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    Print subscribers should have their copy of the final 2018 issue by now. Sorry for taking so long to get it out. It's been rough here lately.

    The first issue of 2019 is almost done. See the attachment for the cover.

    Stories include three about getting a long dormant GT back on the road, one about my "Arduino Gizmo", and introduction by our new columnist Kyle Norman, and a bit more.

    The Bench Racing column is still open. This is reserved for anyone with a tall or not so tall tale of life in the Opel lane to tell, true or not so true, the Opeler's version of a fishing story. 500 to 800 words should do it, so dredge your memory for "that time when you and your Opel...", or dredge your creativity and totally make something up.
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    Went to the mailbox tonight and found a Blitz.
    July - December 2018 !.. With any of the other auto magazines I subscribe to I might wonder if they had lost my mailing address.
    But the Blitz is so good, so tuned to my personal interests, about my attainable collector car, that I'm happy to see it whenever it arrives .

    In this issue I have only fully read the article about the 1967 1.1 Kadett traveling and racing experience . What a story !
    I will call that car 'The Kadett Too Tough To Die' after the Southern AZ Tombstone 'The Town Too Tough To Die'.

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    Mike, did you find a job?

    Also, this be April and it's my anniversary month to pay dues. I'm signed up for the email PDF only. I signed up at the 50th in Jean, NV. Happy to support OMC as long as it's out there, and then beyond. Will be a lifetime member.
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    Thanks, guys. Encouraging words, for sure. And in the words-to-action category, Roy has even promised to write up that story we discussed 4 years ago. Maybe it is because I threatened to write it for him.

    No on the job question. Frustrating, because as I say in my cover letters, I come with a big tool box of skills. Maybe I intimidate people, they not wanting to hire someone they think might be better than them, or maybe they are looking for just one skill set and don't care about anything else, or maybe the PhD scares them off, or my age, or maybe I just don't come across well on paper.

    Opel should hire me to keep doing the Blitz, with a budget to travel and meet you people, help lay the groundwork from when they start selling Opels here again.

    I'm working on a self-employment idea and have even lined up one client, plus I have that million dollar idea I need to get patented, plus, plus...

    Mike

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    Mike, I'm sorry to hear that. It's never fun searching for a job. The last time I was in that position, I ended up changing career fields and going back to school. It didn't seem to matter how many applications I filled out, how many cover letters I wrote... I couldn't get anywhere and the bills weren't going to wait. I got into teaching because the demand is so large that it's common for a State to have an alternative teacher license program to create teachers out of pretty much anyone who graduates from college. Keep looking and turning over rocks, something will happen that works for you. The self employed route might be what works. I've read some interesting stories about what someone did when they lost their job in 2008. The idea took off and now they run their own business. You've got coding skills and I know that is a great skill set to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Autoholic View Post
    Mike, I'm sorry to hear that. It's never fun searching for a job. The last time I was in that position, I ended up changing career fields and going back to school. It didn't seem to matter how many applications I filled out, how many cover letters I wrote... I couldn't get anywhere and the bills weren't going to wait. I got into teaching because the demand is so large that it's common for a State to have an alternative teacher license program to create teachers out of pretty much anyone who graduates from college. Keep looking and turning over rocks, something will happen that works for you. The self employed route might be what works. I've read some interesting stories about what someone did when they lost their job in 2008. The idea took off and now they run their own business. You've got coding skills and I know that is a great skill set to have.
    These days in tech the best bet is to focus on small companies, say 25 and under. Startups are a great since they need jack of all trades kind of people. It seems like larger companies all prefer to hire indentured servants aka H1B visa holders. Pay 'em less and if they quit they have to go back home.
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    My last good client was a start-up who needed a programmer who was more than just a programmer. I got involved in their hardware designs as well. I know enough electronics to be useful there, too, but not enough to get a job solely based on those skills. Same with programming, video, photography, web design, writing/publishing. With materials science and maybe teaching I could get a job, depending on the specifics.

    I've noticed a few things in the job postings, and one is that if they are looking for a plumber they don't want a handyman. Fair enough. They have a very specific job that needs to get done and are looking for very specific skills. But in a variation of that I sense they are looking for a replacement that is identical to the person who is leaving in terms of resume, but also probably age, height, dress, haircut, all kinds of other stuff that makes them feel like the hire will go well. I get that, to a point. Hiring is not easy and it's important that one get it right, but going into the process with eyes open will serve you better.

