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Author Topic:   1972 Pontiac Lemans
hobby39
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted September 03, 2001 11:34 AM
I was just givin a 1972 pontiac lemans and was wondering if anyone has ever ran one, and how they handle compared to metric cars? I run in a hobby class where the rules are no after market racing suspension parts. Are there OEM springs that would make the car handle better yhen the one's that came on the car from the factory? I have about 4 weeks left in the season and will start building this car then just trying to get some ideas before i start building. Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 213
posted September 03, 2001 01:00 PM
its the same frame as the chevelle 68-72. best frame used by most mod builders until recently when the supply has dried up. be sure to have spare suspension parts or readily available to you when you need them. the weight when gutted out and properly built will be close to a metric car.

duff53
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted September 05, 2001 06:20 AM
I race a 69 chevelle and its all stock except the front springs,but I raced it with the stock springs for a few years and it worked great.So I recommend just running the stock springs for awile,or you can get factory big block springs for the right front that will still be OEM. I've also had a metric malibu and my times are alot faster in my chevelle then the malibu was,and I think the chevelle handles better to, well in the northwest we still have alot of these cars around,i'm allways coming across them. good luck.

49mtmod
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted September 05, 2001 08:29 AM
I ran a '74 Lemans for a couple of years. It handled pretty good with the stock springs and suspension parts.

I would stay away from the Pontiac motors. Use a Chevy motor if the rules allow it.

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WesternAuto17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted September 05, 2001 03:01 PM
"Speedway Motors" catalog has a ton of "stock" springs in a variety of rates. I hope that le Mans is in pretty sorry shape, otherwise I'd think twice before cutting up a classic.

hobby39
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted September 06, 2001 07:27 PM
Thanks for the information I think were going to run the springs that are currently in the car for a while and see how they do. I have a chevy 350 and a turboglide that i'm currently running that will be put in the lemans. I thought the same way as westernauto17 I wanted to keep it for a street car untill i got a look at it the glass is busted so all the interior is completly destroyed and 3 of the 1/4 pannels are dented but not bad enough to prevent it from being used as a race car. again thanks for the info.

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WesternAuto17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted September 07, 2001 08:52 AM
I hope it works out for you, I'm a little gun shy about tearing up a car like that because I've got a '70 Chevelle street car. But, the ugliest street car can make a pretty awesome looking race car. From my experience with my street Chevelles, I'd be willing to bet that parts from Chevelles up to '77 would probably work on the le Mans. I had '70, '73 and '76 Malibu's and most of the parts interchanged.

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