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Shop Update – May 1-15

The first week of May 2019, I raced in Memphis. See the Memphis Recap for that story. After I returned from the Memphis Race — here’s a few of the items accomplished at the shop, in no real order.

First we had a butt-load of rain here. I actually had more flooding coming closer to my home and the shop than the last two hurricanes and the last Tropical Storms.

My pond grew to about three times its real size
got pretty close to the back door of the house
The five acres that the house and shop are on had hundreds of truckloads of dirt brought in before building – so we fared much better than our neighbors
about three days later the water receded and I mowed the very wet yard as the grass had grown knee high and the varmints were taking refuge in it
Speaking of varmints, this fried up little guy climb the power pole and got electrocuted going from wire to wire — cutting off power to the property for a couple of hours – until Centerpoint got here.

Moving to the topic of cars, the following was part of the happenings.

This is how the seats (once light grey) for Screamin’ Woody now look after 12 coats of dye. Still a little splotchy so I ordered another 16oz of dye, which came in Yesterday.

While on the subject of dye, 48oz of Evergreen Dye has been applied to the interior of my 64 Imperial. Still needs more so I ordered another 16oz this morning.

And while on the subject of my 64 Imperial, I took it for a 60-mile shakedown ride yesterday. The goal was to identify what problems I still have to address after all of the work (new brakes, power steering pump, complete exhaust system, major motor tuneup, leaking transmission fixed, odometer fixed, convertible pumps fixed, carb rebuild, new shocks – and a ton I’ve forgotten). The below is the first of five videos I took, which documents the repairs I still need to make.

None of the problems were really major — and two actually corrected themselves. However, about 29 miles into my trip I kept getting smoke looking like it was rolling out from under the dashboard. I stopped the first time and looked under the hood and under the car – but could find nothing. When I started driving again the smoke reappeared only thicker. I stopped again and looked under the dash and found nothing. As I was getting back in the car I noticed smoke coming from the back seat — and that’s when I saw my carpet was on fire. Fortunately I carry a fire extinguisher in most of my old cars — as I was way out in the sticks and had no water. After I got the fire put out — I found that the brand new exhaust was too close to the floorboards and set jute on the back of my 56 year old carpet caught fire. I order a fire mat made for Turbos and catalytic converters, which I’ll use as part of my repair — but I will have to get a new carpet. You can see the other videos of the test drive on my You Tube Channel.

Moving onto Race Cars, The Thugs now has Wheelie Bars as twice I was surprised with Wheel Stands far higher than I was expecting.

Before trimming back some
Finished Product

Yesterday I picked up the block to my wagon, the Screamin’ Woody, from the machine shop. After a thorough washing the crank was sent in, and then the rest of the rotating.

Also on the wagon, the cage was painted hammered gold to blend in a little with the Maple wood on the pillars.

I intend to leave the carpet black — but will make new interior door cards in a red vinyl that will match the seats going in.. The car is on the home stretch to getting finished.

I’ve had a 63 Studebaker GT Hawk for about thirty years now. It’s bounce around a couple of shops to get converted into a Mopar Powered chassis car with a 53 Commander front clip and 60 Plymouth fins — called the Mohawk. It’s come back worse from each of the shops its been to in the last 20 years — so I bought it to my shop to try to tackle the job. The body has been separated from the chassis.

A good bit of work has been accomplished since these photos. The body is wrapped in a tarp at the moment, but the chassis has been reinforced and the welds smoothed. It is about ready for paint – and then will be brought into the shop to get the all of the chassis components right. On the body — it needs to have those nasty home made rear fins cut off and a set of 60 Plymouth fins I have grafted on — and then blasted, repaired and primed.

A lot of wet sanding has occurred on the 60 Plymouth that will be my Petty Clone — but I don’t have any photos of that.

I took my Magnum XE for a shakedown ride, and it’s almost ready. I’ve had this car for a very long time and love it. Ought to be the fastest Magnum out there.

I putting a cactus garden at the entrance way of my race shop and so I picked up a couple yards of a sandy soil mix at the local dirtyard. Photos of the cactus garden to be in the next shop update.

Finally, I’m thinning my cars down from 31 to about ten. I have a lot of real nice ones for sale. The list includes:

  • 67 Marlin
  • 99 Vioer GTS
  • 79 Magnum GT
  • 86 Buick GN
  • 72 Demon Roller Race Car
  • 69 Barracuda Race Car
  • 70 Superbird V-Code
  • 09 Drag Pack 42
  • 78 Dodge Diplomat
  • 64 Dodge A-100 Pick up
  • 58 Dodge Pickup
  • a pair of low mileage 09 Challengers with 6-speeds
  • 61 Plodge Wagon

So that’s my story — and I’m sticking to it!

