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      Board Status   07/20/2018

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    Clemmons, NC
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    Tom Zuchowski
  1. World's fastest piston powered vehicle

    I believe it was the prop tips that went supersonic. Not in the least a good thing.
  2. World's fastest piston powered vehicle

    I seem to remember reading in the Mickey Thompson biography Challenger that the incredible air resistance at those speeds could actually induce wheel spin. It was part of a discussion about how Mickey didn't believe that it was possible for a 2-wheel-drive vehicle to exceed 400 MPH. Maybe it was in Speed Duel. Wheel spin at 400 MPH sounds like a thrill!
  3. Question for eBay shippers.

    I would suggest that you make every effort to establish your actual shipping cost before you make the listing and perhaps explain it in the description. My wife (2200 sales) adds 25 cents to the actual shipping cost (for incidentals) to her eBay shipping charge and says so in her listings, and she gets many very favorable comments for doing so. No buyer is fooled by a low asking price and a high shipping charge, and if you make a high estimate to CYA you are just hurting your marketability. Good luck! Selling is a hoot!
  4. Murphy was right!

    I'm lucky no cats were nearby when I dropped the car. They would have promptly buried it! As it turned out it wasn't too hard to sand out the rough spots and repaint. The paint's thicker than I would like but it's a fair trade for my own clumsiness.
  5. Scale Engines that run...

    My subscription was maybe 30 years ago. I just now did a little Googling around, and I believe it was Strictly I.C.. It looks like there are several of them Out There.
  6. Scale Engines that run...

    There is or used to be a magazine about building small engines. I was a subscriber for a few years but now I can't remember the title. Fascinating stuff. I had the impression that it was the journey and not the destination that drove most of these hobbyists. Think of each part of such an engine as a complex model in itself. Think of the planning that goes into it. Geez, if I mainly cared about the destination rather than the journey, I wouldn't build models, as my handiwork is hardly top-drawer. Those people love working with machine tools. Being a miniature machinist can be a hobby in itself.
  7. Murphy was right!

    Doesn't happen every time, but I just finished applying the final heavy coat on a car body and then promptly dropped it in the cats' litter box.
  8. Mad Max Gigahorse

    I am SO VERY pleased that this is back to work again! Definitely my favorite build to follow of all time! Thanks so much for the updates!
  9. Wow,my work area is a mess.

    There's a time-tested method for staying ahead of the mess that is far more effective than periodically cleaning your work space. Once every six months, nail a fresh sheet of plywood down atop your work bench and everything on it. Problem solved!
  10. eBay's newest crummy trick

    It's often really hard to find a link to "See Seller's Other Items" now also. Sometimes the only way I can do that is by putting the first item in my watch list, sometimes not even then. The new format stinks also. Guess they're trying to make it large and simple for touch-screen users.
  11. Autoquiz 376 - Finished

    Don't think it is Japanese, but all Japanese cars have the forward fender mirrors. I spent two years in Japan, and those mirrors are wonderful! You have no blind spot and can see both mirrors thru the windshield. I wish they would mandate them here.
  12. JDM Legends

    Huh. I just watched that episode and it appeared to me that they did a nut and bolt restoration from mildly modified back to 100% original. They did mention that the car had several very rare optional parts, such as the rear end. They also gave the guy a loaner engine while his was being rebuilt. Where did they go off track and "make it better?" I missed that.
  13. JDM Legends

    I don't think I saw the 240Z episode, but two I did see featured Skylines and Bluebirds, and all the cars had right-hand drive. I'd never heard of a Nissan "SSS"; neat car. I am definitely a watcher now.
  14. 2019 Corvette ZR-1 Top Speed Run

    Jay Leno took the ZR-1 to 202 on that track on the latest "Jay Leno's Garage." It's just amazing what a great personality and a $100,000,000 car collection can do for a guy's opportunities . . .
  15. I seem to remember reading that Ford's bean counters tried for years to kill the Mustang but they just kept right on selling so well . . .