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Old 04-10-2008, 02:49 PM
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Question and introduction from newbie

Hi everyone,

My name is David and I'm currently thinking about building a car. I'm in the process of finishing grad school (done next month!) and a car would be something I'd want to complete within the next 1-3 years, so I have some time.

What I'm looking for is something to have fun with on the weekends and occasionally go to the track. Nothing too crazy. 11-12 secs would be fine to get started with, but I'm sure I'll get bitten by the bug not too long afterwards.

My question though is what sort of car I should be looking for. So far my homework has taught me that 2nd gen Camaros and Fox body Mustangs are plentiful and relatively cheap. I've always been a Chevy guy, but it seems that late 80's Mustangs seem to be pretty agreeable at 7-9K (from corral.net).

Anyone have any thoughts on this? And are there any Chevy websites out there similar to corral and mustangs?

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I am more of a ford guy my self..but either car would be a good start..i think in terms of 2000-3000 for a good runner to start with for a new builder as there is lots to learn and having ne that runs and drives is very good..look for rust and one that is complete..n the Mustang find one that has the 5.0 or 302 in it now..

To get into the 11 sec bracket I think it may be best to go for cubes so in a ford find a decent 351 block..get your heads from Ford performance or Roush..Then put in a 392 stroker kit..This will bolt right in a 5.0 chassis and then there are quite a few suspension parts for the Fox body as they are run in autocross..Strip out all the weight you can get out as that will help and is a cheap performance trick unless you get wild with weight reduction..

You can do the same basic recipe with the GM so it comes down to your choice of car and what you can find..

Shop on craigs list or autotrader as well as keeping an eye out on the local newspaper or little nickel paper and one can come up with some good stuff for reasonable..

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Welcome aboard. Novas are not bad also. Good luck on your search and post up some pics when you find something.
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Haha, Chevette. I saw that article in Hot Rod a few years back. That stuff was crazy.


Can you really build a Nova for under 10K?
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I believe the Novas from 73 up go for cheaper than the older ones. Building anything for a set cost all depends on exactly what you want.
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THe best thing to do is keep an open mind. What about an S10/15. Those trucks are a dime a dozen and tubbing it would be rather easy if you went that route. Hey a lot of those 80's Buick Regals came with a V8 or a turbo and they are fast. What I'm basically saying is it up to your budget, skill & good work area that can make your decision. If you find something you like post a thread and see what the membership thinks what you can do with it and if its worth while to do it. Welcome and Good Luck!!
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Welcome aboard!!! Ford or Chevy both have good models available.
Fox body Mustangs with 5.0L are a good starting piece or the `80's Monte Carlo's, Grand Prix's, Regal's & Cutlass's with a 5.0L or 5.7L are also good. All can be done a resonable price.
Good Luck with what ever you choice. The main thing is to enjoy.
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Id suggest a g-body...80's Monte carlo, cutlass, grand prix, regal etc. You can pick them up cheap, already setup for bigger v8's, almost all mechanical parts are interchangable, the rear end readily accepts 8.5 out of a GN or 442, and plain and simple easy to work on.
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