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bank50
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted March 21, 2005 09:18 PM  
we run a ford thunderbird - 1977 Model. Looking to stiffen up the springs but they must be stock. Can anyone point us in the direction of what would fit on it - what truck springs might work?
thanks
any input at all will be appreciated.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted March 22, 2005 03:33 PM  
Hey Bank50,
What motor are you gonna run? I'm trying to use the 400 in my '77 TBird running through a C4 auto. I feel the 400 has potential to be a decent runner (especially for pulling around a heavy car) within a reasonable (for me that's -low-) budget. It's not -that- much heavier than a 351 and has pretty good stock heads. The '77 has a strong frame but it's a challenge getting front/rear weight %, she's pretty nose heavy. It's rear steer so setting the engine back is tough, and the 114 inch WB doesn't help much either. But even with all that, it's a blast to race.

Good racing.


bank50
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted March 23, 2005 06:15 PM  
we run a 351 windsor. were with you on a limited budget and we are fairly new to the sport and have a had a blast - we found this car cheap and had only 10,000 miles on the rebuild. we are trying to stiffin it up to get around the turns better - curious what spings you use - we are going to doctor up some racing shocks or cut off a 1/2 or one spring to stiffin up the existing ones. How do you strengthen up the horns on the frame?


akadirtracer7
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted March 26, 2005 06:26 AM  
I was running 77 ltd II should be about the same we had a 7" min frame height rule.Go get some 5 1/2 x 12" springs, had to put some spacers to get the ride height .I had 1100rf 1000lf with a 347 about 100 lbs less than your 351w worked good for me.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted March 26, 2005 07:54 AM  
you don't need to strengthen up a 77 t bird unless you want to hurt the other drivers. common misconception with new drivers build a tank and it will be a better car wrong answer building a tank puts you and the others you race with in danger if the car doesn't give your body does. i have alway been on a real tight budget too but i found that the one time purchase of springs and shocks cut my blown tire bill from a couple a month to 1 in 3 years and that one i hit a rut and broke the rotor before the tire went it also brought my average finish from 15th to 8th that right there paid for itself over 1/2 the season

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