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  1. How did this all come about? Who had the idea and how did all the right parties get together? And congrats!
  2. We went without power for 36 hours, back on for 6, back off for about 6, then no issues since then. I only have a small generator, but we kept the small spare bedroom warm with a space heater. Down to 46 inside the house. I did run a cord to the bathroom for my heated toilet seat. Priorities, you know. We have had water for all but a few hours, so I've been dripping faucets and no burst pipes. But a lot of neighbors have broken pipes. Was I just lucky, or did I do something right? We'll probably never know. I will say that a lot of people with tankless water heaters seem to have had
  3. I once made my own using small (1/2"?) angle aluminum. Built a little frame for each end that attached to the hood and deck lid pins. Clamp the main pieces together and drill the holes for the string so they will be parallel. Once I set it up the first time, I made little marks on the front and rear bumpers to line up with the center of the cross bar. After a few uses, I could have it set up and ready in under 10 minutes. I also built some wooden stands to put the car on with lubricated turn plates. With the car a foot in the air, it was really easy to measure and adjust. I don't hav
  4. What's crazy is that I never felt like I was going to hit the wall. Then I watched the video...
  5. Why this stuff always happens in the race, and not in practice.... The Saturn has an automatic transmission. Once we go green, I drop the shifter into second at the end of the front straight, and leave it there for the race. In practice Saturday, it worked fine. I even qualified #2, 0.016 seconds behind 1st. But then for the race, the shifter cable must have developed too much slack, because it wouldn't lock in 2nd gear. With the shifter all the way back in 2nd, the transmission was still in drive. So I entered T1 side by side with 1st place, went to get on the gas, and it hesitat
  6. Car is all repaired and we're racing this weekend. 6:00 start time this week.
  7. Tobey

    Track Insurance

    Lockton is a popular one. We have the race car, trailer, and contents insured through them. For the race car, it's storage, transport, paddock insurance. It covers damage and theft anywhere except on the track. But they also offer HPDE on-track insurance. No clue what it costs, though.
  8. Not a great day at the track yesterday. Started 3rd, and ran most of the race in 3rd. With about 8 laps to go, I made a mistake gong into turn 1, and got passed by two cars, dropping to 5th. The top 6-7 cars are very competitive. At one point, about half the front straight was all that separated 1st through 5th. So any little mistake can be very bad. Then with about 3 to go, I had some contact with my right front, and it damaged my tire. It started coming apart, and I ended up in 10th. I have a lot of rubber to clean off the fender now, and some touch up on the paint and vinyl. And r
  9. We're racing this Saturday, 7:00. Come for the Ecostocks, stay for the fast cars. https://www.texasshorttrackracingseries.com/
  10. I know nothing about this car, just passing it along: http://www.lonestarspeedzone.com/topic/79915-hmp-eco-stock/
  11. Yes, I should be at the next race on the 15th.
  12. The track announcer called it the Flyin' 50. ?
  13. Here's the in car video from Saturday. I really need to move the camera to the right. Watch as the release tether for my neck restraint acts as a g meter... ? ?
  14. Forgot to give a heads up, but we raced last night. The weather was miserable, unless you just love that warm feeling from the humidity. But otherwise, it was a good night. Mostly because I won! Since the last race, I made a few setup changes. I bounced some ideas off a friend that is good with racing setups, and he gave me a few tips. And it all worked. I qualified first, but they had the top 6 draw chips for starting position. I drew #6, of course. But by the end of the first lap I was in 4th. Stayed there for a while, got up to 3rd, then with 7 to go, I started outside fro
  15. Forgot that part of the rule: you must start with a minimum of 30 psi. I start with 31 in the RF (Giving 1 psi margin for the rule). 33 in LF and RR. 35 in LR. They will all end up about 37 psi hot. The RF obviously gets abused like crazy. You can't get rid of the built-in understeer (only suspension mod allowed is slotting the right front for camber), but a little trail braking will make it rotate. With equal hot pressures, it's pretty easily controllable and predictable.
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