Drag racing with super T-10

1980RS

Veteran Member
Jun 17, 2006
6,709
MN
Here's my take on racing with the stick shift, Broken parts and lots of them. We used to race back on the 70's and 80's with stick transmission all the time and broke a lot of driveline parts with'em until we switched over to an auto setup. Only broke 2 things since then with the automatic stuff, that's a pretty good record I think.
 

mallard

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Oct 3, 2013
2,230
SK, Canada
Don’t get me wrong, I love the T10 in my ‘74 z28 but it’s only for “fun” driving. However, if consistent ETs are important (not to mention fewer broken parts) a good auto is the way to go, just IMHO. And admittedly it’s been 40+ years since I’ve been involved in any competitive drag racing.
 

G72Zed

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Sep 8, 2015
4,578
Canada
X2^^^, I'm with 1980RS, besserspat and mallard on this one.

I liked my Richmond SS 5spd that was "face plated" drag it as well, but love my Magnum 6spd even more in my Z'ed, I would never go auto....ever...BUT.

Back in the day (early 90's), with my little 327 and 150 NOS plate, I would of never of got to almost the 10 sec zone with a manual, unless it was a "face plated" modified box for drag racing (some fast chevy guys used Ford top loaders), slipper clutch, and those were more expensive that my complete car....TH350/3K converter and hammer down....never an issue, easy - reliable and affordable.

But, there's always a way around it, drive/launch accordingly, and you can get by. But boost and with 10's, I would go auto all day long, unless you are buddies with Mike and Leonard @ G-Force.
 

1980RS

Veteran Member
Jun 17, 2006
6,709
MN
X2^^^, I'm with 1980RS, besserspat and mallard on this one.

I liked my Richmond SS 5spd that was "face plated" drag it as well, but love my Magnum 6spd even more in my Z'ed, I would never go auto....ever...BUT.

Back in the day (early 90's), with my little 327 and 150 NOS plate, I would of never of got to almost the 10 sec zone with a manual, unless it was a "face plated" modified box for drag racing (some fast chevy guys used Ford top loaders), slipper clutch, and those were more expensive that my complete car....TH350/3K converter and hammer down....never an issue, easy - reliable and affordable.

But, there's always a way around it, drive/launch accordingly, and you can get by. But boost and with 10's, I would go auto all day long, unless you are buddies with Mike and Leonard @ G-Force.
Same here, I have a T-56 I transplanted in my street car and love driving it. These days I would never break it with the low hp power plant I have in the car, but it's a blast in 5th and 6th gear. I have another T-56 I need to fix for something else some day.
 

biker

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Dec 7, 2014
5,829
Canada
I love all the Automatic lovers chiming in.

I have a SBC 409, 550 horse run low 12 due to grip but should be able to get into the 11 once I figure that out. I raced for years with my Super T10 until I broke the rear and that broke the T10. I went to buy replacement parts and found all I can only buy CAST; I use to buy nodular iron which forged and are stronger then cast. I rebuilt it as cast and keep it as a spare + the drive shaft just in case.

I found a TKO500 online for 1K freshened it up and have now raced for 7 years ago and have no issues. Nothing beats banging gears and hitting curves with gears, I love the thrill of downshifting into a turn and coming of the apex with torque behind you to upshift.

Here is a slomo of my run with a little pull of the front wheels:

That is more than just a little pull of the wheels. Nice.
 
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