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I'm at route 66 raceway for this weekends festivities, has any one crossed the scales at this track?

I'm asking because my Cougar weighs 3745 with the driver (me), -260lbs. its 3485 and 12 gallons of E85.
With four gallons of E85 its 3425.

The only weight removal is the front and rear sway bars, with all attachment hardware.

Is the scale reading correctly?
 

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I weighed my stock 95 LX, fully loaded, at the track - with driver, it was 39XX. It was a long time ago, that's as close as I can remember.

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Here are my numbers:

3,945 lbs. with 5/8 tank gas and Driver
3,760 lbs. with 5/8 tank gas without me ...

I'd say 3,745 with you and what you've done with the car the scale is accurate.
 

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That seems way lighter than I'd expect, the front and rear sway bars don't amount to 200lbs. What do your wheels and tires weigh? Aluminum block?

Mine weighed 3700 dead without me on a scrapyard scale, that was with the iron block P
I motor, auto and 17x9" wheels, forget how much fuel but probably 1/2ish on 93
 

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Well, if you're in doubt ask about the calibration of the scale. When was it last checked? Is the calibration certified? The calibration certificate should be no more than one year old. Check that the serial number on cal cert. matches the serial number of the scale.

Take a quick photo of the cert and call and confirm with the agency who supposedly performed the calibration that they actually performed the calibration. If they say yes then ask when and confirm other details. The date they provide should match the certificate if not the certificate has been altered or forged.

The track should have calibration paperwork for their scale on file and be willing to provide it upon request. If they show you the cal sticker and say it's good ask for the cal certificate. There's a big difference between a cal sticker and a calibration certificate.

Calibration stickers are easily forged, calibration certificates, not so much.
The cal date and scale serial number on the certificate should match the calibration sticker on the scale and, of course, the serial number should match the scale itself. The certificate should provide all the details of the calibration. The certificate backs up the validity of the cal sticker. The cal sticker usually only shows the scale serial number, cal date and cal due date.

If they can't or won't provide the cal certificate for their scale and allow you to verify that's a major red flag.

That seems way lighter than I'd expect, the front and rear sway bars don't amount to 200lbs. What do your wheels and tires weigh? Aluminum block?

Mine weighed 3700 dead without me on a scrapyard scale, that was with the iron block P
I motor, auto and 17x9" wheels, forget how much fuel but probably 1/2ish on 93
He's got an iron BOSS block (the 5.4L stroker) with aluminum TF heads.
 

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Mine was 3980 with full fluids, accessories, the 17x9 wheels and full duals, me (~150) and a little extra (maybe 20-30 lb) sound equipment.
 

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Oops, I forgot the exhaust system is removed.

That makes 60 for exhaust and 40 for sway bars.

The rest is the variable amount of fuel.

Now if I could get the driver to loose the 30 he gained after quitting the job market.
 

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... But then you couldn't compete in the Super Heavyweight Shootout :D
They allow legal ballast. :grin2:

I was wondering if that was still going on, do they allow in Camaros and Mustangs now that they weigh as much or more as our so-called barges? :tongue:
Yes they do, there were a few last year. There was a Tesla that made competition as well. They do have all day test and tune for those who don't make the weight requirements to compete in a class.

Now if I could get the driver to loose the 30 he gained after quitting the job market.
Ha, my car could use a lighter jockey as well. :laugh:
 

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I'm at route 66 raceway for this weekends festivities, has any one crossed the scales at this track?

I'm asking because my Cougar weighs 3745 with the driver (me), -260lbs. its 3485 and 12 gallons of E85.
With four gallons of E85 its 3425.

The only weight removal is the front and rear sway bars, with all attachment hardware.

Is the scale reading correctly?
I just saw this post. Yes Rick, I'd bet its almost dead on. Mine was at 3760 years ago with me in it and I'm a lite weight compared to you. I have about an additional 50 lbs with the subframe bars under the car, though I do have the fiberglass hood that took some of that off. I still have all the sway bars and such under the car and the cast iron block till the new engine goes in.
 
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