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Old 07-19-2010, 10:14 AM
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Hi I have added Competition Engineering subframe connectors and formed rear frame rails to my 65 Nova. I plan to use leaf springs and use the car for street/strip. The leaf springs will now be about 7 1/2 inches in on each side. Has anyone out there done this and how does it handle? Thanks
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I moved the leafs in 3" per side on my '72 Maverick and haven't seen any ill-effects. But my car is not a "touring" car, just a modest street machine with no great handling expectations. With the MII front clip it definitely handles better than stock...

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Thanks for the reply Russ. I have a TCI front clip coming. Did you mini tub the Maverick? Dan
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Thanks for the reply Russ. I have a TCI front clip coming. Did you mini tub the Maverick? Dan
Yes I did, currently running 325-50x15 M&H drag radials on 10" wheels, but there's room for a 14" sidewall...

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Nice job!

The car looks beautiful Russ. Those tires look great under there. That is the size of drag radial that I have picked out. How long did the Maverick project take? Have you raced it?
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This was my quickest build to date, 15 months from off-loading the car (it came from WA) to first drive. I did all the chassis & engine work (including adapting the LS-1 & 200R4 trans), my bud did the mini-tub, bodywork, and paint. I'm still working out a few bugs in between bouts with my back, so no times yet. From what's in the engine (most agree it should be pushing ~ 370 RWHP) and the car is reaaally light (I can push it with one finger), I'd guess ~ 2900 with me in it, so with those numbers, times should be around 11.00 flat. BTW, my bud (Ray) that helped me out has a '66 Nova with an Alston clip and BBC...

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Hi Russ
I like the engine and trans you used. How is the 200r4 working out? One concern I have with my new frame rails is the leaf springs will be directly under the frame rails, they come with spring mounts there. Are your leaf springs that way? Are you using any traction bars? Thanks, Dan
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Dan,

The 200R is one of the best autos you can build (it needs a few non-stock parts to live), mine was built by "Jakeshoe" who's here on the board sometimes. Even got to watch and help!

My leafs are also under the "rails" (see pix). The bottom of the rails were cut off and replaced with the new spring cage (I made my own but the kit I based mine from was a Crite's kit for early Falcons as seen here):


The only bars to use with leafs are Caltrac's (anything else is a knock-off). John Calvert is a good guy and will take care of you!

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