Anatomy of a Racing LTD
A lot of the more avid readers of this site out there are probably a lot like me. You grew up reading car mags of every size, shape, and kind. This was in the pre-internet age, when the printed word was King! There were your car-focused magazines, like Car Craft, Hot Rod, and others, as well as the more general technology magazines like Popular Mechanics and Science. But the one thing they all had in common were STATS. We lived for the STATS! Curb weight, horsepower, suspension type, braking distance, track, wheelbase, steering lock-to-lock...just about any way to qualify and quantify a car, they had figured out, and it made for interesting readings and comparisons- not to menion raising all sorts of questions and critical thinking. Is 110 HP at 4500 RPM better than 125 HP at 4900 RPM? Is a double wishbone suspension worth the extra cost over MacPherson struts? Do antilock brakes make for shorter stopping distances in real life?
The point of all of this is, I got to thinking recently that maybe the astute reder would like a rundown of exactly what's going on inside our LTD Landau race car, how it differs from stock, etc. Where things have been modified over stock or left well enough alone, I'll note as such. So, here you go: One 1975 Ford LTD Landau 24 Hours of LeMons racing car, Tunachucker-style, in black and white.
Transmission and rear end:
Tires and brakes:
Now you, too, have the formula to build an awesome LeMons racer!
Comment from: Waterwolf [Visitor]
Plato---I lost you at the double wishbone anti-lock dual pain aluminum cask triple clutch plastic shroud from a 1992 stock column shifter with a 2.75 to 1 PE ratio.
03/15/12 @ 19:49
Comment from: Waterwolf [Visitor]
From Wickopedia on Plato:
Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science. In the words of A. N. Whitehead:
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato. I do not mean the systematic scheme of thought which scholars have doubtfully extracted from his writings. I allude to the wealth of general ideas scattered through them.
Plato's sophistication as a writer is evident in his Socratic dialogues; thirty-six dialogues and thirteen letters have been ascribed to him. Plato's writings have been published in several fashions; this has led to several conventions regarding the naming and referencing of Plato's texts. Plato's dialogues have been used to teach a range of subjects, including philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric, and mathematics. Now add Lemons Race Cars to the list :).
03/17/12 @ 13:08
Wow... that's actually pretty sad that a 1975 big-ass 400 V8 only made about 153 HP stock! I guess that makes me feel a bit better about my non-stock 318 V8 in my car that dyno'ed out a couple years ago at 159.9 HP at the wheels! And that's on a totally stock block 318 with just a bolt-on intake manifold and 4 barrel carb with headers.
In any event, definitely seems like a HUGE upgrade to the 460 V8 with 365 HP. Was it like a night and day difference racing it with that much of a HP increase?
03/17/12 @ 22:16
I have no idea what WW is talking about. They didn't teach us Playdough at engineer school.
03/18/12 @ 11:43
"Whaling on the same old dilapidated crap can." - The "Official" Blog of the Tunachuckers Volvo Amazon LeMons racing team.
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