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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 113
posted December 01, 2001 12:52 PM
Was wondering what the other Ford runners in this class were running. What chassis, motor combonation, wheel base, tires, etc....

I am running a 1984 Crown Vic chassis that was shortened to 108" w.b. (took 6" out) with a .030 over 351w with ported stock heads, intake and exhaust, stock AMC 3-speed manual trans. Running Afco springs with Bilestien shocks, feel good on the track. I an running Goodyear racing tires that the track sells, but this is not the only tire allowed. We are allowed to run Towel City retreads, the 8" or the new 9".

[This message has been edited by d4490 (edited December 01, 2001).]

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 35
posted December 02, 2001 09:50 AM
77 Cougar, 400 block .020 over,custom pistons 12.5 -1, 351c 2v heads, stock intake and 2bbl carb, headers, 3spd manual, 5.83 full spool, poly bushings, 1100# rf 900#lf, afco shocks,16 gal cell,11in hoosier d 35`s, autometer guages, and tractor trailer battery in left rear.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 43
posted December 02, 2001 10:38 AM
I am nearing completion of an 89 Ford Thunderbird,113" wb, now this is a unibody car but has been strengthened by connecting the front and rear stubs. 351W for under the hood, H.O cast stock heads from a pickup, looking for a good cast iron intake, no porting or polishing (does Ford make a good stock cast iron one?) and we are allowed to use 10" Hoosier racing tires...Dirt.

I have a question, this car has a Strut front end and I.R.S. rear, and if the competition is using spring rates of:
LF 1000
RF 1200
LR 250
RR 200 on a 3200lb car for a big fast 5/8 mile track , how will having an Independent Rear and Struts up front calculate into my spring rates?
Actually my biggest problem is determining the effective wheel/ball joint rate to complete this equation::
I have no clue where to get that number from??
I'd like to be close on set up to save a little $$.

Thanks, glad to see Fords out there, don't see too many in the stock classes.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 118
posted December 02, 2001 07:27 PM
ran a 1976 torino. Was a little too heavy though. For heads, you should try the gt-40p's availiable from speedway or late model explorers. These are the best ford heads you can buy that don't say SVO. I was looking for a good 351W intake manifold as well.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 108
posted December 02, 2001 08:52 PM
I have a mid 70s torino with a 351c that a friend of mine drives. Its original wheelbase but it handles great and the cleveland is awesome.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 298
posted December 03, 2001 07:30 AM
what do you guys have to run for carbs? there isn't alot of choice for windsor stock intakes out there can you run a spacer between carb and intake? i am a full fledged ford man 20 yrs buildin ford engines for various types of racing the street and hobby stock classes here are dominated by fords (my co. engines) i run 3-4 mods with fords we bleed ford blue here lol also have built my share of winnin chevy's. 3 yrs runnin trac champion was a 73 torino built by myself and friends 2 different drivers same car most wins also was always teched never failed , much to the dismay of others! drop me aline i will try to help

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