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Author Topic:   Setting up a ford for dirt track
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted November 15, 2004 03:29 PM  
im just starting out and i have a 72 ford torino. i have no idea what the springs are or what gears. i let my uncle race it and the car just pushes real bad in the turns and has some tire spin on the straight aways. we made spring spacers to raise the car up, and i guess it helped cause that was the best the car has done so far. and we un hooked the sway bar. we race on a 1/4 mile dirt track and its usually dry slick and gets real bumpy after the modifieds run.

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted November 15, 2004 05:34 PM  
I'm running a 72 torino chassis with
a BB in it. I have 1000lf 1300rf 300lr 300rr. Best thing you can do if they'll
let you is junk the body and throw a 80's
T-bird body on it we saved bout 200 lbs
time we got that boat body off it. Total weight with me 3250lbs. We also put three
batteries in it for ballast since our rules
don't allow us to add weight. We run on 1/2
mile paved med banked, and 3/8 mile dirt high banked. We pre-loaded the sway bar 3/4". Hope this helps

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted November 15, 2004 08:24 PM  
thanks for the reply. I dont know what a BB is, but i wrote down the spring ratings and i will find out what mine our and see how close they are to yours. I cant change the body it has to remain stock. We can add led to our cars but the car is so heavy now i haven't added any weight to it. My car has a 351 clev. in it with a 4 barrel. if i could find a two barrel intake and carb it would be street stock legal but right now i would have to run with the sportsman with mostly consist of latemodels. thanks again for the info. Anything on tire presure settings. our track is semi banked also.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted November 15, 2004 09:59 PM  
bb= Big Block. Run a adapter plate. 4 barrel to 2 barrel. You also have a big block.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 711
posted November 16, 2004 05:33 AM  
a 351c is not a big block

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted November 16, 2004 08:37 AM  
Your Torino is probably very nose heavy. Mine sure is. Have you gotten rid of everything you legally can up front? If you haven't had it on scales yet, I would try to find some. Try to get as much rear percentage as you can reasonably get on it. Also, don't be afraid to add weight if you need it. A heavier car that's properly balanced will be faster than a lighter one that's not.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted November 16, 2004 09:31 AM  
Oops sorry about that i thought it was. Guess i better stick to chevys lol.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted November 16, 2004 09:54 PM  
thanks everyone for the help and sharing info. i might have a guy that will skale it for me. My uncle hit the bumper over like 2 feet so we fixed it and added more bars so now its even more nose heavy.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted November 17, 2004 11:11 AM  
Don't beef up the front to much or you will bend the frame when you wreck it.I was running a 77 ltdII with a 347 best i could manage as far as rear weight was 49.7 % on the rear the car was just shy of 3300 lbs.It handled really good on a 9/16 high bank track.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 38
posted December 08, 2004 11:36 PM  
Set it up so it fits on the trailer really good thats were it will spend most of its time just kidding good luck

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted December 09, 2004 02:03 PM  
yea your right since im 16 and don't have a job thats what it is doing is sitting on the trailer


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