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Old 10-21-2019, 01:30 AM
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EIGHT years sitting

Back in 2012, I had to hang up the keys to the SVX race car. This was for reasons two fold.... My girlfriend at the time was dealing with some serious medical conditions, and there was signs that I busted a piston ring at the track due to a loss seen on time slips, low compression in the cylinder, and blue smoke while making passes. I hoped it was just a short while and with every year I had expectations to get the car out and do what was necessary to return to the track. Year after year passed and it just sat, money was tight, I worked two jobs, had no time, and even struggled to do necessary work on this server.

Almost 8 years passed and I once again have hopes to return to racing in 2020. The motor needs to be changed/fixed, and it would be a great benefit if the engine could push the car to where I could choose to be in the quicker side of "Sportsman" class for my rookie return year, and still choose to be in the slower side of "Pro" if I am lucky enough to find that I still have the gift, and the car is still up to the task.

That being said, I pulled the RV out of the way, cleared away the weeds and debris, and connected the jumper cables with every expectation I would have to tow it out. NOPE... in less than 4 seconds on the starter and with a cloud of blue smoke, it started right up. OMG! Now the HLAs (hydrualic lash adjusters) were none too happy and their noise was evident of the abuse of sitting time. I couldn't run the motor long as it was stored without coolant. Cant run antifreeze in race car on NHRA track, so when parked, the water was drained. It drove right out of its hibernation den and up on the trailer without issue, almost eager for a return to racing.

I would love to do a high (higher) compression build with either high quality E85 fuel or C10 as a backup. That being said, I might start a sponsor's page again as custom pistons, cams, intake work, paint, tires, engine re-seal kit and such are not going to be cheap. Those whom have been around here for a while are quite informed on my NHRA track records

So, that being said, I would like to see if I can restore her to her former track champion winners circle glory. It was nice to see her up on the trailer again almost as if ready for a morning trek out to the safety inspections. Here is the sad look she has at the moment. (keen eyes will also note at the back of the garage there are rows of race trophies the car earned over the years along with its former street-legal US Army Veteran 92 SVX plate). Hope this was not too boring...






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ECU Tune (stage 1), PWR (prototype aluminum radiator)
Amateur Radio - General Class - K7SVX
#1 92 Teal LSl 246k (Dedicated SVX Race Car, now with 4.44 speed)
#2 92 Teal LSl 125k (Retired, car rescued from a field of weeds)
2007 Impreza 2.5i Special Edition, Obsidian Black Pearl (Daily driver)
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab, Cummins turbo diesel 4x4 (race car & RV hauler)
1985 Honda VF500 Interceptor (fair weather fun commuter)

Going on 11 years of NHRA bracket racing
NHRA Div 6 Car/Driver # T654 (site being rebuilt, new name is www.teamsvxracing.com)
2000 1st Place Club Challenge Series
2002 3rd Place Season Track Champion, Import Racing (Firebird Raceway)
2003 4th Place Season Track Champion, Import Racing (Firebird Raceway)
2003 1st Place NW Regional Import Shootout (July 5th)
2004 1st Place Club Challenge #1 (Firebird Raceway)
2004 1st Place NHRA "King of the Track" race
2004 NHRA Gold Cup 2nd place season win
2004 Import/Sport Compact 3rd place season win
2004 Division 6 Summit/ET NHRA Race of Champions finalist competitor (Mission, BC)
2007 1st Place Import Survival #3
2007 1st Place Track Champion Import Summer Jam (Wild Street Class)
2007 1st Place Import Survival #5
2008 Club season 1st place win, Club Champion
2008 2nd Place Season Import Final.
2008 Division 6 Summit/ET NHRA Import Finals (Woodburn, Or)
2009 2nd Place Import Summer Jam (Wild Street Class)
2010 1st Place Club race #2 - 1st place Sport Compact race #1 & #2

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Old 10-21-2019, 07:47 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting

Wow, I see that row of trophies!

