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76Skylark 76Skylark
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Posted: 02/04/13
08:10 AM

Ok so to me there are a couple choices available. early 70's are more to my liking but prices and condition of the Body/Chassis are ruling them out. A 78 g-body car fits the rules and are avail. and have located 2, 1 is an El Camino the other is a lemans $400.00(and with the station wagon pointy rubber nose on they Look cool)then I have gotten in touch with the Guys that have My old Starfire GT (monza) but they want 500 bucks and at 97" wheelbase I wonder about traction but curb weight is 2800# then the 4th Gen Firebirds/camaro I like the 95-6 pointy nose. a Longer wheelbase but really the Exact chassis as a monza and a 100# penelty for the newer year model.I should Get a weight brake For NOT building a Mustang.And I can piece one togeather for about 750.00 Any of these Chassis can be Made to work so it is more about looks except the monza style is Lite and racey looking what do ya'll think and what would you do with the suspension  on these choices. Remember the Monza and 4th gen can replace the K-member with tubular and the rear can be modded with tubes and Heim joints including the Torque arm, G-body must remain a Frame car. tubeular a-arms and rack,and Ladderbar rear  kinda hard to get under 3000#  

76Skylark 76Skylark
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Posted: 02/04/13
08:13 AM

also you can use Fiberglass Body parts but that is Costly.  

68scott385 68scott385
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Posted: 02/04/13
09:29 AM

I vote for the g-body wagon but I may be just a small bit biased.  
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tuffnuff tuffnuff
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Posted: 02/04/13
09:47 AM

+1
I think the wagon would have better weight distribution, for traction.

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76Skylark 76Skylark
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Posted: 02/04/13
12:42 PM

I haven't Found a G-body wagon I was saying the Nose on the Pontiac lemans wagon looked cool on a lemans body with the Pointy nose and all. remember I need to be at about 2900-3000lbs ready to race and I do have some experince with them.I won the Championship Race at our round track with an 80 Gran prix. it was very Stripped down and still weighed a tad over 3000Pounds. that dosn't mean I wouldn't bend a rule or two  but the more you get out to start the more you can put where you want it to be and MOST are FOX mustangs,but I won't have one of those!.  

redneckjoe69 redneckjoe69
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Posted: 02/04/13
02:29 PM

ill vote for the monza!  

Dave632 Dave632
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Posted: 02/04/13
02:45 PM

I would go with the lighter body. It is tough to take weight off when the interior has to be stock and fiberglass parts are expensive. Remember you have to add a roll bar/cage too which will add another 100-200 lbs.
The shorter wheelbase will help weight transfer too although it will be harder to handle.  
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76Skylark 76Skylark
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Posted: 02/07/13
08:32 AM

Bought two 4th gen Birds. 99 hit in the rear,96 hit in front.just about have a whole Car but in looking around parts for the Cars aren't too bad, but people that make suspension stuff seem to be Overly Proud of their Parts. Thank God I'm a junk yard Dog. the Lincoln Conti.9" rear is almost an exact match with the addition of torque arm of some sort,  Maybe even part of an old Chevy truck arm set. the front clip cross member & A arms could be a piece from a Lincoln LS (almost a bolt in) and is made from aluminum,but will need to change to a front Steer as they are Rear steer.Little bit of engineering and really I want to fab up stuff out of better materials but that is the lines of thinking as of now. A major diet for the Body but I think I have that Covered. Too bad all of My friends Here Live so far apart I could use some Help (labor)Lol. Pics coming when this rain Stops.  

redneckjoe69 redneckjoe69
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Posted: 02/07/13
08:45 AM

congratulations! Cool     glad to hear you got a new project.   looking forward to some pics.    heres a company with reasonably priced suspension parts.
http://www.foundersperformance.com/

   whats the plans for power?  

76Skylark 76Skylark
Guru | Posts: 853 | Joined: 12/11
Posted: 02/07/13
02:58 PM

Joe I will be Staying with the Same Engine that I was putting in the ChevyII. It's a Tall deck 454 w/a really good crank and Aluminum rods looking for a set of.060 pistons that haven't been abused,20-22cc dome I want to make around 9.8/10.0 cr with a 119cc head, I can find them in stock bore or .100 over but I want to leave some cyl.wall 88mm turbo is legal, just the Basic's  

76Skylark 76Skylark
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Posted: 02/07/13
03:15 PM

there is a build of a Bird that has me wiggling in my seat, look on the bullet at the bottom of forums page where the Stock suspensions/TRZ thread is, in it a thread on 4gen w/torque arm build,go in there to the bottom of the 3rd page or top of 4th page for a link to a build by JW fab. LOOK that OVER that is some nice work Sorry I still can't get the Copy/post stuff to do right maybe ya'll can put that here That is what I will Strive for.I know it's over my Head but ya got to have some kind of Inspiration  

redneckjoe69 redneckjoe69
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Posted: 02/09/13
05:34 AM

couldnt find the thread.   you definetly lined up some fabrication work shoving a turbo big block in a 4th gen.  Cool

   will it be called, the old crowbird?   firecrow?  Grin    

  any upadtes?  

76Skylark 76Skylark
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Posted: 02/09/13
02:47 PM

There are Several Mfg. that make tubular K-Member and A arms all are acceptable replacement for the Factory Front. then there is plenty of room. Jason from PA racing has made a good price to me so may go in that direction.I still have to process what it will take chassis wise and what the rules want, at 5.oh's that is a 7.50 NHRA cert.chassis so That is a big deal.I will know more after the Show At SGMP at the end of the month. gotta see the Build I was talking about.I will pm you later better Info.           "CROWBAIT"