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jay116
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 428
posted July 01, 2003 11:08 PM  
Impalas are big cars, are you running a bomber class? If your planning on running street stocks you might consider something smaller such as a Camaro,Nova or a GM metric. Eddie

teamstertom
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted July 02, 2003 05:56 PM  
What year Impala?
Everyone has an idea of what works and doesn't work,but let me say this....everyone that reads and posts here on thedirtforum can tell stories about race cars at their track that are the strangest race car they have ever seen,but the car works. Racing has been a science of working the best combo of parts together and having a bullet proof and winning machine.
I have run 71 thru 76 Impalas ans 73 thru 77 Montes for years and had great success with those cars. The newer metric Caprices and Montes are very good units to race.
Any car can be a good race car with hard work and lots of time,sometimes money does help.
Heck....even a Ford can win a race or two!

jay116
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 428
posted July 02, 2003 06:40 PM  
Is it a front wheel drive car? I have seen impalas work well for race cars. I raced against one that had been my old street car. I am not sure about a Riv, I have only seen a skylark used as a street stock

jay116
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 428
posted July 03, 2003 04:35 PM  
Jay,
If the front end geometry is like my 77 Impala, I can tell you that it not bad--at least for a metric. Also, if you run a rough track, it doesn't seem to upset the handling as bad as the "little" camaros. (due to wheelbase and width) Problem with mine is its like a loaded barge. If I built one from scratch now, I think I could make it really fast. It's not bad the way it is for our rules, but I am over the min. wt. with no ballast!
I don't know that I would shorten it--depending on your situation--long cars are hard to pass when they are sideways on a tight track! Ha! I did shorten the behind the axle length on mine to keep em' off my big quarter panels.
One other good thing about them--easy to find parts. Not many salvage hounds after those babies!
Good luck!


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