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Old 02-01-2005, 12:38 PM
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What would be an easy car to get into the 12~13 second range with moderate engine work? I'd like to stick with a small block engine because of it's size. I'm more of a suspension guy, so I don't know the ins and outs of the engine. It would probably be the engine I'll be learning on. I had even thought about just purchasing a crate engine and putting it in.

The car I'm looking to get is an 80's monte carlo, but I'm up for suggestions. Weight is always a factor, so if there's anything else you guys could recommend that would fit my profile better.

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Old 02-01-2005, 01:12 PM
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I'm a Chevy guy and hate to say this, but...............5L Mustang......
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that's what many have told me, simply due to the number of parts available for cheap

but i think i'd like to stick with GM
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I agree with poncho. While its not very difficult on a sbc either (depending on the weight of the car and whatnot) you can get 5.0's cheap and make them quick even cheaper. Just goto your local drag strip as a testimate. You'll see more 5.0 mustangs there than anything else.

As far as cheap GM setups go . . . look for 70's - 80's F and G bodies. Find one with a 350.
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Or you can take that 5.0 Mustang and put the Chevy in it.. A friend of mine has one and the Ford people hate him. You should see their faces when they come up to the car in the pits, then look under the hood,,, But, it's quicker and cheaper to run than most of the mustangs out there and wins him money!!
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A late 70's to mid 80,s Malibu or Malibu wagon. They are light and somewhat affordable, just be sure to look at the rear frame above and behind rear axle. I've also seen some interesting 75 and up Novas running fast. One car that is getting cheaper and cheaper is the 93-95 Z-28 Camaros. You can easily get one into the 13's and even 12's with bolt-ons.
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A late 70's to mid 80,s Malibu or Malibu wagon. They are light and somewhat affordable, just be sure to look at the rear frame above and behind rear axle. I've also seen some interesting 75 and up Novas running fast. One car that is getting cheaper and cheaper is the 93-95 Z-28 Camaros. You can easily get one into the 13's and even 12's with bolt-ons.
Yes indeed they are getting cheaper. And while they are easy to get into the 13's and lower, it will cost you more. Once you hit FI prices go up up and away. Not to say that it is all that expensive, but it'll certainly cost a lot more than a carb based setup. But there are plenty of LT1 parts out there.

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Or you can take that 5.0 Mustang and put the Chevy in it.. A friend of mine has one and the Ford people hate him. You should see their faces when they come up to the car in the pits, then look under the hood,,, But, it's quicker and cheaper to run than most of the mustangs out there and wins him money!!
Interesting idea. I wonder how much cost and work is involved in planting and hooking up a 350 to a ford frame and tranny.
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I second the Malabo, Monte Carlo thought. Put in a warmed up 350 with headers a good cam and intake a 350 trans and decent gears and you can drive it to the track and run mid 12s all day long.I've built engines for several guys who have done just that
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I second the Malabo, Monte Carlo thought. Put in a warmed up 350 with headers a good cam and intake a 350 trans and decent gears and you can drive it to the track and run mid 12s all day long.I've built engines for several guys who have done just that
So you think the Monte Carlo would be fine, or should I look into the Malibu? I'm partial to that beast as well.
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Hey I'm a Blue oval guy and absolutely jealous how cheap good Chevy motor parts are compared to 5.0 roller motor parts.

Malibu and a carbed 350 and gears = ? $3000

I'd look for a wagon, better weight transfer, and you can load all your "stuff" for a day at the track
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camaro / firebird

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