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Author Topic:   Chevy Nova??
Racer98
Member
posted August 14, 2003 02:43 PM
i race imca hobby stock and my next year car that i am building is a 77 chevy nova. never ran leaf springs before, so i need some help on what springs i should start out with and what front springs also. our track is a 1/3 mile and usually tacky for the heat but for the feature its gets really dry slick. i could use all opinions on what i should do in set up. also since i am imca hobby we cant add weight do i go with the 22 gallon fuel cell?? if anyone runs a nova could you tell me your rear %. thanx


racer17j
Member
posted August 14, 2003 06:53 PM
yes run the biggest cell you can we never had scales when we ran nova's so i can't give you any % we just ran stcok rear springs and 1200/1000 up front we also would put some lead in the stub when we bolted her up made her a littel shorter on the left side we also never tied the stubs


chad01j
Member
posted August 14, 2003 10:26 PM
i run a nova on a 1/3 high bank track with 1000lf 1100rf 225lr 200rr. rear weight 54% but a 3500# car, per rules. i run pontiac engine, some guys with chevys are running 900 1000 up front.


shoestore_14701
Member
posted August 18, 2003 08:46 PM
Chad: I'm running basically the same car, I have 175 lr and 150 rr with 3 hole 3 inch shackles, front mounting hole there ae two. This give me a little room to move things around to tighten or loosen her up.



66jj
Member
posted August 18, 2003 09:35 PM
I would run a 12 gallon cell max, in a bigger can made of quarter plate, with lead or steel securely mounted in the bottom etc. Or use solid steel bar stock in the trunk for cell mts etc.

Fuel cells do break, and fuel does burn really hot.

All the dirt racers I have seen so far are fearless I guess, you should run a cell just big enought to finish the longest race youll run.

I ordered my 8 gallon cell, and double layer suit, and my fire system at the same time.

I have had flames coming out my windows at 100 mph. That was my last race with my open face helmet and single layer suit.

Safety first.



66jj
Member
posted August 18, 2003 09:36 PM
IMCA hobbys cant run multi hole shackles or lowering blocks at all.


Racer98
Member
posted August 18, 2003 11:54 PM
so as a imca hobby stock if you cant have lowering blocks and hole shackles, is there a way you can move your rearend around to tighten and loosen the car up, or without anybody knowing by measuring. also does anyone run a chevy nova in the hobby stocks how do you like the car verse a metric? is a chevy nova goin to be a good car for me on a dry track. thanx


66jj
Member
posted August 19, 2003 06:31 PM
with multi leaves long ago. I have made wedges to put in the leafs under the eurethane block at the ends of the leafs, on the rear half of the leaf.

this will increase the spring rate.

you can slot the rr spring perch to adjust rear steer. you need to do this.


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