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Ford Motorsports
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted August 22, 2005 10:16 PM  
I just thought I would introduce myself to the forum. My name is James and I have been around racing off and on my whole life. My dad had us at the dirt track before I could even remember. Him and his buddy use to race Modifieds and Late Models in West Memphis Arkansas, that was back when Sammy Swindell was racing them, and a few other big name sprint car racers. Well we got away from it when I was about 5 years old because my dad got transfered to another Navy base. Well in the late 90s they reopened our local dirt track in Missouri. I help wrench/build a few cruiser cars, helped on a couple hobby stocks and turned some wrenches on quite a few demo cars. Well I then moved in 2002 to South Alabama. It kind of shook my life up a bit. At the time they didn't have a race track and as of 2004 they have one within a 10 minute drive from my house So, I hit the track for the first time the other night as a spectator, and I can't tell you how much I missed it.
I was a welder by trade for a few years and learned a lot in that field. I have always had a passion for Fords and all cars. I love my 78 Bronco, which I have owned since I was 15. It is a mudrunner, and is slowly getting restored. I also love to take my Mustang to the racetrack and let her rip down the 1/4 mile.
But on to the topic at hand. I am now thinking of putting together a car to run next season. I have connections in Missouri, but none here locally, mostly because in my old hometown is Randy's Racemart, and I have a really good friend that works in the fab shop. I know how to browse the internet and shop, so parts ought not be hard to get. I was thinking for my love of Fords that I just couldn't bring myself to roll with a non-ford product. So I was trying to figure out a decent car that would be comparable to the G-bodys. I had the thought of a Torino, LTD, Granada, or something of that nature. My question is there something that would be light enough to get around the track decent. The specs are a full frame car with a minimum of 107.5 or unibody with minimum of 109. That is what I am having a hard time with because the Granada and such are only 105 inches. Any help is appreciated.

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2003 Mustang GT (souped up)Loud Exhaust
1978 Ford Bronco 6"lift 36"Swampers, a few other parts with loud exhaust
1991 F150 302 AODE 90k original tow vehicle, mods include Loud exhaust
See a pattern here? LOL

Special Ed
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 63
posted August 23, 2005 03:35 PM  
Welcome to the forum. It is always nice to have another Ford racer around. I think your best bet will be the LTD. The Granada has a very poor font end under it. You will need to do some gutting to the LTD to get the wieght down, but the LTD does make a good car. I have raced LTDs the biggest part of the last 11 years and they are very durable. They have a 114 inch wheel base and I believe that is the same as the Torino. The main things I like better about the LTD over the Torino are the fact that the LTD is a front steer therefore making it much easier to put headers on and they are far more plentiful than the Torinos making them easier to get parts for. Hope this helps.

J3
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 188
posted August 23, 2005 04:00 PM  
I would also recommend the LTD. We have 3 of them racing. They are tuff cars. Put them on a diet though and make them loose some weight. Parts are easy to find.

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 316
posted August 23, 2005 06:15 PM  
Well as far as headers go we bought our second set from Summit racing and they fit fine. 140.00 So thats not the problem.The headers we bought were 1 5/8 tubes Hookers like 8.00 dallars shipping so no saving there. Front to rear steer i am not sure there on what i think. But any ford is a great car. Alot of work to know how to loose weight on these cars!!!!!!! You attack the rockers,roof panels,inner fenders ,bumpers,undercoating and anything with weight. Welcome to the forum a good place to learn from drivers on what you need to do without wasting more money. Ask ?s and all whys ask why and listen and you will learn alot. You can learn from any driver or car owner!!!!!!! Rather Ford or Chevy drivers. Set up is the key and rear weight and traction. Then you worry about motor and other things and then you hope you finish lol. Have fun and " GET ER DONE "

Fordracer06
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted August 23, 2005 08:35 PM  
I have run a LTD for the past five years and it is one tough car. It is a good car if you don't want to have to work on it after every little hit. I have also found that the front suspension is easier to work with than a GM version.(such as caster and camber settings.)Depending on your rules you can take some weight out fairly easily.

Ford Motorsports
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted August 24, 2005 01:20 AM  
I have been studying the rules and they are pretty tight. Looks like not much gutting can go on, but I am sure you can get by with some things. I just want to be able to go out and have a great time. I could see myself working on a Ford, but not going over to the darkside. I always thought if I couldn't run the ford I would be running a Dodge or a Plymouth.
I have did a little SCCA solo, and I know it isn't the same, but the right setup is a must. I know about working with tire pressures and springs from drag racing and such. I have been doing a whole lot of reading and soaking everything in. Thanks to all of you who stopped in to say HEY.

Ford Motorsports
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted August 24, 2005 01:26 AM  
Just thought I would hop in and post some pictures of my rides, even thought I don't have a dirt car.
The 03 Stang GT

The Tow Vehicle

and the Bronco

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2003 Mustang GT (souped up)Loud Exhaust
1978 Ford Bronco 6"lift 36"Swampers, a few other parts with loud exhaust
1991 F150 302 AODE 90k original tow vehicle, mods include Loud exhaust
See a pattern here? LOL

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johder
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 100
posted August 25, 2005 05:21 PM  
There is a guy at our track that runs a tbird...it looks around a 86-88...car is a top runner...he is the only ford guy at our track...and if he gets out of traffic and up front you wont come close to touching him.

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