Facebook, the DNC’s Tool

So I posted the below page, which Hitler wrote in his book Mein Kampf that “the best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take away a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed”.

This is a fact that he wrote the German translation of this while imprisoned prior to WWII. Well Facebook within 60 seconds of me posting that page, removed it and reprimanded me for my hate speech violating their “Community Standards”, which I feel certain was a collaboration between Iran’s Supreme Leader and the DNC.

Atlanta, Screamin’ Woody & Leather Dying

So in my last post, I was racing in Atlanta – and there was a rain delay. When we resumed and I completed the third of three Qualifying passes — I had qualified 4th of 25. On the ladder that put me up against Jim Netherland in the first round. A little humor was Jim wearing my T-Shirt.

Jim Netherland Sporting a Texas Whale Championship T-Shirt from the DDC in 2015

Jim was gracious enough to give me lane choice and I took the Left as I swear the roll out on the Right lane was quicker and had me red-lighting. Jim runs a 10.5 Index and I run the 9.50 — so Jim got a 1-second head start. I caught Jim too Quick meaning I must have had a much better light, even though I had bagged a couple of numbers. I blipped at the MPH cone and took the stripe by a few feet. I saw my win light come on and when I got the ticket it was a RT win – .039 to .110. Jim Broke out with a 10.497 and I had a 9.550 at a slow 133mph.

In Round two I had the points leader Mike DiChicco. We both wanted the left lane — so we flipped – and I lost. The weather turned on us hard, and I had to take any extra weight out of the car. I removed a battery, the weight box lids and the passenger seat — to shake about 80 pounds.

Neither of us would lift at the stripe and we had a double breakout when Mike took the stripe by three feet.

For the next round I had Kurt Neighbor. With just having a .028 light in the right lane — I felt I’d figured out how to wait — and now wanted it. So did Kurt — so we flipped – and I again lost the flip. The weather was really getting tough and I had nothing else to take out. While Kurt didn’t have a great light (.05X) — mine truly sucked (.090). There wasn’t enough steam left in the Thug to catch Kurt and my time was 9.58 to Kurt’s 9.55 on the brakes.

It was 7:30pm Sunday night and I wanted to get on the other side of Atlanta while it was still Sunday — so I rushed to load up and get on the road at 9PM. At about 11:30 I stopped about 50 miles west of Atlanta to spend the night. Up at 6 and back at the Shop in Beasley, TX at 9PM. Tim Frees won the next round against Kurt, and then against Corky Bumpus in the Final. Congrats to Timmy.

Back At The Shop

  • The trailer was unloaded
  • The seats of the 64 Imperial are now finished, with the exception of one last coat of semi-gloss clear, which is on order.

Here’s a before pick

  • Engine and transmission stabbed into the Petty Tribute car.
    • motor mounts made and welded in
    • transmission mount made
    • clutch master cylinder mounted
    • clutch Z-Bar modified
    • drivetrain yanked back out
  • On the Screamin’ Woody
    • Front end metal put on the car – although the red lights need to go inboard
    • The grey seats have 8 oz of red dye on them — but I had to order another 8oz to finish
    • The roll cage is being painted a hammered gold

So that’s going to be it for a while. Deb’s and my 40th anniversary is coming up — so we’ll be leaving for a couple of weeks in Europe, only to return just in time to make it to the Memphis race.

Atlanta, Family, Petty Tribute & Screamin’ Woody

So we’re at Atlanta Dragway, and it’s raining – so its a good time to catch up on what;s been goin on since last week’s post.

Racing

I’ll start with racing. I loaded up Tuesday morning and Deb, I, Smith & Wesson left at half past noon. That’s 12:30pm for digital Snowflakes. We drove to just north of Hammond, LA (350 miles) at about 7pm, and spent the night in a Walmart parking lot . We left the next morning at 9am and drove the remaining 550 miles, arriving at the staging area of the track at 8pm. The track started letting us in at 7:30am. By 11am my pit was setup, credentials established, and car teched in.

On Thursday you can buy two test hits in the afternoon, and I did so. The first was a 9.48 off the trailer. While that’s normally OK to run the 9.50 Index, the weather is going to be all over the map and I need to bag a 10th. So I took one of the 37 pound batteries out.

