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Finding a Good Automotive Body Shop

How to find the right shop to repair, repaint or restore your pride and joy can be a very hit and miss affair - often with large amounts of money being paid for sub-standard work.

What follows is an article written by a former panel beater and gives a good system for not getting ripped off.

If I had seen this article sooner, I would have avoided a very costly mistake.

"Anybody know of a good body shop in (enter your city name here)?", "How do I get my body shop to work on my car?", "My car is being held for ransom!", or just simply "Body shop Blues". I'm sure you have all seen topics similar to these posted. Gentlemen, my name is MARTINSR and I was one of those dirty rotten bastards that would keep your car ten times longer than I promised.

Roll Center, Center of Gravity & Weight Transfer

From a discussion on XFalcon.com regarding Suspension Geometry.

The other thing is, you want to get your roll centre RC and centre of gravity COG as close as you can to the same point. Don’t get these two confused. The RC is axis the suspension causes the body to rotate on. The COG is the centre of the mass of the car, doesn’t even matter if the car is on its wheels or not.
This is only correct for a very special case not associated with normal passenger or competition vehicles.

The amount of body roll is proportional to:
(cornering force) x (height difference between the RC and the COG)

If the roll centre is below the COG (as is usually the case), the body leans away from the corner.

If the roll centre is above the COG, the body leans into the corner.

If the roll centre is at the same height as the COG, there will be zero roll.



Some time ago a press release landed on my desk alerting me to the forthcoming annual conference of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Such an august event would normally be spoken of by PR hacks in appropriately solemn tones, but in this case, to my delight, the pitch was: ‘Take a geez at the amazing stories on offer here’.

A geez!(As in gissa geez!(the shorter version of give us a geezor geezer)at that!).How long since I’d heard that unmistakable Australianism used in everyday speech? Not since my schooldays, I reckoned. Like many people, I sometimes fear that our unique vernacular is in danger of being swamped by American slang, and it cheers me no end to see and hear the indigenous usages revived.

How I cheered when  the Queensland government declined the offer of 'Yo! Way to go!' for a slogun for it's tourism . 'Ow I ongcored!'

Barry Humphries did his bit for the cause a couple of decades ago when he resurrected moribund expressions such as cobber and stone the crows, and devised some new twists on old standards: May your chooks turn to emus and kick your dunny down!

Chook. Dunny. Bonzer words! It was sometimes said that Humphries was ridiculing the culture of his birthplace by putting these classic Australianisms into the mouth of that archetypal yobbo Bazza McKenzie. In fact, its colourful slang is one of the things Humphries most loves about Australia, and he has said so.

And I agree with him. Australian slang is wonderfully ironic and robust, and even if Humphries succeeded in reviving bonzer, cobber, and stone the crows only fleetingly, chook, dunny, and bloke seem to have an enduring appeal.

George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946
Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one's own habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase -- some jackboot, Achilles' heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno, or other lump of verbal refuse -- into the dustbin, where it belongs.

Tech Support For Relationships
Dear Technical Support,

18 months ago, I upgraded to Girlfriend 1.0 from DrinkingMates 4.2, which I had used for years without any trouble.
However, there are apparently conflicts between these two products and the only solution was to try and run Girlfriend 1.0 with the sound turned off.
To make matters worse, Girlfriend 1.0 is incompatible with several other applications, such as LadsNightOut 3.1, Football 4.5, and Playboy 6.9.

The Zurich Axioms
The Zurich Axioms were originally given to the world by Max Gunther in his book of the same title.

What the Axioms Are and How They Came to Be

excerpted from The Zurich Axioms, by Max Gunther

Consider the puzzle of Switzerland. This ancestral home of mine is a rocky little place about half the size of Maine. It has not one inch of seacoast. It is one of the most mineral-poor lands on earth. It possesses not a drop of oil to call its own, barely a bucket of coal. As for farming, its climate and topography are inhospitable to just about everything.

It has stayed out of European wars for 300 years, chiefly because, in all that time,there has never been an invader who really wanted it.

Yet the Swiss are among the most affluent people in the world. In per capita income they rank with us Americans, West Germans, and Japanese. Their currency is among the world's soundest.

How do the Swiss do it?

They do it by being the world's cleverest investors, speculators, and gamblers.

This book is about betting to win.

