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Offline Tman

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1200 on: September 09, 2014, 12:05:33 AM »
Rad man, nice, real nice! :cheers:

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1201 on: September 11, 2014, 12:07:50 PM »
I'm back home safe and sound.  :cheers:

What a fantastic experience - it lived up to all of my dreams, and then some.

I was especially overwhelmed by the positive reception given to us by everyone we talked to.  That little green truck was pretty popular.

There are a million stories to tell, and I might get around to telling some of them.

One particular story involved firing the Rampage up in the staging lane (maybe 5 or 6 places back to get some heat in the engine), and then seeing a crew from USFRA come running towards the truck in full-on rescue mode, carrying extinguishers and completely under the belief that the Rampage was on fire (based on the large volume of smoke coming out of the exhaust). 

Anyway, it was a completely once-in-a-lifetime experience.  I feel very fortunate to have set a record on our first run(s), and then bumping our own "new" record by an additional 5 mph.

Everyone I met and spoke to was great, whether it talking to Jesse Winders and his crew (former recordholders in the class), to Danny Thompson at the taco stand trailer on the corner, to the tech school students who made the trip to the salt as a field trip.

Truly Epic!  I really appreciate the support and help from everyone who has supported, weighed in, and suggested better ways to skin this cat.  I draw a lot of positive energy from all of you.

Thanks again,

Steve.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1202 on: September 11, 2014, 12:16:36 PM »
You were unique and I am so proud of your accomplishments.

Success like you experienced is indeed rare.

It doesn't need to be 200 MPH to send you home with a glow.

You challenged the record and you won.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1203 on: September 11, 2014, 12:34:01 PM »
Steve, now you know why this land speed racing stuff is addictive.  You've just had your next dose.  Corngratulations.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1204 on: September 11, 2014, 12:39:41 PM »
You were unique and I am so proud of your accomplishments.

Success like you experienced is indeed rare.

It doesn't need to be 200 MPH to send you home with a glow.

You challenged the record and you won.

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Steve, as usual, the Dr. is right.

And while your first passes were mind blowingly fast, given the number of attempts it took for you to even GET TO Bonneville, the lesson learned is this -

There are NO SOFT RECORDS.

You earned it, and a huge congratulations to you and the team.   :cheers:

PS - The Rampage build is absolutely stunning - clearly a magazine-worthy racer, and one you should be very proud of.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1205 on: September 12, 2014, 11:10:10 AM »
Thanks for the support, Chris.  Your MG had quite the following as well.  It was a pleasure to meet you and FordBoy on the salt.

I know you couldn't hear it at the "big end" of the course, but a cheer definitely went up when you backed up your record run!

I'm glad I was there to see it.

Steve.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1206 on: September 12, 2014, 11:13:03 AM »
I've already started playing "what if" for the next build.

Suppose a guy could build a 2 liter diesel engine that could make somewhere in the range of 350 HP and put it in a Dodge Rampage??????????

Steve.

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1207 on: September 12, 2014, 11:22:25 AM »
I've already started playing "what if" for the next build.

Suppose a guy could build a 2 liter diesel engine that could make somewhere in the range of 350 HP and put it in a Dodge Rampage??????????

Steve.



Well, I SUPPOSE that a guy - if he were to take the time and apply the ingenuity to their truck that you did - would likely set a new class record.

Now this is all just supposing . . .  :cheers:
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'84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1208 on: September 12, 2014, 02:38:15 PM »
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=315943&highlight=golf+twin+turbo
Here is 450hp 1.9 just for idea purposes.  
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1209 on: September 12, 2014, 06:07:58 PM »
Yep.

Andy2 has some big time power there, for sure!

There are others, but his engine would serve as a great model for anyone interested in building 2 liter-ish diesel power.

Steve.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1210 on: September 12, 2014, 06:50:58 PM »
Is it standard diesel practice that you need 1 turbo for every 1 liter?
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1211 on: September 12, 2014, 06:56:50 PM »
Is it standard diesel practice that you need 1 turbo for every 1 liter?

Stan, I don't know the answer to your question, but I do know this -

Steve has SET the standard.
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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1212 on: September 12, 2014, 07:28:09 PM »
I've already started playing "what if" for the next build.

Suppose a guy could build a 2 liter diesel engine that could make somewhere in the range of 350 HP and put it in a Dodge Rampage??????????

Steve.


Hmmmm, let's see.....

You just did a 1.5L VW turbo with 167 HP and set the record at 135+.

The current G/DT record is 129+.

So, if you build a 2.0L with the same HP as your 1.5L you "should" get that record! 

Gregg

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1213 on: September 13, 2014, 07:47:40 PM »
Steve, Here are some pics I took of your truck Sunday in Impound and your 1st record run.











Hope you enjoy!

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Re: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread
« Reply #1214 on: September 14, 2014, 10:32:45 AM »
Put the engine in a little liner! :wink: :cheers: