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dirt poor racing
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posted October 02, 2003 02:42 PM
does anyone else race a FORD!


outlawstock17
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posted October 02, 2003 03:09 PM
yep!


dirt poor racing
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posted October 02, 2003 03:33 PM
WHAT MODEL ? A LOT OF CHEVY GUYS ARE GIVING US A HARD TIME WE WENT TO THE TRACK FOR THE FIRST TIME 3 WEEKS AGO. I THINK WE HAVE THEM WORRRRRIIIIEEEED.


outlawstock17
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posted October 02, 2003 08:58 PM
89 mustang stretched to 103.5".......they'll back off the "ford vs. chevy" thing after you've dusted 'em a time or two, lol.....


Dirt01
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posted October 03, 2003 06:43 PM
At the local track here, a T-bird won street stock championship.


dirt poor racing
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posted October 05, 2003 08:55 AM
we are runnig a 80 T-BIRD WITH A 302 HIDH PERFORMANCE - THINKING ABOUT DROPPING A 351 IN OR PUT A SET OF 351 HEADS ON THE 302 BLOCK WE ALSO ARE DROPPING DOWN TO 456 GEARS TO TRY AND PICK SOME RPM WHAT DO YOU THINK. BY THE WAY OUR HOME TRACK IS A 3/8 CLAY OVAL


M1
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posted October 05, 2003 12:16 PM
what was the last year that the T-Bird was a full frame car? I am going to build a ford for next year, but it HAS to be full frame. Any pointers ford guys on what to run???.(I am NOT a ford guy)..Minimum of 108 inch wheel base..something that will lighten up really good, being we have no wieght requirement...


dirt poor racing
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posted October 05, 2003 04:16 PM
not real sure on the year, but you can put sub-frame conectors on to stiffen up the car your roll cage helps alot. when we striped this on then put every thing race ready we wieghed in at 2800# we had to wiegh in at 3400#. but that was ok becuase we had 61% front wieght 39% rear. guess were the wieght went!


M1
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posted October 05, 2003 04:26 PM
Thats the problem I am having. The 76-79 T-Bird is a TANK, and the newer ones are sub frame. We MUST use full frame cars to be in compliance with the rules. My current car is a 77 regal, and it weighs in pretty light (about 2800), and I would like to find a car that will weigh about the same, but full frame, and a ford. Was also thinking about a 80's style full size LTD, but not really sure what it will wiegh in at.


dirt poor racing
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posted October 05, 2003 04:38 PM
have you looked at a mustang? that is what we were going to run but the wheel base was to short for the track we run at. penton motor speedway penton ALABAMA.


M1
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posted October 05, 2003 04:44 PM
those are sub frame cars too. every year they were built


Rvarc
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posted October 05, 2003 08:43 PM
Crown Vic's and mercury monarks of the 78 to 84 vintage are good.Look for excop cars they have a bunch of bad*** suspencion parts on them and are fairly easy to set up. Only weakness I have seen is by the front window pillar


hobby62
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posted October 05, 2003 10:19 PM
if the rules specify 108" full frame cars, cut the crown vic down to 108".


dirtracer7
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posted October 06, 2003 08:05 AM
If your going to run something from the 70's you can shorten them easily.I run a 77 LTDII and it weighs 3200 with me in it after the feature.this off season we will get rid of some more weight.I have a 3000 lb min. I shortened it to 109" these are getting harder to find .Like outlaw said if you lead them around the track a few races they will shut there blow holes.I finished 4th in points out of 57 cars, its my 2nd year and I'm still getting the car better each week.Next year I will be gunning for the top spot.


gonfast
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posted October 07, 2003 11:45 PM
Yea I got a 86 mec grand marguis, 2 door, there full frame. Haven't raced it or weighed it yet. I use to run a 71 mec montego 2 door, liked it ok, but was rear steer and I had a hard time keeping tie rods from bending and braking. I think ltd crown vics and mec grand marguis are the way to go and there is plenty out there. they also look really sharp shorted to 108" wheel base with a 80's model couger or t-bird body on it. Just my opinion.


Russell G. Sheehan
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posted October 21, 2003 11:43 AM
we run a 80 tbird when we went to the scale we were 61% front 39% rear, but was 600# under wieght add that plus 100# to get 49% front 51% rear drove like a top


gonfast
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posted October 24, 2003 08:10 PM
we ran an 81 crown victoria and after you dust them chevys with that big old car you will have their attention, believe me.


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