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shadowsarge
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posted August 04, 2004 02:36 PM  
I'm interested in getting into racing but unsure of what kind of car would be best. Some people swear by camaros others say monte carlos because of the coil springs. Any advice? This will be for the pure street class.

Not trying to sound too dumb but why are they called metrics? Havn't heard that term used around here.

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WesternAuto17
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posted August 04, 2004 03:36 PM  
I'm not going to get into singing the praises of the monte carlo (which is my preference), but keep this in mind - Camaros are getting harder and harder to find by the minute. The parts for those '70's Camaros are getting to be 30 years old. Metric cars are a dime a dozen.

marshalr
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posted August 04, 2004 04:21 PM  
I have to agree. I run a camaro, but i find it is more and more out of necessity - due to having come this far down the road.
It's hard to get a unibody car down to weight too. i bet i'm giving up 400 lbs to a metric car.
The only plus of the camaro is the leaf springs. If you'll work with them, learn about them, On a shiny dry slick track i think they are an advantage. But a lightweight metric car, adjusted right and driven properly will be hard to beat.
Parts availability is a little problem, however most things you need for racing can be bought, especially if you can run aftermarket or homemade tubular a - arms. Some places the metric cars are so picked over you have a better chance of finding camaro/nova/firebird stuff. The rest you can buy at auto parts stores or catalogs
If you have'nt got a camaro yet...i wouldn't.
Knowing what i know now... i'd go metric too.

juni
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posted August 04, 2004 06:54 PM  
I have built both and have won track championships with both . My driver that drives now started in a coil car and loved it, only drove a camaro 3 times and did'nt think he liked it . This year I built a nova he hated it at first practice . I worked on it and we won the first race out in it now have won 8 race so far and he is loving it . The leaf car is more work to build and get it rite but when you get it ,its fast . The coil is easyer to work with and a little cheaper to build and can be just as fast if you are aloud to work on the rear arm angles and bushings . So take a look at whats winning at your track and pick whats running up front.

Drogo99
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posted August 05, 2004 06:05 AM  
Metrics like western said are a dime a dozen. You are going to have to replace parts, and around here I can buy a running metric car @ the wrecker auctions for $75 and drive it home.

shadowsarge
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posted August 05, 2004 10:32 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by shadowsarge:
I'm interested in getting into racing but unsure of what kind of car would be best. Some people swear by camaros others say monte carlos because of the coil springs. Any advice? This will be for the pure street class.

Not trying to sound too dumb but why are they called metrics? Havn't heard that term used around here.

[This message has been edited by shadowsarge (edited August 05, 2004).]



Never mind, found the answer in the archives


tilley88
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posted August 05, 2004 02:56 PM  
Camaro, huh?

shadowsarge
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posted August 05, 2004 04:27 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by tilley88:
Camaro, huh?

I meant to the "metric car" part. And I havn't decided about what type of car, but I am leaning toward the monte carlo.

racenmotorsports
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posted August 05, 2004 04:46 PM  
how the heck do you find those wrecker auctions?

bobaluuu
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posted August 05, 2004 07:51 PM  
heck we dont even have to wait for an auction
there are so many in the wrecker yard they will back gate them anytime for 50 to 75 dollars

Drogo99
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posted August 06, 2004 07:45 AM  
Call some local wrecker companies......they are basically car that have been abandon for more than 90 days.

racenmotorsports
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posted August 06, 2004 02:12 PM  
OK that makes sense. I got mine that way on e-bay for $75.00

JohnG
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posted August 06, 2004 06:34 PM  
How light do you need my IMCA legal Nova weighs,2700 race ready minus driver. It has a steel scattershield, stock 89lb 3 spd saginaw 31 in radiator, 12 gallon cell, steel pedal assembly,etc.

we cant gut the roof, trunk, floor, firewall, trunk etc. stock oem door skins. I didnt even gut the front fenders at all. I also have a steel front bumper, plus 2 extra bars. A complete stock rear bumper assembly.

5 leaf multi leaf springs also.

it weighs 48 rear,51.5 left with no lead.

    

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