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spryte
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted October 20, 2003 11:01 PM  
I have just started tearing down a 1979 Pontiac Grand Prix to turn in to a bomber/hobby stock. I am looking for any help as to where to start (engine work, ect) and technical support(how to tell what the engine is, bore, ect) I have some hands on knowledge with tear down(for drag racing and stock rebiulding) I am also wondering how to find sponsors and racing advice. Thank you all in advance for any advice that you may be able to give

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ruggs66
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 193
posted October 20, 2003 11:31 PM  
it probably has the Pontiac 301 in it..... yuk...sell it or throw it away... it would be a big slug for a buildup.

It will have an "airgap" looking intake on it if its a pontiac engine.

What size engine do your rules allow you to use?

use the biggest engine you can run per your rules.

here is a link to chevy casting numbers: http://www.mortec.com/

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted October 20, 2003 11:38 PM  
This car will be raced on a tight 1/4 mile clay oval. The rules allow any size "stock" motor. Theoretically I could put a 502 in the car, but that is too much power for this track. When we start the 30 lap main, the track is wet and slimy, 10-12 laps in it tacks up and stays that way until about the 18th lap, and then promptly goes dry slick! As you can tell I need advice on suspension and tires as well Thanks in advance (again!)

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racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted October 21, 2003 12:17 AM  
Rick, There are lots of things we can try with that car. Getting the weight off the front end will be the most important. Since ballast isn't allowed, we have lots of tricks to getting things close, we will talk when (IF) you have me do your cage.

spryte
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted October 21, 2003 08:40 PM  
Thanks for the post, but this is Trina (the girlfriend & mechanic!!) I am very interested in getting any advice that I can. I am in the process of going over the rules. Maybe you could answer one question for me though?? How can I tell if the block is still good without being able to start it?? The intake manifold is missing and the valve covers have been off for about 2 years!!! I am pretty sure that it is a 350. I am told that it ran the "last time it was together" I am hoping to have the car ready and to you before Dec for the roll cage.

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Originally posted by URDUSTED:
Rick, There are lots of things we can try with that car. Getting the weight off the front end will be the most important. Since ballast isn't allowed, we have lots of tricks to getting things close, we will talk when (IF) you have me do your cage.


URDUSTED
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 43
posted October 21, 2003 10:19 PM  
There is no way with out taking it totally apart and having it inspected. Even what appears to be a good running motor may have problems. Just ask Drew. I have a running 350 pontiac that needs a cam, maybe we could horse trade. But preference is a 350 Chevy for that car and class.

spryte
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted October 22, 2003 08:01 PM  
Ur - I read the "How to build a Bomber" today and have a few questions I was hoping that you or Mrs Dusted could answer. First I am unsure about how to do a compression check(and the tools needed) Second Powerglide or Turbo? I am going to the junk yards to find a 350 ( I am more familiar with them). Are the two of you going to the banquet? If so can we pick your brains? Also I am wanting to put a second race seat in the car so that we can have a driver ride along sometimes. Will that affect the roll cage and how much? TIA

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URDUSTED
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 43
posted October 22, 2003 08:53 PM  
As always, I will get you real close with the set up for Rattlesnake, I do reserve the right not to give you all the secrets. As for the Second seat, never have put one in, but it requires 1 extra stick of roll cage tubing. Personal opinions are race cars are for competition not joy rides, but I understand many philosophies about have the second seat. More than welcome to pic her brain, but mine is kind of blank and suffers from lacko. lacko racin that is.

odb93
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 537
posted October 24, 2003 01:10 PM  
Just a little of advice on the second seat deal.....It will be fine when one is in it, but under speeding type conditions, if someone is there, the car will be completly different. You can't begin to image it what 200 lbs on the pass side will do to your set up.

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