Was the car nestled in that nest of leaf to the left of your garage?

I'm subscribing to this thread. Can't wait to read about the restoration!
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Old 10-21-2019, 09:10 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting

WE might have to do a Army Navy game I'm up in Spokane with the Shadow Machine working on getting it back on the track.
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Old 10-21-2019, 11:44 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting

Im game
Would this be all out top end, 1/4 mile, or best in bracket? I might be a few years rusty, but I know half the trophies I took home was due to reaction times with two zeros behind the decimal

Regardless, it would be fun any way you look at it. I just hope I can as I have tried the last two years without success. When I did race, I dominated the "amateur" racing classes and was politely asked to move into PRO, but there is a minimum time for. I hope to get the car capable of mid 12s at altitude here as that would allow me to return to Sportman for my first return year, and still be able to promote into PRO. Will keep updates posted.
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ECU Tune (stage 1), PWR (prototype aluminum radiator)
Amateur Radio - General Class - K7SVX
#1 92 Teal LSl 246k (Dedicated SVX Race Car, now with 4.44 speed)
#2 92 Teal LSl 125k (Retired, car rescued from a field of weeds)
2007 Impreza 2.5i Special Edition, Obsidian Black Pearl (Daily driver)
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab, Cummins turbo diesel 4x4 (race car & RV hauler)
1985 Honda VF500 Interceptor (fair weather fun commuter)

Going on 11 years of NHRA bracket racing
NHRA Div 6 Car/Driver # T654 (site being rebuilt, new name is www.teamsvxracing.com)
2000 1st Place Club Challenge Series
2002 3rd Place Season Track Champion, Import Racing (Firebird Raceway)
2003 4th Place Season Track Champion, Import Racing (Firebird Raceway)
2003 1st Place NW Regional Import Shootout (July 5th)
2004 1st Place Club Challenge #1 (Firebird Raceway)
2004 1st Place NHRA "King of the Track" race
2004 NHRA Gold Cup 2nd place season win
2004 Import/Sport Compact 3rd place season win
2004 Division 6 Summit/ET NHRA Race of Champions finalist competitor (Mission, BC)
2007 1st Place Import Survival #3
2007 1st Place Track Champion Import Summer Jam (Wild Street Class)
2007 1st Place Import Survival #5
2008 Club season 1st place win, Club Champion
2008 2nd Place Season Import Final.
2008 Division 6 Summit/ET NHRA Import Finals (Woodburn, Or)
2009 2nd Place Import Summer Jam (Wild Street Class)
2010 1st Place Club race #2 - 1st place Sport Compact race #1 & #2
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:58 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting

O my reflexes are right up there still tops but I have never ran this it will need the new motor broke in. but we might be able to run one of the other 17 I have. doing a cruise in CDA sat with the other rice rockets. from what I know about the shadow machine the last runs it made were some ware around the 13 or 12.5 range.
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Old 10-25-2019, 04:14 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting

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O my reflexes are right up there still tops but I have never ran this it will need the new motor broke in. but we might be able to run one of the other 17 I have. doing a cruise in CDA sat with the other rice rockets. from what I know about the shadow machine the last runs it made were some ware around the 13 or 12.5 range.
Would love to see a photo of Shadow Machine
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ECU Tune (stage 1), PWR (prototype aluminum radiator)
Amateur Radio - General Class - K7SVX
#1 92 Teal LSl 246k (Dedicated SVX Race Car, now with 4.44 speed)
#2 92 Teal LSl 125k (Retired, car rescued from a field of weeds)
2007 Impreza 2.5i Special Edition, Obsidian Black Pearl (Daily driver)
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab, Cummins turbo diesel 4x4 (race car & RV hauler)
1985 Honda VF500 Interceptor (fair weather fun commuter)

