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#2461009 - 03/04/18 03:04 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: csk]
11secdart Offline
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Registered: 08/22/03
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Married my wife of 30 years sooner rather than date for 7 years, should have lived together ( she had her own apt for years) rather than live at home. I have owned my Dart for 35 years in that time I was most successful when the car ran in the 11s ( it still does on a stop) I wasted over 20 years trying to run Pro/Heavy against 9 second cars running mid 10s and trying to go faster, I should have just stayed in the 11s. P.S. IMO i like Brad Penn my last motor ( 363 W2 heads , 590 lift mech. cam, !!.5 to 1 comp. on race gas) had over 1100 runs on it and is still good as new inside.


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#2461016 - 03/04/18 03:12 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
cgall Offline
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Registered: 03/31/04
Posts: 2381
Loc: SW Ohio
I made a lot of bad decisions that diminished my racing career, but hey, they say what doesn't kill you will make you stronger. One thing I do right is the opposite of BradH, I will never tear down my car unless I have everything in place to get it running again. My car isn't fast but I have raced it every year since 1993. I quit playing softball and soccer long ago to focus on family, but I have always made time and found enough money to keep racing. And my wife tried to make me feel guilty many times when I went to the track on a Saturday night and she was at home with two kids. Some guys play golf all the time or have a girl on the side, I just liked to race. Now I'm divorced and I have a big house with a 42 X 21 garage and I will be ready to race next month, I'm planning on racing at Indy this year at their double-up races, first one is April 7-8.

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#2461035 - 03/04/18 04:10 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
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Interesting story's in this thread work

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#2461058 - 03/04/18 04:39 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
Bad340fish Offline
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 5919
Loc: Tulsa OK
I do agree on keeping a car running. Taking them down for extensive work can turn into a blackhole of never finished pretty quick. There is things done on my car that I would have liked to do nicer but it would have taken way more time and money. Having the car running and driving makes it easy to stay focused and nibble away at things.
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#2461063 - 03/04/18 04:42 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: racerx]
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Loc: Minnesota
Took me way too long to learn to short shift 1st gear running a 4 speed and rely on the torque rather than twist the big block so bad. It should not have survived my stupidity.
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#2461151 - 03/04/18 06:37 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: cgall]
BradH Offline
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Registered: 01/30/03
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Loc: Valhalla... eventually
Originally Posted By cgall
One thing I do right is the opposite of BradH, I will never tear down my car unless I have everything in place to get it running.

That's a great approach, assuming you have a spare engine, trans, differential, etc., waiting to swap in when you hurt something.

Otherwise, I don't see how you can avoid down time while you tear stuff apart to determine what needs to be repaired before it can go back together.

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#2461177 - 03/04/18 07:12 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
madscientist Offline


Registered: 09/17/14
Posts: 2476
Loc: Washington
Originally Posted By BradH
Originally Posted By cgall
One thing I do right is the opposite of BradH, I will never tear down my car unless I have everything in place to get it running.

That's a great approach, assuming you have a spare engine, trans, differential, etc., waiting to swap in when you hurt something.

Otherwise, I don't see how you can avoid down time while you tear stuff apart to determine what needs to be repaired before it can go back together.



That was my plan back in 2104. I had another transmission and had a deal for another engine so I could do the second engine and gearbox up and just swap it.

My friend died and the whole deal was set back and took me almost 3 years to fix all the crap.
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#2461211 - 03/04/18 08:27 PM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
cgall Offline
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Registered: 03/31/04
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Loc: SW Ohio
Not picking on you, Brad, just saying I am a racer first and my cars have always been set up for longevity above all. I do keep a fresh spare trans and swap it out every 300 runs, have a fuel pump, starter and other stuff I take to the track with me. Nothing worse than lining for semifinals and battery is dead or some other preventable circumstance.

