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Re: cheap chassis to save drag racing

Post by Jeff Lee » Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:49 pm

Past engine builder was developing a cheap dragster concept using a V-10 Chrysler engine. It could come from a Viper or truck.
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Re: cheap chassis to save drag racing

Post by miniv8 » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:58 am

Use the H.A.M.B. dragster rules as core.
Let them use automatics and EFI.
Have a list of accepted donor vehicles for the drivetrain.
Keep a reasonable e.t. limit. 10 flat for the quarter and 6 for the eight.

This will either end up as a pack of rat rod, steampunk, MadMax looking machines, or it will end up as any other cookie cutter high dollar class.

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Re: cheap chassis to save drag racing

Post by pdq67 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:50 pm

Where is a picture of the 750 pound aluminum Olds engine dragster? "Underdog"......

The little flyweight that ran upwards to 195 mph in the quarter and gave the big boys with their hemi's fits?

I found it!

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/rescued- ... -underdog/

http://www.bing.com/images/search?view= ... ist=0&vt=0

Underdog", and to think at one time I had an Olds as well as a Buick 215" aluminum V-8's.

More fun than a bunch a monkeys!!

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Re: cheap chassis to save drag racing

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Re: cheap chassis to save drag racing

Post by Bailey Groutage » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:27 pm

I'm pretty young. I like drag racing too. At the end of the day, the transmissions cost more than the engines these days for all of the easily accessible higher power engines. I can build 1000hp with cheap turbos on a nissan v8, easy and cheap. Getting it through a transmission costs more than the car and the engine combined. Then add in a roll cage and safety. It makes other, less strict motorsports seem more accessible.

A lot of people seek awd chassis because the cost of slicks is a lot more than a lot of younger people can afford. I see used slicks for sale by 20 somethings that have 2-3 passes on them all the time.

I do understand that a lot of working young people are idiotic when it comes to finances and have the attention span of gnats.

I meet a lot of people who don't understand that everyone works, saves up and acquires parts of their race car over time. It's just a lot slower for young people who are in the majority, who on average save less than $1000 a year and earn around $15-20k a year.

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Re: cheap chassis to save drag racing

Post by Bailey Groutage » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:29 pm

I forgot to add, access to a LIFT is hard to come by! Even jobs where you used to be able to work after hours at the shop are removing those privileges because of the fear of LAWSUITS.

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Re: cheap chassis to save drag racing

Post by bobmc » Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:23 am

I had not not thought about the fact that gas stations don't have lifts these days, oil change places don't use them so the lift business must be a third of what it was 40 years ago

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Re: cheap chassis to save drag racing

Post by FC-Pilot » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:44 pm

There are rental garages where you can “rent” lift time or a space in a shop to build or work on your car. As far as the transmission thing goes, not all makes have transmissions like the TH400 that can be built to get a car into the eights for under a grand. I am sure there are some other tough trans out there but being a gm guy that is the one I know.

Heaven knows there are lots of obstacles to cross when it comes to getting on the track. As a guy that has not made a pass in 14 years in a funnycar, and it would be another 2-3 years before I could be back on the track again I get it. I understand as well or even better than others. But I am not going to risk my safety or the safety of someone else just because I want to go fast. Patience and persistence are what is needed.

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