Going on 11 years of NHRA bracket racing
NHRA Div 6 Car/Driver # T654 (site being rebuilt, new name is www.teamsvxracing.com)
2000 1st Place Club Challenge Series
2002 3rd Place Season Track Champion, Import Racing (Firebird Raceway)
2003 4th Place Season Track Champion, Import Racing (Firebird Raceway)
2003 1st Place NW Regional Import Shootout (July 5th)
2004 1st Place Club Challenge #1 (Firebird Raceway)
2004 1st Place NHRA "King of the Track" race
2004 NHRA Gold Cup 2nd place season win
2004 Import/Sport Compact 3rd place season win
2004 Division 6 Summit/ET NHRA Race of Champions finalist competitor (Mission, BC)
2007 1st Place Import Survival #3
2007 1st Place Track Champion Import Summer Jam (Wild Street Class)
2007 1st Place Import Survival #5
2008 Club season 1st place win, Club Champion
2008 2nd Place Season Import Final.
2008 Division 6 Summit/ET NHRA Import Finals (Woodburn, Or)
2009 2nd Place Import Summer Jam (Wild Street Class)
2010 1st Place Club race #2 - 1st place Sport Compact race #1 & #2
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Old 10-28-2019, 09:34 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting


One of it in its home waiting to get the engine done




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Old 10-31-2019, 02:00 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting

Nice, looks a bit like young toms spider intake sticking through the hood.
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ECU Tune (stage 1), PWR (prototype aluminum radiator)
Amateur Radio - General Class - K7SVX
#1 92 Teal LSl 246k (Dedicated SVX Race Car, now with 4.44 speed)
#2 92 Teal LSl 125k (Retired, car rescued from a field of weeds)
2007 Impreza 2.5i Special Edition, Obsidian Black Pearl (Daily driver)
2001 Dodge Ram 2500 quad cab, Cummins turbo diesel 4x4 (race car & RV hauler)
1985 Honda VF500 Interceptor (fair weather fun commuter)

Going on 11 years of NHRA bracket racing
NHRA Div 6 Car/Driver # T654 (site being rebuilt, new name is www.teamsvxracing.com)
2000 1st Place Club Challenge Series
2002 3rd Place Season Track Champion, Import Racing (Firebird Raceway)
2003 4th Place Season Track Champion, Import Racing (Firebird Raceway)
2003 1st Place NW Regional Import Shootout (July 5th)
2004 1st Place Club Challenge #1 (Firebird Raceway)
2004 1st Place NHRA "King of the Track" race
2004 NHRA Gold Cup 2nd place season win
2004 Import/Sport Compact 3rd place season win
2004 Division 6 Summit/ET NHRA Race of Champions finalist competitor (Mission, BC)
2007 1st Place Import Survival #3
2007 1st Place Track Champion Import Summer Jam (Wild Street Class)
2007 1st Place Import Survival #5
2008 Club season 1st place win, Club Champion
2008 2nd Place Season Import Final.
2008 Division 6 Summit/ET NHRA Import Finals (Woodburn, Or)
2009 2nd Place Import Summer Jam (Wild Street Class)
2010 1st Place Club race #2 - 1st place Sport Compact race #1 & #2
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:22 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting

It is his old car
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Old 11-03-2019, 04:30 PM
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Re: EIGHT years sitting

Please Chris,

I find it sad that you do not receive due proper and constant well earned proper recognition within a forum which is totally dependent on your ongoing dedication, skills and investment. I am sure that many current members are unaware of past history and just how much they and all involved depend on your dedication.

Unfortunately the forum does not have a chaiman (In this day and age a chairperson LOL), able to a set up means of creating awards, which is a pity as your name should be at the top of any list.

As an alternative I vote that your name should be included within all descriptive headings, e.g. (SVX Forums courtesy Chris T--- .) or whatever.

There is no doubt that you will object as a result of your so kind and conscientious character, but I trust that others will agree with me, or will submit some alternative proposal and all will give voice here accordingly.
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