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Joliet 2014

Dave Schultz – July 17, 2014

This month started with troubles — but ended very well.

In mid June, while on a week long Motorcycle trip with son Dallas and a bud (Doug Duell), I had a non-motorcycle related accident tearing the ligament on my right thumb — requiring surgery. I had put off surgery until July 18 (tomorrow) to be able to make the Joliet race, and have the first cast changed to smaller in time for the Norwalk race in late August.

The Whale had been in Indiana having some chassis issues corrected. Route 66 in Joliet has never been a good track for me — and the last time the Whale was out was at that track last July — when a virtually new $24K engine blew up. The backup car’s (Vitamin C) new engine was pretty gutless (yes we have a different engine builder now) at St. Louis — and a tear-down showed some valve-train issues. Dallas was dropping new engine in it when I received a call that the Whale could be picked up on the way to Joliet – albeit untested. I wasn’t exactly thrilled taking an untested car with a new Indy engine and a transmission Dallas had just rebuilt — and I’d not driven in over a year, but there was no option.

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We left on Tuesday, and the trip to Indiana to get the Whale was uneventful — except having to replace the 4 chassis batteries of on the Freightliner. The Whale was loaded Wednesday early afternoon and we proceeded to Joliet with our fingers crossed that the Illinois State Police (recently picking on drag racers) would leave us alone. Thursday morning we were let onto the track and set up our pits. The chassis on the Whale needed to be recertified, and the car was teched in. There was no testing Thursday.

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On Friday, racers were allowed a maximum of two time trials between 9AM and 11AM. I was one of the few to get both in. I had to remove my cast to get racing gloves on. In my first pass I launched at 2500 and shifted at 7000 — and had a -.034 light from driving a slower reacting Vitamin C — and my time was 9.749. While that’s a good time for my 9.75 Index — I had no weight in the car and the weather was going to get real bad Saturday and Sunday. I also had some switch-box and shift light problems — but they were quickly resolved when traced to a couple of unconnected grounds, which must have been disconnected for welding. I hot lapped back into the 90 minute long Time Trial line and changed my launch to 2000 RPM and shifted at 7400 RPM. That slowed my light down to an equally horrible .090 but the ET improved to 9.62. We made two qualifying hits on Friday evening, and I broke out in the first but made it to the #2 Qualifying spot in the 2nd. I was able to fix my lights.

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10527268_10152154722126160_9099707792298969601_nIt rained hard Friday night and Saturday morning. The track finally went Hot at 3PM — but the third qualifying was cancelled and we went right to Eliminations. There were 23 racers in the NSS Class and the pairing had Dallas and I having to again race each other in the first round. I came out on top on that round. The next round had Jeff Frees against me. I had a 0-2 record against Jeff — but improved it to 1-2. Racing stopped at 9PM due to dew making the track too slippery.

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I rained again Saturday night. The track personnel did well to dry the track and racing started at about 9:30AM. In the Third round (Quarters) I was paired against the points leader Barry Dorn, who was ahead of me (I’m in second) by about 330 points. It was an epiphany for me — win to cut the lead — or lose and be out of the race. I was fortunate to win that round. The 4th round (Semis) I had the Competition Bye for being the #2 Qualifier.

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In the final I matched with DW Hopkins and I was the winner of that round — and presented with my second ever Wally. I think this year has a total of four (maybe five) opportunities for a Wally.

I believe this puts me less than one round out of first place.

Car Art

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Sponsor Report – 2014 Dave Duell Classic

Dave Schultz – June 2, 2014DDC2014In my opinion, the Dave Duell Classic is the biggest and bestist NSS race of the year. I’ve only missed one (including the years before it was renamed the DDC) since 2003 — and that was because I was third in the 2008 points race, with Atlanta scheduled for the same weekend. The race was obviously named after Dave Duell (in 2006, after he’d died the year before). Dave was most likely the biggest promoter of the NSS class.

The trip to the track in St. Louis was fortunately uneventful. We left at 9AM on Wednesday and arrived at noon Thursday to set up pits, establish credentials, and tech the cars in. I was relegated to the backup car (Vitamin C) again, as the Wagon’s new motor (using milled 572 heads) had the #2 & #7 tubes of the custom headers touching the torsion bars — and not enough time to get it fixed. The wagon is now at the Chassis shop in Indiana — and will hopefully be ready by the race in Joliet.

