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Author Topic:   Question about '95 Howe car for Ltd Late Model Dirt
IL DirtFan
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted May 14, 2004 01:19 PM  
Hello,
A friend of mine is interested in purchasing a '95 Howe asphalt roller. Can this chassis also be set up for dirt in a limited late model class and be fairly competitive?. He's just starting out in racing. The dirt track is a 1/3 mi. and has about 22 degree banking.
Thanks,

jhon hollomon
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 468
posted May 14, 2004 02:00 PM  
What kind of rear suspention does the car have??

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Just a little crazy!!!!!!

IL DirtFan
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted May 15, 2004 10:14 AM  
Thanks for the reply. I think it's a 3 link rear suspension. I know it was originally purchased to run asphalt only, and it was raced locally (IL.& IN.) and in Artgo-Re/Max Challenge series races in 96-99. I'm going to try to find out more info on it.
Personally, i think he would be better off finding a used Dirt Late Model/Ltd Late Model roller.
IL DirtFan


berger
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted May 15, 2004 01:55 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by IL DirtFan:
Thanks for the reply. I think it's a 3 link rear suspension. I know it was originally purchased to run asphalt only, and it was raced locally (IL.& IN.) and in Artgo-Re/Max Challenge series races in 96-99. I'm going to try to find out more info on it.
Personally, i think he would be better off finding a used Dirt Late Model/Ltd Late Model roller.
IL DirtFan


What are the rules for the class he is going to race in? Are offset chassis cars allowed? Does it have to be a staight up chassis? How much does he have to weigh? These and many other questions will determine what type of car is best for his class! In our area we have a "sportsman" class that allows only straight up. 3000lb. cars. A asphalt chassis works very well in it!

GO 24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 366
posted May 19, 2004 09:12 AM  
Can you get pics of the bare frame? It can be done and I agree I'd check the rules---here's in Nebraska the offset chassis is fine.
I have a 99' Howe DIRT LATE MODEL bare frame 4-sale if anyone's interested!!!
Besides this 99 I also owned a 00 that I ran a full season last year on dirt, this was not a sportsman--it was a full frame late model, we finished 5th in points with alot of top 5's on a very tight 3/8" semi-bank. Both of these cars were setup as a 3 link but we changed the pull bar to a 5th arm which technically makes it a 2 link. The car had great rear percent, was always pretty neutral to drive, but lacked some side bite---we fixed that my using a straight/short panhard bar with 5-6" of rake.
Originally the cars came from HOWE as a bare frame & were sent to Precision Performance in Iowa City for "tweaking" so they work alittle better on dirt, which they did! Both of mine had a track championship in their careers along with quite a few wins. If you can get any pics I can try to help ya determine if their worth it or not.

IL DirtFan
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted May 19, 2004 06:18 PM  
Thanks everyone for all the opinions and suggestions. My friend was thinking of either running asphalt or dirt (we are both mainly dirt fans now). Turns out that the car would need quite a bit of work/changes to be legal in Ltd Late Models at the asphalt track, the other asphalt track does'nt even have Ltd Late Models anymore, which would limit us to one track only.
Most of the dirt tracks near us don't have Ltd Late Models anymore, it's either Street Stocks, UMP Mods, or UMP Late Models.
The guy selling the Howe car claimed he was planning to move it (about 75 miles away from us) for storage, (which i think he just wanted to make a quick sale on it).
I don't know if i can still get a pic of it.
I think we are going to look into a good used Street Stock for now, which would be practically legal with minor changes at about 5 dirt tracks that are within 100 miles from us. Maybe by the end of next year, if things go ok, we might jump to UMP Mods, or Late Models, Hopefully, LOL.

Thanks again everyone, this is a great forum!. IL DirtFan


zeroracing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1876
posted May 20, 2004 08:30 AM  
your best bet is to get a used dirt latemodel. it would be a ton of work to make it a good dirt car.

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