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#2460258 - 03/02/18 09:32 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
jwb123 Offline
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I would have raced more when I was younger and cut better lights.

I would have divorced my first wife sooner so I would not have had to listen to the noise about spending money on race cars.

Aftermarket block was best investment I ever made for my race car.

Going fast is fun, but slower cars make better index and bracket cars, if all you care about is winning rounds. I won a lot more rounds with a 11.00 car than I do now with a 9.70 car

I wish I could have kept some of my early race cars, instead of having to sell them to finance the next one.

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#2460340 - 03/03/18 12:08 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Shoulda put a blower on my hemi 20 years ago! smoke
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#2460341 - 03/03/18 12:13 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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I wanted to get my 2 daughters and my son into racing when they were young. My wife was against it, I gave in. Now, I regret that. I should have fought for it. I see family teams at the race track, and it's good thing. My daughters don't like to do anything that I like to do, and vice-versa.
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#2460343 - 03/03/18 12:36 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Sport440]
BradH Offline
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Originally Posted By Sport440
I wouldn't of followed any of Brad h.s, engine and car building threads waiting for results that never have happened.

Well, since you put it that way... me, either.

About 20 years ago I decided I couldn't afford to both stay active in motocross and get back into drag racing as I started going to the track regularly with my Challenger.

20/20 hindsight shows me I made the wrong choice: should have kept the dirt bikes. Overall, the Challenger has been a money pit that's been apart far more years than it's been running. Although I get into the technical stuff because it really does interest me, on a scale of 1 to 10, the satisfaction I've gotten from my car hobby is pretty low... probably a 3, all things considered.

But at this point it's what I have, and too much has changed to go in a different direction. So, I'll do what I can to get it back on the street this year and hope to have something else to show for it besides a stack of parts invoices and some dyno test printouts.
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#2460374 - 03/03/18 06:49 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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It s been an enjoyable learning curve. That's half the fun. It's been fun to watch the kids, friends and myself grow and learn. There's always a better way to build, or race.
Doug

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#2460383 - 03/03/18 07:21 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Registered: 01/20/03
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I think if I had to start over right now I would probably build a fox body mustang with a gen III hemi in it. I had a mustang for a few years, loved it, loved the aftermarket, but I don't think I could let a ford engine onto my engine stand lol.
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#2460397 - 03/03/18 08:08 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Bad340fish]
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Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 12807
Loc: PA.
In 44 years of racing both on the street and at the strip I have seen a lot of guys come and go. Some guys are always searching for that special trick or gaget to go faster instead of working with what they have. They try this then they try that, selling this to buy that. Worry about cam overlap, dyno trickery, is my oil bad or good. Buy belt drives, vacuum pumps, and fancy timing wheels instead of sticking to track proven distributors on their 9-10-11 second race cars. Hell half that stuff isn’t even needed into the 8 second range. Oh let’s throw a dry sump on it and that will make it really fast. One of our members has tried Old style Hemis, wedges, and now going to gen 3 because we all know that will fix everything. I know some of us enjoy building and tinkering but sooner or later you got to drop the tools, calm down, and go have some dam fun. Most of us will never be the quick kid on the block. Ok I will stop preaching now because I’m kicking around the idea of switching all my cars over to fuel injection so I can start all over and go slower. Have a great weekend
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#2460411 - 03/03/18 08:58 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
RAMM Offline
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Originally Posted By BradH
20/20 hindsight shows me I made the wrong choice: should have kept the dirt bikes. Overall, the Challenger has been a money pit that's been apart far more years than it's been running. Although I get into the technical stuff because it really does interest me, on a scale of 1 to 10, the satisfaction I've gotten from my car hobby is pretty low... probably a 3, all things considered.

But at this point it's what I have, and too much has changed to go in a different direction. So, I'll do what I can to get it back on the street this year and hope to have something else to show for it besides a stack of parts invoices and some dyno test printouts.


Damn Brad a 3? That's not good. This tells me you're on the wrong path. I feel the same way sort of.

To answer you're post/headline question--I would have persued Architecture like I almost did and paid guys like me to live out my Mopar based affliction. J.Rob
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#2460417 - 03/03/18 09:19 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: RAMM]
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Registered: 01/22/03
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I would have never used that spring with those rockers. whistling popcorn

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#2460426 - 03/03/18 09:35 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: ccdave]
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Registered: 01/20/03
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Loc: The frozen wasteland of Iowa
I would have put my 64 Dodge back on the street with a mild 440.
I would have never used Brad Penn oil. stirthepot

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#2460427 - 03/03/18 09:35 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Registered: 01/14/04
Posts: 496
Loc: IL
Did Dragweek sooner, but was worth the wait! up

and found the second wife sooner punkrocka

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#2460432 - 03/03/18 09:43 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: tboomer]
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Originally Posted By tboomer
I would have put my 64 Dodge back on the street with a mild 440.
I would have never used Brad Penn oil. stirthepot



I would use Brad Penn Oil in my lawnmower. Ohhhhhh 💩
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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
6.001@113.27mph
9.44@138.23

Untitled by John Cadamore, on Flickr





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#2460433 - 03/03/18 09:44 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Dart451]
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Registered: 01/20/03
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I would have bought the AAR Cuda I test drove for 1,500 bucks the same day I bought my current one in 1981.

If I was going to get married at all,should have done it when I was young a stupid,instead of old and foolish at age 44..

Stopped my best friend from being killed by a drunk driver.
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#2460443 - 03/03/18 09:56 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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would have never married wife number two and divorced her fifteen years earlier!
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#2460448 - 03/03/18 09:59 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: 6bblFLASH]
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I would have bought a couple hundred R Bloks..
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#2460456 - 03/03/18 10:11 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: WHITEDART]
Hot 340 Offline
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Registered: 12/01/06
Posts: 3164
Loc: Pa
I would have never listened to a car show guy/non racer's advice on anything car related. Not Anything. Nor would I have ever picked up a magazine written by the same type. So expensive to UN-learn.

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#2460461 - 03/03/18 10:19 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Registered: 07/03/06
Posts: 408
Loc: nj
Hellcrate instead of another bb build. But that would have cost an additional fortune.

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#2460463 - 03/03/18 10:26 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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I would have bought all the unwanted used Hemi and Max Wedge cars I could afford back in the day.

Of course I probably would have sold them for only triple my investment and left a ton on the table.

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#2460464 - 03/03/18 10:28 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Registered: 08/17/09
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Loc: Portland, Oregon
I wouldn't have wasted time with my first car ( 1965 Chevy Impala SS 427 4spd). That thing was a slug with freeway gears. I went through 3 clutches before I got smart and sold it.
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#2460472 - 03/03/18 10:36 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Hemi_Joel]
Jambbii Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 468
Loc: Mesa , Az
Originally Posted By Hemi_Joel
I wanted to get my 2 daughters and my son into racing when they were young. My wife was against it, I gave in. Now, I regret that. I should have fought for it. I see family teams at the race track, and it's good thing. My daughters don't like to do anything that I like to do, and vice-versa.


My kids are the reason I am probably not racing right now... I do take them to the track once in a while.
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