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Author Topic:   Best Ford Chassis
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted November 04, 2004 11:20 PM  
What would the best Ford Chassis be for a 1/4 mile, flat track, running mainly Metrics and Novas? How much is the 302 stroker costing? Fresh to Fords, but the rules seem to favor them.

redneck racing
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posted November 05, 2004 12:41 AM  
I had a buddy who ran a Ford Granada I think it was early 80's but not sure it was the smaller one though. Eddie

Dirt Full Roller

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posted November 05, 2004 09:36 AM  
anyone know the wheel base on a granada?

redneck racing
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posted November 05, 2004 03:59 PM  
Id say 108 to 112 but im not sure will try to find out. Eddie

Dirt Freak

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posted November 06, 2004 12:53 PM  
they are 109 and 3/4

Special Ed
Dirt Full Roller

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posted November 07, 2004 07:46 AM  
I've not ever ran a Granada but I know some that have and they said the steering and front end were poor on them. If you don't have a wheel base rule I would go with a Fox chassis. Ours has done well for us.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted November 08, 2004 11:36 AM  
I've run a Granada the last two years and never had a problem with the front end, it's been strong. However, there is an issue with power steering. If your rules require stock power steering parts, the Granada is a poor choice. They come with power assist and they aren't very durable. I've actually ran it without the lines and pump and done well. They also are uni-body and leaf springs which may be an issue.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted November 17, 2004 07:16 PM  
The older Torinos really kick at our place. It's easy to change out gears with the 9" and I'm sure that halps. 351 Clevelands that make some serious torque.

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posted November 17, 2004 10:29 PM  
Iv run a torino the last two years and it handled very nice and I finished in the top ten both years.I run on a 1/4 mile track the only thing I did change wast the rear end gears,they started out a 276 but i went to a 325 and it made a world of differance.I also might say I ran a 351 Windsor wich did a very nice job!The front end never gave me any problems,the whole frame and body was very sturdy!!

Bullet Bob Bomber#51
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Dirt Newbie

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posted December 02, 2004 07:14 PM  
I run on a 1\4 mile track with a 82 crown vic 2 door. It has a 351 w 3speed manual and a 7.20 rear gear This car run real good.Ilike the 80,s full frame cars. I can run right up with the chevys, and they hate following the big Ford. I have 4 of the 2 door cars out back.

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posted December 15, 2004 12:11 PM  
I built a 74 ford torino for a friend and he never raced it. It is a full perimeter frame and has the wheel wells like a chevy that can be removed. It also has upper and lower a arms and almost everything like a chevy does. It looked to be a good car and just was built for a guy that ain't commited to racing.

Dirt Newbie

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posted January 04, 2005 08:47 PM  
I run a 86 ltd 2 door on a 1/4 mi. track and it runs pretty good. I like the full frame car. It holds up well to the abuse of a small track.

Dirt Roller

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posted January 05, 2005 04:03 PM  
I have ran a 71 Montego 2 door, same as 70 cougars and T-birds and had ok luck with it. The main problem with these older cars are that they are a rear steer car meaning all steering linkages are in the back of the front syspension, they are very prone to breaking and bending tie rods. The plus side to these are a solid full frame and the 9" rear end.
I currently use a 80's model LTD Crown Vic 2Door and love it. The 4 doors are the same chasis but different body. These cars have front steering like the chevy's, full frames and a 114" wheel base. These cars come with 8.8 rear ends, which with some work can be very good and easier to come by than the 9". If you get lucky one can find one with a factory limited slip rear end.
There also is the 80's mustangs, cougars, T-birds and Granada's. These cars are unibodies and have strut front ends. Most have an 8.8 rear end. Some newer cougars and T-birds have independent rear syspension.
My opion would be to stay away from the unibodies and strut front end cars, but what you do is your choice, Good Luck!

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posted January 05, 2005 05:07 PM  
A 71 Montego is not a frame car, it is a unibody...A 72 Montego is a frame car

Dirt Forum Racer

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posted January 10, 2005 08:52 PM  
Why not a Mark 7? I think that's the number. Junkyards are full of them. Most get junked due to the airbags - system going out, due to parts prices totalling the car. Just take out the bags and put your choice of springs in there. They make a nice looking car, thier full frame, and with a decklid change???

Unless someone else in the gallery had found flaws with this cars front suspension, I would recommend it for a Ford. Just make sure your track will allow it. Many tracks won't allow Lincolns because they don't want some 6000 pound 70's pimpmobile running around the track. This car would look great.
One more thing, I'd run a chevy instead though. Fords cost...

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