That sucks Ryan. Pretty much why I got bored with racing. I didn't have as much breakage as you but still. Plus the track was always overly crowded so limited passes, swapping slicks on in the pits, long drive to and from the track, etc.
Maybe some day i'll get back into the occasional trip to the track with some slicks but for now i'm happy just cruising the car on the street, car shows, gtg's and such.
Good luck getting the Cobra all fixed up. Hope it's not tooooo expensive.
I spent about 1500 bucks this past month on the car, including a new Ford steering rack after my OEM piece died on me, as well as Caster Camber plates since my 10 year old MAC plates rubber bushings were blown out, and on drag radials so i wouldn't have to -do- the shuffle in the pits anymore, just put the drag radials on when its a nice cool evening with no pressure, then drive to the track and home a few times a year.
Getting ready to leave after my 4th pass, it was having trouble holding idle without dying, then got rough where i pulled it over within mere seconds of hearing the rough idle. It's currently turning over, but has weak to no oil pressure. No oil on the dipstick, but its a deep deep where the dipstick doesn't read as well. If it ran dry on 9 quarts of oil, then i just don't know what to do at that point besides custom build a 15 gallon oil pan (humor!). I have not even had the car in my possession long enough this summer/spring to warrant an oil change or inspection sticker. I would wager within the last year and a half i have driven the car less than 3000 miles.
I wouldn't say i'm being pessimistic, fellas, just if you saw the sheer monetary investment in the car after each parts break at the cruise you would probably get a greater appreciation for it. It is not only reasonable, but the sane decision at this point to discontinue doing something which i can ill-afford and have lost enjoyment of. Its not satisfying to anyone building the car "right" with no corners cut, and having part after part break.
Currently I'm looking at -all- options on getting the car serviced, and it runs the gamut from getting it repaired and sold, to letting the car sit, to looking at alternative performance shops to bring the car to. I have posted a thread in the garage about that. It would be rather clear to anyone that i am tired of the car being unable to survive 7-8 drag passes a year without seeming catastrophic failure of some kind or another.
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