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The Outlaw
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted August 23, 2002 05:05 PM
ok guys, i sold my car, thanks to here! I am thinking about building a new one this winter from scratch. I can get either a new metric style (like an '83 olds cutlass) or an older style ('77 monte carlo) for cheap, the rules where i race allow either car. Which car should i go with, and why? Thanks for all the help, the dirt forum has been invaluable to me!

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted August 23, 2002 05:54 PM
for one id probably go with the olds because its probably easier to find parts for. Try having a 73 Nova, body panels are pretty much exstinct out here. Eddie

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted August 23, 2002 10:44 PM UIN: 54865418
i would go with the metric for two reasons one redneck hit on finding parts cars the other is the weight there are guys in the area that are still running the old monte and malibu's on the short tracks 1/4 and 1/3 with some luck but on the 1/2 miles it's another story if you don't have a weight rule you can't go wrong with the metric

The Outlaw
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 159
posted August 23, 2002 11:35 PM
what is the wheelbase on a metric though? we have to have a 114 inch wheelbase, and weigh 3000 lbs.

Dunbar
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted August 24, 2002 01:30 AM
Knowing parts are getting hard to find for the 70 models I'd go with the 77. The 70 models are heavier and they'd run better on the track. I know other races that went to the smaller cars the 80 models and they wished they'd kept there but in a 70's model cause the older cars handles better. But it's up to you..

jpm
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted August 24, 2002 11:56 AM
quote:
Originally posted by The Outlaw:
ok guys, i sold my car, thanks to here! I am thinking about building a new one this winter from scratch. I can get either a new metric style (like an '83 olds cutlass) or an older style ('77 monte carlo) for cheap, the rules where i race allow either car. Which car should i go with, and why? Thanks for all the help, the dirt forum has been invaluable to me!

toss up. metric faster. long body tougher (last longer). the tradeoff is speed verses durabilaty. im going metric this year but im worried about the frame lasting all year.

BK19
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 285
posted August 24, 2002 12:12 PM UIN: 40696038
the wheelbase on a metric is 108 inches so you will be SOL on that if you need 114"

odb93
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 214
posted September 23, 2002 03:09 AM
Are you sure that if you have a full frame car that you have to run 114? Most tracks that allow subs like a nova have to be longer.

uforacing51
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 349
posted September 23, 2002 02:12 PM
I, personally, have raced both and thought this: the longer cars were smoother and I thought handled better than the metrics. The metrics are smaller, lighter and if you can get them set up they go fast. But they are harder to set up. They both are good cars though and will work for you regardless of the one you choose. There should be plenty of info on the Forum to make your new ride a fast one!

Merlin
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 26
posted September 23, 2002 09:03 PM
Hey BK19, where did you measure a metric car with a 108" wheelbase?? I thought they were around 112"?!?! MIGHT be wrong here tho.
Can you use a truck like i am allowed to at my track? My s-10 has only 108" wheelbase AND leafsprings. I have a camaro with a little higher center of gravity. Sort of.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted September 23, 2002 11:52 PM UIN: 54865418
merlin all midsize metrics are 108 a metric impala has the big wheelbase and they are easier to come by them a early 70's monte you might want to look for one of those i sure would if i had to run big cars

Geffy95x
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted September 24, 2002 09:28 AM
Go with the metric ,when you wrinkle your body you can slap on a newer monte carlo body
and look good because we all know looks are everything.

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