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Old 12-09-2009, 05:36 PM
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Hey, new to forum. Run a slick motorcycle shop but moving into cars. Just bought tired 1961 rolling chaise. Want to turn into 10-11 second car with all the trimmings. Any advise on how to get there. we do all body/paint. 572, 502 crate? performance engines? tranny? 4 link?

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How much money are you willing to throw at it? There's a few of these cars running well, one out here dips into the 8's, IIRC. Tube chassis, some fiberglass body parts, and a monster motor. They are not very aerodynamic, throw more ponies at it to achieve what you desire. Try a look at youtube.com, I believe there's a few shots of one there. Cool looking cars, the car that races out here always gets the crowd excitement.
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Shouldn't be too tough, given you've got a lot of money to spend. Get the big motor (572), built automatic with hi-stall converter, 4 link rearend, and take off all the weight you can. A good cage will stiffen it up. I believe there are some aftermarket fiberglass parts available for it.

I'd think that would do it.
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Speed costs money... how fast you can go depends on how much you're willing to spend.
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