Belgian1979 wrote:Bore/stroke/ rods? HP ?
WeingartnerRacing wrote:I miss those times in Nascar. I use to watch then. They were going 212mph then now with all the advancements they go a barely 200mph. Almost 20 years later hundreds more horsepower and they are still slower than they were then. I know they slowed them down due to safety but what it did for me is make them boring. Also back then most people could buy the parts from those engines now only a rare few will. Nascar took a good thing and destroyed it. I rarely watch it now and if a Toyota ever wins the great AMERICAN race I will not watch that race again either.
StanJ wrote:We ran a mix of of the Pontiac #867 and raised port Bowtie heads on the Hendrick #5 car in 1989. Compression wasn't limited back then; non-restrictor plate engines were usually around 13.8 to 1, with plate engines going as as high as 17.5 to 1 (had to be REALLY careful with those on restarts and coming up off of pit road until RPM was high enough and VE was low enough to keep cylinder pressure in check). Holley #300-41 intakes worked well with the #867 heads on "open" engines. We had Murray Jensen hand-rub some Edelbrock #2967 manifold cores to give us enough metal to hide what we were doing with the restrictor plate manifolds at the time.
As I recall, we used stellite cams for the most part, and it used to p*ss me (and everyone else in the engine department) off royally when Greg would insist on full 190 lbs seat pressure right from the start, no break-in rockers, and no real break-in procedure. He'd kill about one out of every three cams that way before the rings even sealed up...which meant an all-nighter on Thursday for everyone and a frantic trip with the race motor - which should have been in the hauler Tuesday - to the track Friday night in the back of somebody's pickup.
Still, I wouldn't trade those days for anything.
WeingartnerRacing wrote: I rarely watch it now and if a Toyota ever wins the great AMERICAN race I will not watch that race again either.
pamotorman wrote:were you running the oil trought under the cams back then to keep the cam in a oil bath or using the jets in the bottom side oil gallery ??? was kewi at hendeicks back then ???
StanJ wrote:pamotorman wrote:were you running the oil trought under the cams back then to keep the cam in a oil bath or using the jets in the bottom side oil gallery ??? was kewi at hendeicks back then ???
The whole inclosed cam tunnel concept was just starting to come around when I left Hendrick Motorsports to start my own business at the end of the '89 season. I'm pretty sure we hadn't raced one up to that point. We did use face-oiling lifters though.
"Kewi" is a name I remember and associate with the guys that worked at the main Hendrick Motorsports facility over near the speedway. Our team was the only one not based at that location. We were down I-85 a few miles (back toward Charlotte proper) in Huntersville. Our facility was in a sister building right beside the one that housed Raymond Beedle's Kodiak team. From what I understood, there was some sort of deal in place between Rick and Raymond, with one of them owning the property and buildings, and the other owning most of the equipment used by both teams. Don't remember for certain who owned what, though.
Compared to the main Hendrick Motorsports facility...or that of practically any other decently funded Cup team at the time...our place was a dump. Of course, by any other comparison it was clean, organized, and very well equipped. Still, for someone who eats, sleeps, and lives racing engines 24/7, that shop had at least one advantage - there was nothing behind it but a railroad track and about a mile of forest. No need for dyno mufflers; just open up the two metal doors that formed the rear of the dyno cells, turn on the fans, and and enjoy unfiltered that beautiful, magical song that a Cup motor sings when it comes up on the sweet part of the cam around 6800 RPM and starts "doing business". No way you could get away with that now.