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Old 05-12-2011, 03:34 AM
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Originally Posted by techinspector1
When we were kids, we used to go to the boneyard and get gasoline tank filler tubes and caps from old cars. We'd cut into the head pipes and install them, one on each side. The filler caps would twist on or off with 1/2 turn and would work great until the hot exhaust burned the rubber seal out of them. If you were really cool, you had a chrome filler cap showing right behind the front tire on each side.
Did that tech. I-10 between Sierra Vista turn off and Tuscon. Got into a top end contest with a buddy in his 71 Road runner. About 130 mph the caps along with the collar the caps twisted into, blew off the end of the tank necks I had welded into the header pipe right after it straightened out. The speedo passed 140 and buried about 10 more mph. Peddle stuck to the floor and I passed my buddy up like a grandma in a V-dub. Had to get the wife to reach over and pull the peddle back up. Had to stop in a welding shop and get the necks welded shut so I could continue my trip to SD for the week end. I'll never do that again! Seen him the fallowing week back at the post and he said I didn't think a Javelin would go that fast.
I told him I didn't either.
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