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Brad4ord2
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted March 05, 2003 01:36 PM
I just bought a 79 cutlas with motor and tran the lady i bought it from says the motor runs but the trans is bad i only paid $50 for the whole thing what should i run in it or does anyone know what is in it ..? any help on setting it up would be appreciated thanks

neil rucker
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted March 05, 2003 06:40 PM
267,307,350 or v/6 (ugh) look on radiator core support for engine id. in the worst case, you can id the engine size by the casting number located on the block behind the left (drivers side) cylinder head. example: 3970010 350 4-bolt main chevy early 70's. neil

neil rucker
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted March 05, 2003 06:44 PM
the 79 cutlass is a "metric" chassis. same as malibu,grand prix, etc. there is tons of info on this forum specific to this chassis. i run leaf spring camaro (totally diffrent) good luck. neil

Racer8c
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted March 05, 2003 06:45 PM
Most 79 Cutlass cars I've seen came with a 305, but you can look on the back of the block on the driver's side to see what you have to make sure, it should be stamped on the ledge where the bellhousing bolts to it. If you don't have the motor out of the car, take a mirror to see if you can tell what the numbers are, you can go to mortec.com, to get a list of different casting locations and numbers to tell what year, displacement you have. It all depends on your track and rules as to how you would want to build your engine, but I think you can build a better race motor from a 350, but that's just my opinion.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted March 05, 2003 06:57 PM UIN: 54865418
sounds to me like you get a pretty good deal on a body they didn't come with anything you will want to race with anyway so just scrap the motor and tranny and find a chevy 350. more thasn likley it has a v 6 or an olds 307

iowa_dirt_track_girl
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted March 05, 2003 10:25 PM
If it has a 307 olds motor ill buy the motor i need some parts from it thank you

Brad4ord2
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted March 06, 2003 08:10 AM
Thanks guys i was told by my friends thats know about motors more than I and they said it was a 307 ... bcuz of where the distributor or something was im not sure but thats what they said ...

Gordon3E
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 67
posted March 13, 2003 04:27 AM
Brad,,, Keep on keeping on, ya got a long way to go before your done. Built my first car last yr, and it took me 5 months to finish it. I put my number's and stickers on at the track.But this fourm is the "Best" place to build a race car. These guys in here are smart as a tac. Just be patient.Wait till ya get to the roll bar cage.But really it is a lot of fun.Check out Zanesville Racing .com.... Good Luck Brad.

gould
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 125
posted March 13, 2003 07:04 PM
dont you mean sharp as a tack?

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ryan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 430
posted March 16, 2003 09:05 PM
See that just proved his point see how sharp you were to catch that. lol
Maybe he did mean smart as a tack. Who knows

gould
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 125
posted March 16, 2003 09:10 PM
lol

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Brad4ord2
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted March 17, 2003 01:23 PM
Does anybody know where i may get a 4 point cage for cheap .. things are looking good thanks

hard_charger3
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted March 18, 2003 07:46 AM
A cutlass is a metric frame. Its the same frame as a Monte Carlo. I run an 84 cutlass frame. As far as the set up you should run about 52% to 54% rear weight and about 52% left side weight. The best engine for you to run would be a 350 chevy. If the engine is built right it will last you forever. The best trans for you to run would be a chevy 3 speed.

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uforacing51
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 349
posted March 19, 2003 09:54 AM
Brad,
Get yourself a Circle track, or stock car racing, or speedway illustrated magizine. they have several makers of roll cages advertised in those publications. I have heard many folks say that almost all are great. CRC (canadian stock car products) is one of the best. cage sets right where it needs to and works great.

Brad4ord2
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted April 01, 2003 10:16 PM
Thanks guys for all the help ive teamed up with one opf my friends and we have talked to alot of people and the have donated extra parts to me to help get me started still need and few things does anyone know where i can buy a cheap seat thanks .

neil rucker
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted April 02, 2003 09:31 PM
i have a "LARRY SHAW" that is bent in the front and rear. this would make an excellent cage for your car. we built one like this before. worked out real well. i will take 200.00 for it. (770) 740-1532 ( this is an older late model chassis)

neil rucker
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 181
posted April 02, 2003 09:34 PM
i also have a seat you can use. i will give it to you if you buy the cage. what else do you need?

Brad4ord2
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted April 04, 2003 09:10 AM
we found a cage its ready to go in how much will you sell the seat for we also need gauges ...

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