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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-20-2007, 06:39 AM
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You have set your car up the same way that I want to do my 79. I like the combination of Euro style (light weight) bumpers with modern interior. What kind of seat belt setup is that?

Your ride height and tire/wheel combination looks spot on.
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The seats are out of an 86 Veloce. I had them recovered in cloth. A local guy did a nice job for $200 cash.
The springs are the Vick Auto/IAP sports. I also have two right side front spring pans with no spacers. The shocks are what where on the car when I bought it. They may be original but they are not the black SPICA shocks that I have seen on other cars of this vintage. They work fine with the stiffer springs.

The standard bumpers are pretty heavy. I think that the handling is compromised by having those lumps at the extremes of the car.

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Nice job what a beautiful ride. I was curious what the specs are on the tires you chose?
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I was curious what the specs are on the tires you chose?
You are challenging my memory. It got 15" wheels five or six years ago. I think that they were Falken Ziex 195/65 -14.

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Hi Bill:
It still has the 4.56 axle! The new engine is revving well and I may not need to install the 4.1. And I have bought a 12.2 mm camshaft from Richard Jemison, so it may need that 4.56 ratio.
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With the extra power of your new cams, You might find the 4.56 trouble. The problem is actually in the TX - the first gear is very low, with a large gap to 2nd. This started with the little sub-80HP 1300 engines in the 50's, but with more power there is no trouble getting moving from a stop. Instead you have to shift to 2nd about the time you've crossed the intersection, especially if you made a vigorous departure.

Close ratio gears in the TX solves this problem, but they are costly and hard to find. I managed to get a set a lot of years ago, and got a 4.3 LS axle from an Euro sedan! That made the perfect combination for AX, where I was constantly rowing from 1st to 2nd. The 4.56 just added to the problem.

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I have had a 4.1 axle for the past couple of years. 7000 rpm in 4th is almost 110 mph and 5th is a nice cruising gear. I think that Richard got my 4.56 for a race car.

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