New Engine - New Best - Originally posted November 20, 2018

Trunk Monkey

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Sep 12, 2023
Charlotte, NC
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'95 Thunderbird with '18 TF 5.3L - SVO Engine
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I finally made it back to the track after like three years on Sunday.

Took the new 5.3L out for a shake down and wasn't disappointed. The only problem (and it's a good problem to have) is that the engine was overpowering the 255/50/16 MT ET Street tires that I was running. I had to nurse the car off the line to maintain traction. I think with the right tires there might be a 1.55 Sixty foot and a 10.9xx in my future. I'm looking at some other 285/40/18's, 275/45/18's or 275/60/15's. I have some NITTO NT05R tires in a 285/40/18 size that I tried running initially but they're quite old and don't have the grip that they used to.

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No cylinder sleeves in my engine. This was from 2018. It was the first time to the track with the new engine and unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I haven’t been back to the track since then.

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