I made a second hit and got a 9.45. I have another trick or two up my sleeve if I need it. So I put the car away for the night. It drizzled and light rained most of the night. It is still 1pm, and they claim that we’ll all hit the track at 2pm – but I’m not thinking so. Still light drizzle, track still wet, and this track tends to seep.

We were suppose to have a time trial in the morning, then two of the three Qualifying passes today. Now its down to one Qualifying and no test hits – if that even happens. It needs to stop drizzling and the sun and wind needs to appear for that to happen.

Update 10pm

The track went hot at 5pm, as they were havinf problems getting the timing to work. They finally gave with right lane not getting an accurate MPH and neither lane getting a 1000′ time. We were called at 6pm, but it was almost an hour later that we finally ran because of a lane cleanup.

I went a little more “go for broke” than usual. I usually just try to get in the first Qualifying, then go for perfect in 2nd and 3rd Qualifying. I’m not sure if we’ll get another qualify, so I went for broke. It appears everyone had that plan because my 9.510 on a 9.50 index was only good for 3rd after first round. Pretty amazing everyone did so well as the weather was all over the map, the lanes are way different and you can’t plan which lane you get, and we sat in our cars for and hour.


Family Grows

Last week, Son number 1’s wife gave us Grandson number 4. The wife of his younger brother went into labor a couple of hours later, but Grandson number 5 didn’t arrive until the next day. Everyone is doing well.

My youngest daughter is due in October. We’re hoping for Granddaughter number 2.

My Petty Tribute

I have a 1960 Plymouth that I’ve been building to be a Petty Tribute, that looks like its been sitting out in the fields for 50 years. Click Here is you want to start at the beginning of this build. The latest news is that the motor and transmission has been test fitted and mounts made/tacked in. I’ll have a professional come in to weld the mounts in purdy.

Engine is coming back out and the car , and the body will get about 80 hours of wet sanding 400/600 grit; and High Build Primer and more sanding – until the body panels are as smooth as a baby’s ass. In June, it has a date with the lady in Indiana to wrap it. I ordered the clutch assembly last night; but I’m still needing to find a decent shifterless steering column and a 4-speed shifter.

Screamin’ Woody

So the wagon is getting there. I’m pretty sure my last post spoke of the new red paint under the hood. My shop Rat and Assistant Shop Rat spent the week getting the over spray off the brand new Lexan, and polishing it up. I took the headers to get blasted and recoated.

After blasting, a ton of pin holes were discovered, so I had to go bring back to the shop to get wet welded up. I’ll take them back to the powder coater when I get back home from racing.

1964 Imperial

Still finishing up the leather on my Imperial convertible. Repaired and dyed the front seat, but the the tint was off a little so we had to coat with adhesion promoter and dye all leather, plastic and vinyl. I had to order more Top Coat last light, so the gloss will happen when I get back.

Well that pretty much catches me up, and just in time as they just came over the squawk box saying that its time to get cars ready, as they project they’re going hot in an hour.



Shop Happenings, End of March 2019

The NMCA race in Commerce, GA is coming up, so a lot of the focus has been on getting ready for that. Today, it was on the lift having the underside inspected and tightened. The torque converter bolts were pulled and had some Locktite applied, and then the death grip applied. A couple of small leaks were addressed, and all nuts and bolts tightened. The passenger seat was pulled and weighed (36 pounds) and thread-certs pressed in the floorboards so I can quickly remove the seat without help, and without having to climb under the car.

Last week the oil was changed, slicks swapped sides, valves run, the vacuum tanks puke tank relocated, the hood repaired and dropped of to the paint shop. I pick it up tomorrow and put it on Thursday. The car will get washed Friday, and loaded up Monday. We leave Tuesday mid-day.

Late last week was Spring Cleaning in the shop. Everything was moved out, the floors scrubbed and as much of the red paint over-spray from painted under the wagon’s engine compartment cleaned off the floor. Today the cars moved back in.

My Shop Rat washed the motorhome and stacker last week, and while he was reroofing the shed today, my youngest daughter Hope (she goes to college during the day and works late afternoons as my “Assistant Shop Rat”) polished the wheels on both.

The wheels and rear bumper found their way onto the Screamin’ Woody. Hopefully the engine assembly will start soon. Waiting on rotation assembly still. The pistons and rings are in, and their weight sent to Molnar to balance the crank. Some over-spray from painting under the hood got onto the new Lexan. The “Assistant Shop Rat” spent some time today clay barring it off, and will finish tomorrow. I bought some Gold hammertone paint, and she’ll paint the wagon’s roll bars with two coats of that while I’m racing.

