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Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 95
posted February 27, 2001 09:26 PM
Hey guys, Im getting ready to build a new street stock. In the past I have always built metric frame cars with okay results. Our local track doesn't allow camaros in the street stock class however there are some tracks that have big money street stock events that do allow camaros.(usually you never even see a metric car in the big show) I am considering building a nova. I'm looking for some feedback here. How does the leaf rear end compare to the coil rears? Do you guys think I would be making a mistake by not going metric again? I would just like to have a good car to run locally and be able to take it to take it to a few of the big races. Let me know what you think.
p.s. If I do go with the nova, what years will work the best? thanks.

[This message has been edited by poboy2 (edited February 28, 2001).]

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 251
posted February 27, 2001 10:38 PM
I personally would go with the Nova. I have a Camaro stock car and wouldnt trade it for coil, ever. Our st stock class dont allow Camaro's, so 90 percent of them are Nova. However there are some metric's that put it on the nova's time to time.... Brace it up real good though. Connect the front stub to the rear unibody frame with square tubing. Cut away the rear trunk area, and plate and box the sheetmetal rear frame rails. Use lot's of X's and triangles and u should be good to go.........Just my opinion.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 103
posted February 27, 2001 10:49 PM
I have built and raced Camaro,s, Nova,s, and the Metric frame cars. I currently run the Metric frame. Personally, I rank these cars in this order- Metric, Nova, Camaro. I just started running the metric car middle of last season, but with the limited time in the car it was very good. I ran the Nova for 4 years and the camaro for two. Had the most handling problems with the Camaro. Leafs I think are more forgiving than coils, but coils are alot easier to adjust.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted February 28, 2001 12:52 PM
I have noticed here in the Miss. Delta that the coil car works great on a smooth track.The leaf cars seem to have a better advantage on the rougher tracks.The coil cars are most definetly easier to adjust.But if you can run after market leafs,there is a lot of spring options to help chassis tuning.The Nova's are really good cars after some major supporting,but they are really hard to find around here.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 26
posted April 01, 2001 12:39 AM
Hey gang, don't forget the Cadillac Seville, it is basically a Nova, only 5x5 bolt pattern and can be had with disk brakes. I would dare to say coil and leaf are very close, tonight for instance the nova won the hobby stock, and the old long monte's took 1st and second and dusted the nova's in the street stock. Two very similiar classes two completely different cars, and the track was on the verge on going bad dryslick.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted April 02, 2001 01:14 AM UIN: 54865418
i have ran a nova a couple of times and run a metric now had my hands full with the nova my freinds dad had run them in the past with alot of success but has now gone to a metric also he makes his kids run a nova they're first year in bommers he says if you can drive a nova you can drive anything lol the one major down fall with the nova is the weight difference compared to a metric.but if you do deside to go with a nova see if you can get away with putting a camaro stub on it and go with the 74-77 nova

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 95
posted April 02, 2001 06:03 PM
Thanks for everybodys input. After alot of thought, research, and talking with people. I have decided to stay with the metric. I'm going to try and build it basically IMCA style so that I can take it just about anywhere without having to worry about it being legal. Thanks again to everybody who took the time to post!

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 94
posted April 02, 2001 07:01 PM
poboy2 let me tell ya friend it dont really matter if you got your sh@# together you can win in any one of those three.heres my thoughts on them. a camaro has the lower roll center and most of your wieght is down low the car are still plentiful in the junk yards. the metric chassis cars are coil spring and if you know your suspionion do's and dont's you can take them anywhere and dial them in once you have a good baseline also can find body parts easy. coil spring cars are more adjustable leaf springs can run just about anywhere and you dont have to be a suspinion expert. camaros are awsome starter cars for new drivers with out alot of experiance of what makes a race car work. anyone that knows thier car and setup can win in any kind of car.

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