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Author Topic:   Buying Used
Dirt Newbie

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posted May 31, 2004 12:53 PM  
I am looking at buying a used street stock what should I be looking for to know i am getting a good car and not someones junk . Thanks.

Dirt Freak

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posted May 31, 2004 01:02 PM  
Look for repaired cage or frame. If it has been hit hard you will prob be able to see the repairs. The best way is to buy one at the track towards the end of the year. If you find one you like you can watch it run & buy it there ,that way lots of goodies don't come up missing when you pick it up.

redneck racing
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posted June 07, 2004 12:57 PM  
I agree with Okie look for bent sheet metal in the floor and firewall. Although I will say sometimes a good smack in the wall will help a car handle better. Eddie

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posted June 07, 2004 01:20 PM  
Definatley don't buy it if you can't see it run first. And I would seriously consider not buying it if you can't buy it "fresh" off the track. Any racer worth his salt will strip that bad boy of every good part he can and unload his junk on you.

This is against what the rest of the world will tell you, but I bought a used car and fought with it for 3 seasons before I finally built my own. If I had it to do again, I wouldn't have waisted time and money on the first used car.

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posted June 07, 2004 03:16 PM  
i would either buy a used street stock or build one, but be careful alot of guys will strip them and change shocks and springs and everyhting so that way you dont get thier magic set ups.

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posted June 07, 2004 04:50 PM  
I purhased a roller and changed all springs so I no what is in it. Also add all new shocks (blistein). Set the motor back, even with #1 to upper ball joint. Purchased a rebuilt trans and a used motor and a few new components. This seems to be the way to go. Had to move 1-bar in cage, (I'm big guy). Having the cage, fuel cell, shifter and other needed misc items really saved a lot of time and money. This deffenitly the way I would do it again.

Rad Racing 03
Dirt Roller

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posted June 08, 2004 12:55 AM  
I bought a used car last fall. It had a lot of good parts on it. Radiator, seat, cell, belts, extra wheels and tires, extra rearend gears, a couple of trannys, racing shocks, springs... After tearing the body off I realy got to see what I got. (which wasn't pretty). Frame rails were rusting out, or all bent up. Alot of cobbled up repair welds, bars added hear and there. It looked like this car had been passed around a few times. I had already planed on getting another car for a skin. The skin car I got ended up being the car I am running this year. I striped all the parts off the old car. Cut the cage out and cleaned up all the "history" on it. Then I spent the winter putting it all back together. I am glad I ended up going this route. I got alot of good parts from the old roller. I got a new frame and body from the skin car. I have spare parts for replacments. And I know every nut, bolt, and weld on my car. The only drawback I have had is getting it set up to handle right, but THANKS! to all these guys on "the dirt forum" I am learning alot and my car is handling much better. From my exp. unless you got more money than time, look for a good deal, and plan on doing some fix'in up.

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posted June 08, 2004 07:20 AM  
I agree with you guys and will compromise. The best thing to do might be to buy an existing car to get all the "bolt on" parts and than build / buy your own cage and frame from a new car. That way, you know you have a straight frame with a new body. When it comes to building a new car, the chassis is the most expensive single part, but it pales in comparison to the cost of all the "nickle and dime" parts.

I realize that if you did it this way you're throwing away the original set up of the car you bought, but chances are, unless you buy it from a friend, the car's set up is gone anyway. A seller is going to put whatever stuff didn't work for him and he doesn't need anymore on the car he's selling and svae the good stuff for the new car.


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