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dirt_mopar99
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posted May 23, 2005 09:31 PM  
I have run one going on 5 yrs. They are an extremely tough car. I would assume that you are running in a pure stock type class... The biggest drawback is the weight. The Mirada, Aspen platform is some lighter. My experience is the Aspen type front end works well on tacky track. On a more dry or a all out dry track the Cordoba is absolutely unbeatable! Mine dives bad on tack and it can be a handfull but if you play with wheel offsets it gets better. My vote is yes, the Cordoba with a 360 is a great racecar! ps. I did run a big block and had handling problems. On a 1/2 mile I think it would work ok but on the bull ring it makes the front end too heavy. However, for a racer on a budget a big block works well because they are TOUGH!!!!!!!

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tech355
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posted May 23, 2005 09:38 PM  
One of the loudest stock type cars(purestock) I have ever heard was a cardoba with headers and a 360.

hotrodenford
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posted May 24, 2005 10:51 AM  
to answer a prevous question...we run the alternator. I think the loss of hp is well worth not having to charge the battery and deal with low voltage issues.

now...a new question!

"What kind of carburators are you'all running?"

We ran a thurmoquad last year due to rules and had decent luck with it. This year I am running a holley 660 centersquirter because I know much more about them and our tec is not checking carbs. our engine is 360ci, 9.5/1, port matched, mopar roller cam, mopar dual plane manifold, stock 360 truck exhaust w/ 2-1/2" pipes.

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dirt_mopar99
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posted May 24, 2005 09:09 PM  
I run a holley 2865 2bbl. Found on 360 and 400 2 bbls. Works real well.

finally
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posted May 26, 2005 08:03 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by dirt_mopar99:
I haven't been running an alt. How many of you run one?

we run one but i'm thinking about dropping it. put the car on the scales for the first time last night. it was terrible:

left 52.4%
rear 47.1%
cross 55.0%
251 pounds of left rear bite
overall weight 3590 w/ driver

did a ton of work which unfortunately included adding about 175 lbs. and ended up with:
left 52.6%
rear 51.0%
cross 50.4%
113 pounds of left rear bite
overall weight 3755 w/ driver

i'm hoping these numbers will work. it's 1/2 mile medium bank with somewhat sweeping turns.

we have to have 3300 w/ driver after race. so now i've got to figure out where to lose some weight.

any weight watchers tips for the mirada?

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dirt_mopar99
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posted May 26, 2005 10:49 PM  
If you can run a 4412 I think I would...
See my post on Moparchat Finally. But the jist of it is get the weight off the front. All you can. You should be able to get 200 pounds off the car and I'd bet a lot of it can come off the front. If you can't find aluminum bumpers you can gut to a bare shell front and back. I saved a pile of weight this way on the Cordoba.

nonlabel
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posted May 29, 2005 10:47 PM  
We run a 71 Challenger 383 here in NM. We have run a 75 Fury with a 340, and won a race with it. Great to see some Mopar drivers here.

dirt_mopar99
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posted May 30, 2005 04:25 AM  
Are you running a pure stock type of rule? I used to run a big block.

nonlabel
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posted May 30, 2005 10:51 PM  
We are running a stock motor and suspension. We've taken a lot of weight off of the car, though. We are running a two barrel right now, as we don't have a good four barrel to put on it right now. Either could be considered "stock". Strangely, the car oversteers, while we expected it to understeer with all the weight in the back. Biggest problem is forward bite.

dirt_mopar99
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posted May 31, 2005 06:28 PM  
I run a super stock drag leaf, it has more leafs in the front to keep the rear end from wrapping up. That helped my foreward bite a ton.

dirt_mopar99
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posted May 31, 2005 06:30 PM  
I run a stock 2 bbl holley. I have run holley 4bbls a few years ago but I've had better luck with the 2 bbl. However, a well tuned Thermoquad might work. I've never had the paitence....

nonlabel
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posted May 31, 2005 06:58 PM  
We were thinking of trying the superstock springs, did you put them on both sides, or just the right?

dirt_mopar99
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posted June 01, 2005 06:25 AM  
I have them on both sides. We left the old top leaf in, removed the top leaf out of the SS springs and lined them up with the hole on the old spring.

dirt_mopar99
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posted June 01, 2005 06:26 AM  
One other thing, we dialed in the pinion angle when we put the springs in that helped quite a bit.

