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Old 01-13-2021, 02:54 PM
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doesn't the tire grip or lack there of make it easier on the transmission? how do you figure what HP you lose because of loss of traction?
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:03 PM
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doesn't the tire grip or lack there of make it easier on the transmission? how do you figure what HP you lose because of loss of traction?
I'm going to put 200 tread wear tires on it... hook is likely to be a problem in the near future (one of the tires has a flaw in it, so tire changing is going to come sooner rather than later.)
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Old 01-14-2021, 04:36 AM
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Brown Santa arrived today

it even came with stickers!

and baffles

of course, the accessories.... like a pickup that can do full flow
and a screw in dipstick


​​​​​​​now the machinist needs to finish... so 6 years from today and I'll be dialed!
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:24 PM
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nice , nothing prettier then shiny new parts
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Old 01-14-2021, 10:36 PM
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nice , nothing prettier then shiny new parts
unless those parts are scattered under the remains of the oil pan...
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as I said before I would still be crying.
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as I said before I would still be crying.
I hate spending extra money - but I paid to go to law school, and I've learned far more at far less money spent by my trials, tribulations and successes with cars. Glad I did law school because it affords this learning for me, but I half expect them all to blow - and many do because I start 'cheap'

I knew the head gasket surface was wrong, I also knew I may have hurt the bottom end when the MSD distributor loosened... but learning. And I can't be a complete idiot (parts are missing), but even that.... I'm being copied on many things I do (which we all know that copying is the greatest compliment) - somehow I feel like the Pied Piper with similar results...

point is, I may not like the boom but it's still a lot of fun.

and I'm still testing things.... my assertion - that chinese make great anvils - in this case, I like the Striker head a lot, but those things are $5,000 EACH.... I put good valves, good springs in the Chinese copy and they seem to be just fine.... they still will need a port but I won't have 4k in them - even with light valves and great springs - best of all, if I put a piston into orbit, it's a $600 aluminum head.....

and to be super-clear, I will never, ever waste a part.... I think that people who break rocks in a sandbox are idiots. But if I find its fail point, I'm okay with it.

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its a good attitude that I share also.....I often compare this hobby to Golf.....at the end of a year playing Golf what do you have to show for it?
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.at the end of a year playing Golf what do you have to show for it?
grey hair, bent clubs, friends who have restraining orders against you, clubs who 'trespassed' you...

hypothetically speaking, that is.

I gave my clubs to the nicest pastor I'd ever met. Heard he runs a bar in Sin City now. Coincidence? I think not.

In other news, I reached out to OUSCA (Optima challenge) - the 2021 rules say if you have questions, ask. So I asked. Seemed prudent.
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