When we last left the Ranchero, we’d finished up Arse-Freeze-a-Palooza “victorious” in class F against Top Gear USA. (By the way, how long do we think it’ll take them to get that episode on the air? Surely one of their legion of regular viewers will let us know). We’re all set on the fuel issues that held us back, so for February’s Sears Pointless we’re seeing what we can do to wring a few more ponies out of our 200ci straight six. After all, we spent most of our running time posting laps on par with the Corona and the Geo-on-520-treadwear-Primewell-tires for bottom-three lap times.
The to-do list for this past weekend:
- Replace crapped-out leaf spring shackle mounts with sliders (then trim fenders to accommodate lower stance)
- Swap in a 2-barrel carburetor (and adapter and build a linkage from scratch)
- Fix exhaust leaks (then just give up and install a header)
- Swap in Duraspark electronic ignition and higher-voltage coil (despite not having all the wiring to do so)
Click through to see how it went…