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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by racer-x, Sep 19, 2015.
Nitro fumes kill the virus?
They must. I'm covid free. I have been inhaling nitro fumes since the pandemic started.
Whatever works! I am living in an area where the Covid was controlled early, and we are opened up with masks and social distancing, and can't imagine what it would be like going out where the virus is rampant, and knowing it is a crap shoot.
With my health issues, I would be dead man walking.
Nice clean looking car.
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One more medical related question or two please. Does anyone know of any documented cases of Nitro fume addiction? Is there a candle or something a family member can get me for my birthday so I can enjoy everyday without all the DHS paperwork, or does one have to “earn their stripes”?
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Very cool. Now I’m going to get you a towel so you can wipe the drool off your face.
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That's not drool its sweat. It was in the 90s with high humidity and not one cloud in the sky. I'm glad I brought my pop up canopy.
Brian, I see your "health care front line" post was deleted by the heavy hand of HAMB censorship so I did a private discussion to you. You and the coupe were a big hit at the Lannon, Wi. show, much thanks for being there. The coupe is awesome and that only happens with great effort and dedication. More importantly, huge thanks to your work on the "health care front line".
Thanks for watching out for all of us.
After the timing advanced to a very unsafe level some maintenance had to be performed. A leak down test was done as usual. Number 1 and 3 were at 80 percent leak. My cylinders are usually 5-15. The head needed to come off. Upon inspection the exhaust valves were burned. I had some new spares to put in after the seats were touched lightly. The springs were all run the the tester. A few were replaced and all are back at 340 pounds. Normally this would fix things but something said dig deeper. I pulled the pan to pull 1 and 3 piston to inspect the rings. Sure enough they lost their tension. The end gap was gone. The ring grooves looked bad so the two pistons will be replaced. I have spares to fix all that to. Seeing as the pan was off I looked at the bearings. Glad I did that. Number 6 was looking real bad. It most likely would not have lasted another pass. All the bearings were changed to a set .001 larger for more oiling. This is why I'm always preaching about preventative maintenance. Catching little problems before they become huge problems. It will all be back together this weekend. It will be going to the nsra show in Louisville Kentucky next Wednesday. It will be in the flitz booth. I will have hand out 8x10 cards to sign and give away. Stop by and get yours. The lesson from all of this is when the timing gets disrupted bad things can happen. Take the time to carefully inspect everything. Fix what needs fixing.
That's what happens when you turn the wick up.
I'm waiting for the wick.
Good catch is right, just curious ; what caused the timing to get over advanced? Where you just testing to see how far you could push it? Or some kind of mistake? Maybe I missed it earlier in the thread.
We have been wearing "Nitro Fever" "No known cure!" on the back of our shirts for years. (Way before Covid 19 fever) . An old racer that I know, tips the can , 50% gas 40 methanol and 10% pop , in his Briggs lawn mower , reckons it keeps his memories alive and his wife says he is content to follow the mower all day ... he
just buys a quart bottle from the model aircraft shop! He is probably considered a little eccentric!
Brian, I assume that the bearings were new at the beginning of the season, do they get that bad from just running nitro, or is it from the timing.
Vibrations caused the mag to turn. I had a billet clamp on the base. Now the mags are clamped together. They can't move now. We were not seeing how far we could go.
Good Lord Brian ,
You are right,,,,that bearing is destroyed ,,,,,The piston very bad,,and the valves look bad .
Nitro is very unforgiving,,,,it will destroy engines if not watched over closely .
There is tremendous power in Nitro,,,,,,enough power to literally blow an engine apart .
Thank goodness you are on top of it and check your components closely ,,,,there is a lot of work involved in running Nitro .
You have an awesome car,,,,,and it shows your attention to detail,,,,you the man !
I forgot to mention the indicator of too much heat on the piston. When looking at it the black eyebrow going down to the ring just below the exhaust valve relief is what you look for. This is a almost sure sign the ring groove is junk. It wasn't hot enough to pinch the ring but it's still junk. The rings lost their tension and gap. Just consumables for a nitro engine.
Lucky for you that you have "other" cars to use to get a quart of milk and a loaf of bread.
But with parts on the shelf and especially how fast you work you wouldn't be out too long.
I have actually gone shopping in the coupe. It's all back together ready for Louisville nsra show.
I can imagine the scene that created down at the Piggly Wiggly!
I have a lot of respect for you,,,,,,when I see pics of your hands oily and dirty ,,,,,actually working on replacing engine parts .
That is hard work,,,,,not to mention the costly repair parts .
I hope to see you in person someday at a race or show .
Good luck man,,,,you deserve it !
I can promise you Brian works his ass off on this car and is a definite hands on guy I seen it all weekend at the outta sight drags and many other times I’ve raced at the same time he is not the guy with a big crew doin the work while he soaks up the a/c in the trailer he does have help but don’t we all
tommy i will be at the nsra show in louisiville ky starting this wednesday. i will be inside the exhibition building. the car will be in the flitz display. its not hard to get my hands dirty its hard to clean them so i can go to work at the hospital.
I love the smell of nitro in the shop and the cool yellowish haze floating around. It's all back together.
Yeah,,,I remember from before that you are on call a lot of times and work a lot of hours at the hospital .
Another reason for respect and admiration,,,,I can’t imagine how you get your hands clean to go to work .
Mine are always stained and streaked for a few days .
Hmmm, too bad there isn't a decent song about n called "Yellow Haze" ... .
palmolive dish soap is the secret. if thet are super nasty with stuff that wont come off then i use lots of hand lotion with gloves on for a few hours. some days at work i wear gloves all day long so the patients dont see my hands.
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