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Old 11-29-2005, 01:17 PM
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how can i lighten my car

i have a 92 chevy lumina z34 with a twin dual cam 3.4L with a 5 speed transmision. Iwant to know how i can lighten the car up and what can i do to make it faster in the 1/4 mile(with out nitrous)

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Take some advice from an old-timer.....leave the car alone and enjoy it as a dependable daily driver. If you start dinkin' with it, it will be neither fast nor dependable. You just don't have enough motor to start with and no matter how much money and time you spend on it, some ricer with a 2 liter Honda will come along and blow your doors off.

If you want to go fast for cheap at the dragstrip, start looking for a front-engine dragster with trailer. Oftentimes, you can find a roller (full car less motor/trans) in the ads in National Dragster (NHRA's weekly newsletter) or on ebay for a couple thousand dollars. Bolt a boneyard small block Chevy motor in it and have fun. You can run as quick as 10.00 with a 3-2A/5 suit and good helmet and gloves and a competition license is not required.
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This was posted in the lounge today by roy383ci. it may be of some help.
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http://crazyjim.ramelot.com/14seconds.htm
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This was posted in the lounge today by roy383ci. it may be of some help.
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http://crazyjim.ramelot.com/14seconds.htm
13 seconds ,is right around the bend......
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i have a 92 chevy lumina z34 with a twin dual cam 3.4L with a 5 speed transmision. Iwant to know how i can lighten the car up and what can i do to make it faster in the 1/4 mile(with out nitrous)
There's not a whole lot you can do with the DOH(!) motor it has about Zero aftermarket and the 5 speed in those is not known for being especially robust. In fact being a 5 speed it is somewhat rare, not valuable but rare. If it's in good shape keep it that way and buy somethng else to make a hot rod out of. Leave it alone, if you absolutely have to build a FWD GM get a later GP with the Supercharged 3800 Series II and a 4T65E. , it willl be a lot faster and has a ton of aftermarket support. But hoppin' one up ain't cheap!!!!
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Racing Lumina

Hotrodding isn't just about 1/4 mile times.

No offense, but that car isn't good looking, reliable, fast, or powerful. That car won't take many blasts down the 1/4 mile strip and frankly, it won't be much fun either.

If you want light and powerful, you should be thinking along these lines...

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Removing weight is simple enough. Remove all the metal from the bumpers. The plastic will cover it up. Remove the 5 mph bumper shocks and use brackets. Remove carpets and seats. Install alum racing seats. Remove door side impact girders. Buy fiberglass trunk and hood. Take that 500 lb Pioneer stereo and boom box and deep six it.
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Bracketeer is on the right track...But when you are done you will have a noisy harsh riding uncomfortable car that will be worth about $500 and still won't run a 16 second quarter mile...
Tech Inspector has it right...Keep your driver nice and buy an easy car to race. A front motor car is a fun way to start. It is simple, easy on the finances, is fairly quick, and a whole lot cooler than a 13 second Honda....
If you look, there are a lot of old race cars for sale for a lot less than it would cost you to build. I missed a T-Roadster with a chassis built by a major player for $1000 a few months ago. All it needed was an engine and a trans and front tires. I could slap a fairly stock 350/350 in there for under a grand, and been running 10's every time out....
You weren't thinking of street racing your Lumina were you??? That is a major NoNo
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