Well we did it. :cheers: We put "Texas Todd's" Blender record to shame. Last count; nine or ten BIG bottles of Jose, five bottles of Amaretto, one bottle of Rum. :alcoholic: We had BIG fun and Frank walked to his ground floor room under his own power. THANK you to all who helped with donations. The lefovers will be poured in Battle Mountain for round two.
I now have a new nickname; TK2 (Tire Killer 2)
We lost the left front at 165-170 MPH after clearing a corner. It ripped out the engine wireing harness when it blew (quite violent this time)and we went dead stick in less than a second. The outer side wall just plain blew completly out, gone, nada. The rest of the tire wrapped around the A-ARM and went under the car. Kinda hard to explain but the car came to rest on the tire remnants that were stuck under the car which acted like a locked-up tire. The car was pulling very hard to the left because of the "skiding tire" stuck under the car and with a dead engine it was decelerating way to quickly. I stuck the clutch in and actually started to accelerate again and was able to get it in the middle of the road to scrub off the speed. After we got down to a slower speed I used the dead motor as a brake assist and we got started on our Summer tan. The cause of the blowout appears to be improperly installed valve stems. The two front stems (natch )were not tightend correctly and the centrifical (sp)force cocked them over just enough to bleed off air pressure causing a overheating blowout. The right front is almost flat. So why did I not feel it? BFG KD's are VERY stiff in the sidewall and my whole run was just a few very short minutes long. From the first hint of something wrong to blowout was a matter of seconds.
Dammage report:Fender,Bumper cover, MSD box, wire loom. So far that is it, but I really have not had time to take a close look at the rest of the parts in that area. I have been advised by my Mouthpiece not to touch the car until the tire shop insurance company comes to look at the car. So it will be down for quite awhile and I most likely will sell it when it is repaired. Right now I feel like a cat on it's eighth life.
However, the "Team Blender" party at the Pony is on! :alcoholic: So be there or be sober!
See you all soon!