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Old 02-05-2008, 06:08 PM
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Total vs Sprint Vs Zipper

After reading your last post, I would suggest you talk to the members of your club about finding a local chassis builder to work with. You have a lot of variables to face. Working with an experienced builder will help you thru most of these decisions.

As for a Speedway chassis, I use their parts all the time, but their T bucket chassis is a little dated. It sits high for one thing and buy the time you modify it for your use, you might as well have one built to your specs.

I've heard some real good things about Spirit. You might want to check them out further.

Total's been around for a long time. They know their stuff and the customer support is next to none.

I wouldn't advise CCR. If you can get a hold of them, it's hard to get an answer to your questions. Their chassis was designed at a time when cartoon cars were the rage at car shows. In my opinion, they are out dated and of a poor design for todays use.

These are my opinions and mine alone. I'm not trying to step on anyones toes. As a first time builder, I would want this experience to be a rewarding one for you, hence the gut level response.

Good luck with what ever you decide, Youngster.

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Are you looking to build a car or drive it? How long do you plan on this taking? 1 yr? 2? 5 yrs?

If I was you, with the limited fabrication experience, I would wait till I could get a stage III kit from one of the manufacturers. Even Total has a layway plan (not sure if thats a good financial idea though) There should be no welding required and everything should bolt on with minimal holes to drill. Don't worry though, even with a complete "kit" there are still lots of things to customize and make your own.

If you get a kit and a good running donor car, you can harvest the engine, transmission, driveshaft, rearend, wiring (maybe), seat parts (foam/belts) and other misc parts. That way, you can clean up, paint and install the motor, trans and rear end and have a roller for not a whole lot of money. Sprit has a pretty complete kit w/ front and rear suspension and body for $3,880. Thats a pretty good deal.
I would love to have a completed car..like, now! But I don't have the funding, so I'll probably take a few years and build one..so 2 to 3 years would be a realistic goal as far as timing goes...

I already have a pretty nice motor, so you can knock that off the list... I just emailed Spirit and asked if they could make a shorter chassis for their 27.. I like a lot of aspects of that package, but it just looks really long to me... I noticed that other 27 chassis measure 5 inches shorter..doesn't seem like much, but for some reason I notice it

If that doesn't work out, I'll probably be looking at a 23T...probably then between Spirit and Total... I still have some time to think about it though before I purchase anything.....

BTW, what do you think about the various rear end assemblies offered? A lot of the aftermarket parts I see at Summit and the like are for the 9 inch Ford... Are there good aftermarket parts and assemblies for the 8 inch Ford or the Chevy rear that Spirit uses???

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The 8" doesn't have a large a following as the 9", so swap meet parts are fewer. Gear selection is more limited too. If you go Total, you will be buying all the components to the 8" so that can get pricey if you go new. Complete 8" rears can be had pretty cheap and you harvest the parts you need like pumpkin, backing plates, brake hardware, etc. The axle shafts for the Total housing are the narrowest Ford made, so don't believe thier nonsense about using "the axles from any 60's 8" rear". There are about a dozen different 8" housing widths used back then. I found the only ones that would work are from a V-8 powered Mavericks or Comets. Not sure how the Chevy from Spirit is outfitted.
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If you know the hub to hub width of the axle that you need then it may be possible to find one that is close enough to be usable..Maybe from an S-10 4x4 or an 8.8 from an explorer as those are fairly narrow..If you are using a manual trans then look for an axle from a manual trans car..

When the budget is tight then we need to get a bit creative in our choices..

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Pound for dollar, you can't have more fun than a "T". If it's about the experience, it don't get no better.

Build it or buy it, theres' no better value when it comes to "fun-for-the-buck".

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