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  1. Ham Sammich

    2019 VPI List Is Out!

    I'll never understand it. Why not simply make some particular fuel cell the maximum and be done with it? It solves very nearly every other scenario from power to weight to swaps to values to "whatever". At this point there are very few teams in the series that would consider a $300-$500 purchase for a spec fuel cell (to even things up) as a deal breaker. And the team that shows up with a 10,000 pound LTD knows they're not in the hunt. It works for the majority of cars that are actually used and actually competitive. At some point every team would find a sweet spot of weight, vs power vs time. One thing eliminates a fat rulebook and a lot of the bitching. "why isn't this legal? why do these cars get to have twice the horsepower? etc...etc..." Dude, here's how much fuel you can have, how much fuel each team has... you figure out how to use it. Essentially you roll through tech, they check the safety, the fuel cell, and you're on your way. Everything is easier. Figure it out on your own and have at it, here's the amount of fuel you have. 500hp cars won't make the time windows, 90hp cars can swap up to find some speed. In the end, each team, not the book, decides on the best way to go about it. one rule, it always comes back to fuel. lol
  2. I haven't been keeping up with the rules, just lurking every other month. Did we get more fuel for the small tank cars? Honda/Acura take a beating in the math?
  3. ...pffft.... I got the bill for the tires, right on time. No discount, no apology, nothing. I'm sure they were sitting around thinking... "well, let's see if he pays it or raises hell about it". I paid it, I mean I do owe the bill.... But seriously.
  4. ***UPDATE*** been about 6-7 weeks. Insurance company is STILL jerking me around. Ugh. They had trouble finding a 53' trailer to do a comparison, so some genius decided a 44 must be similar from a different brand, so they used that value. It's bewildering. I've had to come up with more data. Essentially every day, it's something I have to do or find, or fax. I figure to replace the trailer is $27-28k. They said they'd cough up $20k and take the trailer.... OR, I could take $14,000 cash and keep the trailer (even though I have several bids in the 19-20k range because of the wall studs and interior problems). SO, if I take the $20k, I'm short about $8k to replace it. If I take the $14k cash, I'm short $6k on all the bids. I could probably do the work myself, but don't kid yourself, it's a week or more of work and probably $8k in parts/E-track/panels shipping (which includes skinning the whole passenger side for color match) and that's before labor, and it's winter now and I have no place big enough to get it inside. Nor do any of the local body shops. Either way I come up short. I just want to be made whole, that seems reasonable to me. I had a great trailer before they wrecked it. How is it that they seem to want me to pay to be made whole? GRRRRR. I called our insurance Commissioner to see if this is common. She said they can't determine values but can offer advice.
  5. The good side of the USA, not the 100 crazy people on the extreme edge of any topic that get media attention. I'm saying the rest of the 330 million of us that are dang good folks, doing dang nice things because we're just good people. Click the link, great video. Must be dusty in here, I got something in my eye while watching it. 😭 https://www.nbclosangeles.com/multimedia/Boy-Enjoys-Ride-of-a-Lifetime-in-Ferrari_Los-Angeles-492325551.html
  6. That's what I was thinking. We'll have to play it out. I re-skinned our other 24' trailer that got hailed out, and it looked perfect. I'm sure I could iron this out with the glue. But I don't want to be that dude going down the interstate with like 10 repairs on it and filthy
  7. I talked to an adjuster today, mentioned that the smooth side trailers are not the same old pop rivet setup. And its gonna need to be repaired at the factory in Portland. First bid I got locally is just short of 20k. They felt stripping the whole side made sense to get a better glue job and color match. Also studs to replace, etc. then (4 ) 1000+ mile trips to the factory at $2 a mile. I also hit them up and said I need to have them rent me a replacement for some races this fall. Good news there is that not many places rent 53 foot trailers, I cna't imagine it would be cheap to do that. Plus go get it, and take it back. I've never had a vehicle totaled, I'm curious how the math works. I mean this doesn't look bad, but it's a butt load of labor, and shipping, that makes this tougher.
  8. I don't know yet. But am confident I'm the guy about to get bent over on this deal... somehow. Scrubbed a tree and then hit it on the back of a hay hauling semi trailer.
  9. So, I was doing a little pre-emptive tire replacement on our race trailer. I ask the guy at the tire shop 4 times if he'd like me to position the trailer correctly in their driveway as it's 53' long and not easily parked. let me repeat that... 4 times. He says, nah we do this kind of thing all the time. I leave and come back and have 6 new tires.... and this. 😥 Tire place has insurance, I talked to the adjuster already. I'm not excited to see this one play out. Already I've had a local place say we don't do "no-rivet" trailer stuff. And a place that does a lot of trailer repair 450 miles from here claim they are also not interested in repairing this style. I called the manufacturer and asked if we brought it out to Portland if they'd do the repair. They're getting back to us, but it would be fill in work if they could get it in at all. *ugh*. 😥
  10. Am I the only guy to think , "way to disprove your power by doing a display of horsepower..." I doubt it was one of those "shame burnouts" I do in my car where you hit second gear and the car bogs and you have to go back to first before you're even past the mailbox in front of the house. Or it coughs and dies... usually it's that.
  11. Ham Sammich

    VPI Numbers you just can't get your head around

    I'm still accumulating things (got 2), Lots to learn. Plus, crazy busy at work. As they say, "you gotta make hay when the sun shines". I'd like to shake out a Z sometime this fall. We'll see. I know I want it to be inline with Joeys rules too. I don't want to find myself in GTO instead of GT1. GTO in my opinion is like the EC class. Where you go when you boned the rules. We're kind of good to go with Cathys classes. I think my head will be in the right place with these (if we build them). With the other cars I always felt I was up against Johns "silli-ness". With these, I just want to drive them and am not "as" concerned about the classes or finish. I think that's a good place to be. I did a mock up in photoshop of a 370. Looks pretty cool. If I could get something to look like this, I think I'd be happy with it.
  12. Ham Sammich

    ST43 Vendors?

    They have a 406 phone number, I was unable to locate an address in state for them. I got something brewing.
  13. Ham Sammich

    ST43 Vendors?

    We have a place in Montana that sells cool race parts?
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