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  • Raced in Memphis, first round runner up when I turned on the Beer Light

    Drove to Bradenton, FL yesterday

    Set up pits today and drinking beer.

    There's a lady I was a very close friend with in 7th, 8th and 9th grade that's lives down here. I haven't seen her in 45+ years. Hopefully we'll get together.
    My image posting solution was to go to Southern Star Hosting, to register the domain of www.OldHippiesPhotos.com for less than $10, and hosting for less than $5 a month. I then installed the Free Application Zen Photo with one click from my Control Panel. I have tens of thousands of my photo digitized, which in time I'll upload there to preserve from disaster, and access from anywhere. In the meantime it makes for a great place to host my forum photos - plus I can still install 24 more free applications on that site if I cared to.

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    • Made a phone call today . I can't store a car here unless I got it inside the garage . Since I'm going to be tearing it done and reworking that spot . I have to find someplace to do some outside storage . $20 a month , me thinks me found something .
      All throttle , no bottle .

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      • Camp Thug has been established






        So far here:

        1. Me
        2. Doug
        3. DiChicco
        4.Tiller
        5. Barry the Ferry
        6. 00 Joe

        There's a bunch of people renting the track tomorrow for testing, and splitting the cost. If it gets to$100 or less I'll play.



        Buster and I took a lap around the track this morning, Exactly.1.83 miles. Buster“s ass was dragging the last half mile.



        All of the NSS racers went out for dinner, while I stayed behind to defend the Camp. Not to worry - ate well.

        My image posting solution was to go to Southern Star Hosting, to register the domain of www.OldHippiesPhotos.com for less than $10, and hosting for less than $5 a month. I then installed the Free Application Zen Photo with one click from my Control Panel. I have tens of thousands of my photo digitized, which in time I'll upload there to preserve from disaster, and access from anywhere. In the meantime it makes for a great place to host my forum photos - plus I can still install 24 more free applications on that site if I cared to.

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        • Tough weekend as the wife and I didn't do much. I hate time change and the older I get the less it makes sense.

          The truck is going in for nearly $1500 worth of routine maintenance I can't do myself anymore (tires, brakes, FEA, light engine work). Due to the computerized nature, of the brakes and engine stuff, I think it's actually cheaper for me not to wrench on it. the biggest part of the bill is the new tires....2nd set since I bought it new. They could actually go another couple of months, but the ones I want are on sale until the end of the month, so we're getting those now.
          "You're only as old as the women you feel."
          -Groucho Marx
          Moparless for now

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          • Went tonight after work and picked up the Demon . Now I need to round up parts & get some kinda shoes on it . Everything else comes later .
            All throttle , no bottle .

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            • Friday left at 6 am and arrived at track in Memphis at 5PM. Took both Whale and Vitamin C with me as neither had been tested. Paid $150 for two days of racing, instead of $75 each day. Big mistake as track would ultimately screw me out of $75 on Sunday Rainout. $75 won't kill me, but principle, so they'll never see another penny from me. Racers beware of the type of people running that operation.

              Saturday decided to race Vitamin C. Teched in car and ran two qualifying. Had terrible lights in both with .063 & .093. Red lit in first round when I bumped in too far to compensate. Bad plan. Gabe Ray and I had a long conversation. He's good people with his head screwed on straight.

              Sunday was rained out. Took me many hours in rain to get the Whale off the lift because header stuck on lift molding. I'd put it on lift at track so I could get Vitamin C in and out - but can't travel with Whale up there. Left the track many hours after last person - soaking wet. As I mentioned, the Memphis track screwed me out of my $75. Left track at about 3PM and took shortcut from Memphis to Bradenton via Mississippi and Alabama. Ran into a lot of traffic in Birmingham, so pulled into a Walmart for the night.

              Monday, up at 4 am and reached Bradenton at 5PM. Parked at top of track and went out for burgers and beer with Doug, Anne, and DiChicco.

              Tuesday we pitted. Met with fellow Texan and Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders Stevens, who is my favorite Pro Stock Racer. Buster helps me meet the most interesting people. She fell in love with Buster.



              Wednesday nine of us split renting a lane for $200 each. I tested the Whale. On the second pass I saw my oil pressure drop to 75 at end of run after lifting, then to 50, and as I braked 25 and finally to zero as turning the corner. I had my finger on shut off by then and hit it as soon as I saw zero. Towed back to pits and discovered a good leak from pickup to pump hose. Don't think I hurt the engine, but I want to fix hose, check System One Filter, add oil, pull distributor and spin up pump before starting. I pulled out Vitamin C and made Five hits with that to dial onto the 10.0 index. Fired up a steak for dinner.

              Thursday paid membership, established Credentials, tech'd in Vitamin C, put Whale on lift and did some clean up in the pits. I could have tested for $25, but weather was identical to Wednesday and I had the car dead nuts on. Doug and Anne had a little soiree at their Crib.



              Friday had two Time Trials and a Qualifying. I did a 10.016 which was good for six out of 20. My best friend in 7th-9th grade lives in Palmetto and stopped by for a couple hours. We'd not seen each other in 47 years. Our lives took very different paths after I'd moved away. There was a pizza and beer party for NSS and NMC drivers, so we caught up there.



              Saturday morning I qualified with a 10.002 - only good for 3rd. Tough Crowd! In last Qualifying I was bumped to 4th when someone got a 10.500 and I couldn't better my right on with a 2.


