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#2460110 - 03/02/18 05:30 PM If you knew then what you know now...
BradH Offline
I Live Here

Registered: 01/30/03
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Loc: Valhalla... eventually
... would you have made different decisions as far as how you approached racing, or your choice of builds, or... ???

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#2460118 - 03/02/18 05:38 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
pittsburghracer Offline
Slowride

Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 12839
Loc: PA.
The only thing I would have changed is I would have bought my heads up car while I was younger and my son still lived at home. At my age it’s hard doing a class like that by yourself. It may end up being another bracket car
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Edelbrock headed 408
6.143@110.89 mph
9.73@135.05 mph shifting at 6700 RPM
422 Indy headed small block
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#2460143 - 03/02/18 06:09 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
madscientist Offline


Registered: 09/17/14
Posts: 1985
Loc: Washington
I would have never started.
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#2460151 - 03/02/18 06:11 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
FastmOp Offline
master

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 5113
Loc: Hot Rod Ridge
I'd have been faster

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#2460159 - 03/02/18 06:17 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: madscientist]
BradH Offline
I Live Here

Registered: 01/30/03
Posts: 13724
Loc: Valhalla... eventually
Originally Posted By madscientist
I would have never started.

I figured that comment would make it into the top 10 responses, but in by 2... wow! laugh2
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#2460161 - 03/02/18 06:19 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
gregsdart Offline
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Registered: 01/21/03
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Loc: Frostbitefalls (Rocky&Bullwink...
I would have done about everything differently! Skip the rb with 906 heads, save my nickels for B1 heads and a moly chassis.
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528 cubic inch alky injected 440-1 wedge, 3055 race weight.
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#2460169 - 03/02/18 06:25 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: gregsdart]
Dave Hall Offline
top fuel

Registered: 01/21/08
Posts: 1860
Loc: Cotati, CA
iagree gone big the first time!

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#2460170 - 03/02/18 06:28 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
Cab_Burge Offline
I Win

Registered: 08/23/03
Posts: 30818
Loc: Bend,OR USA
Originally Posted By BradH
... would you have made different decisions as far as how you approached racing, or your choice of builds, or... ???

popcorn

I would have never built and raced a 1970 Baracuda 4 speed with a Hemi in NHRA stock on a 9 inch wide slick tsk realcrazy
I should have weighed that car first as far as how much weight on the front tires and rear tires with me in it work
It had 2160 Lbs. on the front tires and 1280 lbs. on the rear without me in it back in 1976 before NHRA required the drivers weight in the drivers seat shock I never raced that car again after weighing it that day blush
That car had a minimum weight of 3440 Lbs. with out the driver after a run back then whiney
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#2460172 - 03/02/18 06:32 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
340man4ever Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 07/14/05
Posts: 321
Loc: Creston, Iowa
Dana 60 instead of 8 3/4, Super Sprag, LBA valve body and aftermarket front drum in 727....DAMHIK................
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#2460185 - 03/02/18 07:05 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
humpty Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 10/17/07
Posts: 363
Loc: Minnesota, USA
I would have started racing at a younger age, and learned how to do more on my own sooner like welding, building transmissions and rear ends. Lastly I wish I found this forum sooner!


Edited by humpty (03/02/18 07:06 PM)
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#2460198 - 03/02/18 07:20 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
dizuster Offline
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Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 3337
Loc: Oakland, MI
When we ran the lickety split car in the 90's and 2000's, I wouldn't have kept exclusivly turning the rear shock compression knob all over the place and wondering why it didn't help the traction. Lol
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#2460216 - 03/02/18 07:46 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
ric3xrt Offline
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Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 1069
Loc: Trumbauersville PA
I would of taken photos of things I built, I wouldn't have taken 8 years off.
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2004 Rumble Bee
2004 Ram GTX(Plum Crazy)
2005 Ram GTXtreme(s Plum Crazy,Banana Yellow)
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#2460232 - 03/02/18 08:26 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
ozymaxwedge Offline
super stock

Registered: 09/04/15
Posts: 954
Loc: Australia
When I was 10 years old I was going to the track with my Dad racing his 63 Max Wedge car, about then he was 2 tenths off the Australian A/MP record before he threw the Brooks rods out the side of the block, that was 75/76, 20 years later we got the car back and I found 5.14 gears in the diff !!!
What RPM is that ? 120mph 32" tire.

Im no guru but Im sure I could have got that record.


Edited by ozymaxwedge (03/02/18 08:29 PM)
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#2460233 - 03/02/18 08:28 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
bobby66 Offline
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Loc: Arlington, Texas
I would have chosen a far more lucrative and secure line of work. And bought a lot more Hemis.
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#2460235 - 03/02/18 08:39 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
Wookie316 Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 10/21/11
Posts: 285
Loc: Alberta
I would have done more research and chatted with more people before starting a build. Would of went to an aftermarket block out of the gate.
Doing those simple things and I’d have enough $ left over to do a second car. That I know for sure.
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#2460240 - 03/02/18 08:46 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
nss guy Offline
pro stock

Registered: 09/21/06
Posts: 1268
Loc: central ohio
I would have bought up a bunch of 68-72 muscle cars in the late 70's when people were getting rid of them. Held onto them till the 2000's

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#2460244 - 03/02/18 08:53 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
8urvette Offline
mopar

Registered: 07/20/11
Posts: 435
Loc: wine country
I would have built a LS based twin turbo fuel injected E85 engine instead of my 540 victor headed gasengine.... stirthepot

It would still be in my barracuda tho whistling


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#2460245 - 03/02/18 08:54 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: nss guy]
Sport440 Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 6555
Loc: Canton, Ohio
I wouldn't of followed any of Brad h.s, engine and car building threads waiting for results that never have happened. Besides that I would of Bought all the Hemis I could of back in the day. Other then that, would of done it the same, it was a journey. up

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#2460250 - 03/02/18 09:06 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
rb446 Offline
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Registered: 10/17/15
Posts: 222
Loc: UK
Building my 440SP motor with stock pistons and that 290@.050 solid wasn't the ticket, running the 14x32's @4.5psi was no good just because everyone else ran them at that back then, and the 90/10's weren't the best, probably would've done better with some used stock shocks, too much front end rise, apart from that the car still ran well and managed 10.7's with 2.14 906's but I'm sure I could've gone quite a bit quicker today with the same set up just changing those things, at the end of the day my goal was a 9 sec pass which I managed with a small shot of spray so not a bad way to bow out of the sport in 1990.
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#2460252 - 03/02/18 09:20 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: rb446]
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Registered: 12/13/13
Posts: 2303
Loc: Wichita
I would have spent more money on getting good suspensions and rearends under my cars.

Experimenting with 8 3/4 rears and Superstock springs was an exercise in wallet lightening and not much else.
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