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#2461372 - 03/05/18 07:07 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: cgall]
BradH Offline
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Registered: 01/30/03
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Loc: Valhalla... eventually
Understood

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#2461377 - 03/05/18 07:17 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH]
pittsburghracer Offline
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Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 13748
Loc: PA.
This game can kick you in the wheels sometimes. I made one small change last year and did one stupid mistake. I lost probably 10 race weekends over it and was so pissed off I could eat nails. In the end it made my car way better and taught me how to build my own transmissions but wow what a way to go about it. I wish I could say I will never do anything that stupid again but I won’t take that bet.
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#2461384 - 03/05/18 07:54 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: pittsburghracer]
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Registered: 06/04/03
Posts: 2011
Loc: Haslet, Texas
To keep it racing related...if I knew then what I know now in 1985 I WOULD NOT sell a 68 Super Bee, give the 3500 I got for it, wheels, tires, and a 70 model Duster body to a place called Custom Auto Works in Waxahachie, TX to build me a Super Gas Car...who then approx. 3 months later closed their doors, went out of business, disappeared with my money, car, tires and wheels...it was a year long nightmare hunting the owner down...but I found him... smoke
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#2461408 - 03/05/18 09:13 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: RapidusMaximus]
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Registered: 12/13/13
Posts: 2575
Loc: Wichita
Originally Posted By RapidusMaximus
To keep it racing related...if I knew then what I know now in 1985 I WOULD NOT sell a 68 Super Bee, give the 3500 I got for it, wheels, tires, and a 70 model Duster body to a place called Custom Auto Works in Waxahachie, TX to build me a Super Gas Car...who then approx. 3 months later closed their doors, went out of business, disappeared with my money, car, tires and wheels...it was a year long nightmare hunting the owner down...but I found him... smoke


Can we hear more of this story?!
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#2461427 - 03/05/18 09:47 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: GY3]
RapidusMaximus Offline
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Registered: 06/04/03
Posts: 2011
Loc: Haslet, Texas
Originally Posted By GY3
Originally Posted By RapidusMaximus
To keep it racing related...if I knew then what I know now in 1985 I WOULD NOT sell a 68 Super Bee, give the 3500 I got for it, wheels, tires, and a 70 model Duster body to a place called Custom Auto Works in Waxahachie, TX to build me a Super Gas Car...who then approx. 3 months later closed their doors, went out of business, disappeared with my money, car, tires and wheels...it was a year long nightmare hunting the owner down...but I found him... smoke


Can we hear more of this story?!


It could be a whole thread by itself, but briefly...I was really hot to run Super Gas in a well built full chassis Duster, found a really clean 70 Duster rolling shell, sold my 68 Bee, bought wheels and tires and headed to a race car shop in Arlington called Paul Peyton's race cars, I had used them before and had good luck...well they were over booked and down to one employee at the time so they told me about this "other shop" but didn't know much about it. So...I drove out there met the guys, nice shop, lots of cars in work...sweet, made a deal to bring the Duster back the next weekend, they wanted a 3500 deposit to get started and I left my wheels and tires there for fitment purposes. Everything seemed to be going off without a hitch until I got a call late one night from an employee telling me that he just overheard the owner trying to sell my wheels and tires and that I should come see what's going on??? So...the following Saturday morning I made the 3 hour drive out there to find the shop locked up, nobody around anywhere...neighbor saw me looking in the windows and told me they had moved everything in the middle of the night 2 days prior...gone....vanished...no contact info, no forwarding address, no new business location...took me about a year to find him through 1985 type PI investigation, by then he had filed bankruptcy...my money, Duster body, and wheels and tires were never found, in the end only thing I got to do was clean out his storage building which contained a set of Chevy bolt pattern 14" wide rear wheels and tires and a welded together Chevy Vega ladder bar, strut chassis that was bare and this was after I showed up at his new job making threats that could have gotten me thrown in jail. I think I got 1500 for everything I carried off that day...without a doubt the worst deal I ever got into....
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#2461446 - 03/05/18 10:26 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: RapidusMaximus]
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Registered: 09/03/03
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Loc: north of coder
should have left my humpback in the swamp [south carolina] where it was back in 73 or so........ but it's coming [VEERRRY slowly !] along. hope i can at least coast it down the street before i croak.......
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#2461449 - 03/05/18 10:31 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: Jambbii]
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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 3439
Loc: Northern N.J.
Originally Posted By Jambbii
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.



LOL...My kid is the reason why I AM racing now....well she's racing, I'm wrenching and paying....how's that work anyhow?...lol.
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#2461485 - 03/05/18 11:39 AM Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: hemi_doug]
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Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 15751
Loc: Chilliwack B.C. Canada
I'd have to say I wouldn't have sold my 64 Race car when I got married expecting to get back into it. Looking back I would have bought a roller at that time rather than plan on building another car.
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