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Author Topic:   Crazy Quick Fixes
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted March 12, 2005 09:22 AM  
What kind of crazy quick fixes have you guys used or seen at the track? I'm sure some of these will be pretty comical. We were real loose one time and the only thing we had for weight was an old chevy small block head laying in the back of the truck. We strapped it in to the roll cage behind the drivers seat with duct tape, bungy cords and a small ratchet strap. It actually worked out pretty well. Pretty dangerous too.
I've also seen this guy pull the radiator of his truck and loan it to another racer at the track so he could finish the night then he put back in his truck and drove home! What ever it takes to finish!!!!
Let's hear those stories!

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 578
posted March 12, 2005 10:22 AM  
we had an a-frame bolt loosen up once and dump all the shims out on the track. the fix was put box end wrenches in their place till it looked "about right" reset to and go!!


Dirt Freak

Total posts: 474
posted March 12, 2005 05:50 PM  
we broke a right rear caliper bracket last week in the heat so we used two vise grips side be side on the rear hose and cut the caliper off and zip tied the vise grips to the axle tube. got a 2nd in the main

Light it up, Baby!

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted March 12, 2005 07:05 PM  
During a heat race (leading of corse) clutch started slipping, finished second, but clutch disk was junk. Serched pits for a spare, none found. Leaning against pickup box ready to give up, I see a enpty Bud can and a light came on. Grabed some cans and crushed them flat bolted them between the disk and flyweel. Bump started and won the feature!! Only time in 10 plus years of racing fixing at the track payed off with a win!!

Donnie Ross
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 264
posted March 13, 2005 06:00 AM  
back when we first started my brother tore the car up pretty good in a heat race,my dad came back to the pits later that night assuming we were done, boy was he mad when he saw his new van jacked up with two tires and wheels missing the hood up and his plug wires gone.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted March 13, 2005 08:10 AM  
I noticed my radiator leaking right before the feature and we didn't have any stop leak. So I sent my wife to the concession stand to get a cup of mustard. I poured the whole thing in, probably 12 oz. It slowed the leak down to a seep and I finished the feature.( I don't remember what place; it was 20 years ago!)

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 461
posted March 13, 2005 08:58 AM  
I was running in a heat race one time and hit another car head on ruined the radiator and broke the automatic tranny bell housing
Went back to the truck and put another fan and radiator in it THEn we had to think of a way to keep the tranny pulled over tight to the car cause one side was broke and the other side wasnt so i didnt have enough pressure on the side to keep the pump engaged so we took a rachet strap and pulled the tranny over to the side and run the whole feature with a rachet strap holding the tranny over to the side

02 Blewbyu
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted March 13, 2005 11:29 AM  
one time in a heat I ran over someones bumper that fell off and punched a hole in the oil pan so we used gorilla snot rags and duct tape and scrounged up enough oil and got 2nd in the main. Then there was a time when we had to pull a tire off the trailer but that wasnt good got hit hard and ripped the center of the wheel out.

Stomp and steer racing

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 477
posted March 13, 2005 11:49 AM  
i spun a hole in the center of the rad in my race truck so i got a hamburger bun and jammed it on the outside of the hole and poured lots of pepper in the rad did not leak a drop. i broke a shock on the rear of my race truck that year and i dont have a spare so some guy said to chain the rear end down but did not say how tight well needless to say i won the roll over award that year...lmao and 1 time in an enduro i was pitting for my pitcrew and he stuffed the rad in a buick regal and there was a dead K car sitting in the pits so i took the rad and cut the hood off had to stand it up and down to make the hoses work and it stuck ouit a foot over the rad support it was kinda funny looking. turned 157 laps like that till it caught on fire. 250 lap race

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 229
posted March 13, 2005 07:39 PM  
Years ago we lost one of the u-joint bolts out of the driveline-we also searched the pits for a metric fine threaded bolt with no luck so we used good old bailing wire-we finished the main event but my brother said after about 15 laps the car would shake really bad on the throttle-needless to say another bolt had fallen out-now we always carry spares.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted March 14, 2005 08:43 AM  
I run a leaf sprimg car and lost a spacer between the leaf and rear axle. We hunted around the pits and found a section of wooden fence post and stuck it in there and tightened it up. I started in the back and finished 4th in gthe feature. I might have done better, but the rear end was swaying around and I was babying the car into the corners.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 344
posted March 14, 2005 09:25 AM  
We needed to make weight and the best we could come up with was a big sledge hammer head and some bailing wire.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 344
posted March 14, 2005 09:27 AM  
Also where we run now ,the outside of the property is lined with old and s**** cars.Alot of metrics and some Camaros so if you break a part on the car you can usally find it on one of them.i gotta think the selection is getting less though.

A&M Motorsports
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 117
posted March 14, 2005 01:28 PM  
Got the short block back from the engine builder with no dowel pins in the block. Took four 5/16 push rods, cut em to length, drove em in. Worked perfectly and light weight too with the hole in the middle.

Artie Perilloux
A & M Motorsports

Winland Racing
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted March 14, 2005 02:58 PM  
lost a rim on an asphalt track, by the time I got it off the track the bottom of the spring perch was ground off and the spring was dropping through the hole. We found some flat bar and covered the hole, it worked. Used a come along to straiten a tranny which broke its mount and have even used bread in a radiator. All in the name of Enduro racing/

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 98
posted March 14, 2005 08:00 PM  
We broke a rear tranny mount one night in a heat race. The only thing we could find was one of the safety chains off the trailer. Wrapped it around tail housing and cross member with a bolt thru the chain links to hold it tight.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 43
posted March 15, 2005 06:15 AM  
Fixed a stripped screw in stud on a camel hump head that was drilled out the wrong size.The screw in stud thread is supposed to be 7/16ths and the hole was drilled to big so I drilled the hole out with a 17/32nds drill bit and tapped the hole 5/8ths and screwed a 1/2" heli coil in with thread locker and then screwed a 7/16ths heli coil into the 1/2" heli coil with thread locker and then used thread sealing compound on my screw in stud and torqed down and installed my rocker arm and set my valve lash.

It worked is all I can say after told it would not by a Napa auto parts store.


Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted March 15, 2005 06:19 AM  
One time...while I was in band know the rest. Ha Ha

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 174
posted March 19, 2005 12:51 AM  
I watch a guy pull the engine out of his tow truck and put it in a race car for a 150 lap race on a 1/2 mile track.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted March 19, 2005 06:04 PM  
well 77 did he do any good?

sc1 racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 419
posted March 20, 2005 05:44 AM  
my friend was running an enduro race and his belts and seat brace broke so when they stoped the race for fuel his dad chained him in the car...he got third..

neil rucker
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 799
posted March 20, 2005 10:50 AM  
saw a guy have the right rear leaf spring hanger break loose in a nova because the floor was so rusty. it just came right inside the car! they shoved it back in place and used a bumper jack between the cage and the floor to hold it, and wrapped the whole mess with duct tape. he won sat nite, and ran second the next nite at adiffirent track with it before repairing it. sounds pretty rediculous dont it? true story.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 123
posted March 20, 2005 09:21 PM  
we have 1 guy at our track that drives almost 2 hours to get there. he leaves his car at a shop near the track and works on it on sat afternoon well the rear end broke loose fronm the car so he used a bear trap to hold it in place. instead of taking it home that weekend and welding it up right he left the bear trap on and finished the season. how the track let him i will never know. oh and btw it was a chevette that he was

[This message has been edited by True Blue (edited March 21, 2005).]

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 123
posted March 21, 2005 03:31 PM  
well i guess i cant call it a $**tvette thanks for fixing that true blue


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