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finally
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posted June 03, 2005 07:26 AM  
wouldn't you know it...i've got the car all loaded up and ready to go racing tonight, and now a huge storm is rolling in...

if it weren't for bad luck, i'd have none at all...

hotrodenford
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posted June 03, 2005 03:00 PM  
Sorry about the weather...hope it passes! We have the total june glume going on here, but i think we are still gona race tomorrow night. Good luck!

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dirt_mopar99
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posted June 03, 2005 10:19 PM  
Fired the engine for the 1 st time tonight. Sounds great. Weather here couldn't be worse! Rained out for just about a month!

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t_train75
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posted June 04, 2005 05:50 PM  
Hey mopar 99 are you ready to go racing? What about your bro-in-law



dirt_mopar99
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posted June 04, 2005 10:17 PM  
Ran tonite in Greenbush, ran ok in heat but needed more pull, jetted up 2 sizes, re-timed it and it pulled well in the feature (started 7th row) just was getting going well and it started cutting out! I think it was vapor locking. 2Ez is in need of an engine otherwise he's ready too.

dirt_mopar99
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posted June 09, 2005 05:07 AM  
I am having a problem with cutting out in the corners. Any ideas?

hotrodenford
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posted June 09, 2005 09:40 AM  
Most likely your carb. If you 2brl not already a center hung float I would change it over. our side hung floats are really loading up the moter with gas. Get a longer vent tube or put an extention on it. Make shure that your float valve is the plastic/rubber one and not the steel one. Without seeing your carb I can't be very spacific.

We ran last saturday and had carb floding and low spark isues. We have got all that fixed and are racing again on this saturday.

"QUESTION:" Has anyone raced on new clay? Our track has brought in 56 truck loads of new clay, and I was wondering if this will make the track totaly different or should it be close to the same.

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dirt_mopar99
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posted June 10, 2005 11:27 PM  
Not much clay here..... gumbo or grease here. The carb I run is a square bowl holley found on 360 and 400 2 bbls in the 70's. I think it's a 2865?

dirt_mopar99
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posted June 19, 2005 10:03 PM  
Does anyone know how to run a stock electronic ignition without a ballast resistor?

Meauxvulution Mopars
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posted June 21, 2005 06:22 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by dirt_mopar99:
Just looking to see if there are any Mopar racers on here!

I am part of a pit crew for a young gal that is 17 years old who finished 5th in total track points for the year at ARK-LA-TEX Speedway in 2004. She is driving a Chrysler Cordoba in the Factory Stock Class with a 318.

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dirt_mopar99
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posted June 21, 2005 10:47 PM  
What rears and gears are you guys (and gals) running?

finally
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posted June 26, 2005 09:23 AM  
currently running the 8 3/4 with a 5.57 gear mated with the 727 tranny. that's on a half mile. everybody else on the track runs the ford 9 inch. i don't think we're too far off, but we're planning on going to a 9 inch for next season. next year, we're planning on running two tracks - the 1/2 and then a 3/8. right now we're a little low on gear at the 1/2 (most guys run 5.67 to 6.00). we'll definitely need the ability to change to a bigger gear for the 3/8 track.

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dirt_mopar99
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posted June 26, 2005 10:33 AM  
Are you running 2nd gear?

finally
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posted June 27, 2005 11:26 AM  
nope. run in 3rd once i get up to speed. since i'm still learning to drive, i'm not sure how many rpm's i'll need to be competitive on the 1/2 mile track, but it'll probably be somewhere around 6200-6500. i'm thinking about running in 2nd on the 3/8, but that might be a bit much. it'd be around 7.90 final ratio.

dirt_mopar99
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posted June 28, 2005 08:46 PM  
I run a 727 with a 2.71 or 78 rear gear. I just run first gear.

finally
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posted June 29, 2005 07:39 AM  
what motor do you run? what size track and typical rpms?

i think i've got the only automatic in my class. everybody keeps telling me to switch to a standard. have you been happy with yours?

dirt_mopar99
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posted June 29, 2005 09:59 PM  
I run a 360 with a 727, I have had good luck with the 727. I run big quarters or small 3/8 banked tracks. I typically run 6000 rpm.

