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Last Post 27 Oct 2014 05:05 PM by  t walgamuth
New C mod in the INdy region
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t walgamuth
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15 Oct 2012 11:01 PM
I'm glad you had a great time. Its no fun running an open wheel car in the rain though so It did not look worth the risk to me.
t walgamuth
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20 Oct 2012 06:44 PM
I'm gonna head up to Gary tomorrow and run on the casino parking lot.
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20 Oct 2012 08:12 PM
Tom, I hope you have a chance to check this or someone can pass along a message:

INR is finishing its season at Portage High School NOT at the Casino in Gary. The Majestic Star Casino lot is occupied by Big Petroleum and isn't available.
You're more than welcome to still join us but PHS is quite a bit smaller. Call me @ 219.730.8078 if you have any questions.
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21 Oct 2012 12:05 AM
Thanks, I picked that up a few hours ago. See you at Portage.
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21 Oct 2012 06:54 PM

I had no trouble with the car today, but my driving was not the best. The course was tricky with a lot of drainage swales causing some off camber situations. The surface was very slippery too. I spun twice in the same place, both times without any warning, I just found myself going backwards.

Lovely day.

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04 Nov 2012 06:33 PM
I went down to Walesboro today to get in one last run. I have been feeling that the gas tank was full so yesterday I only put in a half gallon and for some reason did not put any gas in my reserve tank. Natchurally I ran out as I was getting ready to make my first run. I went and got some gas. The course was a typical Walesboro course with a lot of slaloms and garages. First run I missed my first shift and fluffed it big. Second run was going pretty well but as I crossed the finish line my lower legs felt suddenly warm. I knew it had to be the oil line that feeds the pressure guage so I shut off and coasted back to the trailer.

When I installed the new guage a month or so ago the final connection seemed weak but it looked like I had it on correctly so I went with it. It came apart.

Another thing to add to the winter to do list.

See you all next year.
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04 Nov 2012 08:07 PM

I ran today at Walesboro but fluffed my fuel supply and ran out on the grid. After getting some gas in it I got in two runs before my oil pressure feed line came loose as I crossed the finish line the second time. I got my pants oiled and went home early.

One more thing to do on my winter list.

It was a pretty sunny day and a fun course.

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04 Apr 2013 06:13 AM
Time to get ready for this year. I have allowed the FF to lie fallow this winter while I have been building a street rod. I need to get moving and get it ready to run. The oil line repair is clearly first on the list.
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17 Apr 2013 02:03 PM
So I have been contemplating whether to sell the Reynard or not and have done nothing affirmative on that. Today I removed the shifter to get it rebuilt and tightened up the loose oil line (easy fix). Next is changing the oil and possibly getting new Hoosiers for Sunday's test and tune.

The weather forcast is cold but sunny.
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21 Apr 2013 07:10 PM
I got the shifter back together and the oil and filter changed but missed the order deadline on Thursday by 5 minutes. So got the car all loaded up for an early start today.

I got over to grissom and decided to start the car before taking it off the trailer just in case it did not start for some reason. Well it was about 35 degrees and the car was hard to start. It started right up with ether but did not want to run after started so I climbed in the car, sprayed some and hit the starter with my foot ready to keep it running. It must have backfired a bit and I soon noticed smoke coming from the area of the carb. I hit the starter again hoping to suck the flames out but no luck. So I jumped down and scooted around to the truck to get a screwdriver to take off the rear cowl and the fire extinguisher. One was in the truck the other in the rear cab. I undid the cover and removed it, then sprayed the fire extinguisher on the fire and it was out instantly.

Yikes!

If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all.

Upon close examination, other than the foam air cleaner being reduced to a framework of metal screen the actual carb did not look damaged. Lots of crud lying about though so I decided not to try to fix it today. I'll get a rebuild kit and go through the carb and look for an alternative air cleaner that is not made of flamable material.

The thought of flame spouting up from the carbs, 12" from the fuel filler cap which is attached to the fuel cell was enough to focus my attention acutely.
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21 Apr 2013 08:40 PM

 

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21 Apr 2013 10:31 PM
Sorry to hear Tom.

Sorry I missed your call last night. By the time I saw the call it was well into the middle of the night and figured you were asleep.
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22 Apr 2013 01:34 PM
I hear you and Michael had good first outings in your new mod cars.
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22 Apr 2013 01:44 PM
Thanks Chris! I hear you and Michael had successful first runs in your new mod cars!
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22 Apr 2013 05:13 PM
Michael better than me. He has some minor issues, however we were having runnability issues through the day. I think I have a lot of the issues situated.
t walgamuth
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22 Apr 2013 07:38 PM
With your late model engine I imagine getting all the codes and such right might be a challenge.
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25 Apr 2013 07:59 PM
I have rebuilt the carb now including a new float. The carb was built in 02 by the casting number. I also have constructed a new air filter housing from 1/8" aluminum and am getting ready to put it all back on the car now.

Did the scca lower them minimum weight on the FF to 1000#?
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25 Apr 2013 09:13 PM
Not that I've heard.

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26 Apr 2013 05:31 AM
Oh good. I was reading a section of the rules concerning something else and saw what I thought might apply to C mod but did not have time to follow through on it. I am very glad it is not so. I cannot imagine how I could get a hundred pounds out of the car.
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26 Apr 2013 07:40 PM
I got the carb all back together and fabricated some parts so I can use a paper filter. I took the car down to Fishers yesterday and displayed it at my granddaughters grade school. they had the Kindy 500 today with racing by kindergarteners riding big wheels. The course was slippery asphalt with the start line going uphill and the final (tight) curve leading to the finish line off camber (I am not making this up). A lot of the kids had trouble getting started on the uphill and then spun out on the final off camber curve. Mhy granddaughter was undefeated until the final heat (against a girl....the girls smoked all the boys). She was leading into the first curve and the other girl bunted her sideways. She was catching her fast at the finish but for the first time all day, pinched the off camber a bit and slid sideways. If not for that probably would have won it all.....but who's keeping score, right?

Tomorrow I'll get it started and try to tell if the carb is in good tune. My primary jets are 165, secondaries 175. Do these jets seem about right for 700' above sea level?
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