Groceries have been purchased

And we are stocked up on milk and PopTarts. Big deal of 2 gallons of milk free w/purchase of 4 boxes of 12 count PopTarts. Now we have a gallon in the freezer and I’m switching back to coffee in my milk in place of the iced tea I have been drinking since August. Also we have about 2½ pounds of candy to give away pretend we don’t have for Halloween.

I mentioned in yesterday’s post I had pretty much used up my hand downloading pictures from eBay of that race car chassis T Bucket that I had found when searching for a picture of something else. Don’t forget to mouse over the picture to read the description.

Repeat from yesterday

That's a big deck and spoiler to go with that wing

Look at that 5 inch coilover on the rear axle

There's ample room for the passenger.

They widened the heck outta that Speedway body!

Looks like a polycarbonate top skin to show off the internal structure of that wing.

He never centered the engine, it must have been heck getting the car balanced to make right turns safely.

Well he has plenty of ground clearance.

I assume this is the e-brake caliper bolted to the front of the rear axle.

Passenger seat is cozy.

Another view of how much the engine is still offset. How on Earth did he ever get the balance right?

A better look at how much the body was widened and how far the engine is offset. The distributor on a SBC is slightly to the right of the center of the engine and this one is slightly to the left of the center of the body.

WTF are those shocks connected to?!?

 Five inch coilover mounted behind the axle, plus some kind of surge tank next to the fuel cell. Battery also visible in front of the axle, and that's what the Wide 5 hub looks like.

That's one reason to move the engine over to the right, then you wouldn't need to put 4 U-joints in your steering shaft.

This series has actually given me food for thought on the engine and body install on the TGS2. Cut the back of the body wide enough to fit over the engine and let the transmission hang out the side behind the body so it won’t need a cutout and the body line can remain. That would move the axle centerline just in back of the rear of the body so the suspension can travel without having to cut the side of the body. Lots of room for the frame to catch the engine mounts. Make a fake P.U. bed from HDPE and faux woodgrain the surface.

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My hand is improving

The numb spots, or the spots that used to be numb are now uncomfortable to the touch, and it takes much longer typing before my hand gets too painful to use the keyboard. so, improvement and definite signs of healing. I have equal spread from my left hand compared to the right again, another sign of healing.

While I was looking for something else on the web I found a couple of images that were… interesting

looks like a Modified chassis.

Yep definitely from some kind of Modified class oval track car.

If you look close you can see Wide 5 hubs on the front suspension, but unlike recent NASCAR Modified class cars it has a 5″ coil spring and a separate shock absorber on the lower A-arm. I guess it could be an IMCA or other sanctioning body car that has been changed over to Wide 5, or it could be a Late Model car. Either way that body has been widened a ton, at least a foot if not more. The deets on the build are here . I also found some more pictures at the original listing, that I might put up later.

And the hand is starting to hurt again after downloading all the pictures I didn’t put in the post today.

I screwed up at the fair

Very short post tonight because I seriously overdid it at the fair today as in too much walking and standing around, and my back is making me pay for it. Having a lie down to let my back relax for a bit will probably fix it, at least somewhat. I did manage to get some pictures of the Pentastar V6 in the wild, as it were, but forgot to put something in the picture to scale from so they are pretty useless for my needs. Curse my drain bamage for making me forget.

Gotta go pick up refills on my meds

Yep, I’m outta happy pills, although in my case it should be “slightly less unhappy” pills. Because while they are effective they come with a buttload of side effects that work against their intended purpose. In my case engaging in sexual activity is highly beneficial in countering my depression, and one of the side effects is an inability to do that. And that inability is not gender-specific, it works equally well(?) against females as it does us guys. But without is worse than with even with the side effects, so whatcha gonna do? Be a lot depressed without or a little depressed and also unable to have sex with? I know my choice.

As always, getting back to the possible variations of the TGS2, I discovered there is no factory available manual transmission for the Pentastar V6. That means the only transmissions I have to choose from are the 845RE for a front engine bucket, or the 62TE for a mid engine bucket. A manual would require making a flywheel to mount a clutch and also drilling the crankshaft for a pilot bearing, then making a bellhousing to fit the bolt pattern on the back of the block that also fits the choice of transmission. While not impossible it does exceed my fabrication facilities.

Some good news on the TGS2 front I found a picture I can use for designing the rear frame if I can find the length of the valve cover as it is a straight-on front view with the mounts visible.
See, I can scale this with knowing the length of the valve cover and know if I need to build a funky cover for the transmission.

Or I can just find the size of the oil filter and scale from that, or use both and get really close to reality.

Life is interfering with my blogging

Short post again today because I have stuff to do. I have bills to pay that require getting out of the house and riding the bus, and we all know how much fun that is (not).

