Racin' With Face

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February 3rd, 2019 at 8:41:35 AM permalink
Face
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Quote: petroglyph
Hey Face, are you out shoveling snow with that clipped wing?


You mad, sir? I don't shovel on the best of days. Maybe a 3' path to the cab, otherwise it's 4hi and smash through the pile from the plows, tamp down enough for Snack's Tacoma to make it through, and job done. Life's too short for that faff, and as it's doing right this minute, all I need do around here is wait cuz no matter how bad it is it'll be 50* in a week. 2 days ago I had to bring the kero in as my house was 53* and dropping; now it's 48 outside and still climbing. Everything's melting and the driveway is black.

If I do get a wild hair, I have a snoblower. It's just rarely used partially because of the above, partially because I went and made a weird socialist paradise here at home and I oft come home to find my neighbor has already done it for me. While on vacay and getting pounded, 2 of my neighbors took turns blowing it out 3 different times. Came home at 0130 after 18hrs of travel to find it clear as you'd want.

But there'll be none of that, even. You know how you have an old truck, and it should be dead already but somehow it's still kicking along? And then for whatever reason, you let it sit for a week? And after that week, the battery's dead, a brake line popped, there's a misfire on 2 cylinders, and the oil pan gave up? Just kinda died while you weren't looking? Dude, that's me in a nutshell. Ever since I stopped pushing, everything has fallen apart. I can't even get dressed or wash myself properly; other than vacay, I haven't left the house since 1/02. I thought being 20 was hard. Turns out being 20 when you're 40 is harder =p
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February 14th, 2019 at 7:12:43 PM permalink
terapined
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I've been driving my new to me truck around the last couple of weeks and I am amazed by my engine.
Its not that big, 2.7L but its twin turbo charged
Its a 2.7L 6 cylinder Ford ecoboost engine in my 2016 F-150
Boy does it have some power
Moving from a mid sized SUV to a full sized truck, I expected a bit more sluggish.
Nope, extremely responsive
So far been very happy with this engine.
I understand Ford is betting the farm on this engine
Its been out for about 8 years in different versions
So far, pretty thrilled, a lot of power and only 6 cylinders, been getting about 21MPG with only about 1/2 highway driving
Not bad for a truck. A lot of it is aluminum to cut down on weight which helps with mpg
I'm not used to driving something so big and its big. almost too big.
I just wanted something to easily pull my camper
My 2001 Isuzu Rodeo did a good job but a few times I was in a bit of hairy situations where I wished I had a more powerful vehicle.
Merging onto the highway, It took a liitle too long to build up speed which is dangerous.
I also pulled the camper to the Bonnaroo festival in TN. Towing over the mountains with a long steep upgrade and a long steep downgrade, I was pretty concerned
With the F-150, no worries :-)
The best part, it looks beautiful, blue jean metallic blue is the official color. just a beautiful dark metallic blue color. Love it :-)
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February 14th, 2019 at 8:00:37 PM permalink
petroglyph
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Such a pleasure having the right equipment. I hated my guts in my throat, in an earlier time. Can you skid the trailer wheels while starting to go with the truck?

I saw a guys shirt today and on it it said, racecar spelled backwards is racecar. Made me think of Face.
Everyone gets thrown from the plane to maintain altitude
February 15th, 2019 at 7:31:34 AM permalink
terapined
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Quote: petroglyph
Can you skid the trailer wheels while starting to go with the truck?


Skid the trailer wheels?
How do you do that?
I'm a pretty conservative driver when towing my popup.
I used to tow it without water due to weight. Holds 20 gallons in the regular water tank and 6 gallons in the hot water tank
With my Ford F150, I can easily tow with the camper full of water
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February 15th, 2019 at 9:13:30 AM permalink
petroglyph
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Quote: terapined
Skid the trailer wheels?
How do you do that?
I'm a pretty conservative driver when towing my popup.
I used to tow it without water due to weight. Holds 20 gallons in the regular water tank and 6 gallons in the hot water tank
With my Ford F150, I can easily tow with the camper full of water
Does your trailer have trailer brakes? The truck has brake sending unit below the dash somewhere, that you can apply the trailer brakes [or adjust them]. You should be able to apply the trailer brakes when stopped then put the truck in gear and a little throttle with the trailer brakes locked up and skid the tires a little bit.

Maybe your trailer is to light to have brakes?
Everyone gets thrown from the plane to maintain altitude
February 15th, 2019 at 9:29:18 AM permalink
terapined
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Quote: petroglyph
Does your trailer have trailer brakes? The truck has brake sending unit below the dash somewhere, that you can apply the trailer brakes [or adjust them]. You should be able to apply the trailer brakes when stopped then put the truck in gear and a little throttle with the trailer brakes locked up and skid the tires a little bit.

