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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted April 18, 2005 02:04 PM  
well I went in search of a pure stock and came home with a street stock - this is my first time ever circle track racing and am learning a bunch from this board, I have a couple of questions that I havent been able to find in the archives so I'll ask them here:
the car is a 73-77 monte carlo, what advantages / disadvantage are inherent to this model?
should I use a rev limiter to prolong engine life? what I want is lots of seat time instead of rebuilding engine time...
If I use a crossover tube in the exhaust (I am thinking 2 1/4 exhaust) what diameter should the crossover be?

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted April 18, 2005 02:37 PM  
'nuther question, I need to rivet my doors in place, should I use aluminum or sheetmetal to overlap with? what gauge?

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted April 18, 2005 04:50 PM  
I would not use a rev limiter,someone else
might but i don't . I would run the same dia
on your cross-as your main exhaust.

As far as body panels I weld small metal tabs off the rear quarter and front fender
and carrige bolt the doors on.

Work on getting your weight set,a good set of legal tires for your track and seat time...

Good Luck

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 968
posted April 18, 2005 06:47 PM  
Those boats are terriffic stockers! They have a full frame and take a beating much better than the metrics and WAY better than the uni-bodies. The engine set back promotes rear percentages and the front geometry isn't bad at all.
I too do the "tab and bolt" to the door skins. I tried pop rivits, but, too often a hit in the door will remove the door from the car and thus the car from the race.
First thing I would do (in your shoes) is wash every inch of the car. I find things cleaning my car that I might have missed otherwise. Get a bucket of light color paint and paint the roll cage and undercarriage. Broken welds show up with light colors and hide under black or dark colors. Pull the wheels and check our the brakes and the bearings, check your fluids in the rear gear and trans. Put a wrench on every bolt and nut on the entire car. Give the seat belts a looking over and if they are more than 3 years old or look funky in ANY way, replace them. All in all get to know every inch of the car! Safety first, reliabity second, speed last! Then-take a little of that paint and put your name and your crew's names on the car and get out there and have a blast!!!! Keep in mind that you are doing this as a hobby ---- for fun...if you are afraid to get a dent, then you might have spent your money on the wrong type of car--it's not a show car! But beating out fenders and buying tires and having to have your crew as escorts to the concession stand isn't the way to go either! NO DEMO DERBY!
Good luck! (and SMART CHOICE on the car!)

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 29
posted April 19, 2005 08:07 AM  
I may overthink everything but, how many bolts to you use? what size do you use? do you use sheetmetal for the tabs or something heavier?
The previous owner went to a lighter spring on the pass. rear and now the caliper is hitting the frame, is it okay to clearance the frame alittle with a grinder?
If I use a "x" instead of a crossover, do I locate the front of the "x" where the crossover would be? thanks for all the help?


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