1997 Ford P71 24 hours of LeMon's and Chumpcar

Started on June 23 by timdeckert

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24 hours of LeMons car. Served as a PIT trainer in a former life It has completed 3 LeMons races and a 24 hour chumprace so far.

video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqqMRWG0hJQ

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Sept. 27


The PI heads were swapped on, the transmission was "rebuilt" by combining most of a 2008 transmission with the 97 tailshaft and controls, bigger rear sway bar is back off, larger 99 style brakes up front, Performance Friction pads. I ...

Nov. 03

broken stuff

We lost 3rd and 4th gear less than 2 hours into a 12 hour race. Pulled it down into "2". Ran 80 mph max at redline in 2. 7 hours later we lost headgaskets. we can rebuild it!

Oct. 08

yet another

Completed the 24 hours of LeMons Arse sweat-a polooza. Ran used tires in the heat, drivers kept clean. Finished 22nd out of 120 or so. We built a new air dam after the other was ripped off in a previous ...

May 15

another LeMons race

Completed another race at Thunderhill. Car was faster (2:22.282), drivers not so much. We dropped to 60th of 108. Our worst finish yet with the best car. There's a lesson in that for sure.

May 08

ready for LeMons race #4

4 LeMons and a chumpcar race. Car is ready for Enduro race #5. Sometimes I wonder if we should pull a sparkplug and check things again. We have a growing respect for the Ford 4.6's durability and low maintenance.

April 29

almost ready

PI heads are not going on this time. We are almost ready, the ring and pinion are installed and the bigger 99 and up front brakes are in place. Just need to button up the rear end and remount this ...

Jan. 03

PI heads and gears

We got PI heads and mustang gears. Now we need to find time to install something! we are accepted for the 24 hours of LeMons race at Thunderhill Mothers day weekend!

Nov. 28

24 hours of LeMons

2:24.817 fast lap at Thunderhill. 1:41.436 fast lap at PIR

Nov. 07


Chumpcar. placed 19th of 39. 4 flags and trips to PIT because the exhaust was too loud. Didn't see that coming. Wound up going to local parts store and added 2 more mufflers. It's quiet now. Only 5 cars had ...

Aug. 03

lemons mods

Added bigger rear sway bar from junkyard hpp car, cat and muffler delete, dual exhaust with no-name turbo mufflers. integra front bumper cover (33 cents on ebay). napa ceramic brake pads, napa rebuilt calipers and new stock replacement rotors. antilock ...

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Sep 27, 2011 10:19 p.m.
We have had at least 17 different drivers in the crown vic for races, at least 10 had never had any on track experience, much less wheel to wheel racing.

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