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Well I am supposed to be driving right now to Tulsa racewaypark to hit the 1/4 mile a final time but fate had other ideas. I forgot to put the hood pins on my car. Needless to say I don't have a windshield anymore and my fiberglass hood is destroyed. I'm done racing this car it looks like. I wish I could have seen how it would have done in the 1/4 mile but oh well. The worst part is it cost me the points championship at my track. I would have easily won my race (.540 versus opponents .730 light) and been in the finals. I still took second place though so I am happy.

Everyone remember safety first. Double check your hood is latched and never get in a rush.
 

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That sucks! :( Good to hear nothing happened to you, the car can be fixed. Get another hood and go after them! :D

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Oh man! so sorry to hear this. I would expect the guys at the starting line to catch something like this. They're always *****in about putting windows up, where you do your burnout, how you stage, if you got your helmut on, etc.

I did have them catch me on the line with my hood popped once. It was down and I'm sure the factory latch would have held it but it was nice to know they were watching.

Have you thought about filing an insurance claim? If you have glass coverage tell 'em it happened on the highway. At the very least you could get a new windshield out of it. I filed a glass claim on my vehicle and the adjuster never even looked at it. They told me to pick a local glass shop and they'd come to the house and put epoxy in the crack or even replace the windshield at the house. The glass company direct billed my insurance. I never even had to open my wallet.
 

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Sorry to hear about that dude! I had my 1st glass hood fly up, destroyed the hood and pushed the windshield into the dash. But I cleaned it back up, repaired the dash, had the hood re-done, and a new windshield put in. It was def a lesson learned for me lol. The hood never was right again after it was redone and I ended up buying another one. Its a fun hobby, but damn expensive at times. Lol. Good luck with everything!
 

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Who needs a hood to race? Rip it off and throw it in the bushes, lol.
 

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Man I remember when I had my '89 Mustang GT and after installing a few new parts I forgot to install the hood pins... took it up the street and stepped on the gas...boom, hood flew over my car and almost hit my friends Mazda MX6 :( Sad part is that I did it again a year later. Get her fixed up and hit the track next year... get that championship!
 

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Yeah it does stink. Honestly the whole smashed window thing and hood wasn't nearly as maddening as losing the championship on a run that there is no way I could have lost otherwise. That and putting so many hours and late nights into a build that will never see a 1/4 mile.

Today was the last night tulsa was open and my local track closed as well today. I can't justify keeping the car for the next 6 months just to see what it will do in the spring sadly. There is a good chance I will build a new engine and try again soon though in a thunderbird. Time and what happens with my current job will determine when though.
 

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Oh man! so sorry to hear this. I would expect the guys at the starting line to catch something like this. They're always *****in about putting windows up, where you do your burnout, how you stage, if you got your helmut on, etc.

I did have them catch me on the line with my hood popped once. It was down and I'm sure the factory latch would have held it but it was nice to know they were watching.

Have you thought about filing an insurance claim? If you have glass coverage tell 'em it happened on the highway. At the very least you could get a new windshield out of it. I filed a glass claim on my vehicle and the adjuster never even looked at it. They told me to pick a local glass shop and they'd come to the house and put epoxy in the crack or even replace the windshield at the house. The glass company direct billed my insurance. I never even had to open my wallet.
Sadly I don't have very good insurance on it so it will be all out of pocket. The cheapest I have found is 250 installed so far. Kinda pointless with all my local tracks closed now.

The good news is that by not going to tulsa, I didn't get pummeled with hail like a lot of my buddies.
 

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I am not trying to be a butt but...

You're going to quit over this.


Man if I quick everything I started everytime I screwed something up.

Get it fixed and do it again. (run and win).
 

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I'm with rbrown; performance cars are meant to break.

Suck it up, fix it, and make it a learning experience.

I got money says you'll never forget a pin again... The best-learned lessons are always expensive.

I have several little 'rules' from bad things, lol.

I always torque my own lug nuts, for one. :) No, I'd rather not talk about it...
 

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Trust me, I'm not quiting over the windshield. I was planning on parting the car out at the end of the season months ago in an effort to better posture myself for a potential job loss and move. I'm on orders to Japan and I can't take a single car there. So either I'm moving home without a job or going to Japan without a car.

All the windshield / hood thing did was prevent me from getting a 1/4 mile pass.

I have two mach'1s that get raced so i'm not giving up on racing, just on breaking JL's record with a tbird.

I know that if I keep the car, that I am going to want to put ported and decked heads on it along with a bullit intake which really isn't a wise decision at this point in my life. Plus then I would need a tune.
 

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Maybe if you came to Houston or somewhere with lower elevations, you could beat JLs time before the season is over, lol. I can only imagine that the elevation is really high up there in OK. I dont even know what his best is now. I believe it is in the low 12s right?
 

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Sorry to hear about the bad news. Whatever you decide to do, you can always come back here, and build another car. Just save whatever little goodies you can if you do decide to take a break.
Thanks for the encouragement. I know I can always do it again later. I am really debating keeping it now. Running the math, I think I could just leave my mach1 stock and save the money I planned on doing mods with, and put it in savings just in case. I'm just really worried the Army is going to boot me and then I will have no place to part the car out. I'm going to try and work that angle this next week or two and see what happens. It looks like the track might actually reopen next season which has me thinking as well.

Decisions decisions....
 

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Maybe if you came to Houston or somewhere with lower elevations, you could beat JLs time before the season is over, lol. I can only imagine that the elevation is really high up there in OK. I dont even know what his best is now. I believe it is in the low 12s right?
I believe it is 12.16. The elevation is around 1600 here but the DA never goes below 2000 typically. I ran once in Lufkin Texas with my wifes mach1 and I couldn't believe how awesome it ran with negative DA's and a well prepped track.
 

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oh man this sucks bro! You can still get at me when your gunna sell it... I wouldn't mind it back!
 

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Haha now I understand how I fixed a converter for you and then you sold a different one.
Nice to see you back KrazyT I thought you vanished.
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oh man this sucks bro! You can still get at me when your gunna sell it... I wouldn't mind it back!
Make an offer lol.

Parting out starts next week otherwise.

Alan,

I seem to have had a lot of your converters. I think 5 or 6 now. They all worked great which is a bonus. Everytime I buy a car to work on it has one and I end up keeping it for awhile and then selling to get a higher stall one.
 
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