...I have been planning this Road-Test for Years.    August 1-4, 2019

Take the Pantera to Americas' Southwest Deserts and Photograph and Video, ALL. The Hottest Place On Earth, the Hottest Time of the Year. Take the Kat Beyond the 'Point of No Return' and Bring Her Back, Alive, Running Fine.

A  video camera both 'In Cockpit' And One Mounted on the Rear Wing, right then left. There is some drone video. A Lot of 'in cockpit' video, Most of it showing Both Coolant Temp Gauges. Also showing the Time on My Wristwatch. Amazing! The Faster I Drive, The Slower the Watch Moves! Or, So It Appears. 

Also, we were running a Rear-View/Blind-Spot, CCTV Camera with 11" Monitor, which was Very Handy, and shows up in Most of the Videos. Marlin was Crazy Enough to Pull This Off! Faith in the Pantera and his Maintenance of the 351 Cleveland, and the Cat.

The Desert was 118F Degrees at Emigrant Pass Aug 2, 2019 2:30PM . AC? What, are You Kidding Me? NO! I Laughed at the HEAT and Ignored it! Except, I Never Ignored the 2 Coolant Gauges, Nor the Eng/Xaxle Oil Temps.

Equipment:

(1) Sony Camcorder

(2) Two GoPro Cameras

The Gopros could Handle the Heat, I Mean One was always out in direct sunlight, the Inside Cam was suction-cupped to the Sunroof. Actually, it was near impossible to Read the Touchscreen in Bright Direct Sunlight. The Only Shade was ME! Couldn't even see the RED LED indicating the Camera was ON. It Was On! 

This Pantera Liked to run at 80 MPH. 82 would rise in Temp, 78 would Cool Back Down. Phenomenal. Digital Gauge would read 200F to 214F. The Veglia (Factory Gauge Marked as (90-160-230) F Degrees, Sender in the Block) would Show 158F, Just under the '160'F Mark, being Straight-Up On The Gauge . When Hottest, would Read 162F, just to the Right of '160'F.  The Hottest I saw on this gauge was 190F, that time when we pulled off to get gas and were crawling behind semis, on the off ramp. That was after 2-3 hrs, sustained at 90MPH. I-5 South. Outside Temp 100F+.The R. Plate and 180F Thermostat, were Doing Their Jobs, Very Well! And all of That, is On Video with Stereo Sound!

The Pantera 'NEVER Missed a Beat'. She Fired-Up First Time, EVERY Time. When Shut-down, she shuts off right now. There was No Ticking, Hissing Cooling sounds...Nothing, Silence!    

Last of the Cameras, 1 Video Drone. The Drone performed Perfectly. I have Never Flown A Drone Before. I have watched multiple 'Video Classes', such as ' Cinema with a Drone'. My Thanks to those Teachers! This was My Learning/Practice Session, and NOT Forgetting to Turn ON the Drone Video Camera, OR Forget to peel-off the Camera Lens protection Sticker! HOT and Windy, I thought it might Not Fly, IT Proved Me Wrong! NO Crashes. Just send Her STRAIGHT-UP Up to 200+ Feet, and Fly, Hover...Pan! Took-Off from the Roof of the Pantera (Sunroof), Twice, and Ended the Second Flight, Landing Back onto the Roof. Skilled! And in the Wind, it's All on Video. The First flight, Ended by Snatching the Drone Out of a Hover, I shut down the Motors using one elbow (Video to follow). Flying with the GPS On, I Did NOT use the 'Return to Home'. Thanks for the Breeze, by the Way! I Filmed about 40 Minutes worth (2 Drone Batteries, 2 Sessions). I finished up with the Drone, before the Wind became Strong Enough to make the 'Loose Gravel' Sign and Post, wave and Twist. Shown in a Last Videoed, Hand-Held Panorama, with the sound of rushing wind.   

