The thing that I can't get over is no matter how many derbies I run there is always something I over look. I forgot to zip tie the distributor cap, made 2 hits was out. So, my advise is to double check everything including the little things, hose clamps wire connections battery cables and make sure everything is secured along with making the car safe and run to your best ability.
Make a list, On a clipboard
Keep it in the shop where you build your cars.
List off everything you do to your car to improve the weak points.
This includes motor work , shifter clearancing etc..etc
Every little thing.
No matter how plain to see it is to you.
Put it on the list.
When you think your done your car, look at the list and the car.
Check off the things that are done, this way the little things don't slip by you
It might be handy to store this list on your pc , so you can print it off for each car.
But do it
I lost my list, now I start over.
I did collision repair on big rigs for many years.
I made a list of things as I found them , that needed done but were not on the estimate.
It was very rare for anything to come back with an unhappy driver/owner
A few of these rigs came to me totally destroyed
Pi$$ ing off sandbagers one at a time :-)
I may never win...but my goal is to make you work for it ...Hahahaha
I loose thing easily so I make my list on the drivers front fender. When The list is completed and all checked off its ready for paint... And a whole new list of shoot I forgot on the first list. People were giving me crap about it last year cuz my fender said check coolant and stuff in sharpie. Its easy for the little things to slip your mind, like check the dipsticks cuz when you looped your trans lines you lost a qt. of fluid...
Post by nived10206 on Feb 15, 2014 22:30:24 GMT -5
I can vouch for the safety thing Ive ran two derbys so far and the last one put me in the E.R. it was my own fault I didn't spend enough time on the safety of my car I was too focused on the build... all healed up now and ready to run again
Post by mountainman55 on Mar 5, 2014 13:38:50 GMT -5
i was wondering how hard it is to build a car to fit all promoter's rules (not all, but being able to run it at more than one derby) and what is the best style/ make of a car to get started with, I understand that there are essentials you have to cover and people dont, but it could not hurt to have one of the better suited cars, like for instance, ive heard from many derby drivers around here that a fox body mustang is perfect for mini modified if you do everything else right, and also, ive heard that a 383 stroker is the best motor to put in a large car because it can run hot, one more question, after you have a couple derbies under your belt is it wise to invest a lot in having a really good motor and drive-train then as you need a new body you can do so, also what tires are good to run? im not sure if theyre allowed everywhere but around here im seeing more and more people run forklift tires, is that wise