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Eric Dailey#1
Member
posted January 28, 2004 12:40 PM
LAST SEASON I BLEW TWO NEW MOTORS 3500PLUS FIRST NITE IN CAR. ROLLED TWICE REPLACED SUSPENTION BOTH TIMES. SHELLED 1 TRANNY BENT 1 REAREND. I FINISHED 6 RACES THE WHOLE SEASON. I WON 2 HEATS AND 1 FEATURE! I THINK I'LL TRY IT ONE MORE SEASON! IT'S GOT TO GET BETTER.


Drogo99
Member
posted January 28, 2004 03:42 PM
Don't you like to fish?

LOL!!!!!

Good Luck

3sebo
Member
posted January 28, 2004 10:31 PM
ya why dont you tell them the hole story there buddy


pforsythe
Member
posted January 29, 2004 08:16 AM
I may be able to beat that, at least you got to the track last year. We started 2 sepetembers ago with the idea to build a race car. Well Januaray comes around and we are worried that we wont be done in time so we buy a roller plus a parts car. Got it all done and ready and My racing suit that was supposed to take 2 weeks to get ehre actually took 4 weeks so I miss the first practice and first race. So suit finally gets in and we get the car ready and descide we are going t try our luck at a track that races on sunday. we get the car ready and our tunning it on sat, and the motor blew, and by blew I me we lost a bearing and the oil filter built up so much presure that it exploded. so we get garage all cleaned up and finally find a new motor (after oil pan clearance problems and power steering problems) get it installed and get ready to go, this time we are goiong to try a track that races on sat nights. the car is running good and strong all week long sat morn comes around and we are going to get it on teh trailer and it will run for a sec or two then shut off. After spending all day figuring out that it is a stupid fuel pressure regulator it is now too late to make the show. Then next friday rolls around and we find out that our water pump is shot, we go get it replaced and now our pullies don't fit. after spending all nite trying to rectify this and by this time we are into september having never gotten to the track, we decide to give up for the year and sell the demon car and go back to building our primary car.


Raz_900
Member
posted January 29, 2004 09:33 AM
Not sure if I can beat it... but here's what my partner and I went threw this year.

- 3rd race with his brand new car, another car and I bump in turn 2..he's 2 spots behind me and nearly runs the other car over smashing the RF corner and bending the spindle.
- 6th race for me, blow a headgasket
- 8th or 10th race for him, roles the car twice on right down the front straight.
- 11th race for me, get broadsided twice, then hit straight on. Car gets cut and replaced from the K member forward.
- 12th race for him, smashes wall 8 laps in to the first time out after getting all the damage from the rollover repaired. Bends frame again. He's done for the year and cuts 1/2 of the frame out and replaces it
- Then it gets a little better, from the time I wrecked (July 5th and missed 1 week) to the end of the year in late Sept, I won 3 heat races and had 2 top 5 finishes.
- But, on 1 week I broke another 'glide case, put the spare never used tranny in, get to the track and the first time I hit the gas the 'new' one spews fluid all over the track. Glad the shop checked to see if the case was broke before building it. Gave up, spent $900 on a Deadenbear case and new driveshaft.
- And 1 other week... get the car all bandaided back together after a moderate wreck Fri night to have the spool blow putting it on the trailer for the Sat race.
- So.. 2nd half of the year I either finished in the top 10 or DNF'd with flat tires, broken rear end or 2 blown tranys. And my partner when through 2 - 3 speeds, 2 clutches and finally put the 4 spd (3rd and 4th only) in when he replaced the frame.

And that's the short version.



Eric Dailey#1
Member
posted January 29, 2004 12:02 PM
I'm glad to see some responses. i know that without adversity the sweet times would'nt be as sweet. i pray that all of you have the best season ever this year. i am looking forward to some serious redemption!at least everything on my car is new to start out the season.


