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Old 08-05-2003, 04:04 PM
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sedans 4-500 lbs lighter than hardtops?

my newly made friend who is helping me work on my indian scout says that the sedan, like the car to the left here <-, is 4-500 lbs lighter than a hardtop, ala GTO, which could be why it seems to me that my little car with a 326 goes alot faster than it should! he said hardtops have mucho extra metal in the body around the rear of the doors.

anybody back this up???

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Old 08-05-2003, 05:00 PM
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While it makes sense that a sedan would need less body reinforcement. the sedan body has less flex in it too so it makes the car able to get the power to the back wheels better than a hardtop.

Look at how many two door sedans there are made into drag cars as opposed to the hardtops. Many hardtops would most likely have extra body mounts and in some cases extra chassis cross members, maybe even heavier chassis. All of which adds up to extra weight as well.

Correct me if I am wrong though.

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Old 08-06-2003, 06:16 AM
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Statements with no back up data are just opinion. That being said, I have always believed that your train of thought was correct. Hard tops do have heavier frames and cross members. It even gets into larger brake drums and rotors on some models.
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Old 08-06-2003, 07:47 AM
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Never thought of the brakes.

What other options or standard hardtop extras would add to the weight I wonder?

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I have heard the sedan body is stronger, the extra support for the body will not allow the body to flex/twist when launching a race car?? Aesthetically I beleave the HT bodys are more desired?? I must like the ugly ducks because I have 4 sedans in my stable out of 5 cars?? And just like Madd Syntst said this is just my opinion as I have no facts. bullheimer, buddy!! why not drop some 400 or 455 heads on thet 326 and give it some real breathing room?? Then watch it scoot!! just my 2cents***



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Old 08-06-2003, 12:37 PM
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the block would have to be relieved for the valves. i found a 400 i hope i can get

i think hardtops just look cooler cause it's closer to a convertible with all the windows down. but practically of course, solid posts are way more quiet and waterproof that a piece of rubber.

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Well the body has to have more strength if it has pillars where the hardtops don't.This is why they are more desirable for drag racing. any weight difference would be a bonus to torsional body strength.

Many hardtops have a lower roof profile than the sedans which adds to to appearance of the body.

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