Visit The Dirt Forum for More Information

Author Topic:   What is the best Metric car to build?
Speed Racer X
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 115
posted July 02, 2003 06:04 PM  
We are thinking about starting next years car. We are planning on a 1978 to 1988 Monte Carlo type chassis. Is any one year better than another? Is a Chevy, Pontiac, Buick, or Olds better. What is a reasonable weight for these type cars, (must have stock core support, floorboard and trunk floor) Also would anyone care to share any tricks for the rear supension (control arm mounting points, control arm lenght and angle ect.) and the front supension (A arms and mounting points, different spindles, ect.) The car will run on a fast 3/8 banked clay track on DOT tires. Thanks

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted July 02, 2003 11:37 PM  
I believe all metrics are the same.Ours is a Pontiac Grand Prix,we built it off the specs of a buddy who has a Buick Reagal.I think the Monte Carlo and the Olds Cutlass all are idencal.They are all coil spring suspicion and I believe disc brakes on the front and drum on the back.They all run have diffrent rear gears on a 10 bolt rear-end.All these cars are full frame and not unibodies

rico 08
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1139
posted July 03, 2003 08:17 AM  
Some of the 78' model cars have aluminum hoods,they are mistaken that the whole car is lighter it's not just the hood.

istock59
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 501
posted July 03, 2003 09:50 AM  
Didn't some metrics come with aluminum rear brake drums too?

DMS CEO
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 284
posted July 03, 2003 09:56 AM  
85 and 86 monte ss have aluminum hoods and decklids, if they are in good shape you can use the nose piece over again.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted July 03, 2003 02:42 PM  
The sportier models in 78-79 had aluminum trunklids, ls models and the like had steel ones. Those years had smaller bodies though, i have one i consider built heavy cagewise, but i'm only 3000 lbs....

redneck bubbas racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 283
posted July 06, 2003 10:25 PM  
The malibu actually is a lighter car. The front frame horns are just a couple of inches shorter.

Back to the Archives