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The Big Red Ram that Dallas drives had a brand new engine in it. It made 906hp on the Dyno, which was about 10hp more than the previous motor. However it didn’t really translate well to the track for some unknown reason. The weather was bad for race motors and many of the 62 drivers ran an index slower than usual. Off the trailer, the car ran a high 9.6 — which isn’t good if you’re running the 9.50 Index. With tuning and we once got it into the 9.4s without weight — but Dallas was going to have to depend on treeing the competition to win rounds.

The Vitamin C ran a 11.006 (on a 11.00 Index) off the trailer in the first time trial — but that was without weight so it wasn’t going to be enough. That car hasn’t run as well as it use to — prior to having to replace the block and pistons. I use to have to add 200+ pounds of weight — but not anymore. There was no more to be found on this car.

Friday was qualifying. Dallas was 21 and I was 20 of 62 in qualifying. I was less than 1 round out of first and wanted to qualify high, but the competition was extra tough. 6/1000 of a second off your index only got me 20th. Saturday started Class Eliminations, where cars run only cars in their index. Dallas was in the 2nd largest (of 8) index and I was in the third. Dallas had won the FX class (and the $1000 purse) the previous two years, and I’d won in three different indexes in past years — but it wasn’t to happen for either of us this year.

Sunday was the Big Show. The air was horrible and the weather station said that neither of our cars would be running the number — so we were going to have to depend on our reaction times, which had actually been pretty good for the both of us thus far. We took the 2nd battery and passenger seat (75 pounds) out of Dallas’ car. Dallas and I both won our first rounds because of good lights. As a further bonus to me, Jim Netherland took out 00-Joe Ewing (who was less than one round ahead of me in 1st) with a .000 light. In the second round I had Jim Netherland, and I think Dallas had Doug Duell — tough rounds for the both of us. I had a .043 light to Jim’s .053 — and it was enough for me to get a .002 win in a very close match. Dallas wasn’t so lucky. This had me now in first place by a little more than a round.

For the third round, I had Tom Hoffman. The weather station said I was going to be too slow by .010 so I took out the second battery — but I would still have to have a half a tenth better light to have any chance. Tom was on his game with a .009 light — and I was out.

Barry Dorn had been in third place — but his winning five rounds and Runnering Up has him leaping in front of me.

10309625_10202024592752120_3137805519433213204_nI need to really have my cars cooperating for the rest of the season. We have another pair of carburetors we’ll try on Dallas’s car; and a better intake, fresher convertor, and different rear shocks to try on the Vitamin C (in case I take it to Joliet). Because the season is only half over and the Finals in Indy have 1.5 times the points — anyone in the Top Ten could win — as of right now.

Progress is coming along on the “Texas Thug” (formerly the black Coronet), which will replace the Vitamin C as the back up car for 2015. Paint is done and the new Proglass front and back windscreens are ready to install. I just bought fiberglass bumpers that I’ll have wrapped in a chrome wrap. The 572ci motor and transmission are fresh and ready.

10410189_10202017861303838_7841283863005944238_nWe hope to have it fully assembled and Tested over the winter. In 2015, the Vitamin C will be restored, 2016 the wagon (I’ll drive the Thug) will undergo restoration, and 2017 Big Red Ram (Dallas will drive the Thug) will under go its restoration.

Finally — I’d been on a lookout for a 65 Coronet Sedan (post car) that hadn’t been tubbed or back-halved to make into a A990 “Tribute”. While at the DDC I bought Gene’ Will’s “Junkyard Fugitive” and drove back up to Illinois to get it after returning to Texas from the Classic. While I might let my daughter race it locally before putting her into the Vitamin C — I’m already collecting parts to restore as a A990.

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Click here for the thread of the play-by-play of the Dave Duell Classic.

Click here for the Dave Duell Classic Driver’s Dinner photos

Best Reaction Time @ Dave Duell Classic

Best Reaction Time trophy by NSSRacing.com to be awarded to the NSS Racer with the best Reaction Time in Saturday’s Class Eliminations. Bring your Time Slips from Class Eliminations to the Drivers Dinner, where the award will be presented.

