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Tearing it's heart out by HotRod-302
Tearing it's heart out
Been installing a new camshaft on my Camaro. I'll lose a few horses but gain some torque. It's a good thing I went through to do this. (Lord knows I've been sitting on the parts long enough.) 
The rocker arms had been rubbing on the valve covers, and that's bad. So I can fix that now. Also while the wear patterns on the lobes look okay one of the lobes looks almost like there were chips off the edges. So that will automatically be replaced.
I am taking out the Comp Cams 292 H cam, which is really too big for such a small engine and especially at this altitude. 
What is in it now is a Comp Cams 262/270 split duration cam, so it's a bit smaller, and Rhodes Vmax lifters. I'm putting VTEC in my MUSCLE CAR! Well... not really. But it is sort of variable valve duration. 
I still have to adjust all the lifters which is probably going to take an hour on it's own. Then there's the whole reassembly thing which... I'm not a swift worker.
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Which is worse in your opinion?
A person who takes joy in pointing out how wrong other are...
Or a person who only takes pleasure in proving that they themselves are right?
This week I am planning on doing a camshaft swap in my Camaro. I have to admit I haven't been terribly happy with how the car is working. The thing is... what isn't right is all intuitive. It's a style issue... how does the cam impact style?
Since I installed the fuel injection it cruises nice. It drives much more easily. It's less tempermental. It makes the most power over the carbs I have had in the past. So WHY is it not making me happy? It runs so smooth and nice... 
Well...
The last few times I have taken it out I had felt like it's roaring and snarling a lot more than the show it's putting on should allow. Making a right turn the last time I drove it i had waited for a car to pass before I merge into traffic and then I stand on the gas and all that fire breathing roaring and snarling grunt and full on assault on the senses and then I realize "I just caught up to this guy in the Kia. All that and this is how far I've come?"
It sort of felt like everyone around me must have been thinking "That's a lot of drama for nothin'."
Truth be told the cam in the car now is a relic from my high school days when it was all "Bigger is BETTER!" so I stuffed the biggest cam I could and the bigger the cam the more power on the top end you get. But while horsepower sells cars, torque wins races and this cam just isn't a torque cam. So I ordered a new one. Much MUCH more mordern 262 duration intake and a 270 exhaust with a slower closing ramp to be more gentle on the valves. I should gain some spunk from it, bit better fuel economy, and the fuel injection wont get confused every time I stand on the go pedal and my vacuum dips below 8 inches. It wii FEEL more powerful and the power curve is more in my driving style. There's even slight variances in each individual lobe to compensate for intake runners and exhaust tubes not being the exactly length. Much more efficient.
at least on paper. 
I havent told anyone I am on vacation next week. It's gonna be my ME time! Me, the Camaro, make it faster and if I have sme time fix a few other things. 
Then it's just a matter of  taking a good friend of mine here to do the fabrication  I need on the exhaust. He's notoriously hard to get together with... but maybe if I make him an offer he wouldn't DARE refuse...
So I think Monday it begins.
Love ya mom. by HotRod-302
Love ya mom.
It was a year ago today I lost my mom to septic shock from a bacterial infection. A year ago today about an hour ago, actually. At this time last April 15th I was still holding her hand after she had passed, holding in her hand the birthday present I got for her the year before. 
It was one of those silly things... you see someone go through hell and always come back and it's something little like an infection that takes them away. She had been through FOUR major spinal reconstructive surgeries. Two knee replacements, and a reconstructive foot surgery. Lots of other little surgeries, too. Her spinal operations were in text books and one of the most extreme cases of spinal fusions ever.
That there are those here on DA and FA who used her against me with their friends. I know... I wasn't a nice guy to them but I never brought their moms into it. My mom didn't know what was going on, she had no hand in the matter, no say, and no way to defend herself. It's just more evidence to me that they are bad people. They ran out of diplomatic attacks against me so they had to start in on my mom.
Mom was an amazing person! You know that 69 Camaro of mine?Sidelines. by HotRod-302  That was HER CAR in 1970! She would street race in it, and I don't mean just light to light stuff. She would race from Fort Collins Colorado all the way to Colorado Springs. That's about 130 miles. She packed HEAT! In her purse she always had either a .22 pistola or a .38 special. Two times she was walking into a court building and she'd she the metal detector, do an about FACE and march back out to the car to put the gun in the trunk! 
But she was also a very kind and welcoming person. You wouldn't think she was capable of being such a handful when she came out of the kitchen with a hot home cooked dinner in her hands! She was just a sweet innocent little old lady!
I miss my mom... but seeing how much she suffered I wouldn't ask to have her back. That would be cruel. 
If your mom is still with us go see her, give her a hug. If she is too far away, call her. Send her a card. Just a random "I love you" just... something. Because three days before my mom died we thought she was coming home in better health than she had been in YEARS. She was doing that good! Then... she was gone. So you never know... there is no guarantee there will be a tomorrow!
Love ya, mom. See ya on the other side! 
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Distinguished beauty by HotRod-302
Distinguished beauty
This is an early birthday gift and morale booster pic done for me by :icondrawing-4ever: who knows I've been pretty badly down in the dumps lately. He actually appreciates her as a character. I've even been considering taking down everything in my gallery. But I'll hold off on that... for now. I have been in a pretty low state for a while and confess I've been entertaining the thought of just giving up. I know if I take it all down then one day I'll get all hopeful and confident that maybe a new audience will arrive and let Sierra bask in the warmth of their love... and probably wont find it.
Sierra here is my greatest creation aside from my 1969 Camaro. She was sort of... the ambassador of female boxing in the furry fandom. She wasn't the first to lace 'em up but she was the first to be a dedicated character defined as being a boxer. She focuses on strength and technique using her long reach to tag her opponents from a distance. She is also characterized by her gentle nature and warm mannered personality. I never intended her to be just another internet sex kitten, in fact there has only ever been ONE drawing of her nude, and it shall never see the light of day. That doesn't mean she doesn't want to be thought of as a beautiful woman, she does take pride in her appearance. 
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HotRod-302
Evil Wicked Mean and Nasty
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Which is worse in your opinion?
A person who takes joy in pointing out how wrong other are...
Or a person who only takes pleasure in proving that they themselves are right?

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thewolfcreek Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the fav my friend...
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
You're welcome!
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many thanks for faving
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DrunkardHu Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Sorry bud. I forgot its your birthday. Looks like I owe you a drawing during my time off. Actually I'll need your help with a fighting drawing eventually. :D
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Sure, let me know you need my help, not sure how much good I'll be but I'll try!
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Thank you for the fave :D Hug :happybounce: La la la la +fav
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