On 2006-03-26 11:20, RPM wrote:
let's see...I can make 11.50 passes all day long in a Mustang welded by folks in San Jose Ca who smoked dope on their lunch breaks, but an 11.49 needs a certified welder to attach a cage....hmmm.
anyone else ever seen a soda blasted 60's Mustang and its spot welds, or lack thereof?
Got to draw the line somewhere. If you run 8.60 you aren't required to have a helmet, at 8.59 you are. How much is your head worth.
The only stipulation that I know of on the welding is that it can't be stick welded. If the chassis inspector certs the welds, there is no restriction who does it.
I use a helmet, 3" five point belts and a jacket. I run 7.80's (1/8 mile) so only the helmet is required. Overkill? I almost got to test it Saturday - a 6.60 roadster climbed the wall behind me and then crossed into my lane, I crossed the 330' mark about .3 ahead of him, he crossed right after that. I never saw him, scared my wife to death. If my ancient Z-Gate shifter had done it's usual 2-3 screwup he might have clipped me square in the back.
You may be slow as Xmas, but that doesn't help in bracket racing when you might have a 5.50 dragster coming in though the trunk.
PS - bikes. Those dudes are nuts. We had a guy lay one down in the lights at 130 MPH last year. Ground 5" off the pegs on one side, lighty bounced off a concrete baracade while sliding to a stop. Luckly Mark hit more on his head than anything, in 4 hours he had escaped from the trama center and was back at the track eating BBQ and beer.
1967 Falcon 4 door w/351C - Owner built, owner abused.
70 Mustang 302 / 02 Mustang V6 rag top, 04 SuperCrew parts hauler
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