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General BS and Laughs / Changes in my life
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:15:07 PM »

POLARACO2012-11-21 23:15:48

General Mopar Discussions / Projects Projects Projects
« on: September 01, 2012, 07:49:54 PM »
Along with working on Polaraco, sanding the hood on the Chrysler, and installing 2 solar panels, I have another project that I needed to do.

We have a big backup generator, it automatic, the works.  My neighbor has been complaining about the noise for years.  Recently it started to burn oil, so I have been working on it, now.

I came up with an idea to quiet it down.  Half the exhaust vents directly to the house, 3 feet away.  If I just stand in front of the vent with Jeans on.  So I did some research and found a commercial sound deadening compound that will withstand up to 400 degrees.  Far above what I need.  I came up with a plan.

Well I screwed up a little.  I left out the mounting flange so I had to be creative.  It was difficult to assemble, even with clamps.  Since it's galvanized, I didn't want to weld it.  Long story short, it fell out of square on the final assembly.  I'll hide the FUBAR with some stretched metal.  That will keep the critters out too


Do you realize it's almost 6 years since I did this car?

Since my truck is down again for the same problem again. . .   I'm going to spend my long weekend working on the roof and the Chrysler.

I have 2 solar panels to install, but that won't take long.  Do them in the evening. 

Chris.  That Polyester glazing puddy is tough stuff!  I got it all don and put that puddy on and tried to wet sand it with 320.  I may as well have been trying to sand the sheet metal.

POLARACO2012-09-09 01:32:49

General BS and Laughs / Toured and watched a B17 and a B24 today
« on: August 24, 2012, 08:20:15 PM »


General BS and Laughs / SR 71 Great article
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:19:32 AM »











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      FROM AN SR-71 PILOT.......Very interesting read....

      SR-71 Blackbird




      In April 1986, following an attack on American

      soldiers in a Berlin disco, President Reagan

      ordered the bombing of Muammar Qaddafi's

      terrorist camps in Libya ..

     My duty was to fly over Libya , and take


      Qaddafi had established a 'line of death,'

      a territorial marking across the Gulf of Sidra ,

      swearing to shoot down any intruder, that crossed

      the boundary.

      On the morning of April 15, I rocketed past the line at 2,125 mph.


      I was piloting the SR-71 spy plane, the world's

      fastest jet, accompanied by a Marine Major (Walt),

      the aircraft's reconnaissance systems officer (RSO).

      We had crossed into Libya , and were approaching

      our final turn over the bleak desert landscape, when

      Walt informed me, that he was receiving missile

      launch signals.

      I quickly increased our speed, calculating the time

      it would take for the weapons, most likely SA-2 and SA-4

      surface-to-air missiles, capable of Mach 5 - to reach

      our altitude.

      I estimated, that we could beat the rocket-powered

      missiles to the turn, and stayed our course, betting

      our lives on the plane's performance.


      After several agonizingly long seconds, we made

      the turn and blasted toward the Mediterranean ...

      'You might want to pull it back,' Walt suggested.

      It was then that I noticed I still had the throttles

      full forward.

      The plane was flying a mile every 1.6 seconds, well

      above our Mach 3.2 limit.

      It was the fastest we would ever fly.

      I pulled the throttles to idle, just south of Sicily ,

      but we still overran the refueling tanker, awaiting us

      over Gibraltar ...


      Scores of significant aircraft have been produced,

      in the 100 years of flight, following the achievements

      of the Wright brothers, which we celebrate in


      Aircraft such as the Boeing 707, the F-86 Sabre Jet,

      and the P-51 Mustang, are among the important machines,

      that have flown our skies.

      But the SR-71, also known as the Blackbird, stands alone

      as a significant contributor to Cold War victory, and as the

      fastest plane ever, and only 93 Air Force pilots, ever steered

      the 'sled,' as we called our aircraft.


      The SR-71, was the brainchild of Kelly Johnson,

      the famed Lockheed designer, who created the

      P-38, the F-104 Starfighter, and the U-2.

      After the Soviets shot down Gary Powers U-2 in 1960,

      Johnson began to develop an aircraft, that would

      fly three miles higher, and five times faster, than

      the spy plane, and still be capable of photographing

      your license plate.

      However, flying at 2,000 mph would create intense heat

      on the aircraft's skin.

      Lockheed engineers used a titanium alloy, to construct

      more than 90 percent of the SR-71, creating special tools,

      and manufacturing procedures to hand-build each of the

      (40 planes.. (Wow ! ! ! 40 planes???? I thought only 7.)

      Special heat-resistant fuel, oil, and hydraulic fluids, that

      would function at 85,000 feet, and higher, also had to be



      In 1962, the first Blackbird successfully flew, and

      in 1966, the same year I graduated from high school,

      the Air Force began flying operational SR-71 missions.

      I came to the program in 1983, with a sterling record

      and a recommendation from my commander,

      completing the weeklong interview, and meeting

      Walt, my partner for the next four years.

      He would ride four feet behind me, working all the

      cameras, radios, and electronic jamming equipment.

      I joked, that if we were ever captured, he was the spy,

      and I was just the driver.

      He told me to keep the pointy end forward.

      We trained for a year, flying out of Beale AFB in

      California , Kadena Airbase in Okinawa , and RAF

      Mildenhall in England ..

      On a typical training mission, we would take off near

      Sacramento , refuel over Nevada , accelerate into Montana ,

      obtain a high Mach speed over Colorado , turn right over

      New Mexico, speed across the Los Angeles Basin, run up

      the West Coast, turn right at Seattle , then return to Beale.

