21 thoughts on “Studless

    • Never more truer words have ever been said.
      My uncle used to check the lugs on his race car before the feature. One night he broke two off right before the main. I thrashed mightily, and managed to get him out on the track in time. He was turning the lugs a little bit each time he checked them, not just insuring they were simply tight. The next week he had Moroso hardened lug studs, all the way around – AND a torque wrench.

      Leigh
      Whitehall, NY

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      • Yep. At Spokane Raceway we had Thursday Night “Run what you brung”. Lots of would-be racers, hopping up their engines. No scattershields, no safety blankets, no roll cages… you get the idea. You had to pay for a crash crew AND an ambulance in your ticket fees………

        Stripping off all the lugs was only ONE of the many ways I saw to destroy a car. The most impressive ones were the clutch letting loose or the rods leaving the engine at high speed. Wish I had videos of ’em all!

        This video was great, nice high-speed hi def picture of a failure to launch. Heh.

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        • Scariest, non-crash, I heard of was a guy loosing half his foot when the flywheel of his Olds exploded at the line. Aluminum bellhousing never even slowed it down. The part that maimed him was never found after it launched out of the car up through the dash. The other half was buried in the track.
          I’ll stick to roundy-poundin’, thank you very much.

          Leigh
          Whitehall, NY

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            • Yep. And his solution was to put all the splodey bits behind the driver, which turned out to be a faster car than the old slingshot cars.

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            • I saw a picture of Garlits, where the engine had just grenaded, where he was sitting behind the engine. Giant fireball. The engine blew so bad that the frame ripped in half just in front of the drivers feet. Scary picture. I think that is when he built Swamp Rat XIV.
              OK, my memory is starting to slip – it was the transmission that failed on Swamp Rat XXIII.
              From the Wiki: In an interview by Florida Trend, Garlits said this of the incident: “In 1970, the transmission exploded in my dragster on the final run, and it cut my foot off and cut the car in two. That’s when I drew up plans for what I thought would be a championship rear-engine car. I would go out to the shop in Seffner on my wheelchair, saw stuff out on the band saw and make the parts.”
              Fabbing his next car before he could even walk again?! The man was just a badass’ badass!

              He restored that car and put it in his museum.

              http://www.roadkill.com/big-daddy-don-garlits-restores-swamp-rat-13-the-dragster-that-almost-killed-him/

              Leigh
              Whitehall, NY

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    • I wouldn’t bet the hub flange isn’t tweeked.
      So yeah, it is probably junk…..

      I’ve tore up a lot of stuff on a dirt 1/2 mile, over ten years. But drive line parts weren’t very high on that list. Unless I hit something with it.
      Drag launches are just violent to everything from the harmonic balancer, all the way through the drivetrain to the wheels. My boss had a 74 Vette drag car. Talk about a drivetrain of nothing BUT weak links. He finally got it sorted and won a few events, before getting rid of it for other toys.

      Leigh
      Whitehall, NY

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  1. G’day Phil, my apology for your effort and diligence in sourcing comical .gifs for your followers, my hardware is that basic, I just see a still image. When I saw the header, I imagined it a reference to the posters here: old farts put out not to stud, but out to pasture. Not including us two of course, but certain others, you know who I mean!

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    • Its a slow ass loading gif. I thought the same thing too for a few minutes till i actually caught a a single frame change out of the corner of my eye, and eventually the thing animated shortly thereafter.

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  2. Yup, put alls you moola into the engine and nothing in the drivetrain. Been there done that as a young man with an old Dodge and a part time job. Lack of money to do things right. I’ve trashed clutches, trannies, differentials, u-joints, twisted axles, just about everything except throw the lug nuts off. I’ve been to the track and seen piston rods embedded in the asphalt (NOx in that case). Remember when we called it NOx and not NOS? Fun times.

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