Maybe your trailer is to light to have brakes?


My popup does have brakes but I don't use them.
Its a little involved to get those set up and wired to the tow vehicle
Just brake with the tow vehicle
Just have running lights, brake lights and signal lights hooked up to the tow vehicle
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February 15th, 2019 at 9:58:27 AM permalink
petroglyph
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Quote: petroglyph
Does your trailer have trailer brakes? The truck has brake sending unit below the dash somewhere, that you can apply the trailer brakes [or adjust them]. You should be able to apply the trailer brakes when stopped then put the truck in gear and a little throttle with the trailer brakes locked up and skid the tires a little bit.

Maybe your trailer is to light to have brakes?


My popup does have brakes but I don't use them.
Its a little involved to get those set up and wired to the tow vehicle
Just brake with the tow vehicle
Just have running lights, brake lights and signal lights hooked up to the tow vehicle
With the new truck, it will probably pull so smooth that you may forget it is back there.
Do you skip the sway bars to? Tell me it's not just on a ball mounted on the bumper?
Everyone gets thrown from the plane to maintain altitude
February 15th, 2019 at 5:18:41 PM permalink
terapined
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Quote: petroglyph
Quote: terapined
Quote: petroglyph
Does your trailer have trailer brakes? The truck has brake sending unit below the dash somewhere, that you can apply the trailer brakes [or adjust them]. You should be able to apply the trailer brakes when stopped then put the truck in gear and a little throttle with the trailer brakes locked up and skid the tires a little bit.

Maybe your trailer is to light to have brakes?


My popup does have brakes but I don't use them.
Its a little involved to get those set up and wired to the tow vehicle
Just brake with the tow vehicle
Just have running lights, brake lights and signal lights hooked up to the tow vehicle
With the new truck, it will probably pull so smooth that you may forget it is back there.
Do you skip the sway bars to? Tell me it's not just on a ball mounted on the bumper?

Yes I skip the sway bars
Its just a ball on a heavy duty piece of metal I slide into vehicle tow package and secure with a bolt. Of course crossed safety chains
As a rookie tower, I had a bit of a sway sometimes. As a veteran tower, my camper never sways
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March 5th, 2019 at 2:44:20 PM permalink
terapined
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I just got my bearings in my popup wheels greased and repacked
Brought it to snapper trailers.
Spoke to their service guy. Total expert in this area and he allowed me to watch.
He says a lot of RV owners come here for this service and he's done thousands
Took apart the assembly holding the bearings. He had to use a hammer during the process
That's why I was afraid to do it myself. I could hit something to hard ruining the assembly.
He did not like the grease used by the auto mechanic the last time I did this which is a long time ago
He thinks the auto repair place just used whatever grease they had on hand which is not really the proper grease to pack wheel bearings
It was breaking down and kind of dripping.
He had a huge container of thick red grease that he claimed was the good stuff, cleaned out the old stuff and used glops of the red grease
Really happy to get this done. I will feel a lot more comfortable pulling the camper on a long drive this summer
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March 19th, 2019 at 9:21:07 AM permalink
Face
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On a scale of 1 to Piers Morgan, how obnoxious is this?





I'm not much of a supercar guy. Other than an appreciation for the engineering and an ever present desire to "just feel it one time", I tend to dislike exotics. While I'd sell my kidney for a 458 and a day's pass to Nürburgring, the thought of having one in my driveway, even if acquired for pennies, fills me with anxiety. I would say the same for some models in my wheelhouse. I'd love a resto mod or track slut AAR 'Cuda, but anything original, #'s matching and the like just makes it no fun. When it comes down to it, I don't want to idle into a parking lot and have 30 white hairs clap me on the back. I wanna roar into Mosport and have 30 millennials try to keep up, ya know?

So I'm sitting here, and find myself in desperate need of a new goal. My boat is in the shop and 100% will be fixed. I tried renovating my home during my injury, hoping to have an outlet there. Turns out that even doing it one armed you can renovate an entire house in a month for like a grand, so that project is wrapping up as we speak. I don't have a race car, but that's down to little more than lack of effort / opportunity. The entire team is set save the car itself and the funds for the car are secure, so I'm all set there. My wheeler needs a decision on whether to powdercoat or just keep raw, but all the parts are there and only needs reassembly. I'm about to begin v5.1 on the pond, but that takes a few weeks and $0. Everywhere I look are short-term-almost-completed goals.

And because of that, this ridiculous car has gotten sucked into the vacuum. Figure if I talk about it, it'll help it go away.

So...help? Wtf do y'all do to keep busy?
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