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Author Topic:   boxing in drivers,,
85firebird
Member
posted December 04, 2003 06:48 PM
can you cut out all the stock floor, that would be the only reason to box it in that I can think of.



zeroracing
Member
posted December 04, 2003 07:31 PM
i think you should try the torque arm rear suspension before you decide to junk it.


racer17j
Member
posted December 04, 2003 11:26 PM
i'm with 66 no real reaon to unless you think your car needs the extra weight on it it looks cool but is a pain to do and has no real function if you have the stock floor pan . and as for the rear suspention don't do anything to it from everything i have heard about those 3rd gen cars they are bad fast with the torque arm setup just keep your nose clean cause the down side is the cars aren't very strong.


robhbk24
Member
posted December 05, 2003 04:24 PM
I have an idea that the late models have that big flat deck for a reason---aerodynamics! I think that when the car is racing there is a whole lot of air caught up against the rear firewall that could have just as eaily gone right across a flat deak in the car and across the rear deck to the spoiler. I never thought aerodynamics were a real factor until I watched a cup team pull a car in (under green) at Bristol, just to repair the rear spoiler.
I believe that, if your rules allow, you should build an aluminum flat from the front dash to the rear package tray.
JMHO


racer17j
Member
posted December 07, 2003 08:31 PM
as a safty issue boxing it in takes away one of your escape routes in a fire it would be near impossible to climb out the pass side of a car thats setting on the drivers side on fire thats one of the big complaint of the cup guys now thats why they came up with the hatch on the top now. as for performance you could just make your dash slant up just a hair and box in the rear from the cage back and that would cure that. keep in mind el cup cars go twice as fast as us and use the airo package as a tunning tool i don't think my airo is much good with the front end wide open on my car and it doesn't seam to make me any slower then the guys that have the newer style noses on there cars


zeroracing
Member
posted December 07, 2003 08:53 PM
bilsteins make struts for those now


redneck racing
Member
posted December 08, 2003 06:07 PM
Ive got my cage set pretty far back and am thinking about boxing the car in. I have also put an escape hatch in the top of my car just incase. Eddie


85firebird
Member
posted December 10, 2003 08:01 PM
I think that the subject has been covered pretty well.....as far as a performance advantage, Eljojo is right.....Topless lates are faster than with the tops on......faster than the removal of the tops' weight will account for....it is areo.....

But, for a streetstock on a short track, I don't think that it makes a noticeble difference......(although it can't hurt)....and if I were running a really big track, I would do it.

Most people who do it just like the looks........which is good and bad....Nicer looking cars will be able to find sponsors easier.....(lol....as if it were easy).....and will re-sale better.......bad part, the tech guys will look at it harder as well.....so if you are playing with the gray areas of the rules with your suspension,you might be better off with out the deck......

In the end, it comes down to your personal preference, if you like it, do it....just don't expect miracles.

Good Luck,
Snowman