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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    I often wondered what had happened to both the Slug and Mini as the passing of Gus. Good to see that it went to someone that is going to take care of them as they should be. And thanks for sharing your story, always enjoy reading stories like this.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    good to hear from you wayne.

    you took me and my buddy steve for a ride in slug at SDAC 13. i sat on the metal rear seat area on a towel next to the slicks lol.

    Brian

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Hey Wayne, great to see you again at Cecil last weekend. Also great to see the legendary minivan.
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    If there is interest.. I still have... and could make more of the 'Gus' valves I laser engraved his name onto..


    I'll take a picture later..


    Gus inspired me for sure... I already enjoyed and loved the cars.. and his work opened a whole new level of enjoyment for me also...

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Directconnection View Post
    Hey Wayne, I *think* I have the last pass from Gus in Slug on video from my camcorder (I might have given a copy to gary years ago) It was at the NED sport compact event where Gary raced the supra (I shot that too)

    I also have about 30 seconds or so of footage of me videotaping Gus as he was talking turbo tech to someone in need at the event, too.
    I think I remember seeing that video before, unless I'm thinking of another.
    I'd love a copy Steve if you could send it. You have it digitized yet?
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by NeonShowCar View Post
    I often wondered what had happened to both the Slug and Mini as the passing of Gus. Good to see that it went to someone that is going to take care of them as they should be. And thanks for sharing your story, always enjoy reading stories like this.

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    Good to see you here also Gary. I remember how you and Gus would have some good discussions.
    Wayne H.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Aries_Turbo View Post
    good to hear from you wayne.

    you took me and my buddy steve for a ride in slug at SDAC 13. i sat on the metal rear seat area on a towel next to the slicks lol.

    Brian
    Hi Brian, ya sorry about the accommodations that day.
    I wish there had been more time to get Slug right before going to SDAC13. I remember how the boost wouldn't hold, and could only manage about 20psi. I found out later the WOT switch was just touchy, and needed a small adjustment.
    But she still threw down a 12.xx on the first pass! So I was happy for her.
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    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by vipernbox View Post
    If there is interest.. I still have... and could make more of the 'Gus' valves I laser engraved his name onto..


    I'll take a picture later..


    Gus inspired me for sure... I already enjoyed and loved the cars.. and his work opened a whole new level of enjoyment for me also...
    Yes, I'm interested! I'd like one for Mini, since her current setup was to be running 13's on street tires. So there is no g-valve at all on her.
    I'm going to have to modify her boost control back to where Gus had it previously and plan to use a g-valve for the high setting.

    Did anyone pick up the torch to supply those 15-30psi pressure switches?
    I remember they were made by World Magnetics or something.
    Wayne H.

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    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by contraption22 View Post
    Hey Wayne, great to see you again at Cecil last weekend. Also great to see the legendary minivan.
    Great catching up with you Mike. I was hoping to see the Contraption again, but understand the reasons to not take her out so late in the season.

    I've been away too long! Hopefully they'll be some racing again in my future.
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    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    me and gus looooong time ago in another galaxy......



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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by wheming View Post
    I think I remember seeing that video before, unless I'm thinking of another.
    I'd love a copy Steve if you could send it. You have it digitized yet?
    Not digitzed at all.... still in Hi8 format.

    Not sure how to convert it, either.... I am too oldschool in computers and tech these days.
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    have a look at my feedback on the forum. all positive.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Not to be a party pooper but.

    I clearly remember 3 years or so ago... (and I can't believe nobody else remembers because you all posted there).


    A thread about Slug on T-M. In the thread, it was claimed the custom wheels were gone, and some pictures were posted of the engine bay and it looked absolutely terrible. I can't remember any other details except possibly that the thread claimed the car changing hands a few times.


    Was that a fraudulent story/pics? Nobody said anything back then about it.
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)



    I did some camera work and video encoding for Gus, I'll see if I can come up with anything else.

    Gary


    It is time, buckle up.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ondonti View Post
    Not to be a party pooper but.

    I clearly remember 3 years or so ago... (and I can't believe nobody else remembers because you all posted there).


    A thread about Slug on T-M. In the thread, it was claimed the custom wheels were gone, and some pictures were posted of the engine bay and it looked absolutely terrible. I can't remember any other details except possibly that the thread claimed the car changing hands a few times.


