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steve'66
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posted 08-12-2001 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Melissa picked up a new tranny and a scattershield. It's an SFI 6.1 certified dated July 1998. How long is the Cert good for? Will it matter if she's slower than the required et to have to run a scattershield? Should I send it in for re-certification before installing it? Thanks!

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Mark T 7724
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posted 08-12-2001 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark T 7724   Click Here to Email Mark T 7724     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is the same shield that I run and it should be good for 5 years so 2003 they will probably re-issue a cert for it.

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Doc
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posted 08-12-2001 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Doc   Click Here to Email Doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure about the date but the SFI info says no grinding, cutting or even painting can be done on it. NHRAs credo is if you have the equipment it must meet all specs for the rules even if the car is slower than the said equipment is required on.

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steve'66
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posted 08-12-2001 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Mark & Larry,

It looks orig, but one hole for a starter bolt looks like it may have been added. It's close to if not in the radius of the bubbled area where the nose of the starter goes. It's good for a couple years anyway so it's going in.

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steve'66
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posted 08-12-2001 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Doc:
NHRAs credo is if you have the equipment it must meet all specs for the rules even if the car is slower than the said equipment is required on.

Larry,

That's a bunch of sh!t too... There was a young guy at SearsPoint with a 68 Camaro (13 sec street car) who upgraded to a 5 point harness that was 4 years old. Anyway he didn't pass tech, until he put his original 33 year old lap belt in the car!! How stupid is that? Is it really about safety, or is it about taking care of NHRA's sponsors.


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Mark T 7724
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posted 08-12-2001 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark T 7724   Click Here to Email Mark T 7724     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve: I have a 7/8" hole drilled in the back of mine so I can adjust my clutch, They don't look that closely at that they just ask you what the SFI Sticker is.

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Doc
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posted 08-12-2001 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Doc   Click Here to Email Doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I didn't mean to imply the way the rules work isn't real dumb! I also know how often a rule isn't known by the regular tech staff, but when you go to other tracks you might get turned away and telling them another track overlooks the rule isn't gonna get you through. Along with Steve's point though, the plate that goes between the block and motor of a Lakewood on Chevy comes with only a small hole for old (like 1955-60) starters and instructions to beat on it with a hammer to remove the knockout if it's going on a later motor, then turn it over and beat it back to flat before using it, but for Gods sake don't paint it !

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 08-21-2001 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with SteveW... some of the rules are a bunch of Hooey! Making an expensive sport even more expensive! Ryan

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Mike_R
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posted 08-22-2001 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_R   Click Here to Email Mike_R     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I got my lakewood bellhousing (about two years ago) it was almost what I would describe as a hunk of raw material. It would'nt fit over my flywheel, and my z-bar bracket wouldn't bolt up to it because the z-bar side didn't have a notch clearanced for it. So I had a choice of either grinding it and notching it or not using it at all. So I did what I had to do to make it work. I wasn't real happy with the situation. I didn't feel real good about the huge hole in the side of the bellhousing for the clutch fork to go through. It's probably a third again bigger than my stock bellhousing. I rarely race my car (maybe once or twice a year), but I got the blowproof because I was scared of an explosion and so I could pass tech. Now that I'm trying to get my car totally legal, I'm worried that with these modifications I've screwed myself on the bellhousing. I guess the best I can hope for is that they won't inpect it, but I hate that feeling of never knowing if I will pass tech. So I'm asking you guys that race alot more often than I do. In what circumstance do they actually check the bellhousing for modifications? Is it more at NHRA events or do the high profile tracks always check this one?

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Doc
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posted 08-22-2001 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Doc   Click Here to Email Doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A tracks insurance depends on the rule book, if in the case of Steve's belt story, the kids gets hurt with out of date belts the kid could sue and win based on the violation of the rule book, whereas if he gets hurt with 30 year old lap belts but the rules were followed he has no case. If a track can see a violation they must act on it no matter how stupid it seems. If in the case of a scatter shield they don't catch it and through some off the wall happenstance the flywheel comes apart and blows your feet off or hurts someone at the track, they are liable because of the book. If you throw in a common sense issue the tech line will never move with the insuing arguments over this is better than that. Blame the legal system .

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