Yesterday I got my toes done and a haircut and went to the phone store to pay the bill but I got there just as they closed up and everyone was leaving because I misread the hours of operation. So I need to go do that again before they close this time.

Also I’m going back to the fair Thursday with my phone so I can take some pictures this time. See you tomorrow.

Listening to “Billy and the Boingers” while writing

You would not believe what you can find on YTM. I literally found the video for the Billy and the Boingers song “You Stink But I ❤ You" that I never knew existed. There are actually two videos, the official one for the Boingers and another for the real band that provided the music, Mucky Pup. I wonder what happened to them after the Boingers?

I didn’t win the lottery, again. No surprise as I know what the odds are, just a little disappointment. Wednesday’s jackpot is $16e6, again something I could easily live with. And I have been looking at the costs for buying a Pentastar V6 crate engine and the automatic transmission it bolts to and they are supposed to get back to me Monday. Used transmissions are about $1800 by themselves so I’m not looking at this as a cheap option. Indeed it looks like it will fall closer to the LS3 crate engine than the 383 Blueprint crate engine, but I won’t know for sure until after I hear back from the parts department.

My hand is still bothering me. I have been comparing the symptoms to previous experiences and it comes closest to back when I first started commuting to Farmer’s Branch by bicycle, about 100 miles a week. I injured a nerve in my palm sometime in the second or third week and it took several months to recover, mostly because I couldn’t take a break from commuting by bicycle and my route was under repair for most of the time I was working that job. There is a nerve that runs through the middle of the palm that can get pinched if you keep putting pressure on it like if you ride 15 miles a night over broken pavement. The other 5 miles a day was getting to the bus and from the bus to work. Incidentally that’s the route I was riding when I got killed, but by then the repairs had been finished.

And speaking of my hand pains, it hurts to type again. So this post is over.

More observations from the State Fair of Texas

Well here’s another snippet. I finally got to see a Pentastar V6 in the wild, installed in a Charger base model. I didn’t have my phone with me or I would have shot some pictures, because there were some things about the installation that I wanted to show. One thing in particular was that I could see the carpet of the Automobile Building looking at the firewall and transmission at the back of the block, because the 8 speed automatic transmission is just that small. Too bad it weighs almost as much as the engine it’s bolted to.

To get technical the Pentastar comes in at 326 pounds. The 845RE transmission weighs in at 198 pounds. Still only 524 pounds for 305 HP with a flat torque curve from 1000 to 6200 RPM mated to an eight speed transmission with extremely low parasitic drag, or about 20 pounds less than the base 290 HP 350 SBC crate engine without a transmission.

And my hand is acting up again, so this is the end of this post.

I tested fair fare today

I went to the State Fair of Texas today and test-fit some cars that Mrs. the Poet and I both liked. Interesting thing is Mrs. the Poet didn’t get in a single car, but there were a few that she insisted I get in and out of because she liked them. What I ate was not typical Fair fare because it wasn’t fried. Mrs. the Poet and I had pulled pork Frito Pie, separate portions, and split a Nathan’s hot dog. I never want to eat a $0.99/package hot dog again after having a Nathan’s.

And my hand is acting up again, so I have to cut this short.

Playing the lottery helps my depression

Buying a lottery ticket buys something I can’t get anyplace else, it buys me hope. When I have that ticket there is the chance, infinitesimal though it may be, that I will get enough money to live comfortably and pass down to my kids some of that comfort. No ticket means zero chance, a ticket means a small but non-zero chance of winning, and that makes all the difference in my outlook on life. I mean look at my life, it’s all a series of wild coincidences one after another and several non-survivable scenarios that were million to one odds or worse. If anyone should win the lottery it should be me. Plus I usually play the Texas Lottery which has far better odds of winning than any of the national games. Still astronomical, but in a lower orbit than the national games.

Mrs. the Poet has already agreed to split the payouts in thirds, one third each and the other third for the household expenses. If anything needs to be spent on the house for personal use, like wiring the garage for 220V for power tools, that comes out of personal budgets. What would this do for the TGS2? Well I think instead of the minivan I would use the flood-damaged Corvette from Houston scenario as the donor vehicle because I still wouldn’t have an unlimited budget. Close enough to unlimited for a bucket, though.

And my hand is still messed up and making typing hard, so this is the end of this post

Still not dead yet

My hand is still messed up so this is gonna be another short post. Basically I had another trip to the Lab Rat Keeper yesterday and I’m still kicking with my BP under control, unlike after the washout phase from the last study where I was up to scary levels on my systolic. I dropped by the local owner-operated comic shop for my pull (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and also picked up a burger along the way. Not much else to say really except I got a letter from the people running the SPRINT study saying that I was still part of the study and they wanted to study my brain for signs of Alzheimer’s, to see if maintaining a low systolic pressure helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Nothing much more to say so this is it.