 I could Not get Drone Video of the Pantera Cruising, as I had No One Else with Me to Operate It. No One wanted to go with Me (Smart) and I did not want to 'Torture' a 'Innocent' Person, who did Not Know What to Expect! Turns out, There was No Room for a passenger, anyway. I don't Travel with the 'Trunk Tub', and, all of My Gear occupied the Passenger Seat. Tools, Spare Parts and Oil, were in the Nose.  

Marlin 

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Gutsy!  I'm barely willing to test taking mine out when the temperature gets above 60*F, and in the San Fernando Valley, that's virtually never.  You were in temps nearly twice as much, BRAVE SOUL!  Nice to know it's possible.

...I could have been Stranded at ANY Moment, We All Know What ALL can Go Wrong With these Panteras!. And NO Cell Phone Service to call AAA. Everytime I Shut Down the Engine, I was taking the Risk, the Engine would Never Start again! if I could, I would stop on an Incline, so I could 'Start On Compression', if I was Forced To. The Cleveland Starter Never failed to Fire the Cleveland!

Thank You! To the Gods of "Internal Combustion and Wind in the Face!"

One more note....Having a (small) 'Igloo' Ice Chest Packed with Ice and Cold Drinks, made the Difference. In the 'Middle of Nowhere' with Cold Drinks, Water and Sodas, NO Alcohol.

I was Never 'Running On Empty'. Knowing where ALL the fuel stops were, I would refuel at 1/2 Tank. 21 gal. tank. Calculated, Total Odometer reading, Divided By Total number of Gallons needed to refill tank back up to Full, equals 17.658 Miles per Gallon. How? 358 Cubic Inches....the Smallest Holley 600 CFM Vac. Sec. Carb, On a Dual Plane Edelbrock 'Air-Gap'; and Being 'Light' on the Accelerator. She Still Roared and the Throttle Response was Incredible. When Most of Your Driving is at cruise speed and Idling, Do You really Need a 750-780 CFM? (Sure, if Your Street Racing for 'Pinks'!) I Built the 600 Carb. 600 Body with (750) Center Pivot Float Bowls. the main Jets Increased, for a  Modified Cleveland, and a couple of Other Tricks. It worked very well! NOT a Whiff of Raw Fuel, in all that Heat-Soak. I run a Modified and 'Closed', PCV System. I never liked Sitting at an Idle, Watching 'Blow-By' Rise from the Engine Breathers, In the Rear-View Mirror!! I fabricated a pair of 'Vapor Separators' (Transparent), the Engine doesn't burn Oil, through the PCV, it Burns Oil Vapor! The Proof is, in All of 1343 Miles, less than 1 Quart of Oil was lost, according to the Dipstick. That is Far Less than What Is 'Normal'! And Not a Hint of Smoke coming from the Exhaust!

Speaking of the Central Valley California, I came up Highway 99, Yesterday Aug. 4, Cruising 85 MPH, all the way. Temp Gauges at Normal, Veglia stayed at 158F*. Compared to the Desert...She Barely 'Warmed-Up'.  By the end of the Journey, as far as the Engine Coolant Temp, there wasn't Anything to worry about.

The Last Leg of this Sojourn, began Sunday Morning in Barstow and heading West on Hwy. 58, with the Video Recording. Especially interesting is the 'Downhill' Run Through the Tehachapi's, to the Bottom, headed for Bakersfield. Your View is In-Cockpit, 'Riding Shotgun'. The Video Camera does Not define how Steep This Downhill was. A 6% Grade.

In ALL of the 'Interstate' Driving we Passed a Lot of Semis...Fast!

85 MPH Sustained, and there were SUV's Passing Me, on the Straights!!  Estimate Them at 100+. Go Ahead! 'Pull' the CHP Off of Me! I'am In No Hurry, I'll Just Cruise-On By, EZ. At a $470.00 Min., Citation, I Was Not Laughing, I've Been There!

For those who are curious of the cost of Fuel, 91 Octane = 95...My Logistics were set at $5.00 per Gal. Between the low $3.37 to a High of $5.80, that is exactly what I paid, on Average.

