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number49
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted January 14, 2003 07:44 PM  
I am going to put my son in a 15 and under class. Basic rules are 104" wheelbase & 4-banger. Pretty much stock everything. I am looking for a rearwheel drive with some stock horsepower and something I could actually find fairly easily. What would be a good starter?

techmaster35
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 265
posted January 14, 2003 08:30 PM  
nissan 240

buckseight
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 150
posted January 15, 2003 06:53 AM  
is that rear drive? if every one runs bone stock i will agree to the nissan ,we ran (and still have) a 200 sx and it runs REAL WELL if its stock to stock,but when they start modifing the nissan is just toooo expensive.just my .02 opinions are like you know what every bodys got one
buck.

2FAST4U
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 175
posted January 15, 2003 07:41 PM  
you cant beat the strut front end coil spring mustangs!

speeronline
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 102
posted January 15, 2003 09:24 PM  
I love my rear drive Celica! and I am itching to get it back on the track in Feb!... Just dusted it off today and starting to tweak on it...

KSGerry
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted January 16, 2003 09:17 AM  
For a first ride, I say buy a reputable car with a good history from someone in your area. It is not necessary to have the fastest most powerful car on the track for someone just starting their racing career. However safety and reliability is most important. Safety for obvious reasons and reliability to insure seat time not pit time.

Handling is the key to being consistent in a "stock" class. No one improves their driving skill (or has fun!) by fighting an ill-handling car. When your son is ready to move up, a well-built car will always retain it's value.

Just my thoughs...
Regards and good luck!
Gerry

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trey_#23
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 150
posted January 16, 2003 11:22 AM  
I agree with trey. Ford would be the way to go for a stock class. Stock parts are cheap.

number49
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted January 16, 2003 07:05 PM  
Thanx for the info.
Thanx for your input also Gerry but this will be my 10th year racing and I also started at the bottom and safety has always been my number one priority
I would like a car that will be a good handling car and be competitive for him to start with. It is no fun to go out and try to learn in something that is ill-handling and non-competitve. He's not the kind of kid that is going to go out and put it to the boards and total it in turn one his first lap.
I'll let you all know what I ended up with

trey_#23
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 150
posted January 16, 2003 08:09 PM  
You're welcome number49. Once I went out to your website I realized that you weren't the new guy at the track without a clue wanting his son to get start in racing.

With the money spent in mini-stock racing, you might want to go right to a full size V-8 street stock instead. There is much more in the way of reliable stock components and usually at a cheaper price. However, I realize that may not be an option with your son's age.

Regards,
Gerry

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number49
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted January 17, 2003 03:24 PM  
If I could go the v-8 way, I would. I have the chassis and spare parts now but they won't let a 14 year old do that class at any of the tracks around here.
Couple of years of this and then we can get to the stuff I already have. Still much cheaper than a go-cart.

[This message has been edited by number49 (edited January 17, 2003).]

Darcy
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 71
posted January 20, 2003 06:43 PM  
if you wont to win you have to run a FORD there is your answer.

regards Darcy

number49
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted January 21, 2003 07:00 PM  
We found an 89 Ford Mustang. We were looking for one of those 84s with turbo at 175 horsepower but time is getting short and there is a $500 claim and exchange rule so we can't be spending the big bucks for this class.
I'll be in touch with more questions. Thanx guys.

b4racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 626
posted January 21, 2003 08:41 PM  
remember that the hatch back mustang weighs about 200 # more than the fox body. Bobby

KSGerry
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 376
posted January 22, 2003 07:16 AM  
The turbo is rated at that h.p. with the turbo operational. Without the turbo, the 2.3 engine will only make about 100 h.p. You can use the engine but must change out the low compression turbo pistons and/or mill the head to boost compression. Some racers prefer to use the dished turbo pistons as they are forged and promote better flame travel and mill the head to bring up compression. Some racers change out the pistons AND mill the head too. Many different thought processes...
At $500.dollars for a claim, I would stay with a stock non-turbo engine or just mill the head whatever is cheaper.
Regards,
Gerry

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number49
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 21
posted January 22, 2003 08:36 PM  
Thank you for the info!!

hoosier_baby_3D
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 124
posted January 22, 2003 11:57 PM  
I think the mustang would be the best bet or maybe a ford pinto.

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bryanb30
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 243
posted February 18, 2003 08:43 PM  
what about the 73-78 mustang II, would it be a good choice they have leaf springs i think,,

creekracingirl33
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted February 18, 2003 09:31 PM  
hey "number49" where is he going to be racing at?

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