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tjn
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted December 17, 2005 04:37 AM  
what are your opinions on a metric chassis replacement for the future,i'm from new england and finding a decent chassis thats not rotted is getting harder,and with the price of s**** up,alot of junkyards are crushing.thanks for your views.

Normal Sullivan
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 84
posted December 17, 2005 05:03 AM  
114" Fords.....

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 398
posted December 17, 2005 06:24 AM  
What Norman are you trying too stir the pot!!!!!!!!! LOL But really what a great choice.

Normal Sullivan
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 84
posted December 17, 2005 07:37 AM  
Nah. Just a suggestion. There's THOUSANDS of 'em just waiting to be raced, and they (chevyland) sure as heck aren't going to change the rules to allow Fox-bodied mustangs to compete, so what other choice is there

89mustang23
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted December 17, 2005 08:46 AM  
3rd and 4th gen camaros
i know everyone says their weak. but re-enforce them properly and i think they'd be fine. and everyone says strut type front suspensions **** but iv seen some mini-stock mustangs haul *** around corners before so i dont think that thats a valid argument

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5507
posted December 17, 2005 10:46 AM  
Fouth gen camaros maybe with a fab front clip to get rid of the struts, I think that would be cool. Walking through the junk yard yesterday, there were 10 times more of those than there were metric cars. Or like was said, big fords, there were so many of those made.

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89mustang23
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted December 17, 2005 12:17 PM  
i really dont think youd have to get rid of the struts on a newer style camaro, just need to learn a new way of thinking. There are quite a few heavy duty options for these cars in terms of struts and in terms of adjustability its just a new learning curve... im sure people said tons of horrible things about metric chassis when they were new too... but the metric pool has been almost fished dry around my neck of the woods so some new blood is needed

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1379
posted December 17, 2005 04:20 PM  
79-04 mustang. i race an '89 in factory stock with a warmed up 5.0. the car is awesome on the dirt and it's good on the asphalt as well...

it's also a great match for the later style camaros...

[This message has been edited by outlawstock17 (edited December 17, 2005).]

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 398
posted December 17, 2005 06:41 PM  
I could really care less who we race but we do love the dedication. We have people ? me why we had to make a 114" Torino a top runner / But we have to do it and as a car builder also and a paint and bodyman it is the best reward ever. Now couldnt have done it without all the help from here but wow next year is going to be sweet. Thank
you guys for all the help and hope we pay you back in the future. Its so fun building a underdog as most metric guys say.

We love all racers and just are additced too making a ford 114 work and arnt far off with all the help we have got here. Thanks guys Marry Christmas and goodluck next season!!!!!!!

Special members here: Ford5.racer17j,mike9,eljojo,beach racing, and any others that i am forgetting all have helped weather good or bad. Info either works or it doesnt but all is great!!!!!!! " GET ER DONE" LOL

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 398
posted December 17, 2005 06:47 PM  
I could really care less who we race but we do love the dedication. We have people ? me why we had to make a 114" Torino a top runner / But we have to do it and as a car builder also and a paint and bodyman it is the best reward ever. Now couldnt have done it without all the help from here but wow next year is going to be sweet. Thank
you guys for all the help and hope we pay you back in the future. Its so fun building a underdog as most metric guys say.

We love all racers and just are additced too making a ford 114 work and arnt far off with all the help we have got here. Thanks guys Marry Christmas and goodluck next season!!!!!!!

Special members here: Ford5.racer17j,mike9,eljojo,beach racing, and any others that i am forgetting all have helped weather good or bad. Info either works or it doesnt but all is great!!!!!!! " GET ER DONE" LOL

john56h
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted December 17, 2005 08:41 PM  
Metric frames are easy to find compared to 70-81 Chevy Camaro front stubs. Around here most of the Pro-stocks still use those. That's about the only stock part of the car. Problem is, you still need a donor car even though all you'll use from it is about 60% of the frame stub (racing upper mounts, weight jack buckets, fuel pump notch, oil pan clearance, etc...eats up the other 40%).

Don't know what the alternatives are other than tube snout, which I believe is available from Canadian Stock Car products that mounts stock a-frames and steering box.

As far as full frame...GM continued making the full size rear wheel drive Caprice/Impala through most of the 90's.

marp
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 19
posted December 18, 2005 05:28 PM  
As far as full frame...GM continued making the full size rear wheel drive Caprice/Impala through most of the 90's.


and we have to compete with demo derbiers for those.and the fords/lincolns too.

Speedway65
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 351
posted December 19, 2005 06:16 AM  
Our track just changed the rules to allow fox body Mustangs and 3rd and 4th gen camaros.I will let you know how it works out,we still have a lot of metric cars here in canada.So we will be sticking with that for now.

Timmer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 8
posted December 19, 2005 05:56 PM  
How about racing trucks.They are still full frame,rear wheel drive and powered by a V8.Plus this type of vehicle is popular with consumers.If you use this type of vehicle you good have a beginners class starting with the mini truck.Then have the full size truck for the exprienced drivers.The full size truck can be broken down into two groups.A class with specs and class that is more open.

General
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 156
posted December 19, 2005 06:29 PM  
Don't forget, all it takes to convert a 3rd Gen Camaro is an aftermarket upper control arm mount. The Struts are very pricey. This lets you run regular spindles and you have the option to run a stock mount shock or ball bearing.

  

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