A couple years ago, I made a strap rack out of some scrap metal. I mounted it and a Pit Pal fire bottle holder with some #10 self tapping screws. On the last trip both unmounted themselves. Today I drilled some bigger holes and filled them with rivet style thread-certs. I then applied Liquid Nails to the backside and screwed them down.



A little cleaning left to do in the stacker before loading up for the race. I bought some closed cell foam rubber (Yoga Mats) that needs to be mounted under the Strap Holders.

Finally, the 60 Plymouth Post car I’m putting together as a weathered Petty Nascar got the underside of the hood painted Petty Blue.

The next report will be the race report.

Screamin’ Woody Update

as seen at www.ScreaminWoody.com

No, no motor yet. Still waiting on the rotating to get delivered to the Machine Shop. However, some progress was made to prepare for the engine’s insertion.

Black paint was scuffed
car wrapped in Plastic
Hit with a coat of prime
Hit with first coat
2nd through 5th coats
plastic and tape removed – wheels and tires on
Hood installed

Still to come

  • Transmission and torque converter have been freshened and waiting for the engine to get assembled.
  • New braided fuel line and 00 battery cable has been run to front, and will get connected to it’s under-hood components.
  • Rear bumper ready to be installed.
  • Cage painted red
  • Red Leather/Vinyl dye and adhesion promoter ordered, and will be applied over the previously beige/gray seats. After a top coat they’ll get installed.
  • New belts will be ordered closer to go time.
  • Engine should be ready to go in this time next month.
  • The front body parts installed
  • The car cleaned up and off to get the cage installed.

Stay tuned to this site for further updates.

1979 Dodge Magnum GT For Sale

Maybe the Nicest Original Magnum GT left. Taken out of 20 year storage and completely gone through.

Magnum GTs are Very Rare. I’ve owned 9 Magnums, have run MoparStyle.com for 20 years, and MagnumGT.com for for 21 years, and this is the ONLY GT I’ve ever seen in the flesh. What makes this car even more rare is that if you look at the Vin, the fifth digit is a L. That’s the E58 360ci/4BBL High Performance Cop Motor. That’s the most powerful motor you could get in a Mopar car in 1979. I bought this car because of it’s extreme rarity.

The paint is original, the chrome is original, and the drive_train is original. The original leather seats have been re-dyed in the original color. The car is rust-free, only living in Georgia and Texas. There are no cracks in the dash or console, rare for a late 70s car. The “GT” Wheel Flare are in Excellent original condition.

The Last Of The Mopar B-Bodies

It is loaded with:

  • 360/4BBL High Performance E58
  • 727 Transmission
  • 9.25 Suregrip
  • Leather Seats
  • Tilt Steering
  • Leather Covered Steering Wheel
  • Wipers with Intermittent
  • Cruise Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows

The original cast Iron intake and warped Thermoquad was replaced with an Edelbrock Performer Aluminum Intake and Edelbrock 650cfm carb. The problematic air cleaner mounted ignition module was replaced with a Mopar Performance Electronic Ignition box and distributor – so the car has a few more ponies than Mother Mopar had originally given him. Yes, this GT is a gentleman. The XE is a lady.

This Magnum GT Runs, Drives, Steers, Brakes and Rides great. It is a very comfortable car to drive. While I’m not big on driving a 40-year-old car cross country – I’d probably chance it in this car. You should be able to Fly in and drive home – but bring your AAA card just in case. I just sold an 1981 Imperial with almost an Identical background, and the buyer flew in from North Carolina and took a shuttle to my shop. He spent the next couple of weeks visiting old friends in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He called a few weeks later telling me what a great time he had and that the car performed flawlessly, except for a flat in Louisiana.

60,000 Original Miles

I was able to buy a Very Rare NOS Police Certified 140MPH (just try to find one under $3000) to replace the 1979 Mandated 85MPH Speedometer.



Weeks have been spent going through this car to get it ready to deliver decades of service to its next owner. I love this car, but the reason I’m selling it is I’m now in my mid-60s and have a collection of 31 cars. I’m starting to downsize my life and most all of the toys have to go. If you like the Magnum GTs, you will never have another chance to own a better one. My first brand new car was a 1978 Magnum XE. They were very controversial back then, because of the Cord Style front end and clear flip-up headlight covers. To me, it was the only real bright spot in the Dark Disco Ages. Well that and I married my wife in 1979.

