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ARMA Races / Juniata County Outlaws club meeting
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:57:43 PM »
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, 11/18/12, we are having a meeting in Lewistown at Tim's place (Middle Road Speedway) at 2:00 PM. We are going to discuss the rules, classes, possible race dates and locations, etc.. for next year. I urge everybody to come. If you have any ideas or suggestions you should definetly come. Hopefully I will see you all there!  :D

Coffee Shop / Hay bales around the track
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:34:53 PM »
I'm just wanting to complain a little bit. I don't like hay bales around the track. I think they are dangerous. In the years that I've been racing I think I've seen more wrecks from mowers hitting hay bales than from any other reason. I agree that sometimes they are needed in certain places to protect the driver from obstacles around the track, or to protect the spectators from a runaway mower, BUT I think they should be as far away from the race track as possible, instead of right around the edge of the track. On Sunday I was racing in Maryland. I was wide open, just a gettin' it, about half way down the back stretch. I didn't think I was as close to the bales as I was and clipped one with the right rear tire. They sucked me right in and spun me around. I went from wide open to a dead stop in about 10 feet. The bales were tightly packed and pretty heavy (I know, cause I helped put them there!) I stayed on the mower and it stayed on its wheels, but any other mower, other than a Super Mod, and I would have been tumbling and flipping out through the weeds. So, what I'm trying to say is, if you need to have hay bales, or any other type of barrier around your track, try to keep them as far away as possible. It will make it a lot safer for everybody.

ARMA Races / Virginia races
« on: August 20, 2012, 05:14:45 PM »
WOW! What a weekend! Had a great time! Lots of good racing! Mother Nature did it again, at Luray, on Sunday. Dumped a bunch of rain on us right before race time, and once again the track crew did an excellent job re-making the track! It turned out to be one of the best fair tracks I've ever raced on! All kinds of grip, couldn't even hardly make my super mod slide! Thanks very much, everybody!   :twothumbsup: :D

ARMA Races / JCO Heritage Days race, 6-17-12
« on: June 04, 2012, 09:03:59 PM »
I was just over at the Heritage Days track tonight and talked to Skinny and Randy. They are going to build us a new track in the next couple of days.   :woohoo:  It sounds like it's going to be pretty nice! Longer and wider! They are going to haul some more clay in, also. I'll try to get some measurements after they get it roughed in.

Just in case you didn't know, they changed the dates this year. Heritage days starts on Thursday, 6/14/12, and runs until Sunday, 6/17/12. We are racing on Sunday afternoon and will try to start registration and tech about 12:30 and racing around 2:00.  :D

ARMA Races / Juniata County Outlaws race, Sunday 5/20
« on: May 16, 2012, 07:24:45 PM »
We are having a race at my place on Sunday afternoon, 5/20/12, registration at 1:00, racing around 2:00.
It is pretty wet down at the track right now, but hopefully it doesn't rain anymore this week and it dries out til Sunday. I'll keep everybody posted on here.

Here are the directions...  This track is located along SR3023 (Pumping Station Rd.) between Cross Keys and Peru Lack. It is a smooth, fast, mostly clay Tri-Oval track with slightly banked turns and around 100' straightaways. To find the approx. location go to mapquest and enter East Waterford, PA. 17021. For info. contact Jim Klauss (Old Goat).

Coming from route 322, get off at the Port Royal exit and go south on route 75 approx. 20 miles. About 2 miles south of East Waterford turn right onto Pumping Station Rd., which is SR3023. The track is on the right side, in a field below the road, in about 3 or 4 twisty miles.

Coming from the east, on the PA. turnpike, get off at the Willow Hill exit and go north on route 75 about 16 miles. Just on the other side of Waterloo turn left onto Cross Keys Rd.(SR 3025). Go about 5 miles to the 1st stop sign, which is at the bottom of a steep hill, and turn right onto Pumping Station Rd.(SR 3023). The track is on the left in about 3/4 of a mile.

Coming from the west on the PA. turnpike, get off at the Fort Littleton exit and go north on Rt. 522 to Shade Gap. Bear off to the right onto Rt. 35 north. Go about 15 miles to Cross Keys. Turn right onto Pumping Station Rd.(SR 3023). At the next intersection turn left (this is still SR3023) the track will be on the left, in a field below the road, a little over a mile from Cross Keys.

Other Interesting Builds / Riding push mower
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:10:27 PM »
I've been working on this for my 6 year old Granddaughter. Started on it right before Christmas, and am finally about done. I'm waiting on a new pan gasket for the motor. It is a 4hp Tecumseh push mower engine. Then I can put it on and get it finished. It is geared to only go as fast as a stock riding mower. The clutch pedal must be depressed to engage the belt. When the pedal is released the return springs put the brake on. I have a kart seat for on it, that will be mounted on top of the motor. I'm thinking about putting a small wing on top of the handle.

ARMA Races / 2012 Juniata County Outlaws club meeting
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:51:34 AM »
Hi, everyone. We are going to have a club meeting on Saturday afternoon, January 14th, 2:00PM. It will be the same place we had it last year, in Joel Bells garage, just off the Port Royal exit. I hope everybody can attend. There is quite a bit to discuss, so I hope everybody can come. If you want to come, and can't make it for some reason, let me know.