      Total flight time:- Two Hours and Forty Minutes.

      One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring

      the radio traffic, of all the mortal airplanes below us.

      First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers

      to check his ground speed. 'Ninety knots,' ATC replied.

      A Bonanza soon made the same request.

      'One-twenty on the ground,' was the reply.

      To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio, with a

      ground speed check.

      I knew exactly what he was doing.

      Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit,

      but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley,

      know what real speed was, 'Dusty 52, we show you at 620

      on the ground,' ATC responded.

      The situation was too ripe.

      I heard the click of Walt's mike button in the rear seat.

      In his most innocent voice, Walt startled the controller

      by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet,

      clearly above controlled airspace.

      In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied,

      'Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground.'

      We did not hear another transmission on that

      frequency, all the way to the coast.


      The Blackbird always showed us something new,

      each aircraft possessing its own unique personality.

      In time, we realized we were flying a national treasure.

      When we taxied out of our revetments for take-off,

      people took notice.

      Traffic congregated near the airfield fences, because

      everyone wanted to see, and hear the mighty SR-71.

      You could not be a part of this program, and not come

      to love the airplane.

      Slowly, she revealed her secrets to us, as we earned

      her trust..

      One moonless night, while flying a routine training

      mission over the Pacific, I wondered what the sky

      would look like from 84,000 feet, if the cockpit lighting

      were dark.

      While heading home on a straight course, I slowly turned

      down all of the lighting, reducing the glare and revealing

      the night sky.

      Within seconds, I turned the lights back up, fearful that the

      jet would know, and somehow punish me.

      But my desire to see the sky, overruled my caution,

      I dimmed the lighting again.

      To my amazement, I saw a bright light outside

      my window.

      As my eyes adjusted to the view, I realized that the

      brilliance was the broad expanse of the Milky Way,

      now a gleaming stripe across the sky.

      Where dark spaces in the sky, had usually existed,

      there were now dense clusters, of sparkling stars.

      Shooting Stars, flashed across the canvas every

      few seconds.

      It was like a fireworks display with no sound.

      I knew I had to get my eyes back on the instruments,

      and reluctantly, I brought my attention back inside.

      To my surprise, with the cockpit lighting still off,

      I could see every gauge, lit by starlight.

      In the plane's mirrors, I could see the eerie shine of

      my gold spacesuit, incandescently illuminated, in a

      celestial glow.

      I stole one last glance out the window.

      Despite our speed, we seemed still before the

      heavens, humbled in the radiance of a much greater


      For those few moments, I felt a part of something far

      more significant, than anything we were doing in the plane.

      The sharp sound of Walt's voice on the radio, brought me

      back to the tasks at hand, as I prepared for our descent.


      San Diego Aerospace Museum

      The SR-71 was an expensive aircraft to operate.

      The most significant cost was tanker support, and in 1990, confronted
      with budget cutbacks, the Air

      Force retired the SR-71.

      The SR-71 served six presidents, protecting America

      for a quarter of a century.

      Unbeknown to most of the country, the plane flew

      over North Vietnam , Red China , North Korea , the

      Middle East , South Africa , Cuba , Nicaragua , Iran , Libya ,

      and the Falkland Islands .

      On a weekly basis, the SR-71, kept watch over every

      Soviet Nuclear Submarine, Mobile Missile Site,

      and all of their troop movements.

      It was a key factor in winning the Cold War.

      I am proud to say, I flew about 500 hours in this


      I knew her well.

      She gave way to no plane, proudly dragging her

      Sonic Boom through enemy backyards, with great impunity.

      She defeated every missile, outran every MIG, and always

      brought us home.

      In the first 100 years of manned flight, no aircraft was more remarkable.

      The Blackbird had outrun nearly 4,000 missiles,

      not once taking a scratch from enemy fire.

      On her final flight, the Blackbird, destined for

      the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum ,

      sped from Los Angeles to Washington

      in 64 Minutes, averaging 2,145 mph, and

      setting four speed records.





Anybody have any ideas?  It's about 3100 miles

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / 78 Formal Dashboard in a 72 C Body
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:26:58 PM »
a year in the making and too many electrical gremlins in the factory wiring.  So here she goes.
It's getting a complete 1978 Formal Dash
Complete 1978 Newport Wiring Harness and EVERYTHING is getting rewired the right way this time

Now you know why I want to rewire it.  OH  Yeah!  I'm installing the factory 1978 Heating and AC system.  Sick of freezing my butt off in the winter.  That vintage air unit stinks.  But the AC is so so.

POLARACO2012-08-18 01:18:13

General BS and Laughs / I took a little trip
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:17:11 PM »

General BS and Laughs / I got written up in Mopar Action again
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:39:18 AM »

Thanks Rich
POLARACO2012-06-14 14:39:37

General BS and Laughs / You may have heard a rumor
« on: May 03, 2012, 02:34:24 PM »

Not to worry, I am good

Site Questions and Announcements / Happy Easter and Pass Over All
« on: April 07, 2012, 06:37:26 AM »

POLARACO2012-04-07 11:37:55

General BS and Laughs / Hey Leaburn I Nailed 3 cars
« on: March 13, 2012, 06:06:22 PM »

I wonder when they'll raise my training wheels.
POLARACO2012-03-13 22:14:11

General BS and Laughs / OK Let's hear the 2012 resolutions. Reprints!
« on: January 01, 2012, 02:07:44 PM »

6.  quite smoking  4th quarter

General BS and Laughs / So what did Santa bring you?
« on: December 25, 2011, 05:24:11 AM »

I got a DVD rewinder

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