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#126 Bill from NH

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 07:15 AM

Thanks Red, I had forgotten this was the car with the idler gear. 


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:01 AM

I wish I were there to help you Red - consistency is all about doing the same exact thing at the staging line...and figuring how to get the car to launch the same each time.

 

If the car launches abruptly - more glue...launch is mellow - just roll out the leftover glue in the rears - roll the same number of times and count them - try 5 and roll exactly same each time and stage same each time. 

 

All you need to do is find what the car likes in terms of glue and staging position.  I would also try lightly gluing the tires with clear drag glue, place the guide in the groove and as soon as second light stages, set the rear carefully and gently. (called staging shallow)  two light taps on the roof for luck (and to plant the rears).  Let her rip.  The ET should be more consistent.  Also, just run the car 5 times into the stop glue before measuring test times, and clean in between - then let motor cool between all the test runs - Good Luck!

 

ALWAYS clean the staging area for each run - don't run on top of the same gunk - as it builds up times change a LOT.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 04:29 PM

Sounds like a lot of trouble just to have a little fun during lunch breakat Dega race. Come on up and give me some lessons. LOL :sarcastic_hand: 


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 05:07 PM

Sounds like some lost sight of what the car "is", a vintage style drag hooptie.

Red understands it.  Keep it clean, protect from rust, and don't let the speed-crazed guys influence you

 

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:40 AM

:laugh2:  - I'd win the bracket race with that caddy -  :clapping:  


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Posted 03 October 2020 - 08:45 PM

Red gave me permission to enter his Pablo "Gangster Caddy" in the World Challenge drag proxy.

The car is back at "The Ranch" for a tune up and cleaning

 

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I don't see any problems or damage. Looks like all I need to do is clean off the glue.

Not sure if it even needs new rubber - it's in great shape  :)

 

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Posted 03 October 2020 - 10:17 PM

Paul, nice car, especially the chassis.  :good: You should rough up the body and re-christian it the " ghetto dragster".  ;)


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Posted 04 October 2020 - 08:22 PM

Only Tom liked that? OK, how about this? "Ghetto Blaster".


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Posted 05 October 2020 - 06:53 AM

Racist. Lol.


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#135 Pablo

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Posted 05 October 2020 - 05:33 PM

First step, body cleanup. I guess a drag track is a sticky mess environment, looks like the body has a film of Koford Heavy on it. Tried 91% Iso alcohol, lighter fluid, and Dawn soap, no good.

 

I know Parma sells a body wash, will that work? Drag racers, please help

 

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Red told me the car has never been crashed and it's always been very consistent. After a thorough "geezer goggle" inspection, I verified there is absolutely nothing wrong on this car. So I simply cleaned it up and oiled it

 

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I didn't even mess with the original Pro-Track rubber. It feels gummy. Why mess with a car that is running perfect?


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Posted 05 October 2020 - 08:47 PM

Lighter fluid usually works I have not tried the Parma body wash some guys here use a aerosol cleaner called Mr sheen (that is similar to pledge)to clean the outside of bodies.
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Posted 06 October 2020 - 01:50 AM

Glad to see the car is still up and running!

 

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Posted 06 October 2020 - 11:03 AM

I was afraid of using harsh cleaners on the body because of the decals. The car was always dead consistent except for my reaction time. (same reaction=same ET and MPH) and of course same pre race prep.


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Posted 06 October 2020 - 11:35 AM

Decals are all on the inside :crazy:

 

I sliced the interior cross-hatch filament tape on one end, and lifted it to clean just the inside windows. Then re-taped over the existing tape so as not to lift any paint  :shok:  :)

 

Tom K. wins the proverbial cookie. Lighter fluid, isopropyl alcohol, liquid soap. None of them cut the splooge.

But spray furniture polish worked perfect. Thanks Tom  :good:

 

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Gangster Caddy is a war horse, ready to drag the World Challenge proxy. Threaded axles, idler gear, and all.

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