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thunder strikes twice
posted March 07, 2000 05:16 PM
Hey you guys,I am planning on building a new steet stock in the near future.I was wondering if you guys could give me any information,suggetions,or ideas on how you built your cars

posted March 07, 2000 05:58 PM
What kind of car are you looking to build?

posted March 07, 2000 06:07 PM
A book you definatly need to get is from steve smith autosports. It is called Street stock Chassis Technology. They always have an ad in circle track. In this book it covers wich kind of car to consider and lots of great tech info. for not much money and a few nights of reading you will have a wealth of knowledge from people who have built cars. I have this book and I strongly recomend it. Hope your project goes well.


posted March 07, 2000 06:14 PM
The first thing I did was start going to
the track and start hanging out in the pits.
I picked up a rule-book from the local club
and just asked alot of questions and looked
at everyone else's cars. I ran into a guy
in the pits that didn't have much help, so
I started helping him while I'm building my
car. Another thing that has helped me alot
is going to inspection day for your class.
You get to see what the inspectors look
for, and get to look up close at everyone's
cars. Talk to the guys at the local race-
shops too. There's alot of good books, and
magzines like Stock Car Racing has some
good articles also. And then of course the
Forums like this one are helpful also. Hope
this helps. JeffroT

thunder strikes twice
posted March 08, 2000 01:42 PM
jammin,I was planning on buildin a 76 or 77 camaro or Nova

thunder strikes twice
posted March 08, 2000 01:48 PM
I have also had alot of time in the pits my dad drove a street stock for a few years.I have read alot of magazines to.I was wondering if you guys could help me with. what kind of car you would prefur and motors

posted March 08, 2000 02:12 PM
Thats a great choice for a first car. The leafs will be easier to set up with.

thunder strikes twice
posted March 08, 2000 03:06 PM
Jammin what kind of motor would you prefur

posted March 08, 2000 03:42 PM
Definitely a mild 350. Get your setups down before you try to overpower anything.

[This message has been edited by jammin (edited 03-08-2000).]

thunder strikes twice
posted March 08, 2000 05:17 PM
OK,thanks Jammin!

posted March 08, 2000 06:22 PM
A late 70's Camaro is a very good choice. They are almost ready to race in stock form. Just a few modifications as recommended by Steve Smith will do wonders.

As far as the engine goes, try to keep it simple and use proven build-up methods/parts as the rules allow. I think some double-hump heads, if you can find them, or other good flowing heads are the key to good breathing. Also a cam designed for circle track engines around 250 degrees (@.050" lift) duration, and .500"-.525" lift would be good. 11:1-12:1 compression would be needed with this type of cam. An upgraded connecting rod with hypereutectic pistons for 6,000-6,500 RPM durability would help in the long run. You can find inexpensive short blocks for under $1000 in various catalogs. With the upgrades, heads and all the extras, you can build an engine for under $2,000-$2,500 if you don't go overboard with all the nickel and dime "go fast goodies". Just concentrate on reliability and you will be fine and be competitve. If the rules don't allow such engines, a flat top piston with a milder cam, such as a high .400" lift can rev to 5,000-5,500 RPM with bone stock components and still be reliable.

As Jammin said, concentrate on the setup, as power isn't everything unless you can get it to the ground and be consistent. Steve Smith can be found at


posted March 11, 2000 11:37 AM
the modifierds number is actualy 72k ahe is my dad,the street stock 03 is my uncle.who are you?

posted March 12, 2000 06:39 PM
Most books, including the Steve Smith books, tell you that it is much cheaper to buy a used street stock. You'll never get back what you put into building a new one, especially the time. Unless you have a ton of free time, look around for a car already finished. Stay away form the "How to build a street stock, step by step" I wasted my money on that one. Good luck!

posted March 16, 2000 04:16 PM
It is definitely true you won't get maybe
half what you put into building your own
car back. It might be a good idea to get
your feet wet and first buy a used car.
Some of the used cars I've seen guys buy are
definitely pretty rough, used and abused.
Some people take what little good stuff is
on a car off, and put the beat-up spares
they have on it to sell it. I chose to build
my own car, that way I know exactly what I
have and how it was built. I have also
learned a great deal from the questions I've
had to ask people and shops in order to
build it, which will help in making set-up
adjustments later. It does take alot of
time and money to build your own right.
That was just the route I chose, there's
benefits to both routes.

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