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Event Coverage Official 2016 Meltdown Drags Thread - What are you doing to get ready?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Okiedoker, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. Okiedoker
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    Salty- I love that.

    I always tell my wife that me working on my car is "my therapy"...it is the only time I escape all of the annoyances of the world and feel a sense of accomplishment. Even though at times I want to smash the car to bits, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
     
  2. thats why you dont see hot rods parked at a phsyciatrists office.
     
  3. rawcjw19
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    You sure it's not just because we don't have any time or money to go.
     
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  4. Gammz
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    Not a dumb question at all. We fully believe we had it seated all the way. We did not try to draw the transmission to the block with the bell housing bolts. It malted to the block fine.
    Upon further reading on speedways site the flex plate we bought will not work with a 12" converter. Some kind of unique offset. And it's a noticeable one when you compare the two laying them flat side by side.
    Not able to get the converter back off has me worried. It's spins free and also has the play it needs to bolt up.
    We are goings to use the old flex plate to mock up and see how that goes.
    Standby...........
     
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  5. 55chieftain
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    Ugh , i'm at the mercy of when my driveshaft will be here . Hopefully Tuesday or Wednesday at best or will spend Wednesday night putting the old stuff back in and hope for the best and load up on the trailer. Plan to leave after lunch and get there 4-5 on Thursday.
     
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  6. Gammz
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    Oh all here goes.
    After fighting that converter all morning I placed a call to the guy who built the transmission. He says yeah I should slide right off. It won't. Load that bad rabbit up and get it down here. After we u load it he pulls on it and no dice. He says we may have a problem. Shit.... Out come the pry bars. A couple of good ol fashion muscle she pops free. Zaps off the bell and starts looking.
    Believe it or not not a thing is broken or even messed up! So I tell him the flex plate story and sure enough makes sense to him.
    No he looks into the convertor and says "what the heck?" That thrust washer is not centered. The tab is sticking out. We look at a stock converter and sure as hell you have to really feel for that washer. So we try to pry the stall converter washer over. No luck.
    So it was not made right. That's why it was a bitch to get on. And when we put the incorrect flexplate on that jammed it all up good.
    So for now he has the transmission and the new stall. I went and exchanged it with out any problems. The parts counter guy even said "yeah that's not right".
    The new flexplate will arrive tomorrow and she will have my transmission put back together by lunch time. With any luck at all we can have it all bolted up in the evening.

    Of course my luck is so bad I could fall in a bath tub full of titties and come out sucking my thumb.....

    Here are some pics of the different offset for the flexplates.
    View attachment 3265237 View attachment 3265238 View attachment 3265239 View attachment 3265240
    The new one will not work with a oem 12" or any 12" converter. Has to be 10" or smaller. Some FYI for y'all.
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016
  7. malibumonte78
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    It would still be worth a try to go ahead and fall in
     
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  8. powrshftr
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    Agreed.Looooooooves me some teats!lol
     
  9. saltflats
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    It would make for a soft landing.
     
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  10. saltflats
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    Okay guys and gals the last weekend to get ready before the weekend of weekends.
    Plan to head north sometime Thursday morning.

    If someone needs something I may have to bring along let me know.
    Look at the dates on your seat belts if you have a roll bar and check your helmet.
     
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  11. Gammz
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    Got the transmission back. Fought tooth and nail to get it in. New flex plate on.
    Putting driveshaft in and now the fucking transmission won't come out of park!!! What the fuck is going on! ??
     
  12. saltflats
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    Pull the pan can't be that bad.
     
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  13. Gammz
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    Tomorrows plans. Perhaps the parking prawl or linkage is jack up.
     
  14. bobw
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    [​IMG]
    Dave & I spent Wednesday cleaning up all the loose ends on the Crosley. It is ready to go.

    I won't be able to attend with my Ford 6 dragster but I don't know how to let the Meltdown crew know so someone on the waiting list can take my place.
     
  15. saltflats
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    Did the converter rattle(play between the flex plate) before you bolted it up
     
  16. Mikeszcz
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    Glad to see I'm not the only one thrashing. Took about 8 hours to mount a seat belt today. I know, how can it take 8 hours to mount a seat belt! Some days are a struggle. Looking forward to seeing you all.....keep working.
     
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  17. saltflats
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    Jeff seen my post hear.
     
  18. beebee78
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    I think just about everyone is thrashin' gotta love the week before the meltdown ! Lol
     
  19. Gammz
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    Yes.
    News is son got home from work and dropped the pan. It appears that the internal linkage that pulls the prawl off park gear has come off. Some how. The linkage rod won't move when moving the gear selector. Going to get the valve body off in the morning and see if we can get her fixed.
     
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  20. if it was easy everyone would be building cars. stay strong you still have seven days. last week i was out in the shop after work. i heard all this noise outside. i opened the door to see what was going on. it was the birds the sun was coming up. i must have been very focused.
     
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  21. wrenchbender
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    Well folks I fired the dragster tonight and it was a success only a few adjustments need to be made tomorrow night test and tune at the world famous mokan dragway meltdown here we come we fired it in the garage on stands and with my daughter in the pilot seat while we were running it and tuning a bit I had her run it through the gears and boy she was smiling Next thing she will be wanting to run this thing lol anyhow here is a pic with it all together tomorrow I will get some pics and maybe even some video if all works out ok [​IMG]
     
  22. powrshftr
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    That is great news Jackson!!!!:)
     
  23. Tickety Boo
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    Awesome
    mighty mouse.jpg
    Looks like a good race for A.J. .:rolleyes:

    Love this old post from Art. :)
     
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  24. 9sectruck
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    Looks great Randy, hope all you guys have a great time at this years Meltdown, wish I coulda made it. Next year definitely :)
     
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  25. We seriously have to talk about letting me sit in that thing. I have always wanted a FED but I'll settle for some seat time without drama... assuming the cage fits my wide ass...
     
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  26. wrenchbender
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    Thanks for the kind words guys I have so many people that has helped me get this thing done and can't thank them enough Saxon you my friend have a first class ticket to set in the seat it's pretty roomy lol does that blower drive look familiar lol
     
  27. saltflats
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    I didn't look that complete when I sat in it and the engine looked different.
     
  28. saltflats
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    20151016_212237.jpg This was the last time I seen it
     
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  29. Okiedoker
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    Racers-

    In one week you will embark on the greatest vintage drag meet in the world, toward which we striven these many months and years. The eyes of the world are upon you. The memories and dreams of thousands who remember these better days of drag racing are with you.

    But this is the year 2016! The Meltdown Drags will be the best it has ever been. Your brothers and sisters from 42 states and Canada will join you to celebrate vintage drag racing, relive the past, share ou...r passion and educate the future.

    YOU are the men and women who are single handedly keeping vintage drag racing alive...we provide the venue for you to display your passion, ingenuity, hard work and love!

    God speed to those coming near and far. Exactly 7 days from today engines will be fired up and the first cars will be making passes down historic Byron Dragway!
     
  30. saltflats
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    I will try not to let you down Jeff.
     
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