Monthly Archives: July 2010

Do You Know Just One Communist?

Do You Know Just One Communist?

#1 Hit In Iran

#1 Hit In Iran

Car-toon

Dave Schultz in Vitamin C in Joliet

VitaminCfromScottcartoon

Vitamin C Cartoon

Vitamin C Cartoon

2.5 Rounds From 1st

POINTS REVISED

I’m one round out of 2nd place and 2.5 rounds out of 1st. I need to run the table at a race soon.

Best Card Trick I’ve Seen

Great Card Trick

MoparWiki

The MoparWiki

On Its Way To Become The One-Stop Information Reference For All Things Mopar

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WIKI

A wiki ( /ˈwɪki/ WIK-ee) is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software and are often used to create collaborative wiki websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems.

Wikis may exist to serve a specific purpose, and in such cases, users use their editorial rights to remove material that is considered "off topic." Such is the case of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia. In contrast, open purpose wikis accept content without firm rules as to how the content should be organized.

 

History

WikiWikiWeb was the first wiki. Ward Cunningham started developing WikiWikiWeb in 1994, and installed it on the Internet domain c2.com on March 25, 1995. It was named by Cunningham, who remembered a Honolulu International Airport counter employee telling him to take the "Wiki" shuttle bus that runs between the airport's terminals. According to Cunningham, "I chose wiki-wiki as an alliterative substitute for 'quick' and thereby avoided naming this stuff quick-web."

Cunningham was in part inspired by Apple's HyperCard. Apple had designed a system allowing users to create virtual "card stacks" supporting links among the various cards. Cunningham developed Vannevar Bush's ideas by allowing users to "comment on and change one another's text."

In the early 2000s, wikis were increasingly adopted in enterprise as collaborative software. Common uses included project communication, intranets, and documentation, initially for technical users. Today some companies use wikis as their only collaborative software and as a replacement for static intranets, and some schools and universities use wikis to enhance group learning. There may be greater use of wikis behind firewalls than on the public Internet.

On March 15, 2007, wiki entered the online Oxford English Dictionary. Some people claim "Wiki" also stands for "What I Know Is" but this is a false backronym.

 

MoparWiki

While WikiPedia is the most famous of on-line collaborative encyclopedias, MoparWiki wishes to focus on the single goal of ultimately becoming the best on-line reference with anything having to do with Mopar. Cars, people, racing, technical papers, parts, events, clubs, history, … even part manufacturers and sellers, or Mopar Magazines. Anything that has something to do with Mopar — should be included in the MoparWiki. That is the only goal and the only agenda.

 

Coincidentally, MoparWiki and WikiPedia use the same application to manage their wikis. MediaWiki is a software wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia. It is now used by several other projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and by many other wikis.

 

Collaboration

Collaboration is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature — by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.

 

How this collaboration works with the MoparWiki might start with someone who reads a great article on a particular Mopar racer like Richard Petty, executive like Walter P. Chrysler, a car make like Dodge, or even a car model like the Mirada in a book, magazine, or elsewhere on the Internet. He might then go to the MoparWiki to see what was already written on the topic. If the wiki had already been started, he might improve on it with any information he just read, and post a reference to where he found the information. If the topic hadn't already been created — he would hopefully create the wiki, put as much of the information he had time to add, and post a reference. He might later revisit the wiki as he had time — and add more information from the article he'd read on the subject. Others would then visit the article — and they too might add any missing information they might have, and cite a reference to it. Yet others might clean up the typographical or spelling errors they might find — or clean up the format to be consistent with other articles in the MoparWiki. Sysops have the task of visiting Recent changes to look for Spam, trolling, or any vandalism to an article — and either delete the small violations or roll the article back to a previous backup for any major vandalism. He then bans the Vandal from ever being able to again access any site on this server. It is also the task of the Sysop to make notations asking for citation to some fact — or to post that a fact has not yet been verified. In time, a single article might have had 25 people collaborate with its creation and improvements.

 

How You Can Help Adding Context

The MoparWiki is in need of a lot of help at all levels — from contributor, to the director of Sysops, to PHP Programmer — for it to achieve its goal. This goal is to purely educate people of all things Mopar in a one stop location. Mopar might no longer be with us in the next few years, and this is the time to start to preserve history.

