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chad01j
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posted August 31, 2003 05:04 PM  
im trying to convince my dad to build a caprice bomber for my mom instead of a monte carlo, because there were 20 caprices at the junk yard and 3 montes. he wants to know what the pontiac version of a caprice is, and if it was available with a 400. Or would he just be better off building a monte?

ruggs66
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posted August 31, 2003 06:31 PM  
what year caprice are you looking at running?

the pontiac bonneville is close to a caprice...

racer17j
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posted August 31, 2003 07:10 PM  
our bomber class wheelbase rule is 112. hobby is 110 and street stock 105. all bombers are montes and chevelles. hobbys are novas and streets are camaros, cant run metrics in hobbys. too bad cause there were about 40 of them at the junk yard today. 1/3 mile high bank track

racer17j
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posted August 31, 2003 11:58 PM  
i omly saw 4-door caprices at the junk yard. did they make 2-door ones, and is the wheelbase 112?

racer17j
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posted September 01, 2003 01:08 PM  
We are (and have for the last two seasons) running a 1979 2-door Caprice. They are longer and wider than the metric Monte Carlo, which make them a little easier to drive, but they are heavier.
We gutted ours "almost " to the max, but had to add about 200 lbs. to the rear to get the % up. With the driver in the seat, and a full tank (22 gallons) we weigh 3450. We are giving up 400 to 600 lbs on the metric cars at our track.
Our home track is a fast 3/8 moderately banked clay track, and I feel we do very well there. We also somtimes run a fairly tight 1/4 track that is usally WET. The Caprice has a tendacy to push badly there. It most likely is a set-up problem, but the Metric cars seem to have the advantage when the turns are tight, but the Caprice is hard to beat when the track is good up high.
On problem we have found with our car is the front of the frame does flex. I have been told the Pontiac Pariesan frame is better to build.
With that being said, we will soon start stripping the Caprice and tranfering the usable parts to a Metric Monte Carlo.



chad01j
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posted September 01, 2003 03:38 PM  
we wont be racing against metrics. itll be racing against the big montes and chevelles. is a caprice alot heavier than a big monte or chevelle? they only let you cut out inner doors for door bar clearance.

racer17j
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posted September 01, 2003 04:50 PM  
I have a pure stock big monte which is set up good and a metric monte chassis which will run even better and I dont know about yall but two door cutlass's and metric chassis are all over . Try iinnterchanging a small monte and buick regal . see what happens thats what my body is

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