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#2460475 - 03/03/18 10:40 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
OUTLAWD Offline
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I would have opened the N2O bottle sooner...and it would be mounted in a fox body...haha
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#2460488 - 03/03/18 11:20 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Registered: 01/20/03
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Loc: Las Vegas
I would have pushed harder to get my son involved driving a car. Would love to say I would have started racing sooner. But we had our kids when we were young so money was not there to even worry about a racecar. Would not trade a racecar for doing things with and for the kids so I am fine with the way things turned out. Really nothing else I would change. Sure would love to have the cash to go run Comp but that aint happening, to old now to start there. Will just keep doing what I have been doing. Afterall I would not be where I'm at if it were not for where I've been
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#2460510 - 03/03/18 12:24 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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I would have left my car a gasser and just improved that straight axle platform instead of making the car more "Pro Street" with new chassis and full quarters. Then I would be able to race with the "new gasser" crowd. It looks like they are having a lot of fun, and drawing pretty good crowds too.
No real regrets changing to the Hemi though. twocents

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#2460533 - 03/03/18 01:10 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
Jeremiah Offline
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Registered: 03/03/03
Posts: 8167
Loc: Rogue River, OR
Originally Posted By BradH
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.



*and check the oil before you drive it, every time. : )

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#2460542 - 03/03/18 01:35 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: OUTLAWD]
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Registered: 12/13/13
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Loc: Wichita
Originally Posted By OUTLAWD
I would have opened the N2O bottle sooner...and it would be mounted in a fox body...haha


Preparing for that this summer...the Nitrous, not the Fox body!

I had one of those ('93 Cobra) and decided it wasn't for me!
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#2460568 - 03/03/18 03:27 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Hot 340]
dustergirl340 Offline
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Registered: 09/20/04
Posts: 22873
Loc: Chicken coop
Originally Posted By Hot 340
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.


Non-racers. Who endlessly brag about their car, friend's cars, and cars they don't even own...but everything you own is crap.

If they go to a race they never participate, only spectate...but they come to my pit area (usually when I'm busy) and tell me what I'm doing wrong.

They all have 9, 10 and 11 second cars that you never see at the track but they still get faster every year. And if you ask to see a timeslip they "lost" it.

What would I change? Nothing as of yet. My husband and I are still having a blast. Still learn more every year. I do appreciate advice from real racers...you guys rock.

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#2460590 - 03/03/18 04:38 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: dustergirl340]
Cab_Burge Offline
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Registered: 08/23/03
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Loc: Bend,OR USA
Originally Posted By dustergirl340
Originally Posted By Hot 340
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.


Non-racers. Who endlessly brag about their car, friend's cars, and cars they don't even own...but everything you own is crap.

If they go to a race they never participate, only spectate...but they come to my pit area (usually when I'm busy) and tell me what I'm doing wrong.

They all have 9, 10 and 11 second cars that you never see at the track but they still get faster every year. And if you ask to see a timeslip they "lost" it.
iagree I think I've met those people also at the races work whistling
I've also met and got to know a lot of good Mopar racers at the track, also met some not so good competitors that raced other brands that like to play mind games and one upmanship down
I loved whupping them guys devil
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#2460593 - 03/03/18 04:56 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Registered: 11/12/03
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Loc: Texas
If I knew what I know now my street car would have been in the low 10's instead of the low 11's in 1977.
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#2460596 - 03/03/18 05:00 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
TRENDZ Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 1768
Loc: Milwaukee WI
Not to add anything to the car without lightening it in some manner. Don’t add anything that isn’t needed to go faster. Spend more time using the power you have instead of making more power to waste through an untuned chassis.
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#2460601 - 03/03/18 05:14 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: dustergirl340]
Uncle Barry Offline
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Registered: 10/13/07
Posts: 1030
Loc: Big Western Pencilveinya
Originally Posted By dustergirl340
Originally Posted By Hot 340
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.


Non-racers. Who endlessly brag about their car, friend's cars, and cars they don't even own...but everything you own is crap.

If they go to a race they never participate, only spectate...but they come to my pit area (usually when I'm busy) and tell me what I'm doing wrong.

They all have 9, 10 and 11 second cars that you never see at the track but they still get faster every year. And if you ask to see a timeslip they "lost" it.

What would I change? Nothing as of yet. My husband and I are still having a blast. Still learn more every year. I do appreciate advice from real racers...you guys rock.
Wow, ain't this the truth! laugh2 I always like it when they tell you that you don't know how to drive and then proceed to tell you that they would show you how it's done! I've even had one of these types tell me I just need to go out there and wreck my car so I'd know how to drive! (True story)... But back to the thread, I wish I built my hemi alot sooner in life, back when my dad was still living. He would of had a blast I'm sure. He got a kick out of the many 340's we had!
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#2460637 - 03/03/18 07:39 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: RAMM]
BradH Offline
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Registered: 01/30/03
Posts: 14251
Loc: Valhalla... eventually
Originally Posted By RAMM
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.


