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|His Secrets Unveiled...
Speed? - It's all in the Gear! |Harold and Chev - Like Silicone & Gaskets
Harold's first pitman was a fellow by the name of Harry McNeal. When they put the first car together it was black and white to match Harold's only career sponsor's business (Dain City Auto Wreckers) colors.
Ransomville 1964 - above left and Holland 1965 - above right
Then came time to don a number on the side - not having thought about it, Harold asked Harry his thoughts on the matter. At first Harry was stumped. Then he told Harold a story of how he was in World War II.
Early 70's Car - above left and at Speedway Park - above right
He was a 'tail' gunner in a bomber plane. Harry felt his squadron number was lucky for him, as he returned - unharmed, from each mission he went on. Harold asked "What was your squadron number?". Can you guess Harry's reply?
At Merritville - above left. Harold's Victory Over Son
Pat at Gasport Int'l Speedway in 2001 - above right
So now you know the rest of the story!
Freshening Up for a New Season - above left
Wondering...Will he Rod it or Race it? - right
The Cagle Coupe along with Pat's 'new' 78 coupe at Cornwall in 2001.
Gear ratio is the key to speed and victory. It takes skill to pick the
right gear to work with the camshaft, engine and track. Every track has a
different size and shape. You want the gear ratio matching the camshaft so
you can keep it in the proper RPM range. If you need a gear chart just ask
Harold - to this day his Franklin QC chart is in the side door pocket of his
pickup truck. If this sounds like too much work, there is an alternative...
pour more money into the engine!
As far as engines, Harold had the best luck with the Chevy 230. It gave him
the least amount of trouble and stayed together the best. The 292 Chev was the
worst for the Donkey Ranch. He attributes this to the fact that the 230 had only
6 counter weights on the crankshaft whereas, the 292 had 12 counter weights.
He felt that the additional counter weights lead to vibrations. These vibrations
in turn, led to the flywheel and/or harmonic balancer coming off or worse just
scattering the engine.
He always made sure that his RPM range was between 5200 and 5500. When he had
one cranking at 6800 to 7500, he knew he would soon have an all-nighter ahead of him.
Harold found that Chev and GM products were cheaper to race. He used to get
three gaskets for his Chevy 6 cylinder for the price of one Ford. The cost of
parts and repairs were more reasonable and they were easier to get. When you take
into consideration that at one time Harold had 11 cars on the go, he would have
needed flexibility. He got it from GM, as many parts were interchangeable,
throughout many models and years. Harold stored this knowledge (and spare parts) and put it
to good use!
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