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  1. The Surfers Dragster

    Man, that is AWESOME! I'm so jealous! I've exchanged emails with Tom Jobe, but never met him. Super nice guy. Congrats, Tim!
  2. '32 Deuce Built from Rat Roaster

    Looks great, Brad! Nice work with the detailing.
  3. Electric Hot Rod

    Yep! I missed this post, before I posted my comment.
  4. Electric Hot Rod

    Bill, you just gave me goosebumps! It happens, whenever I see/hear a Rush song, in an unexpected place. I frequently hear news, regarding cars, that makes me think of Red Barchetta and "Motor Law". Neil Peart wrote these lyrics based on a short story from Road&Track, I believe, entitled "A Nice Sunday Drive." On a related note, one old guy is soon, or just has (over the past weekend, maybe?) attempting to set a new record with an electric dragster. The "Old Man" hisself, Don Garlits.
  5. '74 Vega Bruce Larson USA-1_FYI Reissue Update

    Awesome! I have a few Vegas, already, but, one can never have too many of them.
  6. The Surfers Dragster

    They used different thicknesses of gaskets under the manifold, until they found the one that worked. They were able to run such high nitro loads, partly because Tom Jobe learned a whole bunch of stuff about how nitro "burns", and they ran a very high nozzle pressure for the injectors. Compression was only about 7.5:1, which was somewhat lower than what was common. I have a folder with a air amount of stuff that Jobe posted on the old Header Flames board at Nitronic Research. Very interesting stuff!
  7. The Surfers Dragster

    Eight years is entirely too long to go without seeing Shane's fabulous replica! It's my favorite dragster of all time, and this is (so far) my favorite model of this car. I hope that mine will come somewhere close to looking as good as Shane's. As soon as I get my B.O.Y.D. SS/GT Firebird done, this one's next!
  8. AMT 23 Ford T, Fuel Altered, new pics

    Love it, Mike! It just looks badass! You're welcome, RE: the cutting of sheet. I've been doing it that way for at least a decade, now, and, in most cases, it works, flawlessly.
  9. GM Reference Goldmine

    I knew it would be helpful. Did you happen to find this part of the site?: https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/gm-heritage-archive/vehicle-information-kits.html These have EVERYTHING! Glad you guys found it interesting.
  10. "Bring Out Your Dead" Completion Build--ROUND 2 Is On!

    What the hell? I'll jump in with this SS/GT Firebird. It's a slammer. I just need to figure out how I am going to add the garnet red paint, to what's here. I didn't plan the paint layout, very well. It's an AMT Snap Fast kit begun in January of '07. It will be good to get it in the display case!
  11. '65 Chevelle Z16 (396) Drag Car Ideas

    Here you go. I was wandering around and found this, and remembered this thread:
  12. Round2 July '19

    I'm surprised Garlits didn't sell them Coca-Cola space on his dragster kit!
  13. GM Reference Goldmine

    I'm probably way late to the dance, with this, but, here's just about everything you might want to know about GM cars: https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/index.html
  14. AMT 23 Ford T, Fuel Altered, new pics

    Here is one I took for an article I was doing on working with sheet metal to make dragster bodies. The other is a photo of the result. Note that the motor plate is still flat, while the "falloff" is curled.
  15. AMT 23 Ford T, Fuel Altered, new pics

    The wheels look great! I discovered that, if I keep the surface of the sheet of aluminum that I am using to make the part I'm cutting flat against the cutting surface of the scissors (I use regular old Fiskar's), that it cuts, virtually distortion-free. I'm so convinced of its effectiveness, that I bought a pair of left-handed scissors, too. I figure they're basically my shears/snips, so I might as well set myself up to be able to cut on either side of a line, without distortion.