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by againstthegrain
Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secret
Replies: 29
Views: 5728

Re: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secr

It's kind of funny that you post about mounting your wheels inside-out. That suggestion was my very first post on this forum years ago. And now I have retired from racing. I still remember when the idea of rail-riding was first discussed on this forum, we immediately jumped on board, and I don't bel...
by againstthegrain
Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secret
Replies: 29
Views: 5728

Re: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secr

The material that you use to attach the cubes might be a gel or caulk type material. Our rules state that the weight must be firmly attached to avoid the weight shifting during the run giving an advantage from the affect of the weight moving. Our rules also state that the axles must not ride on any ...
by againstthegrain
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secret
Replies: 29
Views: 5728

Re: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secr

I hope you are feeling better. I'll be praying for you. Good to hear he made it to Districts.
by againstthegrain
Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing
Replies: 20
Views: 4079

Re: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing

I have all my pinewood derby stuff packed for shipping. For sale on this site, link below.
So I will have to decline.
The UPS truck belongs to my kid, and I would not risk shipping it to a race.
by againstthegrain
Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secret
Replies: 29
Views: 5728

Re: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secr

He already won!

He got to spend 1/2 hour with his grandpa.

The trophies will fall apart, but the love that he certainly sensed will last into eternity.
by againstthegrain
Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secret
Replies: 29
Views: 5728

Re: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secr

Stan, If those rear wheels are tracking together and staying off the rail, and the DFW stays on the rail, you will probably be ahead of 99% of the Tigers. It was our personal experience that on the long tracks we raced on that the DFW toe could be less aggressive (with our setup) than the toe stated...
by againstthegrain
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing
Replies: 20
Views: 4079

Re: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing

DerbyAddicted wrote:
You gotta make a Fed Ex truck to race the UPS truck. So it is written . . .
....So let it be done. I'm a big 10 Commandments fan. I might have to put together a FedEx truck with raw wheels and Axles and race it against BigBrown and post the video :nod: ....

Oh, I forgot, I'm retired
by againstthegrain
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secret
Replies: 29
Views: 5728

Re: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secr

Stan, First let me say a huge thank you to you for all your years on this forum (and the previous forum). Your posts helped me and my children think about the how and why a certain modification might or might not work. You never seemed to give away the store with any of your answers, challenging our...
by againstthegrain
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:39 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing
Replies: 20
Views: 4079

Re: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing

Scrollsawer,

We might have to settle the man on man....... on the track :burningmad:

Oh, I forgot, I'm retired :rofl:
by againstthegrain
Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: First teardown and best way to get epoxy off tungsten??
Replies: 30
Views: 5709

Re: First teardown and best way to get epoxy off tungsten??

Depending on the design of your car, you can use something more "squishy" to attach the cubes. ;) It makes removing the residue easier and has an added benefit during the race... Our rules state that the weight must be firmly attached, not that the weight can't be attached with a substance that will...
by againstthegrain
Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing
Replies: 20
Views: 4079

Re: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing

I just loved racing the UPS truck in our first Derby. I am a UPS driver and the UPS commercials at the time were with NASCAR champion Dale Jerrett #88 with the slogan "we want to race the truck". We hollowed out two pinewood blocks stacked on top of each other. No extra weight added! We learned a lo...
by againstthegrain
Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:17 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secret
Replies: 29
Views: 5728

Re: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secr

Yep, Speed out of the gate / off the starting pin has more to do with wheel to axle friction (An object at rest will remain at rest). So good axle and hub prep will be apparent at that point of the race. If your alignment is poor in the flat you will quickly lose any momentum you built up. We spent ...
by againstthegrain
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secret
Replies: 29
Views: 5728

Re: Thank you to the guys on this forum...Now sharing a secr

It's interesting, because visually, I wouldn't expect your COM to be aggressive. You are probably correct about the cars in these pictures. The cars I pictured here are have our least aggressive attempts at side and rear weighting. Not all the cubes are placed in the car here; I usually use 14+ ;) ...
by againstthegrain
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:01 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Retiring from Pinewood, Photos of 12 years of racing
Replies: 20
Views: 4079

Re: Retiring from Pinewood

We found a human hair wrapped around the back axle after the races were over. :shifty: Sabotage! More like the unseen providential hand of God. I always encourage my kids to "Do their Best". But even more important is to teach them to accept whatever the outcome is, with filial trust in the Divine ...