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Eljojo
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posted September 13, 2004 04:49 AM  
Ok, as per ya'lls suggestion I bought the Steve Smith book, "Building the Pro Stock/ Late Model Sportsman." That's not exactly the cat I am going to be allowed to run, but thanks for that advice anyway. I have to run more of a "tied together car" than a stock clip car.
Question # 1 is....How far back do you guys run the stock floor pan? This car is being built on a jig and I am planning to tie the front and rear clips together and then set the pan on that and install the cage, but I don't know where to cut the pan off the doner car. Around here it's a full field of metrics and there aren't any really well built Camaro's running. Thanks, Jon

GARYAL
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posted September 13, 2004 07:51 AM  
be carefull not to let the car flex when you cut it. and take your time that could be a tricky car to build but also could be wicked fast. my advice on the floor is cut off as much as possible. check what your rules allow. my rules say stock floor pan under the driver. so right behind my seat it is cut and my sheet metal firewall goes up from there. also if you can cut out the passenger side floor and fire wall. a thin layer of sheet aluminum is alot lighter than that heavy firewall and floor pan.

GARYAL
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posted September 13, 2004 07:52 AM  
be carefull not to let the car flex when you cut it. and take your time that could be a tricky car to build but also could be wicked fast. my advice on the floor is cut off as much as possible. check what your rules allow. my rules say stock floor pan under the driver. so right behind my seat it is cut and my sheet metal firewall goes up from there. also if you can cut out the passenger side floor and fire wall. a thin layer of sheet aluminum is alot lighter than that heavy firewall and floor pan.

Ego Racing
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posted September 13, 2004 12:39 PM  
If it is all metrics are you sure camaro's are allowed by the rules? Just had to ask. We had someone buy a car and we did a bunch of work on it and then he blamed us for ripping him off because he could't run it where he wants to race. We have several tracks around here and some allow them and some do not.
Next: Are you building a rear frame? The rear frame on a camaro is just a stamping of steel welded to the floorpan. If you try to remove it without cutting the floor pan to peices it will not be straight. We have made our own frame in the stock shape and cut up the stock steel and put it over it so it appered stock. Without doing that you have to weld the front sub frame to the floor pan with the frame connectors.

Eljojo
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posted September 13, 2004 06:35 PM  
One of our local machine shops does a good bit of some sort of "contract" fabrication which requires them to use a considerable amount of 3/32 plate. There's a great deal of scr@p left over and I am planning to fabricate a stock appearing rear frame section from that. I'm just planning to cut the original frame out from under the doner and use it to copy. That I can handle. Truth is: even though the Camaro is legal at most of the local tracks, there are quite a few in the Carolinas that don't allow them, I've got a pretty clean Nova body that I plan to hang on that chassis.
I ran with a bunch ov bad-fast Camaro's at Clayhill last fall. Most of those cars ran Batesville. It looked to me like the cut the floor about where the rear wheel wells are.
As far as getting rules from tech here....they all want to talk "metric!" LOL
(edited) I checked Batesvilles rules last night and they have to run the floorpan to the yoke.

[This message has been edited by Eljojo (edited September 14, 2004).]

Eljojo
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posted October 19, 2004 08:08 AM  
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