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Author Topic:   Any Dodges here?
racerdave8
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted April 16, 2004 11:04 PM  
Hi folks, New guy here. I'm looking at running a fairly flat 3/8s dirt track in the Bomber class. I'm a MOPAR guy and was wondering if there are any Mopar freaks here so I can get some tips?

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cozmo
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 99
posted April 17, 2004 07:31 AM  
what mopar are you thinking of running? The front Torsion bar cars make it easy to set the ride heights.

racerdave8
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted April 17, 2004 08:41 AM  
I can run anything that has atleast 107 inches of wheelbase. This track is wide so I was considering a 70 Dart. I may want to run other tracks and they usually want atleast a 110 inch so I can also run a Duster,which is probably what I;ll look for. Then I must run a very limited motor:
9to1
370 ci max
holley 2 bbl
cast iron everthing
open rear end, no bigger that 4.10
8 inch tire.
When I put this all down on paper, I almost want to run a Ford. But have experience with the 318/360. Whatas your opinion?

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joetaylor
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 640
posted April 17, 2004 03:39 PM  
ford is a bad word @ our track they are easy to bet on...............LAST .........LOL
if that is your two choices go with the dudge

UNVRNO
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted April 17, 2004 04:23 PM  
duster,dart sport,demon are all 108 wheelbase.

71-76 scamp, and darts are 111.

these are A bodys and your only decent choices from what I understand.

youll want to buy 2 new 1.040 t bars. maybe put a ball joint in the front of the strut tube instead of the rubber gromets.
reinforce the front clip all you can within the rules, youll have to plate the ps mt. also the lower a arm mts are really weak.

a E body lf lower a arm is shorter than the A bodys which is helpfull to set your camber etc.

if you want racing shocks you can use camaro front shocks on the front just press out the t that comes in the bottom mt of the shock.

go to moparchat.com to meet some very very knowledgable mopar guys. they will set you completely straight so you dont waste any money on poor motors etc..

if you look thru the older topics youll find everything you need.

sandborn is a awesome source for motor info

340king, cageman will all help you.

racerdave8
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted April 17, 2004 08:22 PM  
Thanks for all the good stuff. I am torn between a 86 T bird with a 5.0, auto, 8.8 or building a A body, 318 stroker (?) on a 2 bbl? Both are light, and can be fast and can be adjusted easily. My head says Ferd, my heart says Mopar.

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racerdave8
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted April 17, 2004 08:25 PM  
UNVRNO, you know what track I'm talking bout' dont ya! Do you see any Dodges there??

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racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted April 17, 2004 11:47 PM  
G.M If you could make a mopar faster on the track, we would all have them.

UNVRNO
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted April 18, 2004 08:02 AM  
I have only seen one dodge on dirt ever, and it was the kind with the opposed sway bar type bars up front. that system is junk for the street, so I dont know why anyone would try it..

I did a lot of research on moparchat, and took down a lot of notes etc, because I was thinking of building a mopar. But I have way too many gm parts to consider the change. I still plan to build one in the future to prove it can be done..

If I was going to build a ford I would run a maverick or a granada period..

akadirtracer7
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted April 28, 2004 01:44 PM  
Hey racerdave don't be run off of running ford or mopar .If I wasn't running a ford I'd be running a dodge I work on to many gm cars and trucks every day of the week.I put a couple gms together for others and my ford didn't cost any more to build and runs alot faster.I've been told more than once that I have the fastest car on the track but am still learning the evasive set up That gives that winning edge.I won my heat and lead 17 of the feature last week til my tires gave out.The ford front end might be weaker but theres alot more I can do to modify it than Gm.Theres plenty of mid 70s peices laying around yet.Don't be discouraged by others that take a different road than you.I don't argue the ford--- chevy thing in the pits I just try to do it on the track.

racerdave8
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted April 29, 2004 08:48 PM  
I like the idea of running a Maverick, The big Fords like the galaxy came built like a real stock car: full frames, coilspring front and rear, long panhard bars, 9" They seem to be totally adjustable. Maybe I'll look for one of those old boats, then I'll have to build a big motor to haul it around the track!!

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MThershey
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted April 30, 2004 06:10 AM  
We have one Dodge on our track and two Fords, my Granada and a Gran Torino. The Dodge went through 3 trannys last year and both Fords are fast. I haven't got a clue what model the Dodge is, but it's also fast when the tranny's working.

beetle69
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 6
posted May 05, 2004 08:07 PM  
ive run dodge for 4 yeare ive had a aspen and now a diplomat havent lost a tranny yet it takes a little more to get them to wok but its worth it. if you stick to what you want to run then youve made the right choice dont build something you are not going to have fun in

racerdave8
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted May 06, 2004 08:09 AM  
Beetle, how did you get that diplomat to handle? Did you change the torsion bar up front? It looks incredibly weak, have you taken any hits yet on the front end? I have one of these cars in my yard that I could run, but it has a smogged out motor with all kinds of computers on it. In pure stock form I dont think it would work good. What do you say?

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