Lookin way back to High School days I was always in trouble with my car. At that point I decided I was not going to have a car capable of doing those kinds of things for along time.
My car at that time was a 73 Camaro 350LT1 engine, auto with shift kit, black with black interior, Goodyear Eagle ST 60 series at all corners, high rise hood to provide clearance for edelbrock intake and holley carb. It was not the fastest around, but I was not afraid to run em and run em hard. That of course allowed me to see the cherries in my rearview often.
Be patient with a couple of the pics on this page. I had uploaded some pics and later deleted them. This is causing some issues at the moment as it is pointing to the deleted pics right now. One of them being of my old 73 Camaro. The other is of the last timeslip for Ruby at the bottom of the page.
So for years I drove slow cars. 80 pontiac sunbird, 82 Chevy Chevette, 85 Dodge Charger (not too slow and my only non GM car), 82 Chevy Cavalier, 79 Chevy Malibu Classic Wagon (only other V-8 I have owned), 85 Chevy Cavalier, 89 Cutlass Supreme, 88 Chevy Celebrity, 89 Buick Skylark (by far the car I have hated the most), 90 Cutlass Supreme( Sapphire), 93 Pontiac Grand Prix, and then Ruby.
I have dreamed of the 97-03 GP body for years. I never thought I would actually end up with one though. I kept dreaming though. Eventually I decided it was time to step into something that I could mod, something that was a bit faster and handled much better. I have always loved watching drag racing. I knew with the new car I was going to go drag racing with it. So it had to capable of doing that. I wanted to show it at shows. So it had to be capable of that as well. I also want to autocross it. I knew this was going to be the tough part to do.
SO last summer within a week of taking delivery of Ruby I was at my first car show. Somehow I managed to score a win in the 2000 class. Here I was new owner and all stock. The competition I thought was much better. Two of them were trucks that were lifted and well modded.
Some pics from that show.
I have been to many shows so I had some idea on show stance. I decided with it being such a new car I would show off the Factory Installed Eaton M90 Blower so I popped the hood open. For this show all that was done was wash and dry from the detail job Ruby received from the dealer.
How Lucky of me to have room next to me for the late comer to park next to me. Tha late comer is a 70 Plymouth Superbird with a 440 powerplant. The winged warrior caused lots of havoc in NASCAR when it was new. This one had its wing signed by Richard Petty with pic to prove it.
When I pulled up I was directed to park next to a well restored 74 Dodge Charger SE.
I tried to get some reflection pics.
My hardware for 1st place at this my verry first show to enter Ruby.
Of course when I was shopping for my GP I really REALLY had to have the L67 for a powerplant. The L67 is the supercharged 3800 engine. I knew that would provide me with lots of mod options as well as enough power to put a smile on my face and take me down the 1320 (1/4 mile dragstrip) in a respectable time stock. What I had read online was stock GTP's were good for 14.5 -15 second 1/4 mile times. I felt that was a good place to start.
The week after my first car show, which was a week after I took delivery, I was headed to the track to see just how well Ruby would handle a trip down the 1320. I read a bit online as well as read some tips on what to do as well as how to launch at the track. I felt nervous as well as giddy like a school girl.
I brought ice and a cooler with to cool the supercharger down with between runs. I reduced the pressure in the front tires to get better traction at launch. I removed the drivers side headlight to allow better airflow to the airbox.
I was now ready to go. I had, well everyone racing that day had this same problem, a problem that I had not thought about. IT was HOT this day. Air temps were 100 degrees and track temps at the line were in the 140's.
My goal for this first trip to the track was to run a 14.8. My first run was a start, but not quite my goal for the day. I ran a 15.1. By the end of the day though I managed to reach my goal.
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not too bad for first trip to the track and hot conditions.
I am in the Tintmasters Lane, car 322
After all this excitement I felt the need to clean up the engine bay a little bit. I purchased some Simple Green and got up early the following morning to clean the engine bay. It is recommended to do this to a cool engine.
I rinsed the engine off with the garden hose, then I sprayed 75% of the bottle of Simple Green in the engine bay and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then I used the garden hose to rinse it all down. It was not perfect, but it was definitely an improvement.
While waiting for the next track day I decided it was about time to put the GMPP STB's (GM Performance Parts strut tower braces) to use (I purchased them for Sapphire but never used). I looked at the kits and decided I did not want to drill holes to put them on. I was going to put them on the front and rear if at all possible. I looked around clubGP.com and found a guy who makes brackets that would make the STB's a direct bolt on after mounting the brackets. I was sold. I contacted Don Rome on clubGP.com and in short order I had the brackets in my hands and was mounting the STB's. Easy project it was. I just had to find a level place to do it.
I was now even happier with how Ruby handled. While she is not a small car built for handling she definitely handles better now.
About 6 weeks after my first track visit it was time to go back to see how much difference a not so hot day would change Ruby's times.
This time I did everything the same as I did the first time I was there. Well one small difference. I inflated the rear tires to max tire pressure for lower rolling resistance in them.
Goal for this day was to improve on my 14.8 from the first trip. I know I am still stock, except for a custom PCM. I hoped the cooler temps would allow for a little bit faster times.
I am again in the Tintmasters Lane car 428
Temps this day with around 80. SO goal was met
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