              Sunday we lost and hour and racing started early. I initially couldn't get the starter to engage. I put a switch on the relay and it turned over, then would turn over with switchbox in car. I turned the Stupid light on against Mike Davis. On way back to pits the car just shut off. When I hit the starter it acted like the engine was locked. I couldn't put a breaker bar on because I have a vacuum pump on car. Doug Duell was a big help with helping me push cars into stacker and strap down Saved me an hour with his help. I left track at noon and drove to First Alabama Rest area for a short nap. A lot of rain and big traffic jam by Ocala that slowed me down. At least my bestest racing bud, and fellow Thug Doug Duell won. Bailey on the other side of me in pits won Stock. I feel like monkey in the middle.

              Monday I was up at 4am and back at shop in early afternoon. Unloaded cars and golf cart. Got Vitamin C Started, although it made a nasty noise the first crank. Need to check converter and starter gears. Pushed Whale into Shop. As I was backing rig into parking, it got stuck in a low spot in the bottom ash. I was able to lay boards under the stacker's jack and slowly pull back far enough to get the bucket of my 4x4 tractor under hitch and park. Tried to pull the motorhome out with tractor, but only did tractor wheelies instead. Fixin to head to shop with my 4x4 F350.

              It is weeks like this I want to look up and scream "Is that all you've got?"
              My image posting solution was to go to Southern Star Hosting, to register the domain of www.OldHippiesPhotos.com for less than $10, and hosting for less than $5 a month. I then installed the Free Application Zen Photo with one click from my Control Panel. I have tens of thousands of my photo digitized, which in time I'll upload there to preserve from disaster, and access from anywhere. In the meantime it makes for a great place to host my forum photos - plus I can still install 24 more free applications on that site if I cared to.

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              • Seems like all I can talk about right now is the Demon . But hey ! It's a new toy ! Actually only part of a new toy . I got a lot parts to round up .
                All throttle , no bottle .

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                • Wednesdays are thrash day, when I pay a good mechanic friend to come over and we get a lot done. No photos today, but by end of day:
                  • Mowed five acres
                  • Vitamin C starting issue resolved, starter relay
                  • Rake out deep ruts caused by motorhome being stucked
                  • Whale's oil drained, System One filter inspected (some silver, no gold), oil line repaired, car started - plenty oil pressure
                  • Sprayed 12 gallons of weed killer on fenceline, beds, and driveway edge
                  • Aligned Front End of Vitamin C as it was towed out 1/2"
                  • Rebuilt carb on toy hauler's generator, dropped gas tank and fixed fuel line, and started. Still not running right
                  • Pulled trunk pull down motor on Allante and order new one
                  • Pulled White 60 Plymouth out of garage (someone coming from Florida to look at today) and moved 6 shelves in its place from race shop so I can get a couple of work benches in
                  a little cleaning up. Didn't get home until 8:30
                  My image posting solution was to go to Southern Star Hosting, to register the domain of www.OldHippiesPhotos.com for less than $10, and hosting for less than $5 a month. I then installed the Free Application Zen Photo with one click from my Control Panel. I have tens of thousands of my photo digitized, which in time I'll upload there to preserve from disaster, and access from anywhere. In the meantime it makes for a great place to host my forum photos - plus I can still install 24 more free applications on that site if I cared to.

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                  • Originally posted by BK View Post
                    Wednesdays are thrash day, when I pay a good mechanic friend to come over and we get a lot done. No photos today, but by end of day:[LIST][*]Whale's oil drained, System One filter inspected (some silver, no gold), oil line repaired, car started - plenty oil pressure
                    How often do you change oils in your race cars ?
                    All throttle , no bottle .

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                    • Sounds like you had an interesting week. I have been too busy again at work to get in here as regularly as I like.

                      We are watching grand kids for the weekend, car goes in for oil change and tire rotation.

                      "You're only as old as the women you feel."
                      -Groucho Marx
                      Moparless for now

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                      • Originally posted by Shorty Thompson View Post

                        How often do you change oils in your race cars ?
                        about 20 passes or after every ôther event
                        My image posting solution was to go to Southern Star Hosting, to register the domain of www.OldHippiesPhotos.com for less than $10, and hosting for less than $5 a month. I then installed the Free Application Zen Photo with one click from my Control Panel. I have tens of thousands of my photo digitized, which in time I'll upload there to preserve from disaster, and access from anywhere. In the meantime it makes for a great place to host my forum photos - plus I can still install 24 more free applications on that site if I cared to.

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                        • Originally posted by BK View Post

                          about 20 passes or after every ôther event
                          Thanks ! That's good to know for future reference .
                          All throttle , no bottle .

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                          • Okay I was on Facebook last night overall just reviewing some of the posts put out there by family & friends , when , I ran across another post about my ol' drag strip stomping grounds . Here we go again ! Let y'all more when I find out more .
                            All throttle , no bottle .

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                            • Morning, long hot weekend in DooDah.

                              We had the grand kids most of the weekend. I setup an old plastic sandbox at our house that the daughter used as a pool when they were much smaller. As I was filling it with sand, the oldest asked if we were going to put water in it as well so they could swim. I reminded him that we would be setting up the swimming pool in May (or as I told the wife early if it stays hot).

                              "You're only as old as the women you feel."
                              -Groucho Marx
                              Moparless for now

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                              • Must be something to climate change as I will be mowing the lawn this weekend. Earliest I have had to do it since I have owned a house. Peaches are in full bloom and the apples will be shortly. Everything is blooming almost a month early, with the warm temps. Hopefully we don't get a cold snap in the next month, but long range isn't predicting it.

                                "You're only as old as the women you feel."
                                -Groucho Marx
                                Moparless for now

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