Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Road to Nitro, week 6, a bump in the road!

The Road to Nitro, week 6
 I still haven’t gone to get the new car as some of you know I was in an accident at work on May 2. I got 2nd degree burns on 18% of my body when I was sprayed with racing fuel. To say the least this has put me a bit behind. I am healing pretty good but I still have my good and bad days. The last few days have been pretty painful for some reason. Today is the first day I have felt like writing something. Yes I have quite a selection of meds and a spread sheet of times I take my pills. Thanks to Lisa for that because when you are med’d up it is hard to remember when you last took a pill!

 I did however put a hold deposit down on the car and let him know I would come to pick the car up as soon as I felt like I could make the trip to Utah to pick it up. My mind has been going a hundred million miles per hour but my body says just lay right here.
 I am selling a few things off of the car and we did have one guy come look at it. Bryan had to come over and deal with him as I was just hurting too bad to go out there. Bryan and Don came over and got it out of the trailer and made it presentable.
 I am scheduled to be off work until Aug 2nd so not much will get done until after that. The good news is I have plenty of time and am not in a real hurry. When I get the car here I am going to first shorten the car up to 120” or so. That will keep me busy for a bit and won’t take much money to complete.
 I have a look that I want to achieve with the car so I will take my time. Maybe something cool like the shot of this old car below. My old blue car was a neat looking car also and the guys on the starting line always called it the bucket! That actually sounds like a good name for a car, "The Bucket"!

 As I sell parts off of my car then I will buy parts for the new one.One thing nice about having some time to sell off the parts is I can hold my ground on the prices. The stuff I have sold so far have been good prices for me and the customer. It is not like I have to fire sale it! Oops,bad pun!     

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Road to Nitro, week 5, the shocker on Lillian Lane!

The Road to Nitro, week 5, the shocker on Lillian Lane! 
 Remember when I wrote last week “Why is it you find the best deals on stuff when you don’t have any money!” Well I missed the screaming deal on the dragster with the blown nitro motor for sale and it sold to a fellow 7.0 Pro racer who is also moving to the Fuel Altered class.
Then there was the inexpensive funny car for sale that is a McKinney car. The price is ultra-cheap also and the guy is willing to sell it for $8,000 and all I need to do is sell something to work up the cash for it. I have every part priced out on my car to sell it piece by piece to get that funny car in my garage!
So here is how the shocker went down on Lillian Lane!
 We were all at my mom’s house on Lillian Lane for her birthday. Doing a pot luck Chinese food and presents. We ate, sang happy birthday and took some pictures, kids, grands and great grands. There are so many of us there is no way that we would all fit in one picture.
 So after that was all done Cliff said he needed to get everyone back in the living room to talk about something. I gathered up everyone and Cliff started talking about my”Road to Nitro” blog. I thought what the heck is he doing? He said that him, mom, Russ and Lee all got together and decided that the money from the sale of Dad’s Mustang after he passed away was to go to buy the funny car!
 I just about freaked out. Lisa came up and hugged me and it was everything I could do to keep from crying. To think that Dad is still involved with me in Drag Racing through my brothers and my mom is overwhelming. Dad always liked Funny Cars and roadsters and this car will be both!
 A couple of other funny things also happened before the shocker. We were out looking at Cliff’s new race car trailer and I said well I know where the car is so all I need to do is sell some stuff and Cliff said “well you never know when some money will fall in your lap”. Then Bryan brings out a Chinese fortune that says “You will soon receive an offer you cannot refuse”! Now that is a timely Chinese fortune!
 This is the ultimate shocker and I still can’t believe it! I will be getting that car home as soon as possible and continue with the sale of the old car and this thing may happen sooner that I thought!

The Hall Bros roadster will ride again with all the Hall Bros! It will be old school with #23 on the side of the car just like Dad’s old roadster!

This is getting real and I can’t wait to go C to D!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Road to Nitro, week 4

The Road to Nitro, week 4
Why is it you find the best deals on stuff when you don’t have any money! There is a screaming deal on a dragster with a blown nitro motor for sale that could be bought and I could sell off the parts and end up with a free nitro engine!  
 I also was reminded of a very inexpensive funny car for sale that is an older McKinney car. The price is ultra-cheap also. I could possibly end up with a funny car and nitro stuff for about 15K! 
And they both are OBO! Of course!

Well I guess that is the way it goes. There will always be good deals. I am starting to get more hits on my stuff as I have listed parts of the car for sale along with the car as complete.
More ads, more ads, more ads!
So I was just thinking if I could get a funny car then I could have two classes to run. CIFCA funny cars and AA/FA.
CIFCA is a real nice organization that runs about 5 races a year. Funny cars on Methanol on a 7.50 index.  You get the car in for free and 4 crew members and they pay tow money .25 a mile up to 1000 miles. Plus they have allot of contingency and special payouts like best burnout! I could have an altered body for a couple of AA/FA races a year also.
Doing lots of thinking here!