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Old 04-08-2007, 11:55 AM   #11
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New meaning to the term water skiing! Ask any high-platform diver; the firmness of
water is proportional to the speed you hit it with. Here we bent the front suspension
on "Henry Ford Goes Surfing" all to heck. I was hoping to roll on top of the water
with the relatively light front axle, but we weren't going fast enough for that, so...


You can see some of the result in my avatar. That's AFTER I jumped in the water
and straightened the tie rods.

Gosh, life is fun!
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I've always been meaning to ask about your avatar. I thought stuff looked a little goofy, but I didn't want to say it...now we have the rest of the story.

Oh yeah...and WSA Watercross is perhaps the COOLEST form of racing I've seen. The pro-mods actually start with their skis under water.
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Gosh, go ahead and say it! If I were easily offended, I wouldn't be so active in
a Patently Stupid sport!

Here is another shot of the same Water Entry. Notice the left front wheel is turned sharply
to the left. The right front wheel was turned just as sharply to the right! Both tie rods
buckled, and the (lawn tractor) spindles bent upward. I straightened the tie rods in
the water. Then, when we got back on land, several other racers came over to
help fix the spindles. Somebody found a fence post or some such steel pipe,
which we used to bend the spindles back. It was all very Glorious!



This sport is big in Corvallis also (remember Corvallis? ) -- third weekend
of July.
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