>Just wondering what a 1979 or 1980 5500 Blizzard is suppose to work like.
>a 5500 and we can only get 60-65mph top speed from it.
>I've heard they had a problem with the frame cracking, could this be the
I owned a '80 5500 for about 5 years (my brother still has it). I'm not
aware of any "frame" cracking, although the belly pan used to get all
beat up and cracked. Never affected the way it ran anyhow. You are right
though. the 503 (496 cc) in the 5500 should do a little better than 65
mph. Mine (my brothers) will still consistantly get at least 75 on a good
stretch and will handily walk away from my '93 Indy Trail Deluxe until
the bumps come into play and the old Buzzard is porpoising 10 feet in the
air. Some of the things that will seriously affect performance on these
is the clutching, both drive and driven. The driven clutch has little
plastic buttons that will wear off causing the clutch to ride aluminum on
aluminum. You can imagine what the friction does. Also, check all the
idler wheels. They have a habit of sticking causing major amounts of
drag. Other than friction, the only thing I've seen slow the Blizzards
down is the odd tree.