Electric Trailer Brakes Explained

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BY Dave Schultz (The Old Hippie)

In this “White Paper” I will try to give a brief explanation of how they work, and how I went about replacing them on my five year old Stacker trailer with three 7,000# axles. I have about 110,000 miles on the trailer and the trailer sometime last year stopped having effective trailer brakes. I was getting a signal from the brake controller to the trailer, so I pulled the left side center hub and found the shoes had no lining left. I decided I would completely replace all six brake assemblies — keeping the drums, but replace the inner and our bearings, and use the higher temp red disc brake grease.

The following walk the reader through the process I took — along with photos.

First, and explanation of how electric brakes are in order.

In the towing vehicle there is a brake controller. The controller allows you to dial in the amount of voltage sent to the trailer’s brakes — based on the number of brakes and the weight in the trailer. Some of the newer controllers have a gyro in them that apply variable amounts of voltage based on the inertia of rig’s stopping. That’s to say that harder stops apply more voltage while slower stops apply less. The more common and less expensive has the driver setting the voltage — giving more voltage for more weight and number of braking wheels, to just below the point of locking up the brakes. A good starting point is usually the setting of 1 per braking axle.

The brake assembly is much like the old shoe/drum system, but with an electric magnet replacing the hydraulic wheel cylinder. In the case of my trailer with 7,000# axles — 12″ X 2″ shoes are typically used. A pair of shoes are about $25 and a replacement magnet is also about $25 per wheel. Since my trailer has high miles and I’ never close to home — I decided to take the route of buying the entire assemblies with not only the new shoes and magnets — but new backing plates and hardware. They’re set up and ready to go — and I paid about $85 per wheel on Amazon with free “Prime” delivery. There is a also a time savings of just R&R 5 bolts that hold the assembly onto the axle. There is a left and right side assembly.

I started by only doing one wheel first — to make sure that all of the parts fit before tearing into three wheels at a time. I choose the right center wheel. I’d recently bought new tires — and the knuckle heads cross threaded one of the lug nuts. So I had to run around looking for replacements. They’re 9/16 diameter with .690 knurl that are 2.5″ long — and don’t waste your time like I did trying auto parts stores — they won’t have the right ones. Head right to a trailer parts seller.

After setting the 2-man record for number of trailer blowouts more than 500 miles from home — I’ve learned to have (and carry) a large air pumped bottle jack. We always have a portable Honda generator and air compressor. You should also use a couple (three in my case) heavy duty jack stands. Also needed:

* Lug wrench or impact wrench
* Large screw driver and small deadblow hammer to loosen and remove dust cap
* Needle-nose pliers if there is a cotter pin holding bearing nut — or the large screw driver if a clip
* Large Cresant wrench for the bearing nut
* Lots of shop towels
* Grease (cant mix red with black, red with green, or black with green)
* Wire cutter/stripper and connectors
* Replacement parts

In my case I also replaced the bearings. I will clean and pack in grease the better ones to put in my trailer spare parts bin — along with the best pair of brake assemblies — in case I have to make a repair on the road.

As previously stated — I had to break a stud with a cross threaded nut to get the wheel off. Actually happier finding it now — rather on the side of the road. The stud was broken with a lot of grunt and a long breaker bar.

I usually like to push and pull on the drum after the tire is off to get an idea of the bearing condition based on the play and feel of the play.

The drums are held on much like a car’s front drum. Take a small dead blow to give the dust cover a soft rap to where you can then get a large screw driver in to pry off. They dent easily — so use a couple soft wraps rather than a hard one.

Behind the dust cover is a bearing retainer nut held in place with a retainer clip that can be carefully pried off with a screw driver. You might have a Castle nut help in place with a cotter pin instead. Once you get whatever is retaining the nut from backing out — the nut should be only finger tight. Remove it, pull the drum toward you just a little than push back to pull off the outer bearing. You don’t want to drop the bearing to the ground if you’re going to reuse. I put the retainer, nut washer, and bearing in the dust cap. Once you have the outer bearing, pull the drum off and put somewhere that dirt wont get kicked into the grease.

At this point — I usually wipe all of the excess grease off the part I put in the dust cap — and the dust cap — and set in the parts washer to soak a little while I replace the brake assembly.

I replace the bearings (again keeping a cleaned and repacked set in a baggie for a spare) — but if you don’t you need to make a decision on if you want to clean and repack with higher temp red grease, or just say screw it and do nothing with them. If you change from black to red — you need to completely clean all of the black grease from hub, drum and bearings and greases don’t mix.