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I want $15,000 for the car, and feel it’s worth more to a GT-Fanatic, and so it should sell quick. If you are interested, email or Text me. I will hold the car off the market for 14 days with a $1000 non- refundable deposit, if you need that time to make financial arrangements. I will store the car inside for up to 45 days with my Classis Car Insurance still in force, if completely paid for.

I will not be selling to a Nigerian Princes, or for a Cashier’s Check for more than the amount and send you the balance. I don’t need any brokers calling me telling me that can sell it on consignment. Cash talks and bullshit walks. I’m old, but not stupid! I will accept either dead Presidents or an Interbank Wire Transfer.

Laws I’d Want Changed – Part One

Dave Schultz 3/15/2019

The US Congress is more corrupt than a Banana Republic Dictator, especially the Senate. Most Senators start off as Middle Class Americans — and leave with fortunes in the tens of millions of dollars. Look into Harry Reid, Diane Feinstein, Maxine Waters (I know Congress not Senator), Hillary Clinton, and scores of others before and after. How the do it? Selling out you and me for their Graft and Corruption deals. They’re Teflon Coated against crime investigations and immune to prosecution and conviction, at least the most Liberal are.

Every year they give themselves more money, more perks, more office budgets to spread around to family and friends, and more retirement. They live into their 90s because they get the healthcare no other American can receive — and for life.

So here are the laws I’d like to see first changed, and it applies to them.

Term Limitations:

One term of 6-years. Any more than that and they’re deep into the swamp for re-election funds and in the pockets of lobbyists. Why do we pay more for prescription drugs than any other country in the world? Because the Graft and Corruption from Lobbyists. Why are they so rich from being Senators? By steering Sweetheart Deals to their Spouses and Children. America is appalled by rich parents paying off colleges to let their kids in — but not at defense and other contracts steered to family and friends by Congress — especially the Senate?

No Special Retirement Plans:

You, I and the companies we worked for (In my case twice for me as I was Self-Employed) pay into Social Security all of our lives — and If that money had been invested like my Whole Life Insurance was — it would be millions. Instead, I’ll get $1800 a month for the last 13-years (National Average for male my age) of my life. Well if that’s good enough for you and me — it should be good enough for the people who wrote those laws for you and me.

No Special Health Insurance:

Their health insurance is unlimited, unquestioned and without deductibles. Is yours? Mine sure the Hell isn’t! I pay $3000 a month for shit health insurance, with high deductibles, and everything denied. They gave us Obamacare, won’t repeal it, and take Graft & Corruption from the health industry. If what they give us is good enough for us — then by God its good enough for them. They should only get the best policy offered to the rest of us — and pay for it the same way as the industry standard. 25% of theirs and 100% of their dependents. That’s better than the majority of Americans receive — who work. I’m a “Service Connected Disabled Vietnam Era Veteran Priority” about the highest standard for the VA Hospital — and yet I’ve refused to go there since the 70s because its shit! Now they virtually refuse to take care of me if I went – because of Means Testing. Do Congress deserve better than my Brothers and I who really Served America — instead of ourselves?

Expenses Born By The State Represented:

All Congressional Pay, Office and all other Expenses to be paid by the State they represent. I take Uber instead of Limos, Fly Commercial instead of Private Jet – so can they. The whole concept of Congress was to represent to the Federal Government for the State who elected them. That’s far from what’s going on. Once the State has to pay the expenses of the Senator and Congressman — they will start to better Police what their Representatives are really doing.

Oversight to the State:

The Congressional Oversight Committee is the Fox watching the Hen House. The State Elected their Representative — let the State Investigate, Prosecute, Convict and Sentence their Representative for corruption will representing the State. This should exclude an Interstate exemption for their crimes. Any crime anywhere by a Representative elected by the State should be considered as a crime in the state. I’ll bet things would change real quick. After all, their crimes hurt the State they were elected to Represent the most.

State Pays For All Junkets:

No air travel is to ever be paid by the Federal Government or a Lobbyist. If the State feels that the Junket is in their best interest — then they should pay for it. If a Lobbyist wants to put on a dog and pony show, the bring it to the local Holiday Inn Conference Center instead of the Bahamas.

Give Up All Rights to Be a Lobbyist

No Former Senator or Congressman should ever be on the payroll of a Lobbyist firm after they leave. Let’s stop allowing them to sell influence in the Interest and against the Interest of the people they were elected to serve. Go back to being a Doctor, Lawyer, Community Organizer – or run for city Dog Catcher.