Damn Brad a 3? That's not good. This tells me you're on the wrong path...

It's the law of averages... a handful of enjoyable years mixed in with a lot where I'd tell my wife that I was ready to roll it (or carry it in pieces) out to our cul de sac and set it on fire just to be DONE with it.

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#2460660 - 03/03/18 08:41 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Registered: 01/18/04
Posts: 13185
Loc: Mt. Vernon, Ohio
I would of taken the offer my dad gave me and let him pay for the college education in mechanical engineering and payed him back,instead I decided to work a number of meanial job's and squeek out a living for the last 40 years.
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#2460676 - 03/03/18 09:33 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: dartman366]
Leigh Offline
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Registered: 01/19/03
Posts: 5698
Loc: Anoka County, MN
Originally Posted By dartman366
I would of taken the offer my dad gave me and let him pay for the college education in mechanical engineering and payed him back,instead I decided to work a number of meanial job's and squeek out a living for the last 40 years.


This. I made the mistake of being in a profession, that produced pay cuts the last 10 years before retirement. ALWAYS talk young people out of a dealership automotive career.

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#2460690 - 03/03/18 10:09 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
Sport440 Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 6590
Loc: Canton, Ohio
Originally Posted By BradH
Originally Posted By RAMM
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.


Damn Brad a 3? That's not good. This tells me you're on the wrong path...

It's the law of averages... a handful of enjoyable years mixed in with a lot where I'd tell my wife that I was ready to roll it (or carry it in pieces) out to our cul de sac and set it on fire just to be DONE with it.



When you finally get that car back together, as you should and its ready. That scale number should jump to about 9 or 10 or so. You've done great research, put her together. up

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#2460717 - 03/03/18 11:22 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Sport440]
Steve1118 Offline
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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 2695
Loc: Walton's Mountain, Pa
Although things have gone good, and I've been doing this since 1969, to be brutally honest I would not have spent so much time hitting the sauce when I was younger. I had a drinking problem, and upon retrospect it cost me. I've often wondered just how well I would have done if I had worked harder, rather than party as much.
It's been 20 years, since I've had a drink, but, honestly, If I knew then what I know now, it would have been different.....


Edited by Steve1118 (03/03/18 11:24 PM)
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#2460723 - 03/03/18 11:48 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Steve1118]
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Registered: 08/31/09
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Loc: Mooresburg, Tn
In 1976, when looking for my first car, I had to pass up a Dodge Charger Daytona AND a Plymouth Superbird, both with a big blocks, one with a 4 speed. $5000 for either one, both just average used condition (sitting on used car lot). I didn't have much money and wound up buying a 1973 Barracuda, 318 auto. At that time,I was looking for a car to drive to work, not a hotrod. I kept (and drove) that car until 1999, then sold it to someone who restored to real nice.
On a side note, at the time (1976) I was renting a house with 3 other guys and the drive way was WAY cool. My Barracuda, a 196? Dodge R/T, a 1970 Chevelle SS 396 and a 1969 Ford Torino Talladega.
The other thing I would have done back then would be buy a aftermarket block or two when they were available, even if I had to borrow the money to buy them.
Hind sight and fore sight...

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#2460900 - 03/04/18 11:25 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Jambbii]
DoubleD Offline
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Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 1922
Loc: NE Ohio
I been around this MOPAR racing stuff for over 40 years - I would not change a thing - never stopped learning - never lost the passion for the cars - still having fun today! I also never take it too seriously after all it is just a hobby! Along the way I have met some real good people also made a few good friends! I have also seen a bunch of flamers come and go in the Mopar hobby but that is to be expected.

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#2460911 - 03/04/18 11:57 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: DoubleD]
ccdave Offline
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Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 1767
Loc: Mopar Country, Mi
If I had to do it all over again I would be a Chevy guy. Huge aftermarket, better quality aftermarket parts, less expensive, and less chip on the shoulder “ I’m the master of all Mopar engine builders so how dare you thing outside my way of engine building because I’ve been a Mopar guy for 50 years back when things were done the right way....

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#2460919 - 03/04/18 12:06 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Registered: 03/30/03
Posts: 1046
Loc: Martinsville, IN
Lol I wouldve bought up A-body rearends and sold them today to pay off my house.
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#2460974 - 03/04/18 02:10 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Loc: KATY TEXAS
For me the list is long, NEVER get married is at the top.
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