar stools and stuf like that .

Would you give me an idea on the straighten and rechrome the front bumper?


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