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posted October 14, 2003 10:05 PM
I'm looking into getting one of Steve Smith books. Ether the Stockcar dirt track tech. or Streetstock chassis tech. book. What is everyones feelings on them? Which one is better? For years I only raced a coil car, now I wont to build a Camaro this time to try.

Still keeping the old car together.


posted October 15, 2003 02:27 AM
Look at the front runners where you run. Run what they run. But if they dont run Camaros, by all means, do. Leaf cars kick *** big time. Coils suck. Really! I'm not trying to get them IMCA boys stirred up either! What have they got to worry about? They don't race against Camaros, do they? Wonder why?

posted October 15, 2003 09:40 AM
theyll be racing against my nova in imca. lol.

posted October 15, 2003 10:02 AM
Talk is cheap 66jj, bring it on...

J/K... LOL

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posted October 16, 2003 10:40 AM
powerglides where are you from?

we race up here in ontario canada.We are close enough to race in NY .I would like more info on the BOSS series.


posted October 16, 2003 11:57 AM
We always raced coil cars,but now i am building a Nova.Funny though are fastest cars are all coil cars.But i think with a little bit of work we can smoke them all with the leafs.

posted October 16, 2003 07:06 PM
The one and only 90 from the hart of NY.
I'll contact you later for info. Thanks.

posted October 16, 2003 07:17 PM
BOSS series web sight.

posted October 17, 2003 11:32 AM
The best way I know of to "build" a Camaro or Nova is to make a cradle between the front and rear frame sections. This cradle mimic's the full frame design that came out in the late 60's to present. Then you simply plate over the rear section unibody on top from front leaf eye to rear bumper mount. It requires some pretty thick plate at least 3/16. You will then have a secure place to attach all your cage tubes for a rigid and Safe Chassis. Unibody's like Nova's and Camaro's take twice the time to build right than comparative full frame cars.
If your building a Bomber type car where your rules prohibit excessive use of Rollcage - IE within front and rear firewalls, take a different approach. Simply Mig or Tig a large piece of Angle Iron the full length of uni-body itself and weld down bars there. If you look on the outer most portions of the floorboard you will see this relatively flat (around 75 degrees on inside)area that is re-enforced section serving as unibody frame - roughly 4-5 feet in length. Fabricate simple street type connections front to rear under floorboard using square tubing. In such a case I highly recommend the use of a full frame car instead.

posted October 18, 2003 12:39 PM
Use a Jig. It does take longer to build, but you can build 'em strong and fast. Using stock suspension mounting points they're faster than a coil car. If you can move mounting points and add pullbars and such, then a coil car is just as fast if not faster.

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