In my situation — I was very surprised to see that the shoes weren’t that bad on the right side — when the left center had no lining left. WHen I later pulled the other two wheels on the right side — they too had minimal wear. I’m going to assume that these bare wires going through the backing plate rendered the right side useless at some point — and I only had left brakes until they wore out. When I get the the left side — I’ll post photos.

I squirted a little WD40 on the five nuts holding the brake assembly on — and removed them. I also removed all grease off the spindle, cleaned with compressed air and liberally sprayed with brake cleaner. We use a lot of brake cleaner at our shop — and about 3 times a year O’Reileys sells it for $1.99 a can (usually $3.99) if you buy by the case. It is on sale today and I picked up another 3 cases.

I then bolted on the new assembly

Again there is a left and a right side

I used a punch and 1 pounder to bang out the broken stud from the front, then bang a new one through the back. I could have used the press — but this worked just as well. I then pulled the rear seal and bearing and cleaned out all of the black grease. I sprayed and wiped the inside of the drum with brake clean, and did the same with the machined area of the drum. I packed the inner bearing with red grease, slopped a little more on it, and installed with seal flush to the back of the drum.

I installed the drum back onto the spindle, installed the packed outer bearing and washer, replaced the nut to tight — then backed off one nut corner to make finger tight after ensuring drum was fully engaged, and then the retainer. I then started pumping red grease into the Bearing Buddy fitting while spinning the drum until a saw grease just start to come through the outer bearing — and then put the dust cap on with a couple soft blows with a small dead blow hammer.

again — when I pulled the other two drums the shoes where in good shape — telling me that there was an electrical problem, early on with the right side.

I hope this helps someone better understand how to check their brakes and bearings and maintain them properly.

After the wires are connected and the other two wheels and completed — we’ll ensure the hubs don’t turn with the truck running and brakes applied — and do turn when brakes are applied. Then replace tires in a rotated position, and on to the other side. After all six wheels are done — I take for a 25 mile ride and then squeeze a little more grease into the bearing buddies.

Good time to mention that a wheel bearing problem on the road is a royal PITA — and can result in a fire before you even realize that the trailer had the failure. This most often occurs from trailers sitting for a long time and grease drying up. Good to take trailer for frequent rides and keep the grease fresh. Check the bearings by jacking a side in the air and push pull toward you the wheel to see if there’s too much play. Almost any play will be too much.

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Sponsor Report – Commerce, GA. 2014

Dave Schultz – April 15, 2014 (Tax Day!)

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There was a pretty quick turn around time from the race two weeks earlier in Bradenton — especially since all of the NMCA races are so far away that each is a week adventure. At the same time a lot has been happening in my private life – so I’ve been spread thin despite Dallas and I spending 60 hours a week in the shop.

On the Big Red Ram that Dallas runs, we were getting stress cracks in the oil pan — requiring its R&R three times to get welded up. Additionally, our original chassis shop really didn’t do the brakes well or safe — so we had to redo the whole brake system. Sounds like such simple fixes — but they didn’t go smooth and were time consuming. We did finish the car the night before we left.

On the Texas Whale I run, I had a new engine that ran well when we took it to the local track and tested — but it was leaking a little from the rear main seal. It too required two shots at replacing the seal and three shots at sealing the oil pan to fix (mostly because of the cold raining weather and the shop not being climate controlled) — again we finished it the night before. Since I am in second place (and less than a round out of first), I didn’t want to chance taking it until we’d done more testing. That track once pushed me back in the Semis for a couple drops (seriously — they pointed out 4 drops of water to Dallas after my burnout) of clear (don’t use anti-freeze – just Royal Purple’s Purple Ice) water in the Semis — and have me gun shy.

Additionally, the race rig needed it’s 100,000 mile service, needed to be inspected, and to be washed before loading up. That took a solid day.

We leave Texas at 9:30AM on Wednesday morning – late because I-10 was closed due to a bad accident. It was still closed so we decided to take 59 to I-20. In the stacker the Vitamin C was on top and the Big Red Ram below. We had a pretty uneventful trip (except and hour to center the Vitamin C again after it loosened up) and arrived at Commerce at 2:04AM Thursday.

