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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2022 3:20 pm 
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Set up & waitin’ on them other fellers to git here so’z we kin go racin’!

Update from Lou that he’s still a couple hours away cruisin’ ToadRacer down from Blacksburg, VA convoying with Greg in his 64 Dart towing his Valiant trailer.
All is good!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2022 6:00 pm 
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Good Luck guys! Have fun. And with you guys having all that Slant 6 power in one place down there, how about dragging it up to Mason Dixon and racing with us. Rick

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2022 11:43 am 
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Hope you guys are having fun. I listened to Yo Bassa last night just for Greg. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:39 am 
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CMP was fun.

ToadRacer was driven to the race from Blacksburg, VA (about 250 miles). That was a good break in and shake down for the new Slant 6 engine.

Testing Friday was great! Two of us had never been to CMP before, so it was good to get on track and try things out before the race.

Taking the kink at full throttle in a 60 year old Mopar on sticky tires is SO much fun!!

Saturday started off pretty good with the best lap time of 2:00.xxx. The new engine probably has about 30-40 more HP than the first one.

Then we had rear brake issues a couple times... worked through that...

Then the little 7 1/4 differential started complaining (about taking the kink at full throttle...)... Keep going, it'll be fine...

Then Deja Vu hit!!

Barber 2018 was my first Lemons race driving a 64 Valiant Signet. They were leading class on Saturday until the air cleaner bolt snapped and went through 5 of the 6 cylinders, eventually putting a hole in #2 piston.

My stint was close to the bitter end with the #2 pushrods removed and the car running on maybe 4 cylinders. I lasted about 45 minutes until the burning oil and smoke fumes became too much to bear...

This time the nut we added to keep the stud in place only went through 1 and 6 and was caught before catastrophic damage was done. We removed the head, verified we could still go on, replaced one valve and she fired back to life. Ready to hit the track again.

Unfortunately, the part we knew to be the weakest link proved us right. The little 7 1/4 differential with a sure-grip (try finding one of those these days) turned into a spool with nerve shattering clunking.

It was at that point we decided to call it a day.

I guess we need to quit talking about upgrading the differential and actually do it now.

See you at NCM in September!

That's ToadRacer in a nutshell.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2022 11:05 am 
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It seems that there was some tremendous development done on the car since the NCM Race in 9/21.

The Car was Driven to the Event from Blacksburg Va...
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There was a test day on Friday, which was wildly Successful..
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There was block party and parade in Camden SC.
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We swapped some War Stories with the Bob and Frank from the EVR Team fielding the '64 Dart.
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People Rode on the car as Rob Guided through the kink in the parade route at less than 5 Mph.
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Work Was done, Fuel Filled, Spark Plugs checked, Valves lashed, Brake Pads replaced...
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We found some tires for sale...Bought 'em too. Lou was doing his best Bibendum Impersonation..
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This little nut ruined our day a bit, We got it fixed, but the Rear Axle was burning brake shoes and locking up as the diff was going bad.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2022 4:32 am 
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Great Photos,
Look for better luck next time out, I bet you all still had fun.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2022 7:24 am 
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It had its moments... :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 8:29 am 
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I ordered more parts & tools for ToadRacer & Off-Kilter Racing...

Firm Feel makes several neat parts for Mopars. They ain't cheap, but if you're looking to upgrade/improve your handling they have some cool stuff.

They make an idler arm roller bearing conversion kit to upgrade your idler arm and take out slop ($185). The one on ToadRacer is a tad on the sloppy side and we're looking for every advantage we can get for Lemons DOMINATION! Or we just need to replace the idler arm & I wanted to spend money for no apparent good reason. Time will tell...

They also make a sector support kit for the Pitman arm side of things. It's a planetary bearing and support bracket to help remove flex from the pitman arm. Same reasoning as the paragraph above on why I just spent another $165...

The third item to upgrade the steering/handling on ToadRacer is stepping up from 9/16" to 11/16" seamless billet tie rods. We haven't had issues with with that yet, but another upgrade because we do ask a lot from the steering on this car. That one tipped the scales at $192 from Vivid Racing.

At our last race at Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) in South Carolina we ran some higher offset wheels and larger tires for one stint. Unfortunately, the front tires were a tad close to the fender lip and, with hard braking and turning, they became too well acquainted. So I ordered a fender lip rolling tool so we can help that situation the right way instead of taking a sledge hammer to the fender lip.

Adam and Joe have the lead on the Ford 8.8, shift kit, transmission temperature gauge, and front suspension voodoo.

If time and interest allow, Lou would like to upgrade to TBI before our next race at the National Corvette Museum (NCM) in Bowling Green, KY at the end of September.

I've put a little more effort into our theme and preparing a bribe for the judges at NCM as well...

That's Lemons in a nutshell... :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 9:34 am 
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Look at the bright side, once you get those bearings you can post the bearing numbers and everyone else can get them for $35 from Motion. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:29 am 
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:lol: :lol: :lol:

There's just a tad more to it than the bearings, but you're probably right...

Probably ain't gonna help nuthin' nohow... :roll: :lol:


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