 

Help with the topic context. When you read an article on a mopar topic that interests you — please go to the MoparWiki and see if the article already exists. If it doesn't — please create it, and at the very least list the reference so another with an interest in the topic will have a reference to refer to. Better yet, at least add an introduction too. If the article has already been created — then see if your reference has information that should be added to the article — add it and the reference. If you see any typo, then correct it. If you question a fact — post so in the Discussion (link in the topics NavBar) page so that a Sysop can check it out. It you see vandalism — report it.

 

If you want to help and just don't know what topic to start with, do a search for your favorite Mopar car, event, vendor, or person — and see if you can improve the article with hard facts and references to those hard facts. If you don't have a particular topic on your mind but want to help — just go to a Random page.

 

If you are a registered member of MoparStyle, then you have the access required to create or edit an article. There is an excellent on-line Help area, and it is very simple to learn how to format text. The best place to start is to look at quite a few of the existing topics and get an idea of the layout of articles. This is the format we want to follow for all of the articles. Every user has their own User page (go the MoparWiki while logged in at MoparStyle — and you will see a link to it) — and this is a perfect place to play around a little to practice text formatting. Use your User Page to make you own little personal home page. Do what you what with it to personalize — but just keep it clean and free of hate.

 

Mopar Vendors

If you are a promoter of a Mopar event, a manufacturer of a Mopar Part, an editor of a Mopar Magazine, or anything like that — you are welcome to create of edit the wiki on your business. We're looking for facts, information and history — not for a big spam page of advertising. Tell us about your product, service, and give a link to your site for the hard arm-twisting  — but don't try to sell in the wiki. Inform — don't sell. It will be up to the Sysops to use their discretion on any editing out any spam that comes across like ten tons of garlic.

 

Sysops

For those who feel that they have a higher calling on the project — the MoparWiki needs a small group of Management Volunteers to become Sysops. A Sysop must first have demonstrated a a great desire for the success of the MoparWiki with his very active participation of creating, improving, and editing the articles. After a few weeks or months of doing so, if the active contributor feels the calling and would like to help in the management of the MoparWiki — use the contact form and throw your hat into the ring to be considered. We would ultimately like to have a core of about 6 active Sysops, and two Sysop Directors.

 

Interesting MoparWiki Links

The below are just a few of the many links you might want to scope out.

 

 

Generator Courtesy

Generator Courtesy In The Pits

I'm hoping I can get a couple of Amens here. I'm far from a tree hugging Greenie — but there are two types of generator courtesy problems in the pits that can be easily rectified.

The First is carbon-monoxide exhaust from the bigger rigs.

As the rigs coming to the track get bigger and bigger — so do the generators. I remember when a big generator for a 34' motorhome was a 4500 — but now the standard is the 12,500 Quiet Diesel that I have in my motorhome. Today we're powering three ac units, two big TVs, a toaster, coffee pot, two laptops, and a microwave all operating at the same time. Then there are the big trailers with their generators for the lift, ac, a dozen flood lights, air compressor, welder….


Two years in a row in Chicago, I've had a rig a couple of feet from my lawn chairs and cars pumping out a kabillion cubic feet of carbon-monoxide exhaust at my family, because the racer didn't have the courtesy of having a $107 generator exhaust pipe for his $500,000 rig. From the motorhome the exhaust is captured under the motorhome to the left's awning — killing the family in that pit with skull splitting headaches. The trailer generator exhaust pipe is pumping 3' from the car that we're working under or around.

People need too show a little courtesy and spring $122 at Camping World or $107 at Amazon.com for an exhaust pipe that pumps the exhaust 12' up to where the wind carries it out of their neighbor's pits. These things are so easy to install — that if you can't do it in ten minutes — you shouldn't be in a race car. If you have a motorhome and/or trailer with a mounted generator and don't have an exhaust pipe routing carbon monoxide out of your neighbors pits — you need to show some courtesy right now, click the above links, and order a pipe so you will have before you come to the next race.

The Second Problem is Noise.

While the newer rigs have $9000 Quiet Diesel generators that are pretty quiet — many of the teams operating out of a pickup and trailer have an old less expensive and worn out portable gas generator, which they set in the pit of their neighbor — making the enjoyment of their pits unbearable from high pitch rattling of 11HP B&S engine with worn out rings from running on a pint of ten year old oil.

