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The lethal brain cell effects of racing

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 10:03 am    Post subject: The lethal brain cell effects of racing Reply with quote

I have an alternator cut-off switch that allows my battery kill switch to choke the engine. When I go through tech, it has to be off. So the other day I follow my usual procedure: go through tech, get a number, park by the bathroom and unload the junk from my car (tools, air tank, etc.), drop my tire pressure and get in the lanes. First pass I pick up a high rpm miss and it runs 12.15. Next pass it is coughing hard above 6k and I run a 12.11, but on the return road I can tell its a jug short. I'm thinking springs so I'm checking them out while a buddy is watching from the passenger side. He asks why I checked the plug on #6. Sure as death, the plug wire is hanging there like an executioners dream. Thinking the problem cured, I make my third pass and the beast whimpers badly above 5.5k, putting a 12.35 on the board. Things are going backwards, so I decide to call it a day, grab my tools, air up the ETs and head for home. On the way, the car is sputtering and complaining like a welfare queen when asked to do any work above 5k. I pull in the driveway, kill it and realize the power windows are still down, so flip the key to run and hit the switch. The windows barely move. I check the voltmeter and there it is, about 6 V. This is the second time I have forgot to rearm the alternator! I flip it back on, get the engine cranked and head back to the track. On the way it seems OK, so I get there just in time to make my first pass in eliminations. I dial a 12.10, stage and seriously blow the tires off, to the tune of the shift light (6.8k) burning holes in my head before the rear of the car clears the tree. I pedal furiously and the car semihooks at 1/4 track. I'm racing a 13.20 dial and he is gone. The car hits 6k and starts chattering again, and the other lane grabs the stripe by 6 or 7 lengths. I run a 12.28 @ 114, and he cuts a 12.60. Big breakout. Knowing I'm living the good life, I leave my 12.10 for round 2, run against 12.70 dial and shred the tires again to the tune of a 2.10 60 ft. I have to back out of it and get back in several times in both 1st and 2nd. The other lane thinks he has a wrap because of the huge lead, but he brakes on top and gives me the stripe! Another 12.28 but I have to shift at 5.8k to keep it happy. Third round, I bulb and the car kinda hooks with a 1.750 short time. I wind it to 6k in each gear where it pops, and run an 11.65 @ 116.85! Go figure. By now, you have probably guessed how stupid I am, and you're right. When I got back to the track, I forgot to drop the air pressure back down. Try running a set of ET Streets at 31 psi sometime if you want the thrill of a lifetime. Embarassed

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man that was a good enjoyable story! thanks for sharing osm What kind of car are you racing? an i hate electrical gremlins be it i forgot to hook something up or it shorts out they are pita.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a 77 RS Camaro that my wife has owned since Noah freshened the engine in the ark. The electronic gremlin was apparently the module, because it went away when I reinstalled my MSD. Its kinda weird though, because I have gone through a couple of other modules and they just flat out died, as in DOA. No cutting out, no warning. Hmmmm.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We ALL do silly things like that. Hopefully though we don't just get a laugh from sharring them but burn it into our own memory and that of other and avoid that particular mistake next time.

I have gone to the track with no helmet several times and last time forgot a jack, the jack thing didn't hurt me though because after sitting in line for 40 minutes just to get to the gate I was in no mood to race or put up with the other BS there and left.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats 1 heck of a battery to handle all that!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see it's not just me doing things like this.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, at least you got a great story out of it.

Also shows you're true racer, drive back to the track, on a whim that you have time to get in.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:53 am    Post subject: Re: The lethal brain cell effects of racing Reply with quote

osmiumfoot wrote:
the car is sputtering and complaining like a welfare queen when asked to do any work Embarassed


Laughing I love that one! Never heard that before! I give ya tons of credit for even going back the second time!

I've got a neutral safety switch wired up kind of funky that I forget about all the time. Actually, its a NOS WOT switch wired to the shifter linkage with a toggle switch wired in thats hidden in the glove box. One way it will only start in park (excellent for tech Wink ) and in the other position it starts in any gear. I got teched in one time, went up for my 1st pass & the car stalled afetr the burnout. I flopped it in neutral but forgot to flip the switch & the car wouldnt start Evil or Very Mad Well, after getting pushed out of the way & tearing half the ignition system apart I remembered the toggle switch Rolling Eyes I think race gas & burning rubber melt braincells too!!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: The lethal brain cell effects of racing Reply with quote

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osmiumfoot wrote:
I think race gas & burning rubber melt braincells too!!


Drag racing, more dangerous than crystal meth. Laughing

But the high is so worth it! (drag racing I mean)

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