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Author Topic:   Best 114" WB Ford
darton73
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted May 28, 2003 09:24 PM  
Hey Guys,

I'm new to the forum and just looking into building a bomber for the Bluegrass Speedway in Bardstown. Rules require a min. 114" wheelbase. What Ford models would you guys recommend that could still be found at a reasonable price? Also, any of you guys that race Bluegrass, what model/engine combos are winning there? Thanks

Brian Grossman

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1363
posted May 29, 2003 07:40 AM  
crown vic.

rico 08
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1139
posted May 29, 2003 04:40 PM  
What about a torino?Or is that more like 112,seems like the leafs would be nice to have.Starski and Hutch could handle the corners really well.

outlawstock17
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Total posts: 1363
posted May 29, 2003 06:29 PM  
yeah, the starsky and hutch torino has a 114" wheelbase, unless it is a 1972. then it is 112", but it is a rear steer design is prone to bending tie rod ends, uses a front sump oil pan which makes it difficult for much engine setback. i believe the crown vic front end geometry is better too.

the 72-up torinos have a 4 link coil spring suspension in the rear. rico, i think you're mistaking it for a 70-71 torino which is a unibody with leaf springs and 117" wheelbase.

[This message has been edited by outlawstock17 (edited May 29, 2003).]

alien
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted June 04, 2003 09:20 PM  
crown vic wider much better handling

odb93
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 537
posted June 05, 2003 07:25 AM  
Last years champ and this years points leader is selling his car.

I think he wants $4800 for it race ready minus seat.

If you are interested I will shoot him an email or give you his number.

hobby62
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 58
posted June 19, 2003 09:23 PM  
We ran a two man cruiser for 2 years. We were the first ones in our class to run a ford crown vic. It was a old police car and we ran stock springs. Lets just say that the next year there were 6 crown victoria's, and fewer and fewer gm's. Our car just handled so much better than the rest, even the torino's. Especaily when dry slick. We also ran a 302 to keep the weight down in the front, and added about 250 lbs to the rear. Our car always was in the top 5. The key is get a old cop car, they usaully have posi. and better suspension. Also usually high mileage so they are a dime a dozen. All the other converts said the ltds handle so much better than what they drove before. Since $'s is important ltd's and 302's are cheap. We ran a stock 302 out of a mustang the first year and did really well. Also the key to the right 302 is later than '85 , they have roller cams. This year we are running it hobby stock and doing surpringly well. It is a good leraning experince, they are pretty adjustable, and simple to work on.

hobby62
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 58
posted June 19, 2003 09:35 PM  
Hey also stay away from the AOD. We made that mistake we went to c-4 this year. Man what a differnce.

outlawstock17
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Total posts: 1363
posted June 19, 2003 10:21 PM  
yeah, the AOD and the C-6 are horsepower thieves.

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