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    In a couple of weeks I start my education with Blown alcohol engines. It will be in a car not a boat. But the way I look at it I will have a great teacher in Randy Anderson. But to get up close and personal you bet I will be keep both my eyes and ears open. What a great opportunity this is. Good thing I have known the Andersons for some years, but never work or been around one of these things. Hope I don't don't do anything dumb....BBD
    Need help finding this 1973 Sanger 18'6" bubble deck mahogany bottom and stringers I was living in Pomona when I sold her in 1979. Just wonder if she still exists

    Update Found my old Sanger 12/7/14 in Reno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruise Brothers Dad View Post
    In a couple of weeks I start my education with Blown alcohol engines. It will be in a car not a boat. But the way I look at it I will have a great teacher in Randy Anderson. But to get up close and personal you bet I will be keep both my eyes and ears open. What a great opportunity this is. Good thing I have known the Andersons for some years, but never work or been around one of these things. Hope I don't don't do anything dumb....BBD
    So I'm guessing the Randy Anderson you're talking about is Brad's son and Shelly's brother... So you've known them for years and never talked to them about how blown alcohol works? Sounds like a missed opportunty there. Seems I heard Randy has some kinda school like Paul Smith did back in the day... is this what you're going to? Keep us posted, sounds like it should be interesting.
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    Well he should be a decent teacher, thats for sure

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    Here's probably the best book on methanol with lots of in depth information.
    Mostly centered around mechanical systems but I learned a lot from it anyway.

    5,000 Horsepower on Methanol: With Nitro, Racing Gas, Nitrous, & Ethanol Technology for Racing & High Performance Vehicles and Vessels by Bob Szabo, Jennifer Szabo (9780974995687)

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    Quote Originally Posted by David 519 View Post
    So I'm guessing the Randy Anderson you're talking about is Brad's son and Shelly's brother... So you've known them for years and never talked to them about how blown alcohol works? Sounds like a missed opportunty there. Seems I heard Randy has some kinda school like Paul Smith did back in the day... is this what you're going to? Keep us posted, sounds like it should be interesting.
    Nope never, didn't have the wallet for such toys and I was alway working on mine or my sons NA engines. Did weld repair for Brad when he first started doing heads. Didn't know Randy had a school. Randy did the base line on a friends car and since our crew chief decided to retire Randy is going to give us a hand for for a little while. Now I have to gear myself to how Randy wants things done around the car. I have been around blown engines for some years and only know the carnage they can create, fixed many a window where the rods decided to exit or a valve wanting to go sideways in the port. Interesting, you bet. Just standing behind them when reading the graph from the computer and discussing what the car is doing will be a treat/education....BBD
    Need help finding this 1973 Sanger 18'6" bubble deck mahogany bottom and stringers I was living in Pomona when I sold her in 1979. Just wonder if she still exists

    Update Found my old Sanger 12/7/14 in Reno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unchained View Post
    Here's probably the best book on methanol with lots of in depth information.
    Mostly centered around mechanical systems but I learned a lot from it anyway.

    5,000 Horsepower on Methanol: With Nitro, Racing Gas, Nitrous, & Ethanol Technology for Racing & High Performance Vehicles and Vessels by Bob Szabo, Jennifer Szabo (9780974995687)
    Thanks for the insite UC. But for the time being I will stick with one teacher and when I learn enough to ask intelligent questions I will move on to other sources of knowledge...BBD
    Need help finding this 1973 Sanger 18'6" bubble deck mahogany bottom and stringers I was living in Pomona when I sold her in 1979. Just wonder if she still exists

    Update Found my old Sanger 12/7/14 in Reno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruise Brothers Dad View Post
    Thanks for the insite UC. But for the time being I will stick with one teacher and when I learn enough to ask intelligent questions I will move on to other sources of knowledge...BBD
    I learned the hard way. but wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unchained View Post
    Here's probably the best book on methanol with lots of in depth information.
    Mostly centered around mechanical systems but I learned a lot from it anyway.

    5,000 Horsepower on Methanol: With Nitro, Racing Gas, Nitrous, & Ethanol Technology for Racing & High Performance Vehicles and Vessels by Bob Szabo, Jennifer Szabo (9780974995687)
    you can buy all the books you want ,eat the covers and ignore the rest ,until you deal with the stuff your on the outside....

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    That book will cover the cost of one piston ! Just sayin

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang View Post
    That book will cover the cost of one piston ! Just sayin
    Good point. I have picked up a few bits of literature on injection and anything that might teach you something, or inspire new thoughts in yourself I feel are worth it. Most will actually help you understand what he is trying to say to you. It is like learning a new language, and knowing it before he starts talking to you in it might not be a bad thing. Randy likes to run things "HARD". If it is an all out deal, be ready to work. He sure does know his way around a blown MFI engine. Take lots of notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc-Pilot View Post
    Good point. I have picked up a few bits of literature on injection and anything that might teach you something, or inspire new thoughts in yourself I feel are worth it. Most will actually help you understand what he is trying to say to you. It is like learning a new language, and knowing it before he starts talking to you in it might not be a bad thing. Randy likes to run things "HARD". If it is an all out deal, be ready to work. He sure does know his way around a blown MFI engine. Take lots of notes.

    Paul
    If you don't run HARD you may get second place. I have seen Randy go through a years budget in less than three months with a well know after market classis chassis/ car builders race car. But he does work on a lot of other cars at the same time because he is pretty good with a tune up. Always the biggest problem is making the tune up and car match the track...
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    Need help finding this 1973 Sanger 18'6" bubble deck mahogany bottom and stringers I was living in Pomona when I sold her in 1979. Just wonder if she still exists

    Update Found my old Sanger 12/7/14 in Reno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruise Brothers Dad View Post
    Thanks for the insite UC. But for the time being I will stick with one teacher and when I learn enough to ask intelligent questions I will move on to other sources of knowledge...BBD
    I've read it cover to cover twice. Trust me you'll be able to ask some good questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang View Post
    That book will cover the cost of one piston ! Just sayin
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