If you need directions, let me know. From 322 east or west, get off at the Port Royal exit. At the end of the exit ramp turn left. Take the first road to the right, which goes past the Cedar Grove Church. Turn right at the first stop sign, which is about 1/2 mile past the church. Joels driveway is the third one on the left.

I am looking forward to seeing everybody.

Other Engines / GX390 valve guide
« on: January 12, 2011, 09:04:38 PM »
I was thinking about putting a Briggs ohv intake valve in a Honda head. The Briggs valve has a little larger head. The honda stem is 6.5mm and the Briggs stem is 5.97mm (.235in). The OD of the Honda guide is .476in. Does anybody know where I can get a bronze guide, .476 OD, .235 ID (or smaller) and at least 1-1/4" long?

ARMA Races / Local chapter race in East Waterford PA
« on: August 26, 2010, 01:47:15 PM »
We are having a race on Saturday, 8/28/10, at my track in East Waterford, PA. Tech is at 1:00, racing around 2:00. Everyone is invited. The track is ready (nice and smooth), the weather is supposed to be good and there is a local non-profit group coming to cook chicken. I think they said they would offer chicken dinners for about $5.00. I hope we have a good turnout of mowers. See you all there!

Briggs OHV & Vanguard / Broken cranks
« on: June 02, 2010, 01:29:37 PM »
So far this year, in 5 races, I've broken two cranks and my son broke one. All Briggs 31 ci.OHV single cylinder cranks. All three of them broke in identically the same spot. Take a look....

this is the first one, from my mod-x

One of these is from my pro-x and the other is from Mikes mod-x

Briggs OHV & Vanguard / OHV single roller rocker bridge
« on: May 03, 2010, 08:49:20 AM »
I took a few pictures of the bridge I make to go along with the roller rockers. It keeps the rocker studs from pulling out of the head. I've been running dual EC springs on both valves with this setup and haven't had any problems, yet. I got the idea from Tommy (Huffy047). I believe he makes and sells them if anybody wants one.


ARMA Races / Juniata County Outlaws 2010 Schedule
« on: April 07, 2010, 08:28:58 AM »
Here is our tenative schedule. For more info and directions to the tracks go to our website

04/17/10 (Sat) - Test and Tune at the Lewistown track. 1:00 - 6:00

ARMA Races ;

05/01/10 (Sat) - Our first race. At Lewistown. Be there around 12:00 for tech. Racing starts around 2:00

05/30/10 (Sun) - Memorial Day weekend. At East Waterford. Tech at 1:00, racing around 2:00

06/05/10 (Sat) - Lewistown. Tech at 1:00, racing around 2:00

06/19/10 (Sat) or (06/26/10 - depends if McConnellsburg is racing on the 19th) - East Waterford. Tech at 1:00, racing around 2:00

07/03/10 (Sat) - East Waterford. Tech at 1:00, racing around 2:00

07/25/10 (Sun) - Heritage Days Race. Tech at 12:30, racing around 2:00

07/31/10 (Sat) - Lewistown. Tech at 1:00, racing around 2:00

08/28/10 (Sat) - Lewistown. Tech at 1:00, racing around 2:00

09/04/10 (Sat) - Port Royal Fair or East Waterford. Tech at 1:00

09/05/10 (Sun) - Port Royal Fair or East Waterford. Tech at 1:00

09/18/10 (Sat) - Last ARMA race at Lewistown. Tech at 1:00

09/25/10 (Sat) - Last race at East Waterford - Tech at 1:00 Awards presentation and party after the race.
NOMA Races ;

10/16/10 (Sat) - Lewistown. Tech at 5:00

???????????? - Fall Foliage Days. Port Royal

11/13/10 (Sat) - Lewistown. Tech at 5:00

Post your Pics! / Old Goats new Super Mod for 2010
« on: March 24, 2010, 01:39:19 PM »
Here are a few pictures. It is a cub cadet, model 1320. I'm even using the original cub cadet frame. I thought about using a Murray wide body box frame, because it is lighter, but the cub cadet frame doesn't need near the reinforcements as the Murray, so I figured the end result in weight savings would not be a whole lot.

I extended the right side bearing mount out a little instead of running a third axle bearing. Hopefully it works that way.

Here is all I have done so far.

Got the seat and fenders mounted. I think I have the steering figured out the way I want to do it.

ARMA Races / Oshkosh race
« on: August 12, 2009, 05:11:49 PM »
I had a great time this past week-end! The racers in Wisconsin really like to race and they have a lot of fast, good looking machines! I wish I didn't live so far away, I'd like to go back and race some more. And Bert makes a dang good flagman. He put 51 mowers through their paces in record time! I'm just not sure if it was because he thought it was going to rain, or if he was just thirsty! :lmfao: :D

Briggs OHV & Vanguard / Crank gear
« on: July 06, 2009, 04:29:36 PM »
Has anybody that's running an AVS single cylinder broken a crank gear yet? My son broke one in his over the weekend. They look pretty chinsy, and they are pretty thin, because the AVS crank has a lot bigger journal on the bottom where it goes through the oil pan and the OD of the gear is the same as a regular gear. I think maybe they are powdered metal, with a thin steel band fused to the inside circumference. Does anybody make a steel gear to fit the AVS motor?

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