Out with the old, in with the new. AGAIN.....

Discussion in 'Race 400/430/455' started by 455stude, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. DrBuick

    DrBuick Platinum Level Contributor

    I think you should have stayed away from George. He's a bad influence.
  2. 455stude

    455stude Well-Known Member

    IMG_20170815_170914.jpg If it weren't for George, I wouldn't be having all this fun. Like headers.....
  3. 455stude

    455stude Well-Known Member

    Well, had a miserable Wednesday and Thursday at the Nat's, if it could go wrong, it did. And then some. Carb, ignition, transmission, you name it. Finally got a handle on it Friday. Ran 10.88/125. Wrong converter. A full second quicker and 13 mph faster than the old 430. With the right converter we are figuring low 10's. I am very happy with the results.
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  4. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I was gonna stop by and see how the new mill was running, flew by on a golf cart several times but couldn't stop.

    I had a Coan converter that would have been stupid close in the vendor area too
  5. 455stude

    455stude Well-Known Member

    I was too tired to install it! Never had anything kick my ass like this did. But it sure felt good when it finally went down the track!
  6. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    The first hits on new stuff is usually depressing and daunting ha, but the potential is there for sure
  7. Gallagher

    Gallagher Founders Club Member

    Well it sure sounded good.
  8. 455stude

    455stude Well-Known Member

    Darned headers are borderline obnoxious, really loud at 6000 rpm at the finish line. Nowhere else to run them with the studebaker steering and narrow frame. Just have to pass out earplugs.
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  9. alan

    alan High-tech Dinosaur

    I wish I had seen this thread before the Nats. That factory steering setup is something else!
  10. 1972 Stage 1

    1972 Stage 1 Well-Known Member

    Congrats Bill on getting the Hemi Hunter into the 10's! A little more converter and carb and the Stude will be flying.
  11. 455stude

    455stude Well-Known Member

    Thanks to all who stuck it out with me. It's funny the original name I had picked for the stude was "Premeditated Disaster". It would have been quite fitting.
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  12. 455stude

    455stude Well-Known Member

    2 years ago I put my new stg 2 engine in the Stude. Managed the couple of high 10's. Found water in the oil. Back to the drawing board. Had a crack in #2 cyl. Back together finally, cemented, girdled, and fingers crossed. Dynoed last week. 680 hp/ 611 tq. 703/626 first go round, two years ago. One thing was different...... First go round we dynoed with some 2" borrowed headers, this time was with my 2⅛" headers I welded up. Power robbing little bastards, besides being obnoxiously loud in the pits. But hey it runs, doesn't leak fluids, and makes more power than a sane person should ever bolt in a 1955 Studebaker. Looking forward to having some fun at the nats this year. It's been a long wait.
  13. Philip66

    Philip66 Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the Re- Re--Assembly of the Hemi Hunter!
    I've never seen it in person but love seeing the vids of it at BG!

    Best wishes for a trouble free Nats! ;)
  14. 455stude

    455stude Well-Known Member

    Thanks, hoping to get in a tune up race before BG, Little River is having a Nostalgia race Oct 12th.
  15. cjp69

    cjp69 Platinum Level Contributor


    Looking forward to seeing you and the Stude at BG!
  16. 455stude

    455stude Well-Known Member

    Praying for some better weather.....
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