Wet and Muddy Saturday Drive
Saturday, December 12, 2009
It was a rainy Saturday, what better thing to do than take your topless (and windshield-less!!) Hot Rod out for a spin?
I was caught in a downpour once, but I still enjoyed the drive. Other people must have thought I was crazy, though. I wore safety goggles (with yellow tint for that U2/Euro-homo look) which kept the rain out of my eyes but rain drops hitting your face at 50 or 60 mph still stings a little bit.
I’m building a dedicated Holley carb for it, the one on it works, but there’s a number of things a blow-through carb needs that a naturally aspirated carb doesn’t. I’m pretty sure the lack of vacuum is hanging the power valve open, dumping too much fuel into the engine. Makes for neat flames shooting out the exhaust, but probably not the best for the rings or making power.
It also needs a better ignition system, I’m running a stock single point distributor. The camshaft is a stocker, the heads are some of the most restrictive ones made by Chevrolet, and decent exhaust. I don’t mind the noise, but I’ve been told lakes headers are one of the worst manifolds you can put on any engine, plus I’d kind of like to be able to run a full hood.