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2/25/09 12:00am - Original Message: '1/4 Mile Times'
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mount airy, MD - USA

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1981 Charcoal Met., Silver Interior, Gymkhana Suspension, 27K original miles. It's my daily driver.

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Just wondering if anyone has ever taken their C3 to the track and what they did?  I was wondering what I might expect out of my stock 81'?
   Thanks,  Tom  


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2/25/09 12:25am - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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Bladenboro, NC - USA

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1972 conv., sunfire yellow, blk interior, blk vinyl and convertible top. Off frame restoration with American Speed 383 stroker engine producing 500hp plus a 200hp NOS system. MSD ignition. Hooker super competition headers with chambered exhaust.

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Road & Track magazine did a performance test on the '81 and it turned the 1/4 mile in 16.0 sec. @ 86.5 MPH.

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2/25/09 11:20am - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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Edmond, OK - USA

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1971 Brands Hatch Green L48 Coupe Automatic Driver - restored 1995

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Tired stock L48 put mine down there in 14.7.

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2/25/09 3:13pm - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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Unfortunately for me, you have an 80 HP advantage.  1981 was only rated at 190 HP, yours is rated at 270 HP.  I think it will do better than 16.0.  How much better is yet to be determined.  Thanks

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2/26/09 12:04am - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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1972 conv., sunfire yellow, blk interior, blk vinyl and convertible top. Off frame restoration with American Speed 383 stroker engine producing 500hp plus a 200hp NOS system. MSD ignition. Hooker super competition headers with chambered exhaust.

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Two runs on mine...12.0 @114.01 and 12.0 @113.24.

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2/26/09 10:10am - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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[QUOTE=rearn2go72]Two runs on mine...12.0 @114.01 and 12.0 @113.24. [/QUOTE] That's quickHeart....my best was 12.19...speed was around 120........I won the Ohio State Champion Race.........got a big trophy. I always wanted to get into the 11's

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2/26/09 5:37pm - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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1981 Charcoal Met., Silver Interior, Gymkhana Suspension, 27K original miles. It's my daily driver.

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My biggest problem is that I don't really want to modify the car I have now. It's just too clean and all original. But I do know where there is a 74 or 76 that I can get for around $2500.00 that runs that I wouldn't mind modifying. It already has a different engine in it.

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3/11/09 9:45pm - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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Seabeck, WA - USA

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1981 Red T-Top 450hp / 383ci 3-Speed Auto 63000 12.5 sec 1/4

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My 81 with stock 350 was in the 16 sec. then put in the 383 was 12-13
Have nos but haven't put it on yet.


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3/11/09 11:35pm - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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1972 conv., sunfire yellow, blk interior, blk vinyl and convertible top. Off frame restoration with American Speed 383 stroker engine producing 500hp plus a 200hp NOS system. MSD ignition. Hooker super competition headers with chambered exhaust.

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[QUOTE=81Corvette]My 81 with stock 350 was in the 16 sec. then put in the 383 was 12-13
Have nos but haven't put it on yet.
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You don't need the NOS. My bottle is full but has never been activated. If it's a new system, I would sell it.
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3/11/09 11:54pm - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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1981 Charcoal Met., Silver Interior, Gymkhana Suspension, 27K original miles. It's my daily driver.

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I guess I'm old school. I don't believe in nitrous. If you can't build a 10 sec. motor, don't build a 12 sec. motor and then juice it and tell me it's a 10 sec. motor. I have lost too many races to guys who can't cut a decent light but can spray it in the middle to make up for their lack of skill.  Just my opinion.   Tom

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3/12/09 8:24am - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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[QUOTE=tsmith1499] I guess I'm old school. I don't believe in nitrous. If you can't build a 10 sec. motor, don't build a 12 sec. motor and then juice it and tell me it's a 10 sec. motor. I have lost too many races to guys who can't cut a decent light but can spray it in the middle to make up for their lack of skill.  Just my opinion.   Tom [/QUOTE]

I'm from the same school, Tom!! Do it all "on the engine"...."Bottles are for Babies"...
(no offense to anyone with power adders...just a widdle joke...)

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3/12/09 10:08am - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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You guys are 100% cool with me. I'm old school, alsoThumbs%20UpThumbs%20UpThumbs%20Up 

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3/12/09 9:14pm - Reply: '1/4 Mile Times'
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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Me old school too!WinkBig%20smile  I've only taken the Poop-On down the drag strip 4 times on the 8th of a mile.  I was high for a week..........so fun!!Thumbs%20UpThumbs%20Up

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12/19/17 9:35pm - Reply: 'Re: 1/4 Mile Times'
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Fredericksburg, TX - USA

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1981, found 1/18/17 with 13,276.7 orig miles, stored since 1984, L81, 3spd auto, frost beige, doe cloth interior, looks new, drives great! Bowling Green s/n 3052

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What rear-end ratio do you have? That will make a big difference. My '81 with a .287 probably won't make 70mph in the 1/4 although I have never tried. It's just a cruiser as far as I'm concerned.

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