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Return of the Red Raider #1106407 08/07/21 03:12 PM
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Spduffee Offline OP
Need a Spot
Well, after a looong wait for a Wa State Patrol vehicle inspection (junkyard rescue needs VIN inspection) my 1988 Red Raider is back on the road.
Just as rxinhed prepped me in a reply a couple months ago, I was not overwhelmed by its power. It does OK with the Weber but even the smallest modern cars look irritated in the rearview mirrors as I accelerate at a snail's pace.
Yesterday I took it on the highway for the first time. In the one direction it was OK because it was slow traffic. Coming back I had a hard time reaching highway speeds (65). Going ip a slight hill dropped me back to 55.
Is that normal performance? I will never be able to go over the pass if that's the best it can do. Semi trucks would be passing me going up the hills....
I also seem to have a serious drain on the battery. I have tested the amperage removing each fuse...nothing.
I appreciate ang feedback you van offer on the speed and battery drain.
Thank you,
Shawn


"It idles rough in neutral" "We won't be in neutral" "Oorah"
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Re: Return of the Red Raider [Re: Spduffee] #1106409 08/08/21 11:12 PM
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I often used 3rd or 4th gear climbing freeway grades around Sacramento. For some, on the way to Tahoe, I was in 2nd at 4500 rpm to maintain some semblance of uphill speed...3rd would bog.This experience was same no matter tire diameter.

For the drain, how are you measuring?

Re: Return of the Red Raider [Re: Spduffee] #1106411 08/09/21 01:45 AM
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Than you for the reply.
Wow...You weren't kidding when you said it was not very powerful. Super fun to drive otherwise.
Battery testing: I disconnect the negative battery cable, plug my positive ammeter probe into the 10-amp plug, turn the ammeter to 10mA, I think, then put one probe on the battery positive and one on the disconnected ground cable. My ammeter was, at one point, showing 3.47 and no change when I removed each fuse, one by one.
I may be doing that all wrong....?


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Re: Return of the Red Raider [Re: Spduffee] #1106412 08/09/21 03:35 PM
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Typical performance from an out of the box Weber. If you'd really like to see how it's performing, put an air/fuel ratio gauge in it. You will probly find poor readings from the mass produced one size fits all progressive Weber. With a combination of an a/f meter and jetting, you can achieve decent performance, definitely better that what you are achieving now. If you really want to improve performance and all around Driveability, you should think about the Holley Sniper set up. Fuel injection for that proper a/f ratio will definitely help with driving. There was a time when that truck would do 75mph all day with the stock Mikuni.


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