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Author Topic:   Late on this, looking for bomber/ss type for sale
harome1xc
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted April 18, 2005 06:21 PM  
Looking for something for a first season, doesnt have to be pretty but looking for something turn key that in the $500-$1200 range and can be used in the lower type divisions- bomber/hobby stock/street stock.

I do know im late in the season. If anyone knows someone a car for sale I can be contacted at montessowner@yahoo.com. Thanks.
-Ryan

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted April 18, 2005 08:02 PM  
Thanks for the advice. Part of the problem is that I am so late in the season, I really can't be competative. Because of this, I am looking for something as cheap as possible that is less competative. I have no problem with something that has very little race type modifications that are associated with going fast. Just something that is, or is close to turn key.

-Ryan

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted April 19, 2005 06:39 PM  
Ok, I see from the 4000+ post you probably know a thing or two. I should probably slow down and take my time, and maybe spend a few more bucks. Although, it really seems like I am late and many of the "good deals" have passed.

What should I be looking to spend on a decent car of this type? Is $1000-$2000 a good price range- I do understand there is more to a car than its price tag.

Posting on the dirt forum, I am somewhat embarassed to say, but depending on what comes along I am willing to run pavement too. Is this 180* difference from most of the cars for sale here? I guess to ask, at that level are the cars very different? Are there any pavement people on this forum? Pardon the "newbie" type questions. Thanks for the advice.

-Ryan

wetwolfone
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted April 20, 2005 05:50 AM  
Where you located?

merlinmech2
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted April 20, 2005 05:54 AM  
Ya mite wanto start by going to a track that you want to race and getting on a pit crew in the class you want to race. Once you get to know some of the racers, you'll find a car. And after working on a crew for a year, you'll know what you need to be competitive. You'll save a LOT of money. Patience is a good thing on and off the track.

DirtMirt
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted April 20, 2005 11:02 AM  
Check your local boneyards for 80's style, monte, regal,cutlas,grand prix. you want full frame car it will last longer. most came with 305's with 200 metric. you can race with that and set up suspension to fit your driving style while you find 350 turbo trans and build a good 5.7 engine. try to find 85-87 monte ss, they came with 373 posi rears that will save you time and $ in the long run. make sure you put in good roll cage and weld to frame, not floor! racing seat and 5 point harness also worth the money. Check out Sunday paper also, you be surprise what you can find.
Good luck, step on the gas turn left and don't hit any walls!

harome1xc
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted April 20, 2005 12:02 PM  
Located in the midwest. Thanks for the advice Merlin- I actually worked with a team a little bit last year at the same track I will be racing at. I believe they are keeping an eye out for any "smokin'" deals.

However, being a little late in the game, they didn't know of anything for sale. So that is why I came to this network of people, to look for a car and also unexpectedly to learn from people with years of experience- patience being one point already stressed. Thanks for the advice.

-Ryan

MetricMonte
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted April 20, 2005 12:09 PM  
I'll agree with some of the above that you arent all that late and you are going to have to spend some more money to be in something decent safety wise. Look on Ebay, I have seen a few cars listed on there from time to time, maybe find one in your area.

k2dirtnut
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 33
posted April 20, 2005 05:09 PM  
what part of the mid-west i can probably help you out

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted April 20, 2005 05:43 PM  
I don't have a car for sale, but being a second year dirt tracker, I have a couple of thoughts...

What work can you do? Engine? Welding? Body? Suspension? I can't weld so I bought a used car with a good cage and a ****py 305 - minimizes the number of favors needed from friends who can weld. I can rebuild Camaro front ends in my sleep now... and I bought a used 350 to drop in once I blew up the 305.

oh, and you're gonna break stuff. Lots of stuff. I'm trying not to break the same part twice.

Stick with the basics - don't worry about fancy shocks until you know the shock mounts aren't rusted all to heck like mine were.

I'll be happy once I can get the stupid transmission to stop leaking... (pan, dipstick, cooler lines....)

Ray


MetricMonte
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted April 21, 2005 05:18 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by rollingviolation:

I'll be happy once I can get the stupid transmission to stop leaking... (pan, dipstick, cooler lines....)

Ray


On a side note, mine leaks like crazy too. I have 2 little puddles everywhere I go...not leaking that much so I'm not worried about it.


rico 08
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1139
posted April 21, 2005 05:58 AM  
It can be done,i use a 350 turbo in low and a 2.41 gear(very common)6.07 total gear,i built my car for $3000,most of the things that make it a race car take sweat equity more than dollars so if you are able and willing you can be competitive.

harome1xc
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted April 22, 2005 12:25 PM  
K2, located in Indiana right now but will be in Michigan over the summer but am willing to haul something from anywhere in the midwest. I have herd time and time again that building a car for a first season is not the best way to go.

Thanks 17j, I will probably stay away from any really beat up/unsafe stuff. At this point, for a first season, I think it is best to find something in decent shape that I can work with. It doesn't have to be pretty.

-Ryan

harome1xc
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted April 22, 2005 12:27 PM  
I didnt mention, if anyone knows of anything in the lower divisions bomber/street/hobby stock in the 1-2K price range, I am all ears.

-Ryan

magician227
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 55
posted April 22, 2005 05:15 PM  
Keep looking. I am in SW Missouri and I picked up a ready to race bomber for 1000 dollars last year. Wasnt the fastest or the prettiest car on the track, but I was racing. Be warned though, I have probably sunk at least another 1500 in the car since, and then got put in the wall and totaled. Looking at at least a grand in the new car with alot of swapping between the two. I found my car by going to the track every weekend and asking around. They are there, just keep looking.

DirtFreak08
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 77
posted April 24, 2005 10:18 PM  
Harome1xc, check your pm's

harome1xc
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 52
posted April 25, 2005 08:37 PM  
Thanks a lot DirtFreak, if nothing else, the advice is always appreciated.

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