Glad I ran across this thread, which is intended to be general, instead of starting a new one (added bonus: nobody posts "DAFS").
I'm thinking about having some fun with trying to hook my pickup up without making it look like it should run as well as it does.
What I have is a 1954 Dodge 1/2T pickup, bone-stock suspension, except for 1" lift blocks between the front springs and axle to give me a total of 3" clearance between the pan and the axle. Rear tires are some plain ol' radial 235/75/15s.
The rear end is still the stock 4.10:1 'peg-leg', but plans are to put in a Dana or other strong axle assembly. Gears to be optomized for E.T.; I expect they'll probably be in the 4.10-4.56 range.
The trans is a manual VB 727 with some 'mystery' loose convertor. I know that this convertor will probably lose a bunch of ET, but once I have some traction, and a rear axle that I can put the spurs to... we'll talk about changing that convertor, okay?
The engine is a very simple 383 +.030, 4.25" stroke, OOTB Stealth heads, M1 tunnel ram AVS carbs, old Engle solid roller street cam (262 deg @ .050). Pistons have 20cc dishes, so the CR comes in about 9.56 or 9.58:1. Again, I know the cam is not optimum, and the CR is about a point and a half too low. For right now, let's work on traction... I plan on pulling the heads and making improvements - but can't use the power it already has right now.
I haven't weighed the truck; extrapolating from what I've removed, what I've added, and the shipping weight, I'm guessing that it weighs around 4000# with my 235 pound butt in it. I'm hoping for trap speeds to come in around 118-120 MPH, and maybe a bit more with more compression and head work.
When the rear end is replaced, it would be easy enough to drill another hole in the spring perch to locate the axle further forward on the rear spring. And, it's easy enough to slide the front axle forward an inch or so on the springs (since I have blocks, I can put a hole to accept the spring's pin, and a pin on to to locate in the axle). I'm okay with pulling a leaf or two from the front springs, re-arching 'em to keep the height, and putting in 90/10 shocks. I'm okay with adding leaves, clamping, traction bars, caltracs, or whatever on the rear springs. But, I'd like to keep an early-middle sixties vibe to the truck. No modern looking ladder bars, 4 links, etx. (yes, I know guys ran ladders 'in the day', but they didn't look like what guys run now) And I'm interested in trying to make this work w/o drag radials or slicks.
Right now, there's enough room with 235 section tires that I believe I could sneak 265/75/15 tires in there. How 'bout some snow tires - they're soft (well, for a normal street tire), right?
My thinking is that if the F.A.S.T. guys can hook up engines with more wheaties than mine's got, with smaller tires, and less obvious modifications... I should be able to make my combo work reasonably
well. Like mid-elevens well; not expecting that it'll ever hook as good as a set of 12" slicks, fercryingoutloud.
DISCLAIMER: the poster understands that his street-driven pickup is not the same thing as a F.A.S.T.-class race car, which is a class-legal racing vehicle in the vein of a stock eliminator, and as such is the recipient of much expenditure of time, talent, and money.
Just so no 'internet Special Olympinas' feel that they have to start a bash-fest... last place I posted about this, all I got was "you're wasting your time with anything other than a race tire, and you'll be stuck in the fourteens if you try to run street rubber, dumbass".
So, any suggestions?