New best with TA Tomahawk power.

Discussion in 'Race 400/430/455' started by GS Kubisch, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    I have watched it more than a few myself
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  2. 65Larkin

    65Larkin Well-Known Member

    Seriously impressive, no fuss just gittin' it done.
    The epitome of fast with class - sounds mean through shed stereo too.
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  3. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Seems my daughter does not like the sound. What does a 16 year old know
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  4. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

    Same run, different view.

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  5. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member


    BQUICK Gold Level Contributor

    That's on converter no trans brake right Gary?
  7. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

    No Bruce, I use a trans brake.
    I did foot brake one run, it went 1.25/5.32 at 130+
  8. Bens99gtp

    Bens99gtp Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm the brake isn't any really faster on yours either........but it seems to make to think about on the launch
  9. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    Nice, even launch. Looks like you got the suspension set up right!
  10. telriv

    telriv Founders Club Member

    IF the suspension is set up correctly it wouldn't do that. ALL motion going forward & lifting wheels is wasting time.
    You don't see ANY serious race cars pull wheelies. They are just for show, BUT what a show we ALL love to see.
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  11. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Gary understands our suspension better than about anyone on here,...the car is going low 20's and possibly with teens in the future not an easy feat,..if he had it setup for maximum squat it would drive under itself

    Cars at this level that leave with the fronts a few inches up are tube chassis cars with the rear tires drove up into the bottom of the b pillars,..not possible with what gary has that's what makes it so unique,...its not a chassis car but is faster than the other buick powered chassis cars
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2019
  12. Todd69GS

    Todd69GS Silver Level contributor

    Ethan is right. Gary's car performs very well for being a "very" stock suspension car. With his chassis as it is getting rid of the wheelie completely might be tough.
    Besides it wasn't a violent, instant motion. More of a carry the tires motion.
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  13. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

    I frequently see this regurgitated on the internet.
    I stated earlier that this was not a perfect run and that I would continue to make adjustments.


    I have a timeslip that says this was the quickest run of all 5...

    How would you explain that?
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  14. BuickGSrules

    BuickGSrules Gold Level Contributor

    I would care zero about that last tenth or two if I could run that number all the time in that style!
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  15. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    LOVE THAT CAR. I have never ever been in anything like that ca. Yours seemed so gentle, smooth like a fine wine. When the front comes down is it like riding on Rt71 and hitting the largest pot hole in Medina County?
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  16. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK


    I was up there thinking I might have to pedal it when it finally started to come down. I cringed when it did, but it landed without incident.
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  17. Donuts & Peelouts

    Donuts & Peelouts Life's 2 Short. Live like it.

    How does it feel when your flying?
  18. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    It looks so smooth. Car goes so straight, no twist love it. How many feet do you car the front wheels?
  19. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise EFI/DIS 482

    Like I said, wheelies are fun.. Gary is a smart, hard working guy, who took on the challenge of putting big HP in that type of chassis.. Knowing full well that is exactly how a car like that leaves, when you hit the setup. I don't know the car that well, and have not see the rear suspension setup on it, but I suspect it does not have the IC adjustability to leave like a tube car.

    Had he been after min ET, he would have built a completely different car.. Wayne Roberts car is a good example of that. Big tires, minimum weight... full on tube chassis deal..

    If I have learned anything after 3 decades in drag racing, and 2 of them building motors and cars for other folks, it's this:

    Some guys find the challenge of the project, the tuning and a nice fast run like that, as their ultimate goal.. it is what is really fun to them.

    Other guys just want the win light on in their lane. They build the car that is best suited for that, employ the proper equipment to make it consistent. Even if it means slowing the car down if they are bracket racing... or spending stupid money if it's a heads up deal..

    Nothing wrong with either one of those approaches.

    To answer the question previously posted..

    Cars like this always experience some measure of tire spin. Nature of the beast. When it does hit that magical track condition that it hooks the best, it will be the most impressive wheelie, and run the best time.

    Just because it' s hooking.

    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019
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  20. slimfromnz

    slimfromnz Kiwi Abroad

    I do the same with my Buick powerplant. No tube chassis here just triangulated 4 bar with coil overs and anti roll bar off the foot brake. Nice work Gary

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