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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted September 03, 2002 02:30 PM
I would like to start racing in the bomber class in Texas. Any suggestions at all would help. Car, motor, trans, rear end, etc.... Maybe it would be best to buy a used car and start there??? How much should I expect to pay for a used car race ready? How much anually should I expect in operating expenses?? HELP.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 119
posted September 03, 2002 04:47 PM
The best way about getting a car is buy a car that has been raced at your track. when you go buy a car check the frame to make sure it aint cracked or bent. expect to spend about $1000 $2000 for a car without motor and tranny. I usually build my own cars and before i get to my motor and tranny i spend about $2500 just setting it up. I run a 408 with 500 horse power and I spent $8000 on my motor. But the cheapest way is buying a car that has been raced and is in good condition. motor wise you aint gotta spend $8000 to compete. but get a set of your track rules.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted September 04, 2002 07:01 AM
Thank you for the information. The rules here state that you must have a stock engine and no holley carbs. GM / GM Ford/Ford and so on... I am going to the track this Saturday and might get lucky in finding a car. Thanks.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 349
posted September 04, 2002 09:15 AM
Dunbar, you are soooo right.
Expect your largest expenses to be getting it all assembled and then put together. If it seems that your spending too much, don't let it get to you. If you spend a little more now, it will save you money later. I am putting together a modified right now and it seems like, man, I am spending a bundle to get it ready, but next summer when all the quality parts I bought run the whole summer without causing any problems I will be grateful. See if you can purchase a car that is only a couple years old, if you can, check into its background, make sure you know if its been bent. Build a good motor right off, if you can afford to spend, then put it together now. don't wait and try to save money by buying cheaper stuff. You are looking at around 7 to 10 thou to be near the top.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted September 04, 2002 10:36 AM
Thank you UFORACING!!!!
I was not aware it took so much to start out in a strictly stock bomber class.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 45
posted September 04, 2002 08:40 PM
Bear, don't let some of the dollar figures scare you. I have only raced for four years now. I don't have a lot of money in my car, finished 4th in points last year and am currently 4th this year.(only 2 races left)The easy way to start is buy a complete car. Shop around and don't let the sheet metal fool you. It is better to be under powered and handle than over powered and dangerous. If you have a good parts supplier you can build a pretty heathly motor for around $1700 or less. When you build your motor pay attn to the heads you can use. If rules allow it use Darts, Bowties, or World Products. Power can be found in the heads, but they ain't "cheap"($750-$1000)
Another thing to look at is how "stock" is stock?
Good Luck

[This message has been edited by carscomefirst (edited September 04, 2002).]

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted September 04, 2002 09:36 PM
if you can do all of the work yourself, you're going to save a bundle. i run a ford making over 500HP and i built the entire car new from the ground up for about $7000 complete with the engine. make good use of quality used parts that you can find and sell the parts that you aquire and don't need. this will help offset the cost of buying the parts that you need.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted September 05, 2002 07:10 AM
Thank you carscomefirst and outlawstock17!!
All your input is appreciated. I am going out to the track Saturday night and look for a good used car. Thanks again for the info on the heads too.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted September 05, 2002 06:04 PM
Go to web page. They have a very good guide on building a Bomber.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted September 06, 2002 06:25 AM
Thank you SMITTY. I did look at that. That was a good article on building a bomber. Thanks for the info!!

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 17
posted September 08, 2002 08:19 PM
I know that everybody wants to lead the race and win, but until you know how to make the car handle, you are better off spending your money on good quality safety equipment. Just remember, it is cheaper and quicker to fix the car than it is fix the driver.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted September 10, 2002 08:32 AM
Thank you TW. You are so right about fixing the driver.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 79
posted September 10, 2002 12:06 PM
You say you are wanting to start racing next year in Texas. the Bomber classes around Dallas are changing up their rules a bit for next year. I m not sure jus tyet when but there is also an auction in Fort Worth someone said in Dec. When I find out I will pass that along. Be careful buying the track champs car from this year without asking the track manager what some of the rule chage conciderations they are thinking about.

Good luck and see ya in the Dirt!!

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted September 10, 2002 01:02 PM
Thanks for the information Dirt Dobber. I plan on racing around the North Houston area. Willis mainly and maybe venture out from there. I plan on going this Saturday and will ask for rules and any change for next year. I got the rules from Gator Speedways website but I know there has been some changes since they posted on the net, from talking to one of the drivers who races there. Thanks again!!!

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