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Oldman77
Member
posted November 29, 2001 08:27 AM
Looking to build a new car for next year and thought I throw out a questions if you had to start over what would like to build. My home track is a 3/8 high banked. I'm currently running a 84 Ford LTD with a 302. I know I know - more cubes makes a better drink of tea. Car was given to me and was running. Thought it was the best way to get into the class and see if I liked it or not. I don't care if it is a Ford, Gm, etc...


racer17j
Member
posted November 29, 2001 09:33 AM
what kinda rules are you running any wheelbase 2or 4 door can you run a chevy ?


Oldman77
Member
posted November 29, 2001 01:14 PM
Rules are as follows:

No chevys - bodys or engines.
Must be 112 inch wheelbase.
No station wagons
No trucks

We are limited to 15 x 7 inch rims and cannot run anything bigger than a 235/60 tire (However guys are running 265/65 tires and getting away with it)

$500 claim rule on the car less sfety equipment.

damon_4_29
Member
posted December 02, 2001 05:51 PM
is there 2 tracks close to u that both run crusers if so i would buy one of the fast cars at one track and race it at another its a whole lot cheeper. unless u have to trade cars to? what do u think about that? waight till the seson starts back so u can get a nice car with no dents.


racer17j
Member
posted December 03, 2001 12:49 AM
we had the 300 claim but i liked the way they did it so you could have a good car and not realy worry about getting claimed they made it so anybody even the fans could claim but here is the catch they put numbers in the hat and what you draw the car that got that place that nite is the car you get lol worked out good no claims in 2 years. as for a car here's my sugestion early 80's bonneville they had some with 400's in them thats the way to go or 75 cutlass is a good car also but if you can find one and i'm sure damon will agree with me nothing can run with the old poncho 400 in a newer car right now i have one out of a 74 bonneville that i run in my 84 le sabre 4dr i'm going to run it as a figure 8 and enduro car


damon_4_29
Member
posted December 03, 2001 09:31 PM
17j that is true we won the points with our 74 pontiac 400 we got a good cam ported the heads and got a good rear gear ow ya pluse the holey 750cfm helped to. were not racing next year so i though somone could mabey benifet from these things. make the car light and sneek some lead in the rear of the car. it worked for us we could have still won the points with out racing the last month of the seson. and i good looking paint job allways makes it better look at our car in the pics page it took me about a month to paint it


racer17j
Member
posted December 04, 2001 01:00 AM
ya yours looks like you had some time put in it myself my cruiser was bought from a guy that was gonna crush it for 125 and all we did was put in a batery,paint it and letter it we had about $200 and 10 hrs in it when we hit the track and we won our third nite out lol damon you made a good point that alot of guys over look in a cruiser thats gear you don't realy need a special gear for there cars but if you know what it has you can get a good final package useing tire sizes for different tracks. let us know what you get oldman and we can help ya along.
and damon what did you run for a cam i might be able to run my poncho in my bomber next year and need a good starting point i think i'm just gonna do what i do with my chevy's oh kit and a cam keep'n it cheap is my main goal right now i have 2 of those 400's and 3-350 chevy so i think i'm pretty much set for next year lol


Oldman77
Member
posted December 04, 2001 01:56 PM
Thanks for the help - I have not thought of putting weight in the back end. Makes good sense - better traction etc... I have been leaning towards to the GM line - I work in insurance business and can lay my hands on some old cars fairly cheap. The guy that wins most of the races here runs an oldmobile delta with 350 olds. I have to make up my mind before the end of Dec so I will have enough time to build the car and still be married. (Wife not to found of working in garage until wee hours of the morning on the weekends.)

Thanks again.

damon_4_29
Member
posted December 05, 2001 05:11 PM
17j what size track u run on my grandad owns a part store and there is guys that we called and told him what all we had and he sent us the cam and it works great we turn about 5500 rpm that is another thing if u get a gear for your rear end make sure ur motor can handle the rmps luckley the stock poistons help up all seson.


racer17j
Member
posted December 06, 2001 12:52 AM
i'm going to be running on a 3/8 and a big half i seen in jegs they have the same cam i run in my chevys for a pontiac was thinking about going that way but i have to see if i can run it first they got a new pair of promoters the other day and are going to drop cruisers to bring back bombers after a 3 year lay off there so i'm kind waiting to see just what rules they will run here i'm under a 360 9-1 rule anfd more than likely they will run the same rules they did last time but that was befroe the motor limits


wwking572
Member
posted December 06, 2001 05:55 PM
Stick with the ford, find a mid seventies torino and drop a 351 windsor in it. use a solid cam with about .550 lift or so and put some 289 heads on it, this seems to work pretty good for a guy i know. stay true blue!


hoosierdaddy
Member
posted December 13, 2001 05:57 PM
you'll probably think it sounds too heavy but theres a caddilac that runs at our track and smkoes everbody,that thing will just squat to the ground and fly around are 3/8 track


24s52
Member
posted December 28, 2001 12:11 PM
Can only run 7 cylinders huh. I wonder what genuis tech man thought of that. I have heard of oldtimers pulling a plug wire on cars to help keep them from spinning the tires and help them go faster.

To each his own.

24s52
Member
posted December 28, 2001 12:57 PM
What size motor are you running in yours? What kind of rpms are you turning?


24s52
Member
posted December 30, 2001 10:13 PM
Would a'74 Coupe De Ville,with the 510 CI motor make a good cruiser?


24s52
Member
posted January 01, 2002 11:30 AM
I don't know about the Caddy. I have a 1980 sitting....waiting....the big cars like that are hard to hook to the ground on my home track...also take up too much space in the corners...hard to get it around other cars when passing.


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