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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 73
posted October 29, 2002 11:25 PM
I am think of building a nova for 1/4 mile dirt track . Can anybody give me some help ? I would like to know how much they weigh ? and what rate springs that I should start with? the car has to be stock wheel base no weight jacks and stock mount shocks.

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted October 31, 2002 11:02 AM
My Nova is a 73 with a 78 Camaro front clip under it. Car weighs 2961 without me and 3131 with me so it is leaded to 3200. I run a 3/8 mile highbank dirt track. Springs are 900# rf 1000# lf 225#lr and 200#rr. I run jacking bolts in the front of it with tubular uppers. The shocks i believe are75 lf and a 76 rf. You can buy stock appearing racing coils 12 inches tall from speedway or the manufacturer of your choice along with stock mounting racing shocks.If you need more height out of your springs you can also get adjustable spring spacers that fit in the spring pocket. Hope this is of some help. Eddie

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted November 04, 2002 05:13 PM
i ran a 77 nova for 3 years and used the stock A-arms, spindles, I ran a 1400 rf, 1000 lf, and light rear stack leaf. I set it up setting wise like the car in steve smiths sreet stock book. I was one of the frist to run a nova much around here and now all the fast cars are nova's. They are easy to drive and if you hollow them out right they wiegh less than many metric cars.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 96
posted November 04, 2002 11:32 PM
I used to run a 76 Nova Hatchback, the front stub is a bit more heavy duty in front of control arm mounts, so it dont bend as easy as the Camero stubs, but can be interchanged if nessesary, also all front suspension parts are interchangable between the two. I completly striped all inner metal paneling down to firewall and floor pan, intalled cage and tied front stub and rear unibody together with square tubing and floor plates, relaced all ruber mounts and rubber suspension bushings with solid ones, got the flexi flyer leafs recommended by flexi but I dont remember the spring rates but when I ordered them i told the tech guy I thought the car would weigh between 2800 and 3200 pounds, used 2 inch lowering blocks in the rear, Put an 1100RF and a 900 on the LF. Finished car with me and 16 gallons of fuel weighed 2910. The car was really fast, tacky or dry slick. Won the championship 2 years in a row, then sold it. TO THIS DAY WISHED I'D NEVER SOLD IT.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted November 05, 2002 08:22 AM
When the guy runing second applied the chrome horn to my 76 Nova coming off turn four, the trip to the inside wall DEMOLISHED the rear frame and body. I deemed it unsalvagable and stripped it, hauling what was left off to the crusher. That was the absolute BEST car I've ever had. Thinking I'd never build another unibody, my next two cars were metrics. At present, there's a Camaro under construction in my shop for my 2003 season.

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