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Author Topic:   I just got my first car...HELP!!!
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 169
posted March 23, 2003 08:22 PM  
I finally got my wife to let me get a car (FINALLY) and I got a deal on e-bay. I got an 84 Cutlass with a 307 for $75.00. I know the engine runs and tranny works since it drove up on my trailer. I got it home and ripped out the interior, but now I don't know what to do next. (pull the engine, start the body work, etc.) The tub looks good except for some surface rust, but the outside has some sheet metal work as a result of these PA winters.

I got a couple questions too. Since I have to run stock everything in the class I'm going to race in, can I make the carb work without the electronics hooked up? Since the max engine size allowed is 318, will I be able to bolt up a 350 easily in this thing when I change class, or is it going to be a problem. Where's kind (gauge) of sheet metal should I use for the body work?

Thanks for any help you all can give.


Donnie Ross
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 264
posted March 23, 2003 08:46 PM  
replace the carb and dist with older models for ease of tuning it will save a lot of headaches in the will run without the carb hooked up but it will run in what is called limp home mode(i.e dead rich on the main metering circuit also you will have no timing advance if this is new enough that all settings are in the ecm. pull the cap and see if it has advance wieghts if not you will have to set it at about 36 degrees as there will be no mechanical advance due to engine speed.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 192
posted March 29, 2003 03:13 AM  
283,302,305,307,327,350,and 400s all are fully inter changable. 400s require the 400 flexplate or flywheel. As to a starting point strip the car completely down, then start building up from the bottom. Get the cage in next. It makes it easier to put in with everything else out. Even in a pure stock class there are still cheap and non costly things to help the car out. Need any more me. Ben

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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted March 30, 2003 05:08 AM  
Hey just a suggestion: Don't put your "Door" bars, to the roll cage until you get "EVERYTHING" done on the inside of the car.Seat,gauges,shifter,any other bars that you want to add,first cause if you don't you'll be cussing every time you have to crawl over them.Yes a 350 will bolt up.Get your tran's rebuilt,have a shift kit put in it to make the tran's go into gear "Quicker".Your going to have to buy a Ford 9" rear end also.Those chevy rear ends break "to easy". If i could i'd show you how easy with some pic's.But i guess the best advise i could give would be save your money and buy the right stuff.And grow some more patients... It never goes together fast enough for a beginner. Good luck, and give that wife a big "KISS". Never Say Can't.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 570
posted March 31, 2003 12:31 PM  
Cool... Another racer is born. I like the idea of not putting on the door bars until the rest of the car is ready. Make sure you take everything off that the rules allow and get rid of all the weight that you can that is not against the rules and doesn't sacrafice safety. I also like the advice of having patience and taking your time, make sure you do it right the first time, or else you get to do it again. Use the best carb you can afford as this will help you on the track. After 23 years of racing, the best advice I can give is this, take your time, do it right the first time and when you do get on the track, you won't have anything to worry about except learning the driving stuff. Make sure you use the best safety equipment so you will always get to come home to your wife you lucky dude.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 169
posted April 02, 2003 08:47 PM  
Thanks for all the advice and help. Glad I found a place like this to get ideas.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 69
posted April 03, 2003 03:42 AM  
RMS: You'll be back.LOL

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