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Author Topic:   What's a metric car ?
hedrick
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted July 31, 2001 12:39 PM
Ok, I've built street rods for years but this is the first bomber I've done. We have a 77 Malibu. Is this a metric car? What is a metric car? Is this a good car for a bomber?
Steve
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Oldsmobile13
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 66
posted July 31, 2001 01:10 PM
metric cars are 78-87 montes, cutlass, regals, and i beleive malibus also. They have a 108 inch wheelbase and im sure your 77 malibu does not, it is probably 112+.
I have ran a 76 malibu and could not get it to handle right on our 1/2 mile track. I now run an 83 cutlass (metric) and have very good luck with it. Hope this helps.

hedrick
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted July 31, 2001 08:28 PM
Your right! The malibu is 112". Oh well, the car was free and it's our first attempt at one. I think we'll try it anyway. We lucked out on an engine. We bought a 78 chevy 1/2 ton pickup for $475. It had a 350 4 bolt main engine bored 30 over in it. Looks like it was recently rebuilt. The inside of the engine was clean as a pin. We had a 305 that we are going to put back in the pickup(which was a really nice looking old truck)and sell it to get some money back.
Steve, Scott, and Justin

Oldsmobile13
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 66
posted August 01, 2001 03:34 AM
A lot of people including my father like the old malibus for racing. The 355 is a great place to start. Good Luck Guys

redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 14
posted August 12, 2001 12:26 AM
You have a great car. If you are not allowed racing springs find a 3/4 tom truck and take out the front springs. Put one in the pass, side, not the drivers side. In the rear find a wagon with coils and take them out of the wagon. Put one of them in the drivers side rear. Most people cannot see the difference in looks but YOU will feel the difference on the track.

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