    Was that a fraudulent story/pics? Nobody said anything back then about it.
    no that thread was real and i remember it as well. wayne had the car then too.

    the engine bay was supposed to look terrible. when i saw the car in 03, the engine bay looked terrible then too with wire nuts and little valves, switches and bleeds all over the place. thats the way gus had it, thats the way wayne wanted to leave it. it probably still looks terrible.
    no fraud going on.

    Brian

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    This one is easy, I have myself to blame, I rush things, don't pay attention to gauges when I should, change to much stuff at once then expect miracles, the list is endless.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Aries_Turbo View Post
    the engine bay was supposed to look terrible. when i saw the car in 03, the engine bay looked terrible then too with wire nuts and little valves, switches and bleeds all over the place.
    Just the way Gus was, both vehicles looked like a hand grenade had gone off in the engine bays.


    It is time, buckle up.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by mopar-tech View Post
    Just the way Gus was, both vehicles looked like a hand grenade had gone off in the engine bays.
    thats the way my k car looks lol. ask anyone that saw it at SDAC 17. i was in the middle of testing a cobblejob alky injection system. hobbes switches, brass fittings, fuel hose and VW cold start injectors, relays, wiring bits and zip ties EVERYWHERE.

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    This one is easy, I have myself to blame, I rush things, don't pay attention to gauges when I should, change to much stuff at once then expect miracles, the list is endless.

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by wheming View Post
    Yes, I'm interested! I'd like one for Mini, since her current setup was to be running 13's on street tires. So there is no g-valve at all on her.
    I'm going to have to modify her boost control back to where Gus had it previously and plan to use a g-valve for the high setting.

    Did anyone pick up the torch to supply those 15-30psi pressure switches?
    I remember they were made by World Magnetics or something.

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    Can you email me?
    I'll make sure my email is enabled in my profile.
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    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ondonti View Post
    Not to be a party pooper but.

    I clearly remember 3 years or so ago... (and I can't believe nobody else remembers because you all posted there).


    A thread about Slug on T-M. In the thread, it was claimed the custom wheels were gone, and some pictures were posted of the engine bay and it looked absolutely terrible. I can't remember any other details except possibly that the thread claimed the car changing hands a few times.


    Was that a fraudulent story/pics? Nobody said anything back then about it.

    Clearly you never met Gus or had the pleasure of seeing either car in person.

    By the way i believe it was me who posted those pics in that old th
    read on TM.
    No fraud of any sort. I am the only owner of Slug since Gus.

    The enginebay is virtually unchanged aside from normal maintenance.
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    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ondonti View Post
    Not to be a party pooper but.

    I clearly remember 3 years or so ago... (and I can't believe nobody else remembers because you all posted there).


    A thread about Slug on T-M. In the thread, it was claimed the custom wheels were gone, and some pictures were posted of the engine bay and it looked absolutely terrible. I can't remember any other details except possibly that the thread claimed the car changing hands a few times.


    Was that a fraudulent story/pics? Nobody said anything back then about it.
    The custom crab wheels are still there. The custom bogart racing wheels were sold by Gus after he had realized he wasn't going to be changing wheels at the track anymore.
    I didn't know he had sold them.
    Wayne H.

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    '05 PT GT 2.4T HO autostick
    '89 Plymouth Acclaim 2.5L turbo auto, "Slugmobile" yes, THE Slugmobile!
    '89 Dodge Caravan SE 2.5L turbo auto, "Mean Mini" yes, Gus' Mean Mini! (Current best 11.7786@113.04 mph! - Jan 15th, 2017 Fayetteville Dragway, NC)
    MeanMini dragracing videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...URZLB1RxGYF6vw
    and other cars, trucks and motorcycles
    https://www.youtube.com/user/SlugmobileMeanMini

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    Re: Intro and Update: Slugmobile and Mean Mini! (long read, but worth it)

    Quote Originally Posted by wheming View Post
    Vipernbox
    I'm not allowed to PM apparently?
    Got an error when i tried. Huh and i paid for a membership.
    im looking into this. your pms should work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbovanman
    This one is easy, I have myself to blame, I rush things, don't pay attention to gauges when I should, change to much stuff at once then expect miracles, the list is endless.

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