Voter Reform:

  • Positive Picture & Bio-Metric ID to vote. The Liberal claim that this suppresses minorities is a smoke screen to allow non-Citizens, Felons, and multiple voting to control the outcome that only good people should be controlling. You need ID to drive, buy cigarettes and liquor, fly, rent a car, leave and enter the country, cash a check, have a gun, buy a house, and just about everything else far less important than voting.
  • Convicted Felons forever give up right to vote. If you commit a felony, you aren’t qualified to have an influence on what affects the good people of the United States.
  • Only US Citizens can Vote. It is ridiculous for any honest and sane person to think differently.
  • Must be 21-years -old to vote: Most kids now are so immature and so manipulated by the Communists who have taken over education, media, and the legal system. They need a little more time to get out and understand the real world. Frankly I’d prefer to see the voting age raised to 25 because of the Snowflakes that parents and schools have created. Few work in high school any more — most are coddled. EXCEPTION would be for those under 21 serving in the Military.
  • No More Voter Harvesting: People are going into Nursing homes and Mental Institutions with absentee ballots, having patients with Dementia, Alzheimer, and other mental problems put their mark on the ballot. They then fill it out and submit on behalf of their candidate. Pure Fraud that goes ignored.
  • States Easily Allowed to Recall and Replace Their Representative for No Confidence: Most countries do this and so should our States. Let States have a recall election upon the State Attorney General receiving a petition signed by 1% of the voters in the state. If recalled, the Governor appoints a Representative for up to a six month term while an election for a Replacement for the remaining of the term has been held.

Accountability to the State:

All accusations of a crime by Senators and Congressman made public, settlements negotiated and paid by the state only – and made public, and trials (if no settlement) are to be conducted by the state. No more Federal taxpayers secretly bailing them out for their rape and grouping actions.

Shorten Time Congress is in Session:

In Texas, our State Congress meets for 6 months every two years. They aren’t paid much, and have other jobs the other 3/4 of the time. It’s a good system to limit the stupid things government does and the influence they’re paid for. Hopefully all of the Liberals fleeing the States they screwed up to Texas won’t screw this up too!

We’re Suppose to be a Republic, Not a Democracy:

Our Founding Fathers created a Republic, where the States were suppose to be independent – but meet to Federally for common Interests – such as defense. That morph into a Democracy where three people could vote to take away something from the fourth. That then morphed in 1920ish (Federal Income Tax) to Socialism where the Federal Government (Looters) now heavily tax the Producers (those with Dreams and who worked hard to realize them) to give to the Moochers (those who never really studied or worked hard — so they have minimal skills and as such have shitty jobs or flatly won’t work) to elect them — The Looters. That my friends is Socialism — and we’re already there.

The problem is that once Looters create a majority of Moochers — the government falls and Communism is usually what it is replaced with. Read Saul Alynsky and Cloward/Piven — which is the American Communist manuals on how to achieve Communism in the US. Once Looters give Moochers something — it has never been able to be taken back. The Looters (all of Congress — Democrat and Republican) know this — and its how they get carried out of Congress on a Stiff Board when they die there.

It is doubtful that Americans have the guts to insist on the above changes be made to Congress. We should only vote for those running who promise to change Congress to the above. As such I fear that the United States is on borrowed time before failure. I hope that I’m wrong and that America starts to see that what’s wrong with Congress is who is put there. However, it appears that they’ll stick their head in the sand and allow 16-year-olds vote, allow Illegals to vote — or make them legal enough to vote, continue with no voter Id to allow voter fraud, and import non-producing voters who are nothing more than Moochers. Should it get too much worse — I hope Texas will Texit and control Immigration of Illegals from the South and Liberals from the North.

If you agree with most of what I’ve had to say here — won’t you email a link of this post to your friends and post it on Facebook and/or other Social Media? Look around, time is running out. You can be proactive for a non-violent change with ensuring we send people to Congress who will fix — or start to polish you Sickle and Hammer.

Texas Thug Bradenton, FL Recap

Wednesday:

On Wednesday, I was one of about 30 people who ponied up $250 to rent the track, and I made six hits – as both the car and I hadn’t been on the track in almost six months. The first hit was without any weight or adjustments. I did a low 9.50s pass and my standard 1.33ish 60′. I didn’t feel like front end was coming up as high as it should, so I took 6 clicks out of the front shocks. The second hit was about the same numbers, but the front-end came up higher. The weather was real good Wednesday with the “Corrected Altitude” at about 75′. I knew that the weekend wouldn’t be near that good, and so the 9.5 Index wasn’t going to be a reality. The next Index up is 9.75. I Ioaded the weight boxes up with 200 pounds for the third hit.

