Competed in my 2nd one this weekend!
Looks like ~6th? place again, albeit 30 trucks this year, versus 24 last year
, so I did move up a bit.
1st place (dude in this post with the dinged door, and a rather "healthy" 460
) was 4.34sec,
2nd was 4.6something, 3rd was 4.84, and I had a 5.03.
The stop-watch timing was "semi-questionable", but I'm not that concerned, it was just a good test of the ole rig. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Course, just like last year, all the hints came after
the event, not before.
Seems there was quite a bit of "fuel" modification going on. [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Not sure of the exact stuff, but it's similar to this
Most of the rigs were running carburetors, and they just re-jetted for the nitromethane mix.
Again though, it would have been nice to know of this handy trick before-hand. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
Now for the majorly important question:
How in the "bejeesus" do you keep from the coating the entire engine compartment in mud??? [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
Yes, I'm a clean-freak like <font color="blue">TheJuice</font color>, but that's not the problem.
I'm worrying more about mud intrustion to the internal components rather than keeping the engine clean at this point:
My fan shroud was filled up at least 4" from the bottom with gobs of goop!
The lower radiator hose was almost pulling off due to the weight of the mud on it!
The front of the oil pan is completely packed solid right out to the harmonic balancer!
I know some of you are more into this muck on a regular basis.
I pulled the fan off this year for the 2 runs, but that didn't make a bit of difference.
Seems like a mud flap running from behind the bumper, underneath the radiator, and terminating just in front of the axle would aleviate some of the "intrusion".
However, I don't see a convenient way to rig something like that up.
What do you do to protect the engine compartment, <font color="blue">Hakefisherman</font color>, <font color="blue">MuddyBronco</font color>, <font color="blue">BurnedBronco</font color>....anyone?
PS, I borrowed a helmut for the wife so she could ride along for a change.
She's still talking about much fun it was! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
"Here's to mud in yer eye, Babe!" [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
PSS, Ran "topless" for this one! [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]
It's so cool coming out the end of the pit, and "the crowd is roaring with enthusiasm".
PSSS, I should have some pics, and a video!!
in a couple days.