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merf23
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted September 02, 2005 07:49 AM  
Will 13 x 10 wheels fit on a metric (obviously with the right bolt pattern). Id like about 8" of backspace, but would be OK. I know some came with 14" wheels. Concerned about caliper/balljoint clearance We are thinking of putting an import car on a shortened metric chassis for a competition and we need small diameter tires (20" OD). We have a body sitting around and tons of metric parts...mix in some beer and late nites....
thanks
Sean

Normal Sullivan
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 39
posted September 02, 2005 06:18 PM  
No reason it won't work. What kind of import? How much beer?

racer17j
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Total posts: 5390
posted September 02, 2005 08:09 PM  
The import is a mini cooper...the original one, no tthe new one. They came with 10" wheels, 19" diameter tires. I was hoping to use 13x10 with some midget/sprint car tires which are 20" diameter. We have molds for SCCA type fender flares which will widen the car about 6" on each side, but are intended for the 13" set up. I dont think 15" tires come that small (?)
I was going to have the wheels made by diamond or someone.

I am definately using the metric chassis, but maybe some other spindles would allow me to use the small wheels. What do Monzas come with? I think they are able to take small wheels. Will they fit a metric.

Hoe much beer? whatever it takes...
(acutally, i dont remember the last time i had a beer...too busy)

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted September 03, 2005 07:02 AM  
i believe corvairs came with 13inch 4-3/4 5 bolt pattern wheels factory, the monza spindles are for a modified strut system no diff the the 3rd gen camaro, you may wanna look at a chevette front end

merf23
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Total posts: 23
posted September 03, 2005 10:42 AM  
THe contest involves a drag race (probably 1/8 mile or less) and a slalom. I hear that other competitors are putting hayabusa motorcycle type engines in their cars. They are also spending a lot!
We want to kick a$$ for less than $2000 if possible.
I need the suspension geometry to be decent for the slalom and good acceleration for the drag.

The plan is as follows:
metric chassis shortened to 80" wb, 3rd gen camaro rear suspension with custom center link to mount to crossmember, stock mini body with WIDE fender flares and fiberglass nose, 350 with circle track cam, power glide, torsen differential (have one). Id like to use stock metric front end with a 36mm swaybar and maybe tall ball joints (raise roll center for slalom) and of course racing springs to be determined. Probably use PRO shocks (have some). ID like to use the 13X10 wheels to keep it looking right, but hoosier makes a 15x9.5x22.5 inch tire which might be OK. ID rather use the 15" wheels than use 13" with short spindles, i think that would really screw up the marginal front geometry.

THe mini body is 55" at the rocker panels and the metric chassis is 54.5"...this is how the idea came about.
This is going to be a Monster Garage style project, not a show piece. If anyone is in eastern connecticut/western RI and would like to help, PM me.

I know this is a bit O/T but i appreciate the help (and part donations

Sean

Eljojo
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Total posts: 968
posted September 03, 2005 07:04 PM  
Just for a thought..Why not look into using a Camaro (or Nova) front subframe? The geometry is much better and connecting the rear frame section to it shouldn't be too difficult. I'm just throwing out ideas! I wish you the very best of luck on this project. I really enjoy seeing guys do stuff like this.
I'm planning to tackle a por-street minor this winter...I've been watching e-bay for a decent body, I'm planning on a Mustang II front end and jigging the chassis..Chevy power and a narrow 9 inch.

dirttracker98
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Total posts: 284
posted September 04, 2005 07:44 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by merf23:
THe contest involves a drag race (probably 1/8 mile or less) and a slalom. I hear that other competitors are putting hayabusa motorcycle type engines in their cars. They are also spending a lot!
We want to kick a$$ for less than $2000 if possible.
I need the suspension geometry to be decent for the slalom and good acceleration for the drag.

The plan is as follows:
metric chassis shortened to 80" wb, 3rd gen camaro rear suspension with custom center link to mount to crossmember, stock mini body with WIDE fender flares and fiberglass nose, 350 with circle track cam, power glide, torsen differential (have one). Id like to use stock metric front end with a 36mm swaybar and maybe tall ball joints (raise roll center for slalom) and of course racing springs to be determined. Probably use PRO shocks (have some). ID like to use the 13X10 wheels to keep it looking right, but hoosier makes a 15x9.5x22.5 inch tire which might be OK. ID rather use the 15" wheels than use 13" with short spindles, i think that would really screw up the marginal front geometry.

THe mini body is 55" at the rocker panels and the metric chassis is 54.5"...this is how the idea came about.
This is going to be a Monster Garage style project, not a show piece. If anyone is in eastern connecticut/western RI and would like to help, PM me.

I know this is a bit O/T but i appreciate the help (and part donations

Sean


would they let someone enter a '59 "bug~eye" Sprite with a 327 chevy engine in it in this contest?


merf23
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted September 04, 2005 03:27 PM  
Its actually for the Mini club's annual meet next july 4th, in MD i think...i think its only for MINIs.

My friend will bring the car (if we build it) and i might autocross it in the local club for fun. I have a legends car which is more priority, but its OK right now

    

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