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That's actually true---for brackets.


To further my thoughts, i'm thinking a chevelle or any car with a full frame might be better---since chassis prep would be minimal. But most of these cars might be a little too heavy; i'm thinking along the lines of 64-77 a/g bodies.

Now the s-10 and smaller 78-87 a/g bodies are good, BUT the vast majority of them have the 7.5" 10 bolt rear end. This would entail replacement of several thousand dollars unless you get lucky and find 8.5 that will bolt in from a junkyard.

So, this is why i feel the 1st and 2nd generation camaro is a good choice----not too heavy and very good rear axle.
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That's actually true---for brackets.


To further my thoughts, i'm thinking a chevelle or any car with a full frame might be better---since chassis prep would be minimal. But most of these cars might be a little too heavy; i'm thinking along the lines of 64-77 a/g bodies.

Now the s-10 and smaller 78-87 a/g bodies are good, BUT the vast majority of them have the 7.5" 10 bolt rear end. This would entail replacement of several thousand dollars unless you get lucky and find 8.5 that will bolt in from a junkyard.

So, this is why i feel the 1st and 2nd generation camaro is a good choice----not too heavy and very good rear axle.
not to argue, but have you priced out a 1st gen?
I'd get a 300-500 g body and spend the 1100.oo for a 9" and still not be anywhere near the by in. on a rotted mess of a 1st gen..

3rd gen f boadys are not all that heavy after you take all the b/s out..
and are still cheap..
even b bodys are 33oo-3400 lb once you remove all the junk a drag car doesn't need..
the 1st gen are great drag cars, but the down fall now is the cost to get one..

the fox body fords,, are cheaper.. (I'm a g.m. guy) and if you don't want a rustang, a farmont/tbird/ltdII/etc fit the bill..
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i meant either or----if you can't find a cheap 1st gen, then you can probably find a cheap 2nd gen and it already has the 8.5" 10 bolt which really doesn't need any work---maybe a change of gears though.


RE: the g,b, and 3rd gen f bodies:

i didn't know you could get a ford 9" for $1000?

Now what you could do is find a 8.5, 8.6 10 bolt or 12 bolt from a salvage yard and just adapt it to the car----weld on the new mounts to match the old rear. It may be wider than stock----in that case use fender flares or wheels with negative offset.
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Sorry- can't seem to help it - my smart(donkey) side comes out again

The best bracket car would be one that is fully consistent, run after run after run

Therefore I'd submit that a 1969 Chevrolet Brookwood Wagon with the small 6 and an automatic, with air cond, power windows, locks etc would be incapable of any wheelspin whatever and should run a consistent 37 second pass, time after time after time......



Yeah, i know

Ok I'll go to my room now
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i would agree, but let's assume the potential racer would want to either quickly or eventually race in bracket 1 (formerly known as pro and super pro---i think we should revert to those categories......)

In that case i think either a trans-camaro, nova (and clones) or chevelle/monte carlo would be the best move overall in terms of initial costs.
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