VIDEO UPDATE - 6-30-16 -
Burnout cam! WAY better! Turn up the
VIDEO UPDATE - 6-8-16 -
Exhaust cam teaser. Just a quick clip of the exhaust! I
definitely have to get some better shots.
Ford 8.8 rearend gear swap Tech Tip - March 2016
When doing a gear swap - ALWAYS change the bearing AND the race. Seems like a reasonable thing to do right? Well, first time in we didn't pop out the race - we just pressed on the new bearing - BIG mistake. I knew better but didn't change the race anyway. Regardless of the bearing (parts store, Ford or otherwise) I should have changed the race too. I suppose a parts store bearing might have fit the race that was in there (motive gear I believe) but always change the bearing AND race at the same time - they wear and seat to each other so mis-matching is NEVER a good thing - again I knew better.
To add more to this story, turns out the new style Ford pinion bearing is in fact a special piece, and their race absolutely HAS to go with their bearing as seen below. Luckily I didn't drive far and the gears were fine.
Symptoms were having to remove ALL the pinion depth shims (which you should NEVER have to do) - then having to move the carrier far to the left just to get the backlash close. This threw off the coast pattern (which we didn't even look at) - causing the rear to be super noisy. Would have blew it up for sure had I driven on it more than I did.
The fix was to use the proper Ford tool to set pinion debth - then of course to use a dial indicator to set the backlash (.08 - .12).
Bi-wing support for 84-86 Ford Mustang SVO's. Similar to a version on Ebay from years ago that cracked very easily. This is much thicker and super strong. Works great!
VIDEO UPDATE - 5-11-2012 - New best in the Capri.
11.2@123! Still can't get the launch down and my shifting
still stinks but 10's are right around the corner. I ran an
11.3 as well with a much better 60ft. time but I screwed up the
2-3 shift! A bit old I know but finally getting around to
getting the vids online.
Same run from inside with
VIDEO UPDATE - 10-23-2012 - Dad at the track. We went to a track rental and Dad ripped off another 10 second ET. Man his car flys. In the process we damaged the upper control arm bushings. Time to step up to some Steeda HD uppers!
Same run from the
UPDATE - 3-11-12 - Me and Dad our for a cruise!!!
UPDATE June 31st 2011: Dads car went 11.1@125! 10's are right around the corner!
UPDATE - December 3rd: Dads car went 10.9@127!!!!!!!!!!! JACKPOT!
After a disappointing black Friday
outing at ATCO with me driving his car, Dad had to go back the next
week to do it himself! He backed up the 10.9@126 with a 10.9@127!
Man his car rips! Nice work DAD!
NEW for 2012! I installed new mufflers on the Capri - I went with the Dynomax VT's! So far I love them! I also went with a stainless Bassani X-pipe and stainless flow tubes and tailpipes from American Muscle. Below is a teaser vid - For more pics and awesome launch vids click the Dynomax VT REVIEW!
Click HERE to view flash intro...
My love for cars and racing started when I was young - when I finally got on the web in college I knew I wanted to someday design my own "ascMcLaren brochure" and have my own website. With a copy of some design software from a friend in 1995 I've been designing ever since. My first attempt at a website was something I did using Netscape's web design software. It was crappy but hey it was a start! I was using a friends Drexel University account for space and the url was real long and impossible to remember; but it was free and I was finally on the web. That long goofy url actually still re-directs to mikemartinelli.com to this day!
Well instead of tweaking V2 as mentioned before I've been working on this new version for several months now. I wanted something even cleaner than before. It's still features dynamic galleries, HD vids, a revamped database and also a new larger rotating slider front and center.
Main content will be a little higher up so it should be very mobile friendly. I've also setup customized gallery templates for each section of the site. Videos are all much higher resolution and should load even faster than before. Of course new content has been added as well.
Most recently added is a gallery and information on my newly acquired 1986 Ford Mustang SVO. The Mustang SVO features a 2.3L Turbocharged 4 cylinder engine with 200hp. Also standard for SVO's was 4 wheel disk brakes and 5 lugs.
The custom automotive T-Shirts I make continue to be a big hit - Thank You! Please check them out and order one for yourself today!
Tech has been going great - Thanks for all your comments. We've got 7 up so far and I hope to add more.
I'm always open for comments, suggestions and ideas for new content so CONTACT me today or leave a comment below with your thoughts. Visit back soon!
This is a spin-off of the beta site below - or officially V2. Just a lot cleaner. Features include a flash intro, a dynamic image and video gallery along with random rotating images up top. I'm very happy with it. It's already gone through its share of tweaks and additions such as a revamped database, a news section, a tech section and a fancy home page image slideshow. I've also moved everything over to my own server. Things are MUCH faster and easier to update now I love it! Stay tuned however, there is also more to come for V2.
This was the beta site that actually never made it live. It featured a similar but reversed design and the image gallery was completely dynamic and super easy to update. The header of the page also rotated through pics of my car. However, I tweaked it and tweaked it but just never got it off the ground. I was learning so many new things at the time and just couldn't settle on what I liked. It was however a good building block for V2.0 and who knows maybe V3.0 will be a spinoff of the beta site
Once I started to learn HTML and the basics I started to put together a real site. It took a while but I finally got it looking good and was able to go live. At the time, "frames" were "in" so the original site was a frames page. It felt good to be up with a "real site". Everyone loved the site and the car, things were great! As the car progressed, I also started to think of new ideas for the site, but updating everything was a pain so I quickly started to work on a new design and a new dynamic image gallery to make things easier on myself. But, between my new full time job and playing with the car I wasn't getting very far. V1.0 lasted a long time and served me well but was badly in need of a makeover...hence the beta site...