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  1. I have no idea other than the first number that popped in to my head was 4900 as is. Probably way off. -Ron
  2. Stories like this is why I try to do as much of my own work as possible. When I wanted my Locomobile seat upholstered, everyone I called just had a lackadaisical or crummy attitude, with questions like "You got a what!? And then the conversation ended with they were backed up for months with work. To be honest a lot of the pictures I seen from shops left me with the notion, I could do it that well myself; why pay for it? I did it myself and I'm happy with it, could be better of course. A man shouldn't blame his tools, but the non-walking foot Janome machine I used was really not up to the task, it worked and it is sewn well, but for leather, a walking foot machine is needed, I have one now. The seam around the edge of the lower seat went through 4 and 6 layers intermittently and I had to hand sew it, took me 5 hours. For button ties I use waxed Dacron which is used for making bowstrings, super strong and will not rot or stretch. One local guy said he would do it, then he started talking about vinyl "Hide-em" strip like they use on modern boat upholstery around the edges of the leather seat, I don't think he had a clue what he was talking about. -Ron
  3. About five years ago, my brother moved down to the Lakeland-Tampa area, as soon as he got there, he was bragging to me about how great it was, about a year later, he couldn't wait to get out. He's a welder, he took a job down there in some big fab shop, everything mentioned above, plus, he said the drug problem is really bad there, guys were smoking meth or crack right in the shop and nobody cared. Lot's of burglaries etc. Back in the late 70's, my wife and I went down to Daytona, I pulled up to a stoplight like I always did in Detroit, cop gives me a whoop on the siren, I look over and he's pointing at my front tires, I thought I was getting a flat, nope, he was telling me stay behind the wide line at the light. A lot has changed apparently. -Ron
  4. Here is a picture of one I have in my "archive" Never seen a survivor. -Ron
  5. Same places they do it now, wherever they can get away with it. Street racing has never been legal anywhere, but I can take you out on Telegraph Saturday night and they still turn many lights into a drag strip. Back in the 60's and 70's at least around here, the cops were pretty cool about it, hell we used to get stopped for drunk driving and they would just tell us to get home and stay there. Those were fond memories back in the 60's in the "muscle car era", prior to all the emissions BS every American company was putting out respectable running strong cars, about 1970 was the end of it. The 60's were possibly the best and most interesting decade this country ever experienced. Rock and Roll British invasion, JFK, Viet Nam, the hippy movement, Women's Lib and mass bra burnings, halter tops, mini skirts, no incurable STD's, "if it feels good, do it", parties, the civil rights movement, the war protests, the music, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, first man on the moon, I was a young teenager, I wondered how could it get any better than this? it didn't, 1970 was like flipping a switch and our society has been kind of sucky ever since. I see these kids nowadays listening to The Who, Rolling Stones etc, That music is like 50 years old :) -Ron
  6. To throw another log on this.. The 11 second claim for 68-69 roadrunner was talked around by many people and even the folks at Ramchargers which is an old Hot Rod shop around Detroit and they did know which cars were running what times at Detroit Dragway which was right near there store. I never seen it for myself, but I heard a lot of people talk it, and Ramchargers would have not been saying that if they hadn't seen it. Prior to the internet, the local Hot Rod shop was the hub for info. The 68 and 69 Roadrunner had a special engine only used those two years in the Roadrunner only, Plymouth labeled it "The Roadrunner engine". The standard 383 was rated 270 hp, the RR engine was rated 335 hp and it was even claimed that Plymouth de-rated the engine, so teenagers could get insurance. I know, put your boots on. -Ron
  7. What he meant to say is "Blind hole boring" It's any time in machining where a hole or bore is not all the way through, like "Blind hole tapping" perhaps. Blind hole tapping is more expensive if the hole depth and thread length are the same dimension, it takes a series of taps, ending with a bottoming tap. There is no reason that that type of boring operation should cost more than standard boring unless it some limitation of the machinery and they have to improvise. A typical boring head does not go all the way through, the machine doesn't know if it's blind or thru. -Ron
  8. There is this thing called the "cube law" As speed increases, with the same mass and wind resistance, the power to attain it increases exponentially. 100 mph with 80 hp, 200 mph, takes about 8 times that much hp. -Ron
  9. This discussion reminds me of conversations that got us in to street races back then. Boy, were they shocked The guys with 429's and 440's couldn't understand how they were outran by the smaller 383. -Ron
  10. Gee whiz fellas take it easy it was known fact in the late 60's a stock roadrunner with 383 would run low 11's right out of the factory, if you think or remember it differently, oh well. Add a Holley, Headers, Muncie rock crusher and some meats on the rear and it was a definite force to be reckoned with. Lots of people have roadrunners today and engines replaced with 383 station wagon engines which were a dime a dozen, not even close in comparison. I chuckle when I hear people talk smack about old Mopars. 68 and 69 Roadrunner had a special limited production engine, it was the only Mopar that used it. 440 heads, crank and cam. Lots of Chevy and Ford guys hated Mopar back then, because they got blown off the road by them. I seen it happen over and over and over. 429 Mach1 Cobra jets, 396 Chevelle's, nothing would run with the old ridgerunner. None would run better than 14's? Yeah ok.. -Ron
  11. That is 707 hp? I don't think so. My old 69 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ would have likely outran both of those slugs, my brothers modified 68 Roadrunner would have run circles around them. He blew the doors off of several "hot rods" in the muscle car era around Detroit with it. That was the only car I ever did 140 mph in, and that was the last time. 2nd gear would rip the glove box open and the maps would be laying in the back seat and apron under the back glass. -Ron
  12. That would be a great video I used to shoot archery tournaments a long time ago, every Sunday they gave out trophies and over a course of about three years, I accumulated a bunch of them 1st 2nd or 3rd and sometimes none. I had them on display, and then I got tired of looking at them because staring at my own trophy was like staring at a picture of myself, pointless. I eventually started throwing them in a box. I seen guys almost come to blows over them and several verbal arguments and accusing others of cheating etc. I eventually came to the realization, the competition was ruining the whole thing for most, instead of just getting together and enjoying the sport, people were competing against one another. To get a real understanding of a trophy, watch "The Gods must be crazy" Very similar.. I don't like trophy's anymore, I was awarded one for my Locomobile this past summer, it's under the backseat of my truck tangled up in the jumper cables the last time I seen it. The only thing that has kept me from throwing it away is out of respect for the people that gave it to me. It was the same thing, guys next to me kind of looking over at it and me with contempt. Screw all that, I do things to spend time with like minded folks, joke around with the public and enjoy myself. We don't need no steenkin trophies. My experience with the whole award thing is, the people that want them, need them. -Ron
  13. They still have the huge Newcomen and Watt atmospheric pumping engines there, I joked with the guys I was with, that probably the only reason they still have them is because they are too expensive to remove. They had a very rare Doble steam car that is no longer on display and no one knows what happened to it, a good friend of mine is a retired curator from over there and keeps me posted on the happenings. I told him I wanted the engines from the Suhwanee, he told me he would put me on the list and it's a long one -Ron
  14. Without sounding like a curmudgeon, the museum was definitely a lot better 30 years ago, they had more old iron in there, and they had displays up near the front where people did metal crafts/jewelry and sold souvenirs. The steam engine exhibits were a chronology of development starting with Newcomen and right up in to the early 1900's. They had more cars and airplanes on exhibit as well. It is understandable that they have to change up the displays to attract visitors, but the direction they have been going is the wrong one, delving off in to social and political subjects that simply don't interest me or any of the people I go with (gearheads). I was there back in the summer and they said they are putting in a retro race car exhibit, so apparently they are getting the message. -Ron