Ashley P

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  1. Random thought thread

    'Merica??? I dunno...
  2. Random thought thread

    Has anyone used Cosmoline (or the like) to protect metal in storage? I've got a couple blocks that need protection.
  3. Random thought thread

    ^ Not on my "lawn"! Can you say "basal skull fracture" above about 10 mph? lol
  4. Any gardeners?

    You know: Dirt, seeds, sweat, weeds, sweat, sunburn, ear of corn? Anybody?
  5. Random thought thread

    You can call JohnC, but his phone's off the hook....
  6. When your kid "gets it"

    I've never done anything but T&T nights. I wanted to actually try a bracket "race", but back then I had quiet exhaust and no tach, not the recipe for consistency with a 4 speed. lol
  7. When your kid "gets it"

    So my oldest son (Ross, 11) was asking 20 questions about drag racing. It started as a "who would win" involving some Hot Wheels cars and my old cars. I pointed out how that "new" Mustang with tires and headers (nod to Matt) would beat my fastest (TransAm) car. He asked what kind of cars raced at the local 1/8 mile, and I immediately thought bracket do I explain that. So I talked about field day (he likes to foot race) and asked why they were divided into age and gender...I explained how if all 300 students ran together there'd probably be a boy 17 or 18 that won, and a few of his class to place, much further down the list they're be some girls, and if you raced again 30 minutes later they outcome would be very, very similar. And, very few of the losers would want to race after the first time. I said racing started out like everybody racing, but then classing grouped cars. Then the most money bought the best parts, and so big money won races and most people couldn't compete. So, "bracket" racing was started. I explained the starting/timing "beams" and how the start bulbs are 1/2 second, and since the driver writes his time on the window the starter can give the exact head start to the slower car, so if the starter gave a 1.5 second head start to my 9.0 second GTO when racing my (rounded down) 7.5 second Trans am...they'd tie at the finish line IF both drivers had a perfect RT. He understood and thought that was a great way to do things...then I added "and if you go faster than you said (lower time), then you're disqualified. You might get to the finish line first, but you'd lose, 'cause it would be like you lied about your time." His jaw dropped and he was speechless, but his look of THAT'S THE STUPIDEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD! told me he's gonna be all right.
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  9. Any gardeners?

    According to my signature I should not be surprised. My corn has been eaten by deer/coons. The sweet corn, that is. The field corn expressly FOR deer didn't even sprout.
  10. 2010 Camaro SS

    John, do you know burning oil can/will cause "knock"? See
  11. John, your tuning is WAY outta my league, but I wanna point out some things about octane and "knock". While your statements above are probably correct, I want to point out that figuring octane is not as simple as throwing X additive into Y octane and getting Z. I'll point out that just a little diesel added to 87 octane will make a gas engine knock like crazy. Perhaps your fuel is "contaminated" with the oil that your "burning". There is a good read about "knock" here
  12. Random thought thread

    Give a soccer ball to some drunk rednecks and they'll fix it....
  13. Random thought thread

    Soccer: It's like NASCAR; boring until the wreck, only it's the stadium fight/stampede that most tune in for...right? lol Soccer combined with the running of the bulls would be cool.
  14. Random thought thread

    Brazil Who won, BTW?
  15. Random thought thread

    I may not know the game, but if you can promise me it'll only take 2 minutes I'll try to watch it all.
  16. Random thought thread

    ^ Fixola!
  17. Random thought thread

    ^ But Stirling is way on down the road. Since I'm water coupled heat pump now it will be more of an immediate payoff to use my waste water as either a "pre-cooler" to my inlet air or as preheated water for the water heater. I'm about to put some pipes from the basement to the attic for future solar water preheat.
  18. Random thought thread

    Wasted heat from a Stirling? I'm not sure of their efficiency, and maybe I worded it backward: maybe I'd heat the house/shop with wood and use waste heat for the Stirling.
  19. Random thought thread

    Yeah, that's why I want Stirling. In the winter I'd love to use a wood fire to run a Stirling generator to make some of my electrical power. All waste heat would heat the house/shop and water. I put a few extra holes in my basement wall in case I ever get far enough ahead to tackle that.
  20. Random thought thread

    ^ A local club raises money with the "antique gas and steam engine show"....well, lately it's become steam-free. Don't know if it was city regulations or just the breed dying out. I'd like to skip steam and run a Stirling engine in the house/shop.
  21. ITSnolongerASIX 1966 Mustang

    A divider sounds like a very good idea. I agree, these new cars are WAY safer. No contest at all.
  22. Random thought thread

    ^ I'm sorry. (That you watched that crap! lol) And moving to random: Fred Dibnah on youtube. Mechanical Engineer who to climbed brick chimneys to fund his hobby of restoring steam engines. No safety stuff to get in his way...
  23. ITSnolongerASIX 1966 Mustang

    And the cars came with Nomex suits in case of a rear end collision? Seems like the sender would be prone to leaking in such case.....and Ford saved how many square feet of metal per car? But I suppose that the GM trunk floors that rusted out weren't much better at that point. lol
  24. Justice Kennedy Retires

    Oh, sometimes he had them... Replace him with......?? GOWDY!