Up at 9; through the gate at 11; and the pits set up, credentials established, and cars teched in by 4PM. When timing the Big Red Ram — the oil pressure fluctuated between 50psi-25psi-50psi so we shut it down. We inspected the System One oil filter and there were a couple of gold flecks in it. Changed the oil to 25-50 and ran it for a few minutes. Again the high RPMs didn’t have the right Oil Pressure — and so we shut it down and checked the filter again and saw more gold. Even though the motor is three years old — it only has 136 passes on it — so it was disappointing that we appeared to be starting to eat a bearing. Dallas is beginning to have the year this year I had last — and I’m having his last year this year. We didn’t run the car except to go up and break the beams for the 1st round Qualifying — so the car was on the ladder and Dallas got the points.

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The Vitamin C is our backup car — and it is slower than the other 9.50 cars we have — running the 11.00 Index. The first Friday TT pass it ran a 11.02 and the second Time Trial was a 11.01. That wasn’t going to cut it Sunday when the forecast was to be hot. Checking the timing we found it a little low and bumped it to 35 degrees. I was able to squeak out one more Time Trial and ran a 10.97. In the evening we ran the first Qualifying and I spun badly at the line and did a 11.06. The other 21 cars also had problems (except Brian Merrick who ran a 10.000 on his 10.0 Index – but blew a seal doing so) — so I managed a 6th after first round Qualifying. Problem was my lights were not very good, and I needed to work on them.

Saturday were the other two Qualifying Passes. The morning pass I ran a 11.03 with a decent light, which managed me to keep 6th.

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In the afternoon’s 3rd Qualifying round, it was very hot with a stiff head/cross wind. Knowing that the 21st and 22nd Qualifiers were broke and wouldn’t make eliminations, I decided to push the envelope and go for 2nd place (would need a 11.00X) or breakout trying, and hopefully get bumped to the 10th or 11th position for a broke Bye.

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I ran a 10.99 with a 2 – breaking out. That did bump me down to 10th — giving me one of the Broke Byes.

Sunday Morning for the first Round of Eliminations — I had to take a stab at the amount of weight to run in the car as the humidity was way up. We sat in the lanes for a while and it got hot quick — so the car ran a 11.03.

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For the second round I drew Bud Cochran. When I left I couldn’t believe I’d “Red Lit” (as I haven’t been doing that in Eliminations for some time) and knew it couldn’t have been by much. I ran the car out — but would have won the round as I took the stripe by about 15 car lengths since I was already the loser. I was absolutely miserable over this as I had really felt this was going to be my race — and my lights had improved (for a foot-brake).

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The only redeeming factor in this was that every other of the heavy hitters in the points race (00-Hoe, Barry Camp, Doug Duell, Dallas Schultz, DW Hopkins, Doug Poskevitch…) were also out by the second round — and I’ll remain less than 1 round out of first place.

We left the track at about 6PM and the drive home had us in a pretty horrible storm with hail. The wipers were on for the last 700 miles. We arrived home Monday late afternoon.

The plan is to move my new engine from the Whale to Big Red Ram. I have a 580ci 572-16 head motor being assembled in Indy — so I’ll drive the one coming out of the Ram up to Indy to get freshened and bring back the 580. Dallas is assembling a new Rollerized transmission for that motor in the Whale. We’ll take the transmission I’ve been running in the Whale and put it and a fresh (but relatively mild) 572 spare motor in the Vitamin C — so that it can run the C/FX -A/NSS index as the backup car for the rest of the season. We’ll do that after the Whale and Big Red Ram have been tested — as the Vitamin C is a pretty dependable 11.0 car right now.

The next race is in 5 weeks at Gateway in St. Louis. The Dave Duell Classic. Dallas has won the FX Race for the last two years — and I’ve won my class more years than I haven’t — so we’re looking forward to it. I’m really hoping this can be my year.

That’s my story — and I’m sticking to it.

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Dave Schultz in the Vitamin C in Bradenton, Fl March 2014

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Dave Schultz in the Nostalgia Super Stock 1963 Plymouth Savoy called the Vitamin C.

 

Inside the Vitamin C

Dave Schultz Strapped on a Helmet cam for a couple of passes down the 1320 in the Vitamin C 1963 Plymouth Savoy. This is the first: