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  1. Union Hill 2018 thread

    The CTSV is back in fighting form. The trunk tank was a big help. I can run eliminations with no worries about cooling the car off. I can actually hot lap it. It felt fun again. The downside is I'm going to spend as much on ice as some spend on nitrous. My best was a 6.92@102. DA was 2900' on that run.
  2. @Ashley P @Disney My wife started complaining of a hissing from the rear of her 2013 Tahoe a couple weeks ago. I heard it tuesday coming from the rear a/c area. Today the a/c pretty much wasn't doing anything. Gauges read <30 low side and ~150 high side for the short amount of time the compressor is on. You can hear that hiss in the rear when it's on too, but a little google says that may be typical of the expansion valve when the charge is low. So I started looking for obvious leaks. Nothing under the hood was wet. The lines running to the back appear ok. Nothing is dripping from the rear a/c weep hole, so I assume it's probably fine. I looked at the condensor and saw a wet spot. To double check I figured I would throw a can of R134a with die in it. But I decided to put the UV light on it before that and I saw this on the same spot. Is this the typical amount of green you would expect from a slow leak? Or could this be something else. Now, at this point I haven't put die in it, so this is from GM or remnants of die from a previous repair. Would you call that a bullseye and put a condensor in it or keep looking?
  3. Yes, she is almost too good at noticing small things like that.
  4. So far so good. I charged it Saturday afternoon. It blows 48* out the vents and was fine yesterday also. The hiss is gone in the rear, so that must have been the expansion valve.
  5. I woke up at 5:00 at usual, so I figured I might as well get to work. I double checked every visible a/c component and found nothing else. I put the condenser on it and the vacuum pump is running right now. We are going somewhere for a few hours today, so I'm going to let it sit with vacuum on it while we are gone. If it stays bottomed out, I'll assume the evaporators are good and charge it. It only holds 2.5lbs of r134a which I found for $5 per can (4 cans). So worst case I'll be out $20 for refrigerant.
  6. Yes, same oily spot is green. I pulled the bumper for a better look and it’s more noticeable under uv. Ichecked everywhere under the hood and nothing else. I’ll see what else can be seen on the rear lines. I don’t have a sniffer to check the evaporators, would oil make it into visible portions of the vents?
  7. So, lets say you had $50k cash to spend on a car and mods. Wants: Room for 2 adults and a kid No major builds. Buy a relatively new car and mod it Want a car that is moderately quick at the dragstrip, road course and autocross. I'm over having the fastest car. Must be a V8 and must sound good. No turbo, no nitrous. It should take a couple weeks to mod it. Reliable, daily driver No aftermarket ecu's. What would you buy and how would you mod it? I'm day dreaming while my Buick sits under the knife again. I'm tired of "building" this car but when it run's there is always something on it that bugs me. I've spent 98% of my time working on it and 2% enjoying it. I'm not selling it right now, but it's been on my mind a lot lately. And daydreaming and planning is fun.
  8. 68k, but I bet they were broke when I bought it at 59K
  9. Not really, but they were likely broke before I bought the car so I wouldn’t know what they felt like stock. I did hear a loud pop back in the spring. I gassed it from a slow roll and it sounded like I blew a tire. I didn’t know what it was, but I think I do now. Two other things clued me off to this. 1. My air intake tube pops off the throttle body a lot. 2. Even though my zl1 lid is clearanced, it still left bad gouge marks on my hood liner. I’ve also ordered a new hood liner.
  10. I suspected my motor mounts were busted, but I had no idea how bad they were.Drivers side first in the video, it's completely dry (oil filled from factory) and 100% separated. The passenger side still had oil, but it's mostly separated. Now it's got two new creative steel mounts and ready to rock.
  11. My initial goals were the above and to run 6's (1/8th mile). I went 6.9x first time out after all the mods. I drove it to Daytona in January, so the reliable part is there. I hit all my goals and now I'm trying to figure out where to go next. I've basically left it as is for the last year, just driving it to work now and then. It's been great, but that inevitable need for more is pulling at me again. I've been a 10.58@131. 9's aren't close, but I can see them from where I'm at. The expensive mods are done, ported heads, cam and ported blower. To run 9's I think all I need to do is add E85 and work on the tune at the track. E85 will require more fuel pump, bigger injectors and more tuning.
  12. The trunk mounted whirlpool is complete.
  13. Arbor PRess Plates

    I forwarded you the quote from Loftis to your gmail account.
  14. Arbor PRess Plates

    I can draw them up and get a price. I'll also check with KGS steel, this is more up their alley (big HD steel members and plates) I had a friend cut me a pair out of 1 1/4 on his plasma table and all the heat warped the support plates on his table. Loftis probably has a big track torch.
  15. 2010 Camaro SS

  16. Smokers

    What I gather from my YouTube training. You want hazy blue “smoke”. The thick white smoke gives that overpowering bitter taste.
  17. Smokers

    I cooked some ribs yesterday also with a pan of charcoal on my gas grill. A few hickory chips thrown in for flavor. There’s no way to control airflow on a gas grill, so it cooked hot. 2 hours uncovered and 1 wrapped in foil. No sauce and they were pretty good. I’m definitely looking into a real smoker.
  18. 8 gallons = 1024 ounces. 1024 ounces/ 12 ounces/beer = 85.3 beers if emptied from the cans. I'd rather drink the water.
  19. Yes, I’ll probably insulate it so it doesn’t sweat. No, nobody does dry ice. It gives off too much gas that you have to effectively vent.
  20. I milled the inlet tube and rolled the round side of the tank at a friends shop after work. Then I came home and tacked the tank together and bent up the pump mount so I can see how it's all going to fit together. So far so good.
  21. Fox Mustang: Next Purchase

    Double check it for a vacuum leak maybe. It needs to be tuned when everything is warmed up. Then there are tables to add or take away when it’s cold.