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Any other old hot rodders on the forum?

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by deckofficer, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. deckofficer

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    First let me say this forum seems to have quite a collection of informed folks and has been a real pleasure posting here. I come from many years of hot rodding and to be quite frank, the hot rod forums are a den of,,, well lets just say not the most progressive group of folks. Every time I even mentioned EVs I would get flamed big time.

    So, anyone else hanging out here with that dubious past or present of being a hot rodder?

    If so, share what you have/had, so I don't feel all alone.

    About 30 years ago, 427 side oiler in a '55.
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    Current ride, 1790 lbs with a 427 producing 526 hp @ 5700 rpm, Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, 3.54 Jag IRS, 9.7 ET via G-Tech
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  2. tga

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    Does a wannabe old hot rodder count? Although I think I'm more interested in the backdrop of the second photo... Is there some story there?
     
  3. ArtInCT

    ArtInCT Always Learning

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    Sure read my sig

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    One of these days I have to build a Cobra. I first saw the car in The Gumball Rally, and I've lusted after it longer than I've been able to drive...
     
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    Does building engines for Forumla V teams count?

    Until insurance (or lack thereof) killed pretty much all SCCA activity in the early 70s...




    P.S. Nice Beech D18 there.
     
  6. deckofficer

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    Wow, a 390 powered AMX, don't see many of those today. There are some gearheads here. As to the background of my Track-T picture, I was visiting in my old neighborhood which is Cameron Airpark east of Sacramento. I'm looking to return to airpark living in my retirement, but can't afford a typical California airpark, so looking at Oregon and Arizona properties.

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    My next plane will be an electric and FAR Part 103 compliant so no worry of a flunked medical grounding me. Powered by 16 kW motor and 6.7 kWhr battery, it is a motor glider with 24 to 1 glide. Battery good for either 2 hours at 40 mph level flight, or 10,000' climb under power if no lift is found.

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    Danal electricmotorglider.com

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    Deckofficer,

    Are you coming to Oshkosh this year?
     
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    I sure wish I could. I retired early to care for my 95 year old dad, so just don't get out anymore. Airventure and Sun 'N Fun are on my list when my time is mine again.

    I am now heading to your"electricmotorglider" dot com

    Yep, we have talked before, your site just reminded me.
     
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    Subbed. I'm definitely a fan of hot rods and pro-touring vehicles! How about an EV-rod?
     
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    My background is more muscle car than hot rod, but I'm happy to embrace either label.
     
  11. deckofficer

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    #11 deckofficer, Feb 17, 2015
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    Well I'm sure you and most others on this forum are familiar with the White Zombie. Oregon has always been the early hotbed of EVs and our forum's own, Otmar, has made this possible when he took DC motor controllers from the sedate 175 amp @ 48 volts to earth shaking 2000 amps @ 360 volts. As we all know P=I X E, and what Otmar gave us early EV enthusiasts was a way to control 900+ hp vs 11 hp of the then available golf cart controllers.

    Here John Wayland, aka Plasma Boy, explains the Hairball (also a Otmar creation and product) and how it controls switching his twin DC motors from a series connection for launch to a parallel connection for mid strip. The controller is the mighty Zilla, another Otmar design and manufacture.




    After the switch from Odyssey lead acid AGM batteries (same as I used before lithium) to A123 lithium, he now runs 10.2 ET in the 1/4 mile.
     

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