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15a
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posted November 22, 2005 09:52 PM  
I race a Camaro here in California. In fact I'm building a second one right now. NOBODY here runs a metric car. Our tracks are not IMCA. However I am going to build an IMCA legal 1985 Buick Regal."Free-gutted" zero rust California Turbo Regal. I started by purchasing a 60" floater. Now I'm in the market for a cage kit. Being that it must be shipped to California, shipping costs are high. JR Motorsports, Sardeson and CSC all make nice kits, but the shiiping is almost half the cost of the kit. Speedway kit=free shipping. 2006 IMCA rules are not posted yet and they usually don't give you much building info. Now the questions:
1. Is the Speedway kit a good fit? Do the door bars contour to the door skins?
2. Can you set a Speedway kit back to the legal limits?
3. I would change the front hoop to 1.5" and use the 1.75 tubing in other areas.I would build the front more like a Jet Stock Car pictured in the Speedway catalog. What should I use to "x" the frame?
4. Can you plate or box the frame under the rocker panel area where the "x" attaches?
5. Build the cage with the floor pan and roof in place after I remove the body mounts?
6. How much of the trunk floor can you remove?
7. Where does the battery have to be?
Any suggestions you want to offer feel free. The whole idea of the project is to have something different and maybe race some Midwest tracks and Boone.

racer17j
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posted November 22, 2005 10:08 PM  
stock car products also have free shipping.

MetricMonte
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posted November 23, 2005 06:35 AM  
I am running a Speedway Kit and love it. Everything fits realy well and the door bars do contour the door skin very well. As far as I know I am the only Speedway cage at my track, I always have people tell me how good my cage looks, alot of that is because of the guy that done all the welding work etc..but still I would say its one of the top 3 best cages at my local track, which would be top 3 out of 45 cars. The person who put it together for me has been working with race car fab and stuff for a while and had never used a Speedway cage kit, now he has ordered one for himself. Cant go wrong with it IMO...

[This message has been edited by MetricMonte (edited November 23, 2005).]

15a
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posted November 23, 2005 10:18 AM  
The Regal will be an I-Stock. Glad to here the speedway kit contours to the door skins. I don't think the Stock Car Products kit does.
How far do the rules allow you to move the cage back? I can make the necessary cahanges to any companies kit as I have a tubing bender. Just looking at a kit to save time and cost of materials.
Battery has to be in the trunk in a box? What battery mount box do any of you recommend?

15a
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posted November 23, 2005 10:20 AM  
Sorry for the spelling errors, my typing skills aren't the greatest. How do you edit your post for errors?

sideways
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posted November 23, 2005 01:30 PM  
In the your post next to the date the "button"with the pen and paper is the edit/delete button.
quote:
Originally posted by 15a:
Sorry for the spelling errors, my typing skills aren't the greatest. How do you edit your post for errors?


15a
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posted November 23, 2005 01:38 PM  
Thank you-I can now edit my mistakes.

racer17j
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posted November 23, 2005 10:14 PM  
batt box.

buy a marine box

make a angle iron frame to fit around the bottom

cut a 2 inch wide 1\8 thick strap to go accrross the top of the battery itself.

run two 3\8 allthread rods down the side of the battery outside the plastic box and weld them to the angle frame. bolt the flat plate accross the battery with the rods.

put the marine top on with a bungee or strap so its accesible.

the mount they sell wont fit a marine box in it.

I can take a pic if wanted and post it. no biggie.

wrenchturner10
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posted November 25, 2005 12:28 PM  
We also run a speedway rollcage kit and love it. It was easy to install,strong, and you can easly fit addaptions as needed. Take the roof of to install the cage, it is a lot easer to fit that way. We use 2x2x0.083 box tubing in the frame to strengthen it and 1.5x0.083 tubing for the "X". This is in a metric car. The front hoop and the main cage uprights are long so you can set it back, but I don't know exactly how far.

Elmo
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posted November 25, 2005 04:55 PM  
Hey, don't forget. If you can't gut the body, use it's strength to your advantage. Cut some tubing the same height of the body mounts and weld the body to the frame with them. Your car will be much stronger this way.

15a
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posted November 26, 2005 04:07 PM  
Thanks for the suggestions so far. Anyone want to share anything else?

15a
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posted November 30, 2005 04:11 PM  
Anyone else have any more information?

15a
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posted December 04, 2005 09:34 PM  
Ordered the cage kit, bought a fuel cell and new seat.I will use the main cage and design my own front and rear using smaller lighter tubing. Copied the rules off the IMCA web-site. I'm going to start soon. Anyone have comments? Anyone want to share any pictures?

  

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