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posted September 27, 2003 10:41 AM
Does anyone have experience with a track changing the IMCA-type Mod rules to allow for aftermarket front clips using stock mounting points for suspension? I've heard of a track in my area thinking about doing this as a "cost saving" measure so we don't have to hunt around for stock frames in order to "harvest" stock clips when ours need replacing. A Howe clip was mentioned. The guy I talked to said they would be requiring add-on weight to make up for any weight advantage the fab clip might have over a stock clip.

Has any Mod program successfully gone to this type of deal? How did they do at policing the "stock" suspension mounting points? What did the rule do to car counts? Was it okay with the racrs that they couldn't run the same car at other track that run more conventional rules?

posted September 27, 2003 12:11 PM
stock car products builds a clip now for pavement late models. 925.00

they also make lower a arms. 192.00 each

they are expensive as you can see.

I have personally done the same thing, I copied a camaro clip and put it in a pavement late model, I have since moved to Iowa and tossed the jig, but its easy to build and could be done quite reasonably. If I were to have someone who wanted say 4 or 5 I would build a jig again and sell them for around half of SCP. The hardest part is the center crossmember which is all hand cut with a plasma cutter....

I used adjustable uppers, that use screw in chrysler bj, lefthander and speedway sell them.

posted September 29, 2003 09:26 AM
I think it is a great idea. Keeping the stock mounting points keeps the spirit of the rules the same it just helps lessen the burden of finding a good clip. Still be basically running a Chevelle or whatever stub but using more easily fixed/found whatever parts. Just think if someone could find the original forming dies for teh chevelles and start putting together 'new' chevelle stubs just for mods... we can only dream right. I think it is important not to let them go to fabbed front end w/ rack and pinion and coil overs etc. like a late model though. There needs to be some differences in the classes.
A frames sound like a good idea too..I noticed the other day race ready chevelle lowers were selling for 150$. Surely somebody can repro these and make them a little cheaper.

posted September 30, 2003 01:31 AM
Would'nt that be sweet!

posted October 03, 2003 11:12 PM
well guys the newest stub i can find to race on is out of an '01 crown vic or mercurygrand mark.they used the same idler arm for about 20 years!i'm a ford tech , but i'd rather race a g.m.stub. the ford stub seems to work o k on smaller tracks but i'll stay with the chevelle stub just the changed the chassis design in '02 for the '03 crown and they are mostly aluminum and bolted together to a set of steel rails. kind of like the mustang 2 street rod kits.