There are some new generation 4-stroke portable generators which are 1/5 the size (a fat briefcase), burn less gas, and have 1/20 the noise that those racers should be considering. Honda, Yamaha, and Honeywell all make and excellent 2000 unit — and you can hook two together with a parallel cable if need be. Yes — many of us are on a budget and find it hard to justify spending money when the old rattle trap is still cranking out 6 Billion Db of noise — but the reduced storage, gas savings, lighter carry around weight, and whisper quietness make them well worth the upgrade. Consider regulating the rattlebox to emergency backup duty, and make your life and the life of others easier with upgrading the generator for the price of a quality fuel pump.

The pits are different places then they were years ago — with the generators growing because of the power needs growing. It is time that racers show some courtesy to their neighbor and spend a couple of bucks to make a four day weekend in the pits a little more pleasant — especially when it is already 100 degrees.

 

  • I think the track and racing organizations need to patrol the pits one time after everyone is set up — and give the warning to have an exhaust pipe on their generator the next time they show up — as it is really their responsibility to make the pits as safe and pleasant as possible.

  • Racers need to stop with just putting up with breathing the exhaust of generators all weekend — and tell the racer of how they're lack of courtesy is affecting your family's comfort.

  • I think that the racing magazines need to take a more proactive approach of informing those who haven't gotten it yet — and shaming the class of those who just don't care.

Can I get an Amen?

 

Uncle Jay For 7/19/10

Uncle Jay Explains the News

Indian Four 4 Sale

1941 Indian Four

Museum Piece – 1st Time Offered

IndianFour-12

The Duesenberg of Motorcycles

During the hard times of the Great Depression and the war years, the Four was a luxurious anomaly. But Indian stuck with it, and today it’s a machine highly prized by collectors. Even more surprising is the purposeful, single-minded styling: it still has massive appeal seventy years later, and belies the remarkably convoluted history of the Four.

It first appeared as the Indian Ace, after Indian bought the Ace Motor Corporation in 1927. The Ace was heavily modified to become the Indian 401, which then became the 402 after adopting the frame from the Indian Scout. Many drivetrain modifications followed—some disastrous—but the mighty 77-ci Four soldiered on until 1942. Today, there’s a thriving Indian Four club scene and you’ll need $60,000-$80,000 to buy a Four on the open market — if you can even find one.

In the 90's I spent over 10 years looking for restorable Indians of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, ultimately finding 23 of them worth restoring, and then having Terry Krumm of Krumm's Indian restore them all. I was able to find and purchase a total of four Indian Fours. About 10 years ago I quickly sold three of the Fours for $60,000 each — and keeping the best Four and the best Chief for my Museum. Below are photos of the Indian Fours I sold in the late 90s.

As stated above, I kept the best of the Fours and had a professional nut and bolt restoration performed by Terry Krumm at Krumms Indian. It was one of the last Indians he restored prior to his retiring. The restoration took almost five years — and is most likely the best Four Restoration available.

It was painted in a 1994 Cadillac Medium Montana Blue, as that was my favorite color. A common oil system modification (with an oil filter and cooler) to correct a known design flaw was made, as I originally thought I'd ride the bike. After just a single shake down ride to prove it ran well — I drained the bike of all of its fluids and made it a museum piece — as it was too nice, too rare, and too expensive to ride. The oil filter and cooler can be easily removed if the buyer wished.

The bike has a lot of rare parts and is fully optioned. I dare you to find another Four with as many options.

I've seen very few Indian Fours on the market in the last ten years, and those with the knowledge to restore them properly are all but gone. The few I've seen are not near as nice, and yet are going for close to $80,000.

I will quick sell this Indian to the first person with $70,000. Use the contact page to contact me.

