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Author Topic:   Fuel cell size
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted January 25, 2005 11:49 AM  
Just out of curiosity, what size fuel cell are ya'll running. The car I bought only has an 8 gal. cell in it. Some say that it's big enough for most races, others that on a bigger race, 30 laps, I'll run out of fuel.
FYI- Track is probably a little under 3/8 mile. Car is a metric, 3300# weight minimum, 355 ci, Holley 4412 2bbl, 3:73 rear gears, powerglide running in low.
Big enough or should I play it safe and go to 12-16 gallon?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 184
posted January 25, 2005 12:03 PM  
I think i would go up to 16 gallon the weight is goog for rear and i would be afraid of running out of fuel.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 265
posted January 25, 2005 12:35 PM  
If you can add weight, the 8 gallon will be fine for you in most cases. I have a 12 but have never used more than 4 gallons in a street stock in a given night.

Plus if you can add weight, you can put it where you want and adjust for slick/tacky accordingly.

Just my opinion but a larger fuel cell is great for adding weight to the rear only if you cant add weight per your rules. Otherwise weight is weight. I prefer moving lead instead of counting on liquid for my rear percentage.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 344
posted January 25, 2005 01:46 PM  
We ran a 100 lap enduro one time same size track as you and roughly same motor combo.We had lots of fuel left in a 8 gal cell.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted January 25, 2005 02:18 PM  
yeah 8 gallon is fine i ran a 100lap street stock race on a 3/8ths and i coulda more than made it. i prob could have gone 120 the way we fig it.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 578
posted January 25, 2005 02:55 PM  
we run a 16gal to be safe. its nice if you forget to bring the fuel to the track or something stupid like that. the small cell will be good in case of a fire...less to burn. im assuming you can add lead since you have a weight rule but if you cant get the biggest cell possible!!!!


Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted January 25, 2005 02:58 PM  
No problems with adding weight, as long as it weighs at least 3300#.

No Guts - No Glory, STAND ON IT !!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 474
posted January 25, 2005 07:47 PM  
Dang all you guys must be rousch racers, We
lost a $1500.00 race one night on a 50 lapper
when we ran out at lap 40 something. Course there was a ton of yellows. We ran out leading out of turn 4 and got creamed by the two cars directly behind us.

sc1 racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 419
posted January 26, 2005 03:23 PM  
i used to run a 8 gal cell, id fill it up friday, race friday, and sat night with around 3 galls left. that was on a tight 1/4, on fridays, and a big 3/8 mile on sat..

id say stay with the 8 gal so you can get your weight right without having to worry about fuel sloshing around upsetting the car..

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 369
posted January 26, 2005 04:11 PM  
man i have a 12 gallon and after running heats of 8 laps and a main of 16 laps i usually have about half or less on a 4/10ths figure 8 track

drive hard or drive home

sc1 racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 419
posted January 26, 2005 11:42 PM  
i didnt beleive it either. dang car got better gas milage than my truck. but i did have 3/4 fuel line, and the cell hanging so the bottom sagged just a litle.. so i figured 8 in the cell, possibly 8.5 not sure how much you can acctually force in, and another 2 in the lines.

most of the time 3 gals would fill it up after a race night. 1/4 mile track is so slick, youre completely off the gas in the turns, and feathering it down the straights..

hopefully that will change this year!!!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 333
posted January 28, 2005 12:45 AM  
14 gal. Put 5 gallons in after one night of racin' and it's topped off. Unless I gotta run a B feature. Then about 8 gallons. Moving weight around? How about an adjustable fuel cell. It's neat.

if it ain't fun, then don't run


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