Carroll Smith's Problem and Cause Guide

Straight line instability: general
Rear wheel toe-out, either static due to incorrect (or backwards) setting, or dynamic due to bump steer or deflection steer
Vast lack of rear download or overwhelming preponderance of front download
Wild amount of front toe-in or toe-out
Loose or broken chassis, suspension member or suspension link mounting point
Dead shock absorber

Carroll Smith's Cause and effect Guide

Too much spring: overall
Harsh and choppy ride
Much unprovoked sliding
Car will not put power down on corner exit excessive wheel-spin

Drivers To Watch Out For
It is amazing how many uneducated drivers rev the car to red-line (or beyond) in each gear trying to extract maximum performance.
Most road cars are tuned for mid-range engine torque, therefore excessively high engine revs just waste fuel, make more noise and damage components without increasing acceleration.
In fact many computer controlled automatics will out accelerate the manual version of the same car if the manual car driver has no idea where the optimum gear shift points are.

50 Great Motorsport Quotes

"Loads of overtaking is boring. You go fishing and you catch a fish every ten minutes and it's boring. But if you sit there all day, and you catch one mega fish, you come back with stories that you caught a fish this big (indicates a big fish), intead of this size (indicating a small fish)"
- Eddie Irvine on the lack of overtaking in F1.

"You know you're in trouble when the first person to get to you after a wreck is carrying a beer"
- NASCAR driver, Jimmy Horton, speaking of his accident at Talladega in 1993.

"The car is such a dog we should have tied it to the fence"
- Dick Johnson, former Australian Touring Car Champion, discusses an obviously less than brilliant vehicle....

Keeping the Engine Running
A mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted the famous heart surgeon in his shop, who was standing off to the side, waiting for the service manager to come to take a look at his car.

Men strike back
The time has finally come...

How many men does it take to open a beer?
None. It should be opened when she brings it.

Let's Dance!
"Life may not be the party we hoped for...  but while we are here we might as well dance!"

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner
that fateful night in an effort to cut back. 

From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

Garage Logic and Cylinder Index
The Garage Logic website:
has a neat concept called Cylinder Index taught by the Institute for Cylinder Appreciation:

The total number of internal combustion cylinders in your possession. Vehicles, gas powered equipment, marine & aviation all qualify.

You might be a racer if...
- You think the primary purpose of wings is to PREVENT flight.

- You take your helmet along when you go to buy new eyeglasses or check out cars.

- You feel compelled on a road trip to beat your previous best time.

- You are happiest when your street car's tires are worn to racing depth and the wear bars are showing.

Advance Australia Fair

The Australian National Anthem
is "Advance Australia Fair"

Words and music composed by Peter Dodds McCormick

Advance Australia Fair was proclaimed Australia's National Anthem by the Governor - General on 19th April 1984
Multihulls - Time for Respect

THE NEED FOR SPEED, a column by Garry Hoyt

In the realm of sailboat design, multihulls have long been the Rodney Dangerfield of the sport. Now, it's time they received their just due.


0ne of the persistently amazing things about the sailing scene is the inordinate amount of time it takes for clearly sensible ideas to penetrate into actual sailing practice.
Leading in this category of stubborn resistance in the face of irrefutable performance facts are the sailing world's longstanding and deep-seated suspicions, misgivings, and prejudices about and against multihulls.
How Fast is Fast - Top Fuel Dragster

First, some useful info:
  • Under full throttle, a Top Fuel dragster engine consumes 1 1/2 gallons (5.7 liters) of nitromethane per second.
    A fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
A Sailor's Dictionary.

Condition of being surrounded by boats.

1). Any of a number of heavy, hook-shaped devices that is dropped over the side of the boat on the end of a length of rope and/or chain, and which is designed to hold a vessel securely in place until
(a) the wind exceeds 2 knots,
(b) the owner and crew depart, or
(c) 3 a.m.

2.) A device designed to bring up mud samples from the bottom at inopportune or unexpected times.

3). The thing rotting in the bilge of every racing yacht (unseen).

Cats Rules Of Life

Although cats are the best and most wonderful creatures on this planet, they are quite bizzare...
After Conspiring with the Cats Association for Taking over Earth (CATE), I have managed to steal some Top Secret information about the mysterious the guardians of the underworld.
This is their rules of life (that every cat MUST stick to) in order to take over the world!
But how these rules will help to achieve their objectives still remains a total mystery to humans.


You might be a racer if:
You change engine oil every other week.
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