HOLY CRAP! The front-end came up at least twice as high as the highest wheelie I’ve ever done. I haven’t gotten around to putting wheelie bars on the car, and I thought I was going to blow over – so I shifted to second early to bring front-end back down. Remarkably, I did a low 9.6 with all of the weight I could legally put in the boxes. I figured that to be a fluke. For the fourth hit, I put six clicks back into the front shocks. I went back out and did the second highest wheelie of my life – but I rode it out. The car did high 9.5s with all of the weight.

I realized that 9.75 was too far away, so I took the weight back out and figured I had to find a way to do a 9.39 at 75′ to be 9.50 at 2200′ on Sunday. I made adjustments on the four Idle mixture screws on the carbs and went back for another hit. I usually run 13.5 pounds of air in my slicks, but I must have mismeasured in the pits as one slick only had 12.7 pounds – so I equalized. The car did a 1.29 60′, which the previous best had been 1.32. I ran a 9.42, which was getting close. For the sixth and last hit of the day, I swapped the four stiff Orange metering rod springs in the carbs for more loose yellow springs. I also lowered the air in my slicks to 12.5 and got my 9.39 seconds with a 1.28 60′. The track shut down, so no more passes, but I felt good with a 9.39.

Thursday:

Thursday was the day that NMCA took over the track, and you can buy two hits fir $25., but I didn’t take them. I established credentials, teched the car i, and cleaned it up before putting it away. Doug & Anne Duell had a little soiree at their house for NSS racers Thursday evening.

Friday:

Friday we had a Time Trial in the Morning, and the first qualifying was scheduled at 2pm. We’re always the first class out in the morning. Again my air gauge screwed me up and when I got in the lanes and checked my air pressure, I only had 10 pounds in the left slick. So I had to make a hit with only 10psi. When I got back and shut the car off, I heard clunking. I wasn’t sure if it was the flexplate bolts to torque converter had loosened, the starter motor crapped out, or if a motor. Turned out to be flexplate. I fixed, put charger on car, and pumped up left slick to 15psi so I could check for leak. I then went inside to clean up and eat lunch.

So at about 1pm I’m having lunch in my coach, when I see Frees and Lang going down the track. I look and see that Duell’s car is also gone. I’d obviously missed the call. So I fly out the door, tear the charger off and head for the lanes without checking the tire pressure, weather station, or weight in the boxes. I’m getting dressed while driving and hoping I’d have time to check to adjust air in slicks, as I knew I last had 15# in one and 10# in the other. However, As I got to the lanes, Brent Wheeler was last and pulling up to stage as a solo, as he’d blown both front tires in the previous run. It was line up or turn around. So I’m still putting my gloves and neck brace on while doing my burn out, knew one slick had 150% if the air of the other, and was next to someone with new tires and wheels on his car. My launch sucked, I had to make big corrections, and broke out with a 9.49+.

Back in the pits, I put the car on the lift and Doug put his death grip on the flexplate bolts.

Saturday:

Saturday morning I take the car out of the trailer at 6:45am to get ready for our 8:30 call to the lanes. I’m a creature of habit who puts his hoods pins on the studs they pin on when open, and put in on when I close the hood. The night before when we were doing the TC bolts, Doug opened the hood, put the pins on the bench, and also closed the hood. I knew I had to put the pins in, and told myself to do first thing in morning. I didn’t. While taking car down return road pretty fast, the hood opened an blew off.

Barry Dorn saw it happen and carted my hood back to my pit. Doug and Bruce Lang helped me rivet the pieces together and I used a roll of duct tape to tape it to the car. Good guys are all of the NSS Racers.

We finished just as they called us for the second qualifying, and I squeaked out a 9.514, which was good for third qualifier.

The track was horribly prepped for the last qualifying, as they’d made 300 street tire passes and only did a cursory rub before sending us down. I spun horribly (as did everyone), and was bumped to 4th.

That put me against Brent wheeler in first round Sunday.

Sunday:

Bottom line was I was a first round runner up, as Brent put an .018 light on me that I couldn’t overcome. So we loaded up and made the ride of shame off the track, for the 1100 mile trip home.