More Photos

IndianFour-1

IndianFour-10

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IndianFour-13

IndianFour-14

IndianFour-16

IndianFour-17

IndianFour-18

IndianFour-19

IndianFour-2

IndianFour-5

IndianFour-6

IndianFour-7

IndianFour-8

IndianFour-9

IndianFour-15

IndianFour-3

IndianFour-4

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1000 MPH

1000 MPH

Redneck Girl Writes Dear Abby

Best Beer Commercial Ever

Best Beer Commercial Ever

NMCA vs. NMRA Superbowl

Joliet NSS Report

 

VitaminCfromScottEyes

Artist Rendition of Me When A Tube Blew In My Slick

By: Dave Schultz ~ July 19, 2010

 

This particular race is called the Superbowl, because the NMCA and the NMRA both compete at this event — and the winners in NMCA and the winners of NMRA become teams — and are matched up in a NMCA vs. NMRA showdown. The winning team members get a Superbowl ring.

 

The Schultz family left on Tuesday, July 13th at 10:30 AM and arrived at the Staging Area at Chicagoland at 5PM Wednesday — Second in line in back of Barry Camp. After a night of 12oz curls with Barry, DW, and others — we all called it a night at about midnight.

 

They started shuffling us in at about 1PM on Thursday. It was about 3PM by the time we got set up, registered, and teched in my 63 Savoy and Dallas' 65 Coronet. Doug Duell finally got through the gate at about 5PM, and we kept him company while he got in the hour+ long line to tech his car in. Afterward we put the cars away and grilled up some Italian sausage, and onions/peppers for our little group.

 

Friday the was two time trials and two qualifying runs — with racing going on until past 11 PM. Saturday had the final qualifying session in the morning and the first round of eliminations in the late afternoon. The tree and round by round  recap can be found here.

 

In my 1st ron of elimination, a tube in my slick blew about 100' before the finish line. I was able to run the number — but crossed the line 500 RPM higher, 5 MPH lower, and the feeling I was about to loose a wheel at 125MPH. Details here.

 

Tube Blow out at 125MPH in Joliet

 

Sunday morning had  threat of storm coming in at 11AM — so they rushed everyone to the line earlier than expected — to beat the storm. I and virtually everyone else in NSS using a weather station was made to believe the air was technically better than the previously evening — and most of us lost the 2nd round from bolting in too much weight.

 

We were packed p and went through the gate Sunday at 11AM — and arrived home (1200 miles later) at 6:30AM Monday. I can tell you that Russ Berens won NSS — and NMRA won the Superbowl. For more of the details — click here.

 

The NMCA uses a Socialized Points system — and points are to be recalculated after this Joliet race.

 

Currently (after Maple Grove as it takes a couple of weeks for the NMCA to update) Douglas Poskevich is blowing everyone out — and you can throw a blanket over Kurt Neighbor #2, Barry Camp #3, Doug Duell #4, I #5, and Geary Bates #6. Geary and Barry didn't make it to the second round, and Kurt will get 100 less bonus points than the rest of us for missing Bradenton. So I suspect that Barry and Kurt might move down a rank and Doug and I might move up a rank — but we're all so close that Joliet qualifying will come into play; and I really don't know where everyone qualified. I know I was #10 and Doug was #2  of 26 NSS racers that showed — but I don't know where Barry and Kurt qualified at Joliet. When the NMCA calculates the points after Joliet's rounds and qualifying — and adds the attendance bonus — they put the second place racer 150 points behind the first — and everyone else down the ladder 100 points behind the driver ranked one above them. RULES.

 

Now while this NMCA/NMRA Superbowl was going on — I know that the Chrysler Classics and Schneider's series had many of the NSS drivers racing. If any other racer ever wants to submit an edited and ready to post recap of NSS racing at an event — please use the Contact form to email me that text, and let me know if you have photos.

Good Times @ 125MPH

I had a BYE run, and so did the guy (Moss) in back of me, who was to have run Dallas – but that car had broke and was on the trailer.

I get into right lane and do my burnout and I’m moving up to stage when they make the other guy do his burnout and have Dallas’ 9.75 instead of my 11.0 on the board.

I refuse to stage as they’re feverishly waving me to do so, and so they come over and I’m trying to explain their error as my car is getting hotter and hotter. The problem is that they list us both as D. Schultz and I’m 7601 while Dallas is 7602. After 5 minutes of communications back and forth to the tower — they get it straightened out and have the other guy go first. So they finally get Joe Ewing to backup so I can do another burnout — which I do. Big Mistake!