Eric Dailey#1
Member
posted January 29, 2004 12:09 PM
windwalker thats the heck of it. i have a brand new boat in the yard. my wife takes off with it when im working on the racecar. this year im not running sponsors just in case im not done rolling around yet. IM GOING FISHING!!!!!!!!


Wind Walker
Member
posted January 29, 2004 12:40 PM
Just pullin on ya a little bit Eric.....LOL!!

As for myself, I quit racing in 1981, and stayed away from it until 1998. Like the idiot I am, I started attending the local track again (just to watch) & before I knew it, I was in the process of building another car, and to date I'm still going! I forgot to mention, that at the time that wise decision to return was made, I owned two (2) brand new boats (Ranger & Chaparell), but NOW, I have neither....LOL!!

But.....we are still racing (the kids anyway).

Horror story......Rebuilt a motor, and when I cranked it up to break in the cam, I thought I heard something not quite right. Asking my two pit crew helpers, & as usuall, they heard nothing. All temps & pressures seemed to be fine, but after hauling it to the track, and making a whopping four laps in the warm up, it completely seized up. It didn't get a drop of oil, after the initial break-in, and the only thing that I found suspect, was the oil pump (gear under the plate) shaft had ground very ridgid grooves in the top of the pump, and I think the pump binded up. All of this while my driver (son-in-law) didn't see the quarter sized RED LIGHT beaming from 2 feet away on the dash panell.

Complete melt-down!

Have a great day
Wind Walker


rat406
Member
posted January 29, 2004 06:52 PM
My first few years went like that but after you quit a time or two, do some reading on how to build a motor......you will start having fun. After all of my problams I started over with a car,& motor I built ,AND I quit asking for addvice from so-called freinds,(they will lie to you) Not refering to The Dirt Forum, This is a great Info spot. I won 16 races that year now that was fun, I had to show a profit on my income tax.Good luck and hang in there


RebelYell 10
Member
posted January 29, 2004 07:09 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Raz_900:
Not sure if I can beat it... but here's what my partner and I went threw this year.

- 3rd race with his brand new car, another car and I bump in turn 2..he's 2 spots behind me and nearly runs the other car over smashing the RF corner and bending the spindle.
- 6th race for me, blow a headgasket
- 8th or 10th race for him, roles the car twice on right down the front straight.
- 11th race for me, get broadsided twice, then hit straight on. Car gets cut and replaced from the K member forward.
- 12th race for him, smashes wall 8 laps in to the first time out after getting all the damage from the rollover repaired. Bends frame again. He's done for the year and cuts 1/2 of the frame out and replaces it
- Then it gets a little better, from the time I wrecked (July 5th and missed 1 week) to the end of the year in late Sept, I won 3 heat races and had 2 top 5 finishes.
- But, on 1 week I broke another 'glide case, put the spare never used tranny in, get to the track and the first time I hit the gas the 'new' one spews fluid all over the track. Glad the shop checked to see if the case was broke before building it. Gave up, spent $900 on a Deadenbear case and new driveshaft.
- And 1 other week... get the car all bandaided back together after a moderate wreck Fri night to have the spool blow putting it on the trailer for the Sat race.
- So.. 2nd half of the year I either finished in the top 10 or DNF'd with flat tires, broken rear end or 2 blown tranys. And my partner when through 2 - 3 speeds, 2 clutches and finally put the 4 spd (3rd and 4th only) in when he replaced the frame.

And that's the short version.


You forgot about the night in August when somebody spun you out in One and another car got airborne after hitting you!

[This message has been edited by True Blue (edited January 29, 2004).]

joetaylor
Member
posted January 29, 2004 08:49 PM
LAST YEAR ROOKIE SEASON DIDN' GET HE CAR DONE DUE TO UNEMPLOYMENT AFTER CUTTING CORNERS AT THE TRACK AND WE QUIT DOWN THE STRAIGHT AWAY FOUND WE RAN OUT OF BATTERY NEXT WEEK HOT ENGINE NO OIL PRESS LOAD CAR TEAR DOWN BOTTOM END GONE TAKE IT TO MACHINE SHOP DON'T GETIT BACK UNTIL 1 WEEK TO GO FOR SEASON.

