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Author Topic:   Where is the best place to get lead?
Dirt Roller

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posted October 27, 2004 12:04 PM  
I just bought my first car and it did not come with any lead. I am wondering where the best place to get lead is. I have a 80 monte, without having any idea what it weighs now, how much lead will I need? I believe I have to weigh 3200# after race. Also, I weigh about 250.



Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 112
posted October 27, 2004 02:42 PM  
How much lead your going to need depends on what your weight % are now what weight % your shooting for and how the car handles. how much the car is gutted will also have a lot to do with how much if it's not gutted that much then your proubably already over your minimum weight but if it's basically just skins then you'll be quite a bit underyou minimum. most people try to get lead from tire stores and melt it to make their own.

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted October 27, 2004 03:51 PM  
tire stores haveold wheel whights the canbemelted down you might need asmuch as 500 hard to say

if every thing is under control your not fast enough

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 127
posted October 27, 2004 04:27 PM  
around my area we use steel barbell wieghts just go to yard sales and flea markets we can use these as long as we use 1/2 inch #8 grade bolts and washers a week ago I got 250lbs of wieght for 10 bux and it came with a free bench lol set it out to the road put a free sign on it was gone before I got the wieghts unloaded from my truck just a suggestion

racing is way too cool gave up golf for it

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted October 28, 2004 06:12 AM  
Had the same problem this year, could not come up with lead.

I went to the local s**** metal yard and they sold me a sheet of lead that was removed from a x-ray room wall for $150. Took a sawzall and cut it into managable sized pieces. We had enough to add about 400 pounds to 2 cars. Cool thing about the sheet stuff is it was easy to place wherever you wanted and easy to move as needed. Molds nicely with an 8lb hammer.

GO 24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 366
posted October 28, 2004 10:30 AM  
I have 150lbs (3 different bars) 4 sale if anyone's interested. I'd take $20ea plus shipping. I'm in Central/Eastern Nebraska if anyone's close by????

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 237
posted October 28, 2004 11:14 AM  
like mr.teeshot i also use barbells ,one thing to add,in a pinch you can also buy them fairly cheap at walmart,or a used sporting goods,play it again sports.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 255
posted October 28, 2004 12:46 PM  
I have also seen alot of old heads bolted in the trunks of race cars.

I'm not sure what a head weigh's, but that would be cheap weight.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 127
posted October 28, 2004 03:19 PM  
a tech guy at 1 of the tracks I run at told me had a guy mount a spre tire in the trunk and the guy filled it with water because it was triple bolted w high grade bolts he let him run it lol

Dirt Freak

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posted October 28, 2004 05:39 PM  
Boy...I've been selling my 4x8 sheets too cheap. A SBC head without valves and springs will weigh around 40 pounds.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted October 29, 2004 10:31 AM  
we use old tractor weights they work great for getting close to your weight then we just need a little bit of lead in the car. The tractor weights come with holes in them so all you have to do is bolt them down. I got mine for free. so can't complain about the price.

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted October 29, 2004 10:48 AM  
The wierdest thing I've seen used in a stockcar for weight was an old section of railroad track. The guy had about a 4ft section bolted across the rear frame crossmember in a metric car.
That stuff is HEAVY.
I found myself wondering when the next train was coming thru and if there was gonna be news in the local paper the next day.... LOL!!


Dirt Forum Champ
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posted October 29, 2004 09:53 PM  
I used tractor weights and had a peice of railroad track also. Our min. weight was 4000 lbs. I ran a 70 chevelle and had probably 500 lbs of added weight. May have been more than that.

Eric Pattridge
Dirt Full Roller

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posted October 30, 2004 07:46 AM  
I also use the barbell weights. I bought a weight mount clamp off of EBAY to try it out. I'm sure you can get one from any circletrack supplier. It clamps to the roll cage and uses 1/2 bolt and washer to bolt the weight to the clamp. I'm going to get a few more clamps or make my own. Makes it easier to move weight around. I use the weights that have the smaller diameter hole, not the olympic size ones.

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posted November 02, 2004 07:40 AM  


Dirt Freak

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posted November 03, 2004 08:55 AM  
Probably pick a chick up in a bar.Oh does that say best place to get lead?Must have misread it!!!!LOL

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