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How tough is the NHRA Tech on older race cars. Specifically, a Pinto that used to run on an 8:99 index some years back and now is ready to be reintroduced though we'd hold it back to low 10's. Is the recertification for the slower class that tough??
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It's not bad. What they mainly look for is tube size, wall thickness and correct location.
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here are the NHRA 2006 RULES ...joe
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here are the NHRA 2006 RULES ...joe
Yea, I found those revisions online also but it doesn't detail what I have to pass to run no faster than 9.99. This cert. is somewhat important as I haven't bought the car as yet and there is no track close by to run it through tech. b4 I buy! Its a car that was run in the late 80's & early/mid 90's and just want to tone it down & have fun racing in the 10's!
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sounds like u need to buy a rule book then, BUT i would bet u'll have to bring the car up to todays codes...joe
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The rules are enforced at the track when you enter a race. For certification they are looking at the chassis only and the car can even be striped down to a bare chassis. I would get it certified or at least have it checked by a chassis builder if you want to go quicker than 10.00. Any rules that the track enforces will usually require minor changes if any. Good luck and go have some fun.
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My car was built legal in1990. At that time the class was 9.99 to 7.50. I have 1 year left on my tag but had it gone over anyway to make sure the rear bars were legal. Some earlier cars have to have helmet bars replaced & added. The new time for the same license; "4B" ( up to 125" wb, Comp-Super Comp,ET, SG,SS, SST & SPTC) is 8.49 & slower. Division 1 tracks cutoff in Heavy Eliminator is 9.0 with no electronics.

I'd recommend that you completely remove all trace of your old chassis tag. Tech sometimes get nervous when they see an expired tag and if you pull the old one off, it spells VOID.
Then, you might not be able race the car at all. Mind you that interpretation of the rules can be at the discretion of the individual track owner, so completely remove the old tag. Hope this helped

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The good news is you do not need any chassis certification or re-certification whatsoever for NHRA if you are running slower than 10.00 seconds in the quarter mile. Removing the old cert sticker sounds like a good idea too.

To run low 10's legally, you will need an SFI single layer jacket, SFI flexplate/ flywheel-bellhousing, SFI bellhousing shield for automatic, SFI auto trans shield/ blanket, SFI 5-point seat belts less than 2 years old, SFI harmonic damper, aftermarket axle shafts, longer wheel studs for aftermarket wheels, and a driveshaft loop. (this list is off the top of my head- may be more.) More good news- this is all basic racing equipment and your car should have all of this already except for new(er) seatbelts.

All that is needed chassis-wise to run 10.00 and slower is a five point roll bar (main hoop, rear bars, and driver side door bar) *provided that vehicle has unaltered floor and firewall. (if you had a convertable top- there is more required) Your car should definitely have more than enough roll bar/ roll cage.

Only if you plan on running 9.99 and faster do you need to worry about chassis cert. Your old roll cage should be good to 8.50 seconds without need for additional bars/ updates. If you run faster than 9.99 you need a competition license, more driver safety gear, etc.
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The good news is you do not need any chassis certification or re-certification whatsoever for NHRA if you are running slower than 10.00 seconds in the quarter mile. Removing the old cert sticker sounds like a good idea too.

To run low 10's legally, you will need an SFI single layer jacket, SFI flexplate/ flywheel-bellhousing, SFI bellhousing shield for automatic, SFI auto trans shield/ blanket, SFI 5-point seat belts less than 2 years old, SFI harmonic damper, aftermarket axle shafts, longer wheel studs for aftermarket wheels, and a driveshaft loop. (this list is off the top of my head- may be more.) More good news- this is all basic racing equipment and your car should have all of this already except for new(er) seatbelts.

All that is needed chassis-wise to run 10.00 and slower is a five point roll bar (main hoop, rear bars, and driver side door bar) *provided that vehicle has unaltered floor and firewall. (if you had a convertable top- there is more required) Your car should definitely have more than enough roll bar/ roll cage.

Only if you plan on running 9.99 and faster do you need to worry about chassis cert. Your old roll cage should be good to 8.50 seconds without need for additional bars/ updates. If you run faster than 9.99 you need a competition license, more driver safety gear, etc.
Ok thanks, this is the info I was looking for. The car does have altered floor pans and firewall though!
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