    Back on topic.

    So far no submissions on the Opel tall tales (Bench Racing) offer.

    Mike

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    I'm beginning to think "bench racing" is spending thousands of dollars on super upgrades for a project that may never be completed.

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    Bench racing can also be theoretical but realistic engine mathematics. That’s something I’ve been working on. I want to know what is a good starting point for cam timing and ignition timing, that is based on your engine’s specs. So, that has required me to dive into the very technical side of engine math. Once you have a good starting point, you can dial in the engine.

    I’ve also been designing a Varicam setup for a CIH when I’m up late and working on side projects. That one will require a very interesting test apparatus one day. I’ve already started to document it for publication whenever it’s all done. I’ll need to create a strain gauge cam sprocket with a dual load beam to determine the amount of force the whole valvetrain puts on the timing chain before it moves. Only then can I figure out how strong the spring will need to be for the Varicam. I was worried about how that will work, connecting to a strain gauge that is spinning. Turns out there are wireless systems to make that happen, that even come with a Hall effect sensor for RPM.
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    Interesting. A whole different interpretation of the term than I had. I was thinking more along the lines of stories, true or not, about racing/cars that you tell when you are not racing/in the car. Like the stories fishermen tell. It was THAT big. I was THAT fast. I had the line, but the, line won. Remember the time I built that cam-less rotary valve 2.4 engine for my Opel? Your idea for a reality TV show.

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    According to the Internet:
    Bench racing is the official hobby of many a member here. It's where people argue and debate over what can and can't be done based solely on what they've heard or something some friend of theirs has done. As opposed to posting statements based on facts. Example: "Sell it and buy a turbo.

    If GeorgeOpel was still here, he would ask,
    "What is the difference between bench racing and bucket seat racing?"
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    I'm talking about things based in math. So, not really bench racing. I guess I'd just be into a section on engine math that could help you setup an engine. From there, the only way to really improve the setup would require a dyno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsay View Post
    According to the Internet:
    Bench racing is the official hobby of many a member here. It's where people argue and debate over what can and can't be done based solely on what they've heard or something some friend of theirs has done. As opposed to posting statements based on facts. Example: "Sell it and buy a turbo.

    If GeorgeOpel was still here, he would ask,
    "What is the difference between bench racing and bucket seat racing?"
    Commonly called heresay or downright BS.
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    Kind of like the story we often hear from spectators at car shows. " I was riding with a friend in his Opel GT ( often back in high school) when he pegged the speedo".
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    I hear that sort of thing often. Supposedly the stock GT I am finishing up now regularly hit 120 when it was young and foolish.

    I've got an idea for a Bench Racing article, part true part fantasy. You guys lose out this time.

    But next time...

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    Pegging the Speedo would be like 7500rpm valve float would be interesting and you'd have like 20HP left lol. I've done 120 on the speedo a few times, but my speedo is off about 4-5mph. So 116mph. Last time I topped it out was a few years ago i timed hitting 100mph perfectly with the odometer rolling over to 60k. I might be able to do faster with my DCOE setup. My max HP is moved forward quite a bit in rpms, but sustained rpms above 6000 scare me. I'll briefly risk 6500 rpm at autocross in second gear, but never in fourth.
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    Be careful. At those speeds the GT can leave the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m610 View Post
    Be careful. At those speeds the GT can leave the ground.
    I donít feel any noticeable lift at that speed on mine. Maybe lowering it slightly changes the lift.
    At 100mph there is about 130lbs lift from and 100 in the rear. Not really enough to cause issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opeljohn View Post
    Kind of like the story we often hear from spectators at car shows. " I was riding with a friend in his Opel GT ( often back in high school) when he pegged the speedo".
    I have heard/read this "overstatement" several times too. But, the fastest that I ever got mine up to, even when it was new, was 116-119mph and this was on a highway in west Texas that was as flat as a pool table. Even then, it took several miles of wide open throttle to nurse it up to those last few mph's. It also was feeling very light at that speed!

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    Iíve driven an AC Cobra kit car at 130mph before and it felt similar to the GT except it never stopped trying to accelerate.
    I donít personally think the GT has a dangerous amount of lift in the front, a lot of that lightness is probably lack of stability from going such a high speed with an alignment that isnít tuned for high speed stability. Also 100+lbs lift off the front end probably does feel different when your adrenaline is pumping even though there is still adequate traction.
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