'Spent the weekend at the dragstrip, 85% of the cars there were 60's and early 70's. One of the most consistent was a 61 mercury meteor with a little ole 289 4 speed; full interior driven by a nearly 70 year old gentleman that has been racing it for 30 years. Runs high 13.9's engine and car looked stock from the outside, full exhaust quiet running car, but launched well and he shifted without lifting the gas pedal.
Its all in what we want to drive/ play with, with the investment into them that we are comfortable making at this time. I was told by someone on Sunday, "You can never be the fastest guy at the strip, someone with more money will just show up next weekend.." So why try? its like passing cars on the freeway, you will never be first in line..
The cars and the engine parts designs might have changed a bunch since 1971, but the whole purpose of this forum is to embrace the 351 Cleveland engine and its little brother the Boss 302, its big brother the 400, and the parts and components that went into making them great engine combinations.
The really neat thing about the 335 series engines is any member here at 351C.net is they can take what he ALREADY HAS, and drive it to the strip and still pull down a pretty darn respectable time, even with those 40 year old designed parts.
I have no problems with the new stuff, some of it is an improvement, others are just hype and marketing. Each to his own on how we want to spend our hobby dollars.
If I wanted the latest and greatest, I suppose I'd be installing a Coyote 302 in my Cobra rather than trying to source a Aussie 302 crank. I love the old stuff, that's why I so stridently encourage people to continue to use the old stuff and promote and prolong the legacy of a super engine platform designed in the midst of a great horsepower race in the late 60's.
That's why the forum is called Cleveland's Forever!
Nobody NEEDS a Boss 302 but if the original poster on another recent thread here on this forum wants to build one that is his decision.
Nobody is required to post an assistance response, those that do, the shared knowledge is appreciated, as long as its is done so without trampling upon the opinions of another post.
That is simple forum courtesy. 'nuff said on that.
If anyone thinks the purpose of this forum is to help them sell parts or services, they might consider a new marketing campaign, 'cuz this isn't the place. If your intentions are to help the members and they happen to buy your goods and services great, but lets not turn this into the only way to make power is to replace those tried and true parts with this shiny new widget so I can make money on the transaction. "nuff said on that too.
Sorry to all the folks that had to read though this, I'm just growing weary of the banter between the new trick part of the week guys, and the hobbyist that comes hear to read about how to get his 351C equipped street / stip car to perform at its best, in an economy that frankly sucks right now.
351C.net, not just any old internet car forum,