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1gr8da
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted September 14, 2005 12:23 PM  
Going to pick up a 75 Malibu that's already "setup" less engine. I don't know the history of the car however I can deal with that during the off season. My question is what engine to build. The local rules state total stock as well as 2 barrell carb. Stock engines include 350 400 and 454. Given the mandatory size of the carb what engine will maximize performance. Thanks for any and all help.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted September 14, 2005 04:10 PM  
Bone stock is bone stock, I would run the 350 because the 400 is hard to find, least out here it is. eddie

Eljojo
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 968
posted September 15, 2005 04:13 AM  
400 any day!

1gr8da
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted September 15, 2005 05:27 AM  
I access to a full repair facility (I manage a parts dept at a car dealership) as well as a machine shop. Given I'll be doing most of the labor my wife will allow about 2K for an engine. I will be running in the spring at Winchester Speedway, 3/8 mile clay with meduim banks. The car has a powerglide trans in it as well. Thanks!!!

wetwolfone
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted September 15, 2005 06:49 AM  
You don't need to stick $2k in a bomber motor. That's about what the whole car should cost you.


racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted September 15, 2005 04:17 PM  
My limit is for initial investment. I've never done this before. She understands there are going to be add ons which is why she doesn't want me to blow my load all up front. Should I be concerned with casting #s, and if so, are there particular blocks I should look for. Thanks again!

wetwolfone
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted September 16, 2005 07:07 AM  
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Originally posted by 1gr8da:
My limit is for initial investment. I've never done this before. She understands there are going to be add ons which is why she doesn't want me to blow my load all up front. Should I be concerned with casting #s, and if so, are there particular blocks I should look for. Thanks again!

Just don't tell her anything. It's for the best believe me.

J3
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 188
posted September 16, 2005 08:30 AM  
Get her involved as much as possible. If she likes it and gets into it, she will start pointing out things you need or should get to help you and then doesn't mind spending the money. Or so I hear from some people. Only if we could all be that lucky.

1gr8da
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted September 16, 2005 09:16 AM  
**** , she saw how excited I got on race nights, SHE suggested that I look into getting a car for the track. Anyways, if there is any advise on setups, gearing, common mishaps, engines, or anything else people can throw my way I would be greatful.
You all rock

Original Outlaw
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted September 16, 2005 06:33 PM  
Guess I'm one of the lucky ones 'cause my wife backs me 100%. In fact, she is the reason I'm building my/our car. She is always looking for parts to go on the car and she goes to the track with me all the time... Yep. I'm a lucky one!!!

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racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted September 16, 2005 07:56 PM  
best setup advice i can give you is do like most of us do spend long nites read'n this forum do searches not much we haven't covered on here

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