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speeronline
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Total posts: 102
posted December 19, 2004 06:39 PM  
Starting next season we are going to have mini modifieds running instead of mini "Stocks" and I am looking to tweak the poop out of the 83 celica that I have. I am running a 22re injected motor with a small upgraded cam and stock bottom end >> we have a 2000lb rule and I think that is going to be the only one that is enfored outside of safety rules. I am probably going to put an aluminum body on it and trying to figure out how to put weight jacks on (new to modifieds)
Any other suggestions are very welcome.
Thanks
Speeronline

Xtrem4U
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Total posts: 144
posted December 19, 2004 09:02 PM  
The power is going to be the head(mainly). Two good ways to go here. 1- get you a 20R head have it worked- get the big springs & cam & intake & big tube headers. 2- bit pricley- call Vanderly Racing, in Boluxy(however you spell that)Mississippi. They did all the head &intakes when Nascar Goody dash ran 4cly. His head & intake is about 14-1500.00. Bottom end, bore your block-3.700 (94mm), get a set of Wiseco ultra lite dome pistons(94mm). Put a 350holley on it. Body - cut the roof off & replace with alum. sheet. Doors alum. sheet. Frt fenders & rear quarters, cut them & leave jus enough to rivet or sheet metal screws alum. sheet to them. That should put you about 1850-1900 lbs without driver. Then if you need more horses--- you got ta "Stroke It"

rnoswal53
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Total posts: 120
posted December 24, 2004 11:56 PM  
Another great place to look is LC Engineering. They have just about anything you need and they usually give pretty good free advice if you call them. They are pricey, but with their stuff and my own I won 2 track championships and finished second twice with an 83 Celica. After gutting and not using any aluminum sides or top I got the car down to 1961 lbs without the fat driver...lol. We had a 2400 lb minimum and I sure hated to add all that weight.

The car is for sale though since they dropped the class. I hate that, but I have to race so I am moving to the modified class.

Good luck next year.

Russ

Xtrem4U
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Total posts: 144
posted December 25, 2004 05:36 AM  
rnoswal53- you forgot to tell us about your engine?

rnoswal53
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Total posts: 120
posted December 25, 2004 11:37 PM  
Well let's see. The engine is an early 22R block. It has a stock crank. I had a lightened crank, but some how I bent it where the flywheel bolts on so that is why the stock crank. ARP main studs. LC Engineering pro rods, balanced, polished and shot peened with ARP bolts. The pistons are Wiseco stock compression with dome. The head is a stage 5 from LC. 48 mm intakes and 40 mm exhaust. I had the head milled so that I had 63 cc combustion chambers, so the car currently has 14 to 1 compression. LC 1 5/8 equal length header with merge collector. 3 groove power pulley, I run power steering. Adjustable cam gear, .530 lift cam 264 duration at .050. I currently have a dual Dellorto carb set up. 40 mm carbs. I also have a Cannon and an Edelbrock intake for the 350 and 500 Holley, which I have both. A Griffen radiator, polyurethane engine mounts. A Gold Star mini clutch with the 5 speed tranny.
Out back is a 1980 Toyota Supra rear end with disc brakes. 50/50 race shocks in the rear and adjustable race springs up front.
There is still room for much more engine, the stoker 2.6 would be nice. The car weighed 1960 lbs complete without driver. It has been such a fun car to drive. I was the only Toyota at my track against all Fords. I won the Championship 2 years and came in second 2 years during the last 4 years.
I sure hate that they dropped our class and nothing else close by, so it will probably be modified time for next year. I have been racing Toyota mini stocks since 1991. Started with a Corolla and got several other guys going in racing. For some reason they all went Ford.....lol, go figure.
Sorry to ramble, but I really enjoyed the class and just when I got the car running pretty good........oh well. By the way, 4500 to 7800 rpms at my track.

Russ

[This message has been edited by rnoswal53 (edited December 26, 2004).]

Xtrem4U
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Total posts: 144
posted December 26, 2004 06:19 AM  
Wow- that is a nice set-up! Especially for only $2800.00 for the whole car. You got to have over, $6000.00 in the engine. I'll shop it around my area. Somebody has got to be looking for a bargin like this.

rnoswal53
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Total posts: 120
posted December 26, 2004 07:08 AM  
Thanks Xtrem4U. Like I said I really hate to get rid of it. If I never did, then I was going to stick the drive train under an 84 street Celica and have a little fun, but I could use the money to start building on a modified. It is neat how things work out and come back around to you sometimes.
One of the guys that had started racing after I got into it with my Corolla all those years ago, has actually dabbled into other areas. One of them is the IMCA class. He bought a roller, cheap, leaf spring rear suspension, but all it needs is the drive train. We looked around in his garage of stuff and found all the engine parts to make a really nice and strong 350. Also found a transmission and driveshaft. He is going to let me take it to my shop in the back of the house and put it together and race it! Super nice guy, with the option to buy it afterwards. He just wants to see it out there. He just bought a Winged Modified, so he has something to play with too. That is how and why I got into this forum. I have really gotten the bug to try this modified out, but everything about it is completely new to me. I am 51 and am hoping for many racing years ahead of me.

Thanks again
Russ

dhsrcjh
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 59
posted January 13, 2005 09:22 AM  
Love those Celicas.

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