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neil rucker
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posted June 30, 2005 07:29 PM  
7.90! you need about 6.00 to 6.20 on that 3/8ths mile.

finally
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posted July 15, 2005 07:14 AM  
how's everybody's season going?

so far i'm happy with my progress trying to learn how to drive. i've been getting a lot faster every week.

i'm starting wonder if i'm making a big mistake keeping the 8 3/4 inch rear end. i'm really getting outpulled on starts/restarts.

anyways...hope everyone's seasons are going well!

dirt_mopar99
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posted August 01, 2005 04:56 AM  
Having a tough year... My car is showing it's age

hotrodenford
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posted August 01, 2005 09:45 AM  
Bad, bad, bad, very bad. on saterday the 23rd
we got ran up the wall by another car. it drove the rf tire up through the fender and hood. the k-rail hit directly on the crossmember. bent ti real bad. the rf side of the car is up about 6" from normal. we havent finished dismanteling it yet so i don't know the full extent of the damage. we will probably be geting a new car for next year. hope you all have better luck than us!!

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hotrodenford
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posted August 01, 2005 09:46 AM  
double post

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dirt_mopar99
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posted August 01, 2005 09:20 PM  
Hasn't been that bad here, just can't seem to work the traffic.

finally
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posted August 02, 2005 02:30 PM  
of course the day I asked how everybody's season was going, mine went south in a hurry. after getting more comfortable in the car, i wrecked it pretty badly.

i was going almost full bore in a turn and hit a stopped car square in the middle of the radiator. we broke about everything i thought possible. jammed the tranny cooler half way through the radiator. in fact, i shattered the timing chain cover and broke two teeth off the cam gear. shoved the motor back about two inches nicely bending the motor mounts and shearing one of the tranny mid mounts.

the only good thing about it was that it didn't bend the front stub. we had been meaning to make some solid motor mounts, so i guess now is a good time to do it.

of course this happened when i'm too busy at work to devote a lot of time to the car. i'm hoping to get it back out for a few more races this season.

hotrodenford
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posted August 02, 2005 04:21 PM  
WOW! I think you worse off than we are. hope you get'er strait and running again.

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chrysler300le
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posted August 03, 2005 10:35 PM  
I'm going to be running a 81 Mirada next year in imca street stock class. Haven't made much progress on building the car yet. Going to use a 360. Debating on the manual or automatic transmission and leaning towards running 8 3/4 axle in second gear.

kgip2k
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posted August 04, 2005 02:30 PM  
Getting ready to build a pure stock 77 Volare... Any tips?

dirt_mopar99
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posted August 04, 2005 09:16 PM  
Remove the rubber k- frame isolators from the blots that bolt them on, use some kind of washer or metal tube to get the height real close to the height of those rubber biscuts. And definately tie the front and rear sub frames together and weld the cage to it.

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hotrodenford
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posted August 05, 2005 12:23 PM  
check out our carnage! http://www.geocities.com/hotrodinford/generalrace/23picspage.html
I would sugest (if oyur alowed) running front bars to the frame rails. otherwise your car might end up looking like ours.

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dirt_mopar99
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posted August 05, 2005 09:39 PM  
Looks real similar to an incident involving me in my Cordoba and a friend in his Mirada. I hope his will live! Mine was fine. Guess the extra #'s come in handy sometimes.

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chrysler300le
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posted August 06, 2005 06:40 AM  
Since some of you mentioned it. I do have a '79 Cordoba for parts. I could take the K frame and torsion bars out of it and put into my Mirada. Anyone have any tips about doing that? What other suspension and brake mods do you guys do. I'm new at this circle track thing.

dirt_mopar99
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posted August 06, 2005 01:05 PM  
I'm not sure how it's done, but it is supposed to be a real good setup.

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finally
Dirt Roller

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posted August 07, 2005 11:50 AM  

 
here's a couple of pics

finally
Dirt Roller

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posted August 07, 2005 11:52 AM  

 
well i guess on pic at time...

finally
Dirt Roller

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posted August 07, 2005 11:59 AM  

 
This is what it used to look like

chrysler300le
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posted August 07, 2005 02:21 PM  
Finally, I'm from an hour North of you. I've never been to Lakeside speedway. I'll be racing at Winston Speedway just north of Cameron.


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