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Old 09-20-2005, 08:03 AM
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What Would Make a Good Drag Car

my friend wants to buy a car for street/strip racing he wants to retain a stock looking outside except for wheels and hood and near stock interior. he also does not want to have to put a lot of money into it to make it run around like 11-12 he was thinkin about a foxbody mustang or like a grand national but he doesn't really know. he has about 7-10 grand to spend intotal for the car and go fast parts. i was thinkin pick up a foxbody for like 2500 and put the rest into it and it'll run like 11.5 but i don't really know

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If you are Ford guys, the Fox is the way to go. A little lighter than a Mustang is a Fairmont/Zephre 2 dr sedan. It's on the Fox platform and all the Mustang stuff bolts right on.....a real sleeper.




If you want to go the Chevy route, a Nova works........Mopar, go with a Duster or Dart
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what Poncho said....squaremonts make killer sleepers, all of the fox stuff is a bolt on(as is most of the sn-95 stuff)Gut the interior, add a healthy 306...11's here we come
Just remember, the subframe connectors are longer for a fairmont, but still easy to do
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Light weight
Lots of power
Knowing how to build one effectively to get down the track
Big monthly race budget.

Pick your favorite and spend your money.

42 years of experience here.
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1 The fox body with a Chevy 400 sb works nicely.
2 Fox body Mustangs and 2nd gen Camaros are cheapest to build.
3 The 2nd gen Camaro can easily accept a BB.
4 Unlike the Camaro the G-body has a 4 bar rear suspension like the foxbody and can easily accept a BB.

Obviously I went with the 4th choice.
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There are some relatively cheap V8 Vega's on Ebay-
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you can buy cheaper than you can build. racing junk, corral, are the ford forums. plenty of good buys. e bay for others.
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$7-10k gives you some room to play with. If you get an inexpensive G-body or fox bodied Ford that had a bit of rust and bad interior for like 1-2k your rock'n rolling. Strip everything, interior, bumpers, remove all un-necesary weight. Now a 11 second ride is still a thrill and not that easy to achieve. With the 7-8k you have left I'd advise to go crate engine, 400-500hp. This is if you want a full on drag car, not a daily. Some tracks will require roll-cage or driveshaft loop but not sure if an 11 second ride would need all of that already. If you get a good deal on an engine and have some money left spend it on traction, tires, 4-bar or whatever else is in your budget. To go fast you need power, traction and safety.



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$7-10k gives you some room to play with. If you get an inexpensive G-body or fox bodied Ford that had a bit of rust and bad interior for like 1-2k your rock'n rolling. Strip everything, interior, bumpers, remove all un-necesary weight. Now a 11 second ride is still a thrill and not that easy to achieve. With the 7-8k you have left I'd advise to go crate engine, 400-500hp. This is if you want a full on drag car, not a daily. Some tracks will require roll-cage or driveshaft loop but not sure if an 11 second ride would need all of that already. If you get a good deal on an engine and have some money left spend it on traction, tires, 4-bar or whatever else is in your budget. To go fast you need power, traction and safety.



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NHRA rule book states that anything up to an 11.50 needs no safty equipment ( even no cage ). If he could keep the times at or just above 11.50 he could build a lot cheaper.
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If your only going to run in the 11s and 12s, why even waste your time.You will soon get bored at no more speed than your talking about, and to me it would be a waste of money. If you have never drag raced before and are just going to bracket race on weekends, then i guess this would be ok. We used to run in the 11s years ago, and we got real bored fast.
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good drag car

No one has mentioned a MAVERICK. Are they hard to find nowadays? A leaf spring car, move the leafs inboard, add a set of Cal-Trac bars. 5.0 engines are plentiful, carb-ed or injected. That's my vote.
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I watched the guys on hot rod TV Build a chevette with a 500 cid Caddy eng. I forget what rear end was used but I recall it was cheap and not to difficult. But today I saw a big block 70 nova on ebay already tubbed, cage, etc ran 10.8 for buy now of $9500.00. I f I had 10 k and wanted a race car I would do that.
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to run high 11s or low 12s get a 78-80 Monte-Carlo 350 with a little add-ons and a 350 trans. cheep and you can drive it to the track.
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G-body. I race my El Camino and race with a handful of Malibu's. They have the disc brakes to haul you down at the end of the quarter as opposed to early A-bodies. They can easily be made to accept a Big Block, but with the advent of big cube small blocks, it's hardly worth the weight. There are plenty of ways to make them lighter and are stiffer than the Nova or other unibody or subframed cars. Outside of a low amount of hood clearance (can be fixed with a cowl hood or something) they make for a great drag car for cheap. You can pick up a g-body for pennies compared to some other things (Mustang, Camaro).
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If your only going to run in the 11s and 12s, why even waste your time.You will soon get bored at no more speed than your talking about, and to me it would be a waste of money. If you have never drag raced before and are just going to bracket race on weekends, then i guess this would be ok. We used to run in the 11s years ago, and we got real bored fast.
WOW!! Mr Wood must be Mr FATPOCKETS!!!!!! For the budget you have set, low 12's to mid 11's should be attainable with the suggestions above and the car will be LOADS of FUN!!!!!! Some people just have to rain on everyones parade, ever heard the saying, " If you don't have something good to say................."???????????? But , what do I know, I'm just one of those weekend bracket racers!!!!
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