Marlin

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For well over 50 miles, This was the Only safe spot to pull over, without hanging out into the Roadway. Just where I wanted to be, Emigrant Pass, Old Spanish Trail (Highway) California; Between Shoshone, Tecopa, and the 'T' Junction at Highway 160 in Nevada...Go Left to Pahrump, Go Right to Las Vegas. 

Kingston Range...Kingston Peak (Highest Point on the Right). By My TOPO Maps, Kingston Peak is 14 Miles from Emigrant Pass (the Sign in the Photos).

The Cat was 118F+ In The Sun. In-Cockpit Parts I Touched would Burn My hands, Another Reason to Wear Leather Gloves.

Witness Shifting the Pantera ZF, Smoothly and Accurately, with No Gates!...Watch and Listen to THESE Videos! Your Riding Along IN the Passenger Seat. Also, Your ON the Rear Wing, Looking into the Cockpit and all surrounding Scenery; for 100's of In-Town and On-Highway, Miles.

First Photo: Taken while Driving. Approaching 'Emigrant Pass' From the West, Shoshone through Tacopa. Camera does not reveal, This was a Fairly Steep Uphill Climb. A 'Rear-View' is provided on the Monitor.  

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I am also waiting for the pics and hopefully vids

besides the cost of fuel, how did you find the quality.   I would be afraid of the lower octane ethonal blends out there

marlinjack posted:

...How? 158 Cubic Inches....the Smallest Holley 600 CFM Vac. Sec. Carb, and Being VERY 'Light' on the Accelerator.

 

 

So, did you swap out the Cleveland for an inline 6?  

Sounds like  a great weekend! 

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jfb05177 posted:

I am also waiting for the pics and hopefully vids

besides the cost of fuel, how did you find the quality.   I would be afraid of the lower octane ethonal blends out there

That's pretty much all we have in the People's Republik of California. When I drove my son's car out to Denver for him 2 months ago, I noticed improved performance and a definite 2-3 MPG increase in fuel economy once I was able to buy real un-diluted gas.

jfb05177 posted:

I am also waiting for the pics and hopefully vids

besides the cost of fuel, how did you find the quality.   I would be afraid of the lower octane ethonal blends out there

...I found Shell to be the best Gasoline, No pinging. Chevron was also a good Gas. ALL Others were a 'Coin Toss'.

marlinjack posted:
garth66 posted:
marlinjack posted:

...How? 158 Cubic Inches....the Smallest Holley 600 CFM Vac. Sec. Carb, and Being VERY 'Light' on the Accelerator.

 

 

So, did you swap out the Cleveland for an inline 6?  

Sounds like  a great weekend! 

...Wow, now I get it, this late! I must have been Very Tired, Exhausted, when I wrote That. Ofcorse it was a 351, .030" Over. Thanks for Pointing That Out! Actually Make that a 'Boss 351'.

Correction Made.

MJ

...Other than That, there will be NO Bragging Here!

 

No worries!  Just teasing you bro.  Sounds like a great adventure!

...It was 'Ramble Tamble' By CCR. Played on the CD Deck, and Recorded on the Cockpit Camera. It was So Hot! the Deck Played Most of the tune and then malfunctioned. Only time on all these videos Music is heard.

MJ 

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Now, the question we've all be waiting for...  

What was the highest velocity attained on this little adventure?  

...90-100 MPH only in passing. Or that's all I will admit to here. 85-90 Cruising South I-5 Central Valley, California. Sustained temp on the Veglia, 165F. At My first gas Stop, 'Lost Hills', Cali. Interstate-5 South, we pulled off for fuel...ofcourse, All Cars are in Line, held up behind Slow and Stopped at a 'RedLight', Semi's.... The Digital Gauge is Now reading 226F Degrees! Was I worried? Kind'a, that's when I started relying on the Stock Veglia Gauge, right at 185F. NO, I was Not Going to Test, 'How Fast Can She Go', at This Time..

This was Not a Speed Contest. That Is for the 'SS Challenge'.

