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bulldog00
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted January 04, 2002 06:28 PM
I have found a good deal on a chevette mini stock, has anyone here had any experience with these cars? If so, are they capable of running up front? Is there anything I should know about them?
Thanx,
Chris

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techmaster35
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 259
posted January 05, 2002 12:03 AM
do you run in the stock or modified class. is it manual or auto. 2.2L or 2.5L. if it is a 2.5 with a 4 speed it could make decent power. but it aint no 2.3L ford motor. the best motor you could transplant into it would be a GM QUAD4 motor it should be able to pass tech because it is a GM motor. but if you cant fool your tech inspector (im one of those mean guys) your best bet is to try to make the most power with what you got. but you will be under power because ford makes more hi-po stuff for there 4cyl. chevy could care less about there 4cyl. their motors are the 4.3 V6 and there V8s. i wish someone had a 6cyl ministock class. so you could race V6 cars like camaros and firebirds along with in-line 6s like the nissan Zs but you could also race mustangs but the nissans would have the advantage.

bulldog00
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted January 05, 2002 06:37 AM
The car will be run in the stock class. The car is a 2.5 with a 4 speed. I have heard alittle about chevy's 4cyl motors. But I have also heard about some legal ways to make them faster.
Thanx
Chris

techmaster35
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 259
posted January 05, 2002 08:50 AM
glad to be of some help. at my track 35 raceway, we run ministock 4cyl stocks and modifieds. you can get a list of the rules if you like at www.35raceway.com. you ought to come race with us. we are located in southeren ohio on route 35 exactly half way between chillicothe and washington court house. they are only two exits on 35 between the two towns. we are the second from washington court house and the first from chillicothe. you cant miss us we are right by the highway. try to make it some time. my name is logan stanforth and i am one of the tech inspectors.

hoosierdaddy
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 58
posted January 05, 2002 09:30 PM
a guy at our track ran a chevette mini stock. you could tell he pumped alot of money into to came in an enclosed trailer and had a nice paint scheme but really went slow. i cant tell you if it was driver or car but he never finished in the top ten.
if its a yellow and purple one thats the one im talking about.

fast phill
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted January 07, 2002 04:34 PM
i run a pontiac with the 2.5 in it dont let anyone fool you there are as many parts available for it as a ford you just need to now where to look.if it is a stock class put some 350 solid lifters they fit right in use some 350 ***** in studs in the head they also fit and stock type 350 rockers.this will put you on adjustable valves plus it will now turn 6500 to 7000 rpm but u better have good rod bolts that is the weakest link.pm me if you need any modified parts cams alum heads intakes used carillo h beam rods stroker cranks roller rockers or flywheels always good to see another gm.

chevette8
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted January 13, 2002 02:28 PM
chevette is what i race with the chevette block cant get alot of horse but it runs about 85mph on 3/8 mile dirt track

dirttracker98
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted January 22, 2002 06:48 AM
A lot of tracks have "Chevette"only classes.which is a good idea the ones that raced where we did did'nt do to good against the Fords,1 guy even put a 2300 Ford in his chevette,but still could'nt win any races.they went to a track that had a Chevette "only" class and cleaned house for 3 or 4 weeks till they had to raise the hood for a protest,and lost,they were told to load up and "get off the property and don't never come back",I don't think they race anymore>

dirttracker98
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted January 22, 2002 06:54 AM
Techmaster35,Na$car has a V6 class,it is the Goodys Dash Series,I don't think they have outlawed the 4 bangers yet,but most of them run the V6 now,the drawback is they don't run no dirt!!

wkramer
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 37
posted January 22, 2002 10:16 AM
a chevette runs at our track and he spanks the pinto/mustangs. i know he is running one of the old 4cyl. engines. it might be a marine engine. so if your rule allow it the car will run if you spend the time & $

dirttracker98
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted January 22, 2002 12:02 PM
The "Iron Duke" is an awsome engine,most places we race at,the rules don't allow the "cross-flo"head,and some require it to be "sleeved" down to 141C.I.,and 1 track does "pump" engines on a regular basis,they have a no tolerance rule in affect.

fast phill
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted January 22, 2002 06:51 PM
yhe goodys dash series is an excellent place to find quality used 2.5 parts.also look un the midget web sites classifides.u can get anything u need and the 2.5 can be made to run.pontiac does put a lot of r,d into the 4 cylinders most of the hipo parts came from pontiac motorsports i run a 3.25 stroker crank titanium rods and je pistons on a 4.030 bore bought it all used cheaper than u can build a ford.and there are strokes avaliable up to 4 inches and u can easily build a 400 horse power engine with over 200 c.i.d.

dirttracker98
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted January 27, 2002 06:15 AM
400HP + 4 cilinders + easily done + over 200C.I.=BIG $$$$$ BUCKS simple math!!

