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Old 11-24-2021, 11:25 PM
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Last day of coolant filling and rechecking. She only took half a cup today and was finally full. Started her up and took her for a drive. Ran steady at 175 to 180 (I think). When driving at operating temperature the needle sits on the left slash of the three middle hashmarks. Hard to actually tell the real running temperature since the gauge starts at 0 and goes to 250. In the middle of the gauge are three hash marks with a "190" under them. But if you cut 250 in half, it would presumable be 175 at the halfway point in the gauge? When I use the infra-red thermometer, the temps on the heater hoses, return lines, and radiator hoses range from 140 to 190. So, anyway, I'm done with the coolant refresh.

And you can see the infamous yellow zone on the gauge that Dodge decided to remove for 1994 so owner's couldn't complain of the cars running in the gauge's hot zone any more.

On to the brake fluid flush next. I used Castrol SRF back when I last changed it in 2,000 and it looks absolutely pristine in the master cylinder at the moment. Very expensive but it is the best stuff on the planet when it comes to highest temperature boiling point. Back when I used to race the car, everything else I tried would boil and lead to brake pedal fade and air in the system after a few laps. This stuff lasted the longest under the Florida track heat.
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Old 11-27-2021, 11:14 PM
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Hand-polished the extra set of rims for the Viper today. I have a new set of tires coming in hopefully next week. Michelin is the only company still making the rear tires in the correct 17" size. $400 a tire! No one else makes them (other than Hoosier)

I figure it's time for new shoes since the newest set I have is 28 years old.

These are the original BFG R-1 racing tires from the first year they were introduced in Viper sizes. 275/40ZR17 and 335/35ZR17. We did the some of the first testing for BFG in the Viper sizes, with the SCCA Solo 1 and 2 racing we did back then.

Before and after. (Dogs for scale). And cat because he liked seeing his own reflection. That is the true test of a polishing job - if an apathetic cat will stop to look at himself.
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I bled the brakes over the weekend. All the 20 year-old Castrol SRF that came out was still crystal clear. Amazing stuff. It's DOT 4 with the highest dry/wet boiling point (594/518 degrees) you can find.

I remember back when we were racing and I tried various brake fluids, you had to bleed the brakes after every run because the fluid would boil and make the pedal spongy. After I switched to the SRF, you could go the whole day of racing and wouldn't have a problem til the end of the day.
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UPS delivered the new set of tires this morning. I just got back from picking the wheels and tires up after getting them mounted and balanced. The new Michelins Pilots barely took any weight to balance them. Around a half ounce per wheel.
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New spark plugs arrived from rockauto today. Got the Bosch 9656 double iridiums. They were $4.96 each with discount! Finally replacing the vintage Splitfires I installed way back in 1993. (Yeah, I know, the follies of youth).
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I got the passenger-side bank of plugs out. They actually look really nice for 8,000 miles and 27 years old, give or take a year. Burn pattern on the electrodes looks nice.
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Hand-polished the extra set of rims for the Viper today. I have a new set of tires coming in hopefully next week. Michelin is the only company still making the rear tires in the correct 17" size. $400 a tire! No one else makes them (other than Hoosier)

I figure it's time for new shoes since the newest set I have is 28 years old.

These are the original BFG R-1 racing tires from the first year they were introduced in Viper sizes. 275/40ZR17 and 335/35ZR17. We did the some of the first testing for BFG in the Viper sizes, with the SCCA Solo 1 and 2 racing we did back then.

Before and after. (Dogs for scale). And cat because he liked seeing his own reflection. That is the true test of a polishing job - if an apathetic cat will stop to look at himself.
----Looks just like our grey guy! He was a foodie and couldn't stay away from anything edible. He was a large sized version of yours and, sadly, has passed.We affectionatly referred to him as Fat Bastard!.....Bill S
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He actually thinks he is a dog but no one has the heart to tell him otherwise. He ignores our other two cats (who shun him anyway), and he spends all day lounging around with the two dogs. When they come in from doing their duty in the back yard, he sits right down next to them and demands the same dog treats that they get. He just aint right.
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