I make my run and just before the MPH cone the car starts shaking violently and hopping up and down in the rear at about 125mph. I’m thinking a wheel is coming off and hoping I can get slowed down before I lose the whole wheel.

When I get it slowed down to about 40 and make the first turnoff — the shaking quits. I drive back to pits and check the wheel lugs — and they all tight. I look at the slicks and they look good – aired up and no bubbles. We’d just had the motor out to replac freeze plugs and so I thought maybe the torque convertor bolts loosened — but they were good. Dallas pulled the wheels and we checked the rear brakes for locking, wheel bearings, drive shaft, front and rear suspension, pinion…. all good. So now I’m thinking it must be 3rd gear in the transmission. I noticed that the wheel weights were missing on the slicks (the hopping must have thrown them) — and while the shaking and hopping was too violent to be just a balance issue — I take the slicks to the Mickey Thompson trailer. The guy tells me I might win a prize for the oldest slicks at the track as they’re dated February 2004. The first tire needed 6 oz to balance. When they put the second one on the balancer — it was a pound and half off. We had to let the air out to get them off the car without dropping the rear end — so I asked if maybe the tube twisted when he aired them up. He said maybe — and broke the wheel down.

This is what he found:

 

$606 later I have two new slicks and tubes and all appears to be well for Round Two this morning. Elsewhere in this forum is a link to the Joliet report – that I keep updated. I guess two back to back burnouts was all those old tubes could take.

The funny part is while I have this going on, there is this guy at the top of the track waving Hi to me. It was Scott Sparrow taking photos and I believe totally unaware of my bung hole clamping down on the seat bracing for the belief I was going to wreck when the wheel came off.

I’m Ok Scott — lol

Getting Ready To Go Racing

I think we finally found and fixed the problem with the black 65 that Dallas was going to run this year. After two races missed he's screwed on a chance for the points.

TBMapril2010
Update July 5, 2010
Update July 5, 2010

The Vitamin C car I'm running had a pin hole in the freeze plug at Maple Grove — that we made emergency repairs on (JB Weld and silicone) to get through eliminations. Pulled the motor and installed brass freeze plugs.

6-10-10VitaminC9
Bradenton 2010

Problem is that tracks have been closed for two weeks because of rain and swamped pits, so we've not been able to test these cars to make sure they're put back together right. In about an hour we'll be pissing off the neighbors with a couple of passes on the highway — and try to get back to the shop without getting arrested.

Adding to problems — the lift on the stacker stopped working. The Amish company (Silver Crown) that built the motor home and stacker went out of business — and there is no such thing as a wiring diagram with the Amish! So after a day of trying to locate the problem — we found it to be the 150A waterproof relay (there are 4 of them daisy chained together) that I had over-nighted. Got it in — but I was worried about if we'd get the trailer fixed in time.

Final Batch of Approval Photos

Hopefully the cars will test ok, so I can get the rig washed and serviced Monday while Dallas gets the cars cleaned up and loaded. Leave Tuesday morning to arrive in the staging area Wednesday night.

Useless Trivia

Stolen From Fastest Street Car Magazine
  1. The English alphabet use to have only 24 letters. U and J were the last two added
  2. ZIP in Zip Code is: Zone Improvement Plan
  3. When Clans wanted to get rid of someone, they’d burn down their house. Soo began the term “Getting Fired”
  4. Dr. Suess coined the “Nerd” in his 1950 book “If I ran The Zoo”
  5. The American Automobile Association (AAA) was formed in 1905 for the sole purpose of warning motorists of speed traps
  6. U-Haul is the world’s largest advertiser in the Yellow Pages

Life is a Jar of Jalapenos

Riddle Me This

Gulf  Coast States

Louisiana Alabama Mississippi Texas Florida

Would the East Coast, West Coast, of even the Great Lakes Coast have Obama dragging his feet on the skimmer ships like the Gulf Coast has experience? Let’s review who all of the governors are on the Gulf Coast:

Texas = Rick Perry (R)
Louisiana = Bobby Jindal (R)
Mississippi = Haley Barbour (R)
Alabama = Bob Riley (R)
Florida = Charlie Crist (R when last elected)

Wow, no Democrats — but no one would ever accuse Chairman Obama of trying to screw his enemies — would they? Just food for thought — I’m sure there’s nothing to make of it.

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