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My Son found a Monza drag car. It has a full Jeg's frame including front clip and 12 pt cage. It has just been certified. The quality of the fabrication is very good. The car is complete except an engine and trans. $4000. The engine he has is a 427 sbc 500 ft lbs torque at 4500 and 550 hp at 6300, Powerglide with 4500 stall. This car is very similar to the one I am building now just two years older. There are potential problems: The engine is in its stock location, the firewall was not moved back and cannot be moved back with out major tear down and re-fab, and the widest slick that can be fitted is 11.5". It does have four link rear suspension though. How bad is the traction problem going to be? Is it possible to hook it up with that size tire?

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My Son found a Monza drag car. It has a full Jeg's frame including front clip and 12 pt cage. It has just been certified. The quality of the fabrication is very good. The car is complete except an engine and trans. $4000. The engine he has is a 427 sbc 500 ft lbs torque at 4500 and 550 hp at 6300, Powerglide with 4500 stall. This car is very similar to the one I am building now just two years older. There are potential problems: The engine is in its stock location, the firewall was not moved back and cannot be moved back with out major tear down and re-fab, and the widest slick that can be fitted is 11.5". It does have four link rear suspension though. How bad is the traction problem going to be? Is it possible to hook it up with that size tire?

Bob
Bob,

I think that you will be fine-I have a friend who has a '73 Nova with a 540 Big Block (in the Stock location) and a Procharger (it Dyno'd at 1340 h.p.-at 5280 feet) and he is doing mid-nines on 10.5" Tires-he had to watch his Tune up and soften it a bit down low for traction, but he's doing it, so yes, it is possible-
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You should have no problem at all hooking up- once the suspension is dialed in.

550 Hp is a pretty mild big block. Should run maybe 9.9 @ 3,000 lbs, 9.5 @ 2,500 lbs something like that. No problem running these numbers on an 11.5" tire.

Should be no problem with the motor where it is- just need the right suspension set up.

Your son needs to get in touch with a chassis shop or racer once the motor is in and ready to go. At the least, have them recommend a starting point 4-link for settings: IC location length and height. have them explain how to set/ figure IC and how to change IC, shocks, tire pressure etc based on track conditions.

If you prefer not to go through all the trial and error, have a chassis shop or racer with equipment scale the car and set it up for him. Have them explain tuning changes.
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His engine is a stroker small block with Dart Pro 1 227s. Given he has a small block with aluminum heads he is lighter even yet. I think the price is good on the car. The guy we will buy it from said he would weigh and help with set up once he gets the engine and trans in and its ready to go. Thanks again to everyone.

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Just chimming in. Traction shouldn't be a problem. There are 9 sec cars out there launching the front end with 10 inch slicks. Suspension is key...The right drag shocks, front and rear, and drag springs, front and rear will do wonders.
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QA1 adjustable drag shocks front and rear. Front and rear adjustable drag coil overs. Four link. Glass front end. I think its a good deal just wanted to run it by you guys.

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A certified roller for $4000... Thats a deal.

I know a guy out here running a Monza (no idea what year) he has gone mid 11's with a stock style suspension with 10.5" tire with no trouble. I think his car is 2,800 pounds. It was sorted out till he started playing with Nitrous, then it just got inconsistently fast. He is going to back half the car this winter so he should be running solid 11's come spring.
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with the combo you have the monza should hook and go.
good luck!
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Thanks for the information.

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