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Author Topic:   OLD HARRIS
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted June 16, 2004 11:24 PM  
came across a heck of a deal on a harris chassis thats about 13 years old, been sitting a really long time and looks real real real good, and real straight. what do you guys think get it... or hold out till i can afford a new one??

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 236
posted June 17, 2004 07:33 AM  
The only thing you need to worry about is where has it been sitting? How much rust is inside of the chassis? The other thing is it might not be as light as a newer car. Just my thoughts.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 145
posted June 17, 2004 07:33 AM  
I have raced a 1992 Harris (12 yrs. old) for the past 2 seasons. First time ever racing. Bought it in surprisingly great shape as well about 2 years ago. I don't believe it was ever updated . . . all original. It was a 3-link with brake floaters. This year we got it hooked up very well, particularly on hard dry slick track. I could outrun the new chassis' with very experienced drivers in them.
The reason I'm speaking in past tense is because I wrecked it hard two weeks ago. I no longer have a 1992 Harris mod. It held up very well in the crash. If you need parts from the motor mounts on back, I'll basically give them to you.

I recommend the chassis highly. We were frustrated with it our first season but we didn't have the knowledge. I called Harris and they sent me a modified dirt set-up manual with our 3-link chassis suggestions contained in it. I recommend doing the same. It was a big help this season. I also suggest getting the chassis number off the frame (its in the cockpit) and calling Harris to see how old it actually is.

You can PM me with any other questions or concerns. We will be racing this weekend but in a different chassis. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Good luck.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 45
posted June 17, 2004 08:54 AM  
i think you should buy a older berger chassis , i heard you can really get those things working good,lol

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted June 17, 2004 09:23 AM  
the car is a 3 link that runs a 5th arm, and i did look at them number inside the cockpit, but i cant remimber it off hand, the car has actually been sitting inside a storage unit on jack stands. like i siad it looks real good for its age,, hang onto that berger car, i might need parts, lol

[This message has been edited by thebomb (edited June 17, 2004).]

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1172
posted June 17, 2004 09:36 AM  
A Harris that old may not have a serial # as they did not # them till about 90-91 and later. Most of the older Harris cars had short cages and wontm eet the current IMCA 12" min window opening rule and the only way to do it is to raise the cage.

if the car is in excellent shape I would buy it for parts and find a newer frame or get a new frame and most of the parts will interchange.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 145
posted June 17, 2004 09:22 PM  
Our old Harris had a little over 13 inches of opening for driver's window. It does sit quite low. The rear roll bar loop has an inch spacer welded on it for the roof to rest on. So, I'm sure this helped somewhat. We run same rules as IMCA and car passes inspection every time. If interested, I can email pics. Can't seem to attach them here?

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