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  1. Brake cooling and upgrades

    The wording change never clicked with me before. Interesting... even though we all know what they meant
  2. Dang, I didn't even know about the 3-link. I was just referring to the fact that there were a couple different frames, like the Malibu wagon. I also seem to recall reading somewhere some of the Buicks had extra bracing in them and some of the Pontiacs had some aluminum in them where the rest were steel. Something to that effect; could be wrong. Not huge differences and not worth some of the points disparities, but still. You might see if the Olds had any goodies the Chevy didn't. You never know what you might find. If you do the body swap, going to claim it as a Cutlass diesel so you can still use the big tank, right? I think I pm'd you a while back regarding my thoughts on the unicorn out of the bunch. Just sucks you still have to deal with that suspension. Most of my daydreaming at work now is about building a Monza...
  3. How can gross hp be so much higher than net?

    Good article I found a while back https://ateupwithmotor.com/terms-technology-definitions/gross-versus-net-horsepower/
  4. How can gross hp be so much higher than net?

    Yeah, watch the engine masters episode on fan testing. Very eye-opening.
  5. Slightly bigger gas tank for the 99 model year, which gets you almost 19 gallons and I would think pretty darn close to a full 2-hour run with the 3800. Well, not quite "all"
  6. Transport fuel mileage

    I've gotten decent mileage flat-towing our Civic with my 1/2-ton 4.8L Chevy. 11-12 mpg I think. It only gets 13-14 unloaded unless I'm drafting a semi. Pulls pretty good, too. Don't even know it's back there most of the time.
  7. It's a power to weight ratio formula. The formula penalizes you pretty hard for going significantly over that ratio with your swap. Case in point, a 305hp, 3026lb Camaro would be 9.92:1 before any other modifications. The formula thinks that's pretty absurd, so it gives absurd points in return. Not perfect by any means, but it's a heck of a lot better than the old cost-based system that allowed one to stuff a Lexus V8 into a 240SX.
  8. Road America fall race

    I would say you still need a decent balance of everything. 3 big straights, hills, high speed corners, tight 90's, some off-camber stuff, esses, the carousel. I don't know about CRXs, but there were some well-sorted Integras running up front when we went last year.
  9. Cadillac CTS for a chumpcar?

    Why would anyone run the LS with a 6 instead of the 8?
  10. Cadillac CTS for a chumpcar?

    I looked at the Catera for a moment one day... supposedly weighs more than the CTS, lame motor that was only shared with in Saabs in North America, weak 4-speed automatic only, smaller gas tank. Different/newer platform than the CTS; but they may share parts, I don't know.
  11. Cadillac CTS for a chumpcar?

    Slushbox and a trans cooler gets you to no lap penalty. Just sayin...
  12. Lights

    Yeah, I'm an idiot. You are correct. I think maybe I was thinking about another conversation where the measured vs raw thing came up and if you could find measured lumens you'd be able to run a brighter light. I had been thinking about using 4 individual KC LED off-road lights, but they are rated at something like 2300 raw lumens each so I was thinking if you could get measured lumens you'd hopefully get under the 8000 total limit. Sorry about that, everybody.
  13. There is a really good clip on Youtube showing a Mini and a Mustang (I think, possibly a Galaxy) going at it for a couple laps. Mini passing and then getting away in the twisty bits and then the Ford blowing by it on the straights. Lap after lap. It's pretty entertaining if you can find it.
  14. Lights

    I do see that a lot of them quote lux at a certain distance. Maybe that is something Chump should look at using? I dunno, just spitballing
  15. Lights

    The hardest part I've found so far for LEDs is finding documentation for measured lumens. Very few quote anything other than raw.