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Old 11-26-2012, 04:15 PM
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Id prefer it as light as possible what ever vehicle so gutted doors welded shut would be in order. It will ride a trailer to and from the track.
Then you need a steel tube chassis and a firberglass body. They have a bunch to choose from out there.

Look here at least make sure it in a class so you can race if you decide to get more into it.

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:33 PM
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One of the 17 cars at last count we bought and sold was a short wheel base center steer old Alter roadster.It was a 4 link/strut.Ran it that way for a season(it was a handful at the top end)and stretched it.A 9.90 car with a easy 1.27 60' that hooked like clockwork.We had to add wt to it.It was 1850lbs.

Seems these days once you cross the line into a 9 second car,it does get expensive.
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Id prefer it as light as possible what ever vehicle so gutted doors welded shut would be in order. It will ride a trailer to and from the track.
Cheapest and fastest ride would be a front-engine dragster. I've seen rollers from $5,000 to $10,000. Add your motor/trans and go 9's or 8's or 7's or 6's, depending on the chassis certification sticker and the amount of horsepressure you're generating. Just be careful and don't buy a car that won't chassis cert.
And by the way, it won't take a whole lot of motor. 350 horsepower will put an 1,800 lb car in the nines.

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buy an old pro gas chassis. then bolt something in it and turn some kind of times
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buy an old pro gas chassis. then bolt something in it and turn some kind of times
Are ya winding down on this one Vinnie?
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ya tech,I watch to see if something new comes up. I prefer to talk about something in progress rather than what might be? My biggest problem is I have to say something even after its over,lol. What about you???
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Theoretical speculation overload. I got out several posts ago.

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One of the things that makes hot rodding go around is the concept that anyone can walk up to any car and drive it no matter how fast it is.In my racing career I can tell you I have seen guys with tons of experience step up in a build in a faster car that they found was over their heads to drive.Joe Laspota drove RED's for yrs and bought a Spizter alter.He said it hooked so hard that they had to add padding to the cage because his helmet was hitting giving him headaches.Told us he was having a hard time driving ahead of the car.I was just so blinding fast.Before a steering component broke on it resulting in a crash he was seriously considering selling the car and going back to RED's.

As for myself I have yrs of seat time in 9.90 cars.The current RED I am smart enough to know it is way beyond what I could drive and that is why amongst other reasons why we have a driver for it.

This is only two examples,but I have seen tons more just like it.Makes me wonder about forums like these where we all are giving advise to people we really don't know how to go fast and if in fact we are getting them and who they are racing against into trouble.Ya,ya,the cert driver's test.That is a bunch of horse hockey................
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One of the things that makes hot rodding go around is the concept that anyone can walk up to any car and drive it no matter how fast it is.In my racing career I can tell you I have seen guys with tons of experience step up in a build in a faster car that they found was over their heads to drive.Joe Laspota drove RED's for yrs and bought a Spizter alter.He said it hooked so hard that they had to add padding to the cage because his helmet was hitting giving him headaches.Told us he was having a hard time driving ahead of the car.I was just so blinding fast.Before a steering component broke on it resulting in a crash he was seriously considering selling the car and going back to RED's.

As for myself I have yrs of seat time in 9.90 cars.The current RED I am smart enough to know it is way beyond what I could drive and that is why amongst other reasons why we have a driver for it.

This is only two examples,but I have seen tons more just like it.Makes me wonder about forums like these where we all are giving advise to people we really don't know how to go fast and if in fact we are getting them and who they are racing against into trouble.Ya,ya,the cert driver's test.That is a bunch of horse hockey................
This guys car broke and he crashed. Sounds like he was doing OK until parts broke. Id like to think most people know their limits. I know mine. I guarantee you im going to ***** foot this car until i know im capable. My dad ran 9's in the 80's. I was born to drive. But that dosent mean i have the required skills now. In my little circle im considred a good driver. even though i insist i suck. Im my own biggest critic. Ill tell you right now. If i was placed in a 10's car today and got on it and it got squirly, id let out of it likely causing a crash. It will take time getting comfortable.

I think we should save the holier then though should i be releasing my vast wisdom at the risk of killing people doing this amazing thing that i am capable of. Its just driving a car fast. Thousands do it well. Only practice is required. Its also dangerous. If you are scared of the guy next to you then pop it in reverse because now hes got reason to fear you.
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I'm convinced one of the best ways to learn to drive is to build a car. When you understand how it ALL goes together and how one little cotter pin missing from a castle nut can cause loss of life you really have a whole new way of looking at it- its no longer just aim and push the pedal.

Then again some people are just retarded and will never learn.
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I'm convinced one of the best ways to learn to drive is to build a car. When you understand how it ALL goes together and how one little cotter pin missing from a castle nut can cause loss of life you really have a whole new way of looking at it- its no longer just aim and push the pedal.

Then again some people are just retarded and will never learn.
This is exactly why im not buying some already built car. You dont earn the right to drive just buying some ones junk and throwin a crate motor in it.
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ya tech,I watch to see if something new comes up. I prefer to talk about something in progress rather than what might be? My biggest problem is I have to say something even after its over,lol. What about you???
I think 632Mantis nailed it.....Theoretical Speculation Overload.....
I enjoy following along on a build-in-progress. The young man who installed the SBC in the front of the VW sedan with the radiator in the rear is an excellent example.....lots of photos and a clear plan....
http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/v8-1...ed-130845.html
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I think 632Mantis nailed it.....Theoretical Speculation Overload.....
I enjoy following along on a build-in-progress. The young man who installed the SBC in the front of the VW sedan with the radiator in the rear is an excellent example.....lots of photos and a clear plan....
http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/v8-1...ed-130845.html
That is a cool car!
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Learning so i can get my plan together is speculation overload? A.D.D. Much? Consider this thread abandoned.

I wish i could have been born knowing everything like you guys.

this link should keep you fully engaged for many hours:

Muscle car - Google Search

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Learning so i can get my plan together is speculation overload? A.D.D. Much? Consider this thread abandoned.

I wish i could have been born knowing everything like you guys.

this link should keep you fully engaged for many hours:
Ken, you've had every question- no matter how simple or challenging- answered by at least one person and in many cases by several. We take the time out of our lives to help people like you, and this is what you give in return? And all because a couple guys are 'over it' for whatever reason?? I mean, this thread has been going on for a good while now- 10 pages and counting!

But in any event if this shows your ability to handle anything that doesn't go exactly your way, you might be better off not trying to build a race car in the first place. Because I guarantee you- as far as aggravations go, you ain't seen NOTHING yet!!!
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