 And besides "...The Highway's Lined with Broken Heroes on a Last Chance Power Try!"... Broke-Down. Or, those who passed Me were soon seen, on the Side of the Interstate, having a 'Meaningful Conversation' with a CHP Officer! I was Thinking, That Should Have Been ME, pulled-over! And besides That...I saw some Beautiful Machinery! Like That Gorgeous BLUE Ferrari Roadster, in Pahrump! But! I was Never Challenged!

Everyone Behaved Themselves and were Polite and Very Respectful, On and Off the Road. 'We' All had a Great Time with a Lot of Fun, Cruising. We Shared the Road! Safe and Sane.

Actually, the Majority of On-lookers, acted as if They were Scared of the Pantera!? People were sure to 'Keep Their Distance', Very Few ever Spoke to Me!

Only the Pantera can Make a 'Fuel-Stop', an Event! A lot of Picture Taking. Kids hanging out of SUV Windows with their Smart-Phones. Groups of People, Standing, Waiting, Just to Hear the Kat 'Fire-Up'. And Fire-Up It Did! It's All On Video!

We Represented Our Marque, very well to the Best of Our Ability. 

Marlin

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But just remember...

 

On a rattlesnake speedway in the California desert
I pick up my money and head back into town
Driving cross the Armagosa county line
I got the radio on and I'm just killing time
Working all day in my daddy's garage
Driving all night, chasing some mirage
Pretty soon little girl I'm gonna take charge

The dogs on main street howl
'Cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain't a boy, no, I'm a man
And I believe in a promised land

I've done my best to live the right way
I get up every morning and go to work each day
But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold
Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode
Explode and tear this old town apart
Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart
Find somebody itching for something to start

The dogs on main street howl
'Cause they understand
If I could reach one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain't a boy, no, I'm a man
And I believe in a promised land

Well there's a dark cloud rising from the desert floor
I packed my bags and I'm heading straight into the storm
Gonna be a twister to blow everything down
That ain't got the faith to stand its ground
Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

The dogs on main street howl
'Cause they understand
If I could take one moment into my hands
Mister, I ain't a boy, no, I'm a man
And I believe in a promised land
And I believe in a promised land
And I believe in a promised land

 

 

That's you - MarlinJack!

(My favorite Bruce Springsteen Song)

...In the Shop, Experimenting with Gopro Camera Angles, Marlin Invents the 'Wing Cam'. A Unique Camera View. Another use for the Delta Wing, besides letting Gorgeous Women set Their Cocktail Glasses on It. With a Coaster, ofcourse! More to come.

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...Testing, Loading 'Shorts' within 100MB Limit, until I can figure out how to take 'Snippits' From 100's of GB's. Opps, didn't mean to post twice….This is Shoshone, Chevron Station, Aug. 2, 2019 1:00PM. 115F+ Degrees OUTSIDE. A little hard to breathe in the Cockpit, Much Hotter Inside, and after all, I am 67 Years Old, and this Pantera Has a 'Sunroof'. I'am Sure to Wear a Hat And a Bandanna IS A MUST!! I Did NOT need to fuel-up here, I Stopped for Cold Drinks, One Added to the Ice Chest and One Downed Right Now. Tanked-Up at Baker, and Still have Over Half a Tank. We'll Gas-Up when We reach Pahrump. For Now, Next Stop Emigrant Pass.  

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...A Drone Short, Hand grabbed from a Hover. Short enough to post, Each of 2 sessions of actual flight time, are Too Long, and are not accepted here. Working on it! This is a stop between sessions to Exchange Fresh Drone Battery. Emigrant Pass Aug. 2, 2019 2:40PM. 118F Degrees. Looking South-East, 'The Kingston Range', 'Kingston Peak' is on the Far Right. The Sign Reads...'LOOSE GRAVEL'. The Gravel was So HOT, it Melted the Rubber Sole off My left (narrow) 'Driving' Shoe. Hey Marlin! Driving Shoes are to Clear the Pedals, Only! NOT for Walking Around in The Desert! Get Real, Marlin! MJ  

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