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LAWEST
Member
posted August 14, 2003 08:18 PM
Contemplating using a 70's vintage Ford rear steer chassis for my next IMCA Modified project. What's the down side to this idea?
What are the plus+++?

Comments & advice PLEASE!

HRT187
Member
posted August 14, 2003 08:42 PM
Slightly more difficult to align the front, but not impossible. Parts are a little more difficult to come by. I've heard of guys having problems with bending bolts in the lower control arm pocket, I suggest opening the frame hole up and using a larger uniball in the control arm. Granada spindles and tall balljoints make for good geomtery and a bit of a drop, the car doesn't really need a steering quickner either, which is nice. There are pieces to convert to Metric calipers available. I really can't think of anything bad about this chassis.


Tom Asmus
Member
posted August 14, 2003 11:28 PM
I ran a Torino stubbed mod. I had very good luck with it, any questions feel free to email me.


JDTURNLEFT
Member
posted August 16, 2003 12:44 PM
This is my first year running one. So far I like it. Mine is a "Dirt Dueller" made in MN. Some have Saginaw Gears although most are ford type. Ours is a mid-size Torino,
t-bird etc.


LAWEST
Member
posted August 18, 2003 01:12 PM
Thanks to all for replies.
Would like to hear more about "Dirt Dueller Chassis" Is there a website or any pictures on web??


KK17
Member
posted August 18, 2003 07:56 PM
call mike frieden at champion chassis in cedar rapids iowa. 319-396-7177 he's been building ford clip rear steer cars for years. very fast with many track and state championships

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Rick D
Member
posted August 19, 2003 05:08 PM
My first mod was a 70's torino clip. Using torino spindles and rotors it was 78" wide using 4" and 2" offset wheels.



JDTURNLEFT
Member
posted August 19, 2003 06:37 PM
Here is the pictures Les sent me when I bought mine. I got his last year house car.
If you have any more ?'s let me know.


PlumCrazy21
Member
posted August 25, 2003 12:59 PM
We started this year with a 78 Thunderbird front clip. Had a piece of bad luck and re-clipped the front with a 76 Ranchero. we like it a lot, and I'm a Chevy guy died in the wool thru & thru. Same front suspension that most late models are based on with the strut rod. The box channel frame adds alot of rigidity(is that a real word?)to the complete frame. Having that heavy steering gear box behind the front cross-member helps on weight percentages. Stock hubs are already 5 on 5, so that helps. Use the longer ball-joints to get the roll center just right. It doesn't use as much toe-out as the Chevys do. And the best part is nobody else uses them, so they are easy to find and cheap as well. Got the complete front clip with all steering for $50.


LAWEST
Member
posted August 25, 2003 03:37 PM
Thank You! All good information. Thanks on Photos. Keep the replies coming!


HRT187
Member
posted August 26, 2003 05:23 AM
Does anyone know what ALL the years/makes of the this front stub are?

My first car with this setup had a relocated steering box holes. I've seen some that have the box tipped at a funny angle and others that have the box in the stock holes and almost level with the gound... why is that?

JDTURNLEFT
Member
posted August 26, 2003 02:34 PM
HRT, I think 79 down t-bird cougar 77down torino is what our stub is. I think you want to level the steering gear to keep the center link more level. Helps the bump steer. I know they spent alot of time on the steering on my Dirt Dueler. I have a picture but the file is too big to up-load.


Dman
Member
posted August 26, 2003 03:49 PM
Are there different steering boxes though? I've seen some level with the stock holes and some tipped in the stock holes.... Or were those just frames made to look like the holes are stock?

The other thing is that though this frame may be a little heavier, the unsprung weight is less.

Tom Asmus
Member
posted August 27, 2003 11:12 PM
I ran a WADEMOON Mod and it was a Ford stub with a GM camaro steering box on it. And the holes were relocated, All the did was keep one bolt hole in the stock bolt cirlce of the original steering box for the torino etc..


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