Epilogue:

Back home, the car’s had it’s oil changed, slicks swapped, car washed, a couple small repairs, and the hood is halfway ready to go to painter. the bracing has been done, and tomorrow the cleanup layers applied and sanding. Painter gets tomorrow night, hopefully.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

3000 Mile 1999 Viper GTS For Sale

As a young adult with dreams of great financial success, I read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich”. One of the big points of the book is to have a huge goal, which is unattainable by most, and to reward yourself hugely for obtaining it. You then put a visual reminder of the reward somewhere that you are constantly reminded of the goal and your reward.

In 1996 I set another such a goal, which was the second big goal I’d set and promised myself a big reward for hitting. In June 1998, I achieved that goal, and my reward had been a new Viper GTS. I Immediately went to the Dodge dealer and ordered a black with black interior with a stripe delete. Because of a strike causing a shortage of the front body work of the car, it took 13 months before I picked the car up.

I have put less than 4000 miles on the car since. The car looks and drives like brand new. 1999 was by far the very best year of the Viper. This car holds a lot of sentimental value to me. However, I’m now in my mid sixties, and in a mode of reducing the things I just don’t need. I have 31 cars, trucks and motorcycles; and I just don’t need near that many – so everything is for sale, some priced to move faster than others. This is the car I least want to sell, but I will for the right price. That price is $60K FIRM.

Below is a gallery of photos just taken of the car. It is in Flawless condition. Click the small photos to view the full size version. Some browsers will require a right-click to open in a new browser.

If you are interested in purchasing this car, call or text me at 713-899-7704. Don’t bother offering less or a trade, as I’m not interested.

Shop Goin Ons – EOM February 2019

Leaving Sunday evening for the NMCA race in South Florida, so a lot of the last week was spent getting the Motorhome (Not driven since October), Stacker and car ready. Loaded the car and golf cart today as it appears to have had the only two hour window of no rain between now and Sunday.

Getting my Magnum GT ready to sell, and the only real sore spot was the front seats.

I bought some dye from autoleatherdye.com, watched the video, and taught my shop rat how to do. He dabbed on six light coats to get to here.

Next he needs to scrub the dye off the buckles, apply the Semi-gloss topcoat, and finally the conditioner. The pictures don’t do the job justice, and it will look pretty damn good when finished. I ordered dark green dye and self-leveling crack filler to do the seats on my 64 Imperial.

My Magnum XE (Ginger) has had a ton of retro-mod upgrades over the years. Motor, 8.75 Rear-end, stereo, convert from column shift to factory floor shift, new carpet, addition of power windows, headers and 2.5″ dual exhaust, modern leather seats, and a new dash and custom gauges. Click here to read more. This week it was new wheels and fabricating the missing console plate out of 1/8″ aluminum plate and black wrinkle paint to match the dash. The AC leak was fixed and recharged, and the turn signal issue from the gauge upgrade fixed. Also added a deep trans pan with temperature sender to go to the gauge. I normally wouldn’t have an oil temp gauge, but I had an extra hole to fill when I did the gauge panel.

There was some work done on the the Screamin’ Woody. The fuel system’s AN -10 hose was run to the front of the car, as was some double-ought battery cable. Stopped short of running under the hood as that needs to be freshened up with new paint.

Turned the shop rat loose with some sand paper to scuff it up. Need a couple days of 70+ degree weather with no rain before being able to paint. Ordered the rotating and bearings for the wagon’s motor. The block is done, so assembly will start soon. Getting down to home stretch.

Wheeled my 60 Plymouth into the bay. While it doesn’t look like it, a lot of work has been done in this car. Click here to check out it’s story.

Its getting all new front-end parts. Then then engine compartment will be painted Petty Blue. Then the trim will get removed, body wet sanded and spray with clear. Then a bad ass lowdeck and 5-Speed stick installed.

Finally it goes to the wrapper to get wrapped to look like Petty’s 60 Plymouth in the woods in back of his shop for last 55 years.

So other than a little cleaning of the shop and some parts that I’m selling/sold; ordering new parts and shipping sold parts – that’s most of it for this last week.

Some Post War Crazy Futuristic Shit!

Immediately following the end of WWII, and ending with the beginning of the Korean Police Action, there was some crazy futuristic shit put out by a metals company called Bohn. Check out what they saw the future to be back in the late Forties. Some of it did come to fruition. Click on a thumbnail below to see the full size version. With some browsers, you have to right-click and open in a new browser.

WWII – Automakers in the war effort.

Dozens of WWII Era posters of Automakers proudly telling the public what they’ve been assigned to do for the War Effort. Click the thumbnail to see the larger version. Some browsers require you right-click and open in a new browser page. Germany was doing the same and I included a couple of their posters as a comparison.