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fast phill
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted January 27, 2002 11:03 AM
big fords = big bucks to how much is a good crank for a ford esslinger adi cranks 1800 to 2000 can get any stroke gm crank for 950 made to your specs rods around same price pistons around the same also.how much is a esslinger head 1500 bare .i can get brand new brodix superduty heads for 600 bare there aluminum also do the math which is cheaper can u get 200 cid from a ford no.can u get a 4.00 inch stroke no.what abought a 4inch bore no plus there is no timing belt to strech no ignition boxes to fail and its my choice maby not yours but i have been beatten by some big dollar fords they will run to .

dirttracker98
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted January 27, 2002 02:56 PM
Fastphill, Well thankfully we race at a track that does'nt allow aluminum heads,so that eliminates a high priced Esslinger alum. head,I have $750.00 in a fully ported & polished head completely ready to bolt on and run.They also have the sence to not allow roller cams,so there is another big savings.We do use a good rotating assembly,about $1050.00,we have lost only 2 motors in the last 6 years,1 of them had been raced {with perodic freshining}5 years.We run for $500.00 to win the feature and $50.00 to start.Your engine would be at a distinct disadvantage here as the GM's must be sleeved down to the same size as the 2300's,141C.I.no more than .048 overbore,also there is no stroking allowed up or down,and no alky.I guess you mite call it a FORD track,but we would like to see some of those GM's come run with us,to see what they can do. Do you run in a pro4 class or a mini-stok class,weight rules etc.

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AJ GARBE70
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 200
posted January 27, 2002 09:49 PM
I dont see chevettes around hear race with the mini stock class they have there own class called chevettes i wouldent thinks they would keep up with the mustangs i am not trying to sound mean or anything but good luck if you can find some goodies to put in it then it might go kick ****

ford5
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted January 27, 2002 10:46 PM
awfully hard to get pushrod engine to perform like overhead cammers rpm wise anyhow........ just my two cents worth

fast phill
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted January 28, 2002 05:44 PM
we run a minie stock class 2300 pounds stock type clutch and pressure plates open motor rules.guys im not saying i have the best eng out there im just saying that the chevys are competeive.i donot run a chevette i run a pontiac sunbird older style .why dont you think a pushrod motor will run do the late models with 800 hp that turn 8000 9000 rpm have timing belts and over head cams.as with any eng valve spring choices are critical the chevy is a 350 cut in half .we dont have to buy long rods there 6 inches stock but i dont run stock i run jet titanum rods .i have lost some motors in the past there more fragile than a ford .but there still capable with our shorter stroke and bigger bore the engines are super responsive and very smoth.but as i said not putting the fords down there is some relly strong ones out there and some stronger than mine.

AWSOME4
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted January 28, 2002 06:19 PM
i can tell you about the superduty engines.we have a guy that runs one and he's bad fast.he's won the championship last season.and the bad thing is i heard is we will have 2 more racing this year.i'm on the fence on this one because i run a chevette with a 2300 ford so i'm buddy's with both makes.lol

awsome4

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dhsrcjh
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted January 30, 2002 03:04 AM
Don't forget the 2.3 Vega/Monza engine. I know they can be hard to find but they will run with a little work. Found a good source for some good parts for them. We still use it without steel sleeves.

snowman
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 140
posted January 31, 2002 01:35 AM
Hi guys, I usually don't read the mini-stock posts,couldn't tell you anything about the engines and didn't realize that there were Chevette only classes. The local tracks rarely have mini-stock races. So,I couldn't begin to say how Chevettes are doing at other tracks. When I saw the Chevette mini-stock question on "todays active topics",I thought that I should respond with what I do know about them............ A couple of years ago while traveling,I stopped in at a track up North,and seen a Chevette roll over,and it didn't take much to do it. OK, no big deal,I've seen every kind of race car on its top one time or another.......Another time while driving down the highway,a Chevette that was approaching me got a little squirilly,and ended up rolling off into the field.Fortunatly,no one was hurt..........Back before my wife and I married,She owned a Chevette.One night she went around a curve(probably too fast)and rolled it off the road,down the bank and into the creek.Broken sholder,stainless steel pins,the whole nine yards..........What are the odds of me seeing 3 of them roll over????? (Ok,I didn't actually see my wifes roll over,but I know it happened)....I think I've seen more of them upside down than right side up..............Is this just a fluke or what???????? Please understand, I don't want to offend any Chevette racers, I'm just bringing up something that is (at least in my peuney litte brain) a ligitimate safety concern......So,I ask you guys, Are these Chevettes roll over prone, or do you think I'm giving them an unwarrented bad rap ?????

boner
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted February 10, 2002 07:06 AM
You guys sure run a different set of rules than we do! four cyl class: motor had to come stock in that chassis. never saw an iron duke in a chevette up here! you want to run that motor, you need a monza/skyhawk or one of the newer front wheel drives.
As for engine mods, stock except for
plane head up to .100,
max .450 lift cam.
no fuel injection,
stock carb to the car, modified any way you want,
no more than 8" of rubber on the ground, steel wheels, no moving suspension under the car or motors in the chassis.
weight rule is 1 pound per cc(2.5l=2500 lb minimum)
That cam rule can give the pushrod guys an advantage! A friend of mine regularly smokes a lot of the mustang/pinto cars(not all) with a tempo!(2.5l cam in block motor). You can make anything run if you spend enough time(and sometimes money)getting it and yourself dialed in. championship the last two years wone by a 2.2 dodge in a front wheel drive! regular field of 35 cars,allmustang except for 1 rabbit, 2 dodges, one tempo, one chevette.

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