BIG RACE AT ONEKAMA 1/2 MILE TRACK BORROW ENGINE AND TRANS (FOR GEAR RATIO) DIDN'T QUILIFY GOOD BUT WON MY HEAT WENT TO FAST CAR DASH TOOK SECOND DNF THE FEATURE

DISCURAGING

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U LIFT U LOOSE


Darren Scott
Member
posted February 01, 2004 10:37 PM
How about...built a new car cos the track promotor wanted us to improve the look of our class, spent ages getting the injection sorted (new pump, new regultor,new lines,new filters, new injectors, much headscratching), ran it once and the promotor sells the track to a developer who bulldozes it for industrial land, leaving me with a new car, no trailer cos I share one and a 6 hour tow to the nearest track....instead of 15 mins.....
And, just to add insult to injury, the tow car engine yells enough and dies in spectacular fashion in the middle of the trip to the other track.


Raz_900
Member
posted February 02, 2004 09:28 AM
quote:
Originally posted by RebelYell 10:
You forgot about the night in August when somebody spun you out in One and another car got airborne after hitting you!

[This message has been edited by True Blue (edited January 29, 2004).]



True!!! I kinda lost track with how the year went!!!

So is your new car and/or motor ready for this year? Hopefully (crosses fingers) both our cars will be back. Mine's in the garage motorless right now (go on Friday to get the splayed cap block from Pittsburgh Crank) and no front sheetmetal or bumper. The other car only needs painted and a decision to made on who's driving it ($$$ issues).


fast_crew
Member
posted February 02, 2004 04:59 PM
What part of PA. are you from RAZ?? I'm from Johnstown. Where all do you run at??

Josh

udecide66
Member
posted February 02, 2004 05:21 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Raz_900:

True!!! I kinda lost track with how the year went!!!

So is your new car and/or motor ready for this year? Hopefully (crosses fingers) both our cars will be back. Mine's in the garage motorless right now (go on Friday to get the splayed cap block from Pittsburgh Crank) and no front sheetmetal or bumper. The other car only needs painted and a decision to made on who's driving it ($$$ issues).


The new car is just about done, with the exception of paint. Then we'll get to work on the new motor. The block was already to the shop and back, so all I have to do is get the rest of the parts (rods and pistons) and we'll start putting it together. I'll be ready to go by April though... I can't wait!

Darcy
Member
posted February 02, 2004 07:19 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Darren Scott:
How about...built a new car cos the track promotor wanted us to improve the look of our class, spent ages getting the injection sorted (new pump, new regultor,new lines,new filters, new injectors, much headscratching), ran it once and the promotor sells the track to a developer who bulldozes it for industrial land, leaving me with a new car, no trailer cos I share one and a 6 hour tow to the nearest track....instead of 15 mins.....
And, just to add insult to injury, the tow car engine yells enough and dies in spectacular fashion in the middle of the trip to the other track.


Ha Darren you could allways convert it back so u can run at PCR, that only 2 hours away, it something to think about,
cheers darcy


STREET16
Member
posted February 06, 2004 07:47 AM
I can't top some of you, but my year had me ready to hang it up. In the first 6 races I blew up a 383 and destroyed 2 tranys, a complete 9-inch - including the spool and gears,2 radiators, a water pump, 2 power steering hoses, and a drive shaft. Resulting in 6 DNF's to start the season. The only 2 features I led all year long went bad - 1) something punctured my oil filter, resulting in black flag and blown 383, with me leading and 3 laps to go. 2)Someone(no one on the crew takes credit for this one) forgot(?) to put in all the hood pins - I led 18 laps with my hood blocking most of vision. The track officals didn't black flag me because I was holding such a good line they figured I could see some how. Finished third, my best finish of the year. Its got to get better, but my dad is already breaking out the fishing gear - just in case.


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