The Slow Play
In poker, there's something known as "The Slow Play". Basically, it's the opposite of bluffing: in the slow play, you have a strong hand, a tremendous hand, nigh unbeatable, and you attempt to downplay your hand to keep other players (who presumably have weaker hands than yours, and will lose to you) in the hand, betting, raising, and seeing. Then you crush them with the awesomenicity of your Royal Flush or 4-of-a-kind or whatnot. (Tuna Note: I am not, nor have I ever been, a professional gambler, or even a marginal gambler, so if my terminology or description is off a bit, please, bite me.)
Earlier this week, I was accused of slow-playing on the LeMons forum when, within the course of a couple of a few posts, I boasted about the hot 460 Big Block I'd found in a '68 Continental, then bemoaned the knocking noise the engine made when we first fired it up, saying we were going to stick with our lowly 400M engine...and then, magically, announced we'd diagnosed the noise to a simple faulty water pump, and the 460 plan was back on.
As sneaky, underhanded, and conniving as that play-out sounds, it's all true. This weekend the gang came over and we confirmed that yes, we are going forward with the scheme for excessive displacement. Here' s an ersatz-timelapse video of Saturday:
I even figured out how to embed video! Horray!
Next weekend, the engine swap continues. We'll be roughly doubling the horsepower available to the rear wheels in the LTD Landau, and there's a good chance we'll have, in the process, the most powerful car at the race in March. Of course, it'll also likely be the worst handling car there, with the worst brakes. And it'll undoubtedly be the heaviest car there, too. In short, this is possibly the most profoundly perfect plan ever conceived.
Well, congrats then! Sounds like you got yourself, "MORE POWER, Arrugh, Arrugh!", after all! Of course, I don't know how you got a knocking noise coming out of the water pump that sounds like the engine about to die, but hey, weirder things have happened. (Like the dashboard of my Fury suddenly pluming out smoke and the gauges going haywire. I guess I got a shorted wire to track down behind the dash...)
What happened to trying to "fix" or at least upgrade the brakes? No time for that now then when you've got a bigger big block to shoehorn in? You don't want a repeat of 2008 though when the Volvo brakes burst into flames from overheating... Ye who forget history are doomed to repeat it...
Oh, and congrats on figuring out how to embed a YouTube video... Now you're caught up in learning with all those 11 year old's online!
P.S. - BTW - "Loved the video! Hilarious! I laughed! I cried!" - (Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert). Although, with it backfiring fire out of the carburetor that badly, was that just getting too much gas or was that as a result of the ignition timing being waaaaay off? It's not supposed to do that if I recall... The best was pushing the Continental out of the garage though at the end like, "Meh, we're done with you now... get lost!" and then not caring if it rolls out and hits anything or not. I could just see it rolling into someone else's car, lol...
02/06/12 @ 09:24
Comment from: mechimike [Visitor]
Brian's working on the brakes...currently we're planning on replacing the single piston cast iron relics from 1975 with dual piston Mustang GT calipers...aluminum...with greater pad area, and ceramic Hawk racing pads.
We figured the backfiring was mostly bad timing, and possibly related to a very weak coil, too. (We replaced the coil, it was rusty, and from 1968, and it ran MUCH better)
We all wished there was a big cliff or a lake or something to push the car off of. That Continental is a real basket case. Its missing most of the interior, the floors are swiss cheese, and the P/O stripped off most of the trim pieces for another project. We basically got 4000 pounds worth of scrap metal and a decent engine and transmission (the rear end, a Ford 9", might be worth something, and the brakes, too...I'll strip it before we recycle it)
02/06/12 @ 12:12
Comment from: Anthony [Visitor]
I must say, nice video edit! Well done then.
02/06/12 @ 17:36
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