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From: Gadsden, Al
Registered: Aug 99

posted 07-29-2001 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok folks, I'm at a crossroads on my car and looking for some opinions. Need to decide what I'm going to do for this winter's project. Winter here lasts about 6 weeks before racing season starts again, so any major work needs to be planned in advance.

Looking at going one of two routes with my 69 Mustang fastback drag car.

A. Full on rack and pinion setup with tubular a-arms and coil overs.
Advantages: 1. extreme weight reduction, 2. room for any engine, particularly those BBF Blue Thunder heads with the BBC exhaust for a possible 514-540 BBF. 3. Off the shelf tube chassis headers will fit. 4. Lot's more adjustablility in the front end.
Disadvantages: 1. Cost. prob looking at $2K+ for the whole deal. 2. Hassle with crossmember/oil pan issues. 3. General headaches/ gotchas that go with major projects. 4. Hassle of remounting radiator and front end sheet metal.

B: Rebuild stock front end with aluminum/delrin bushings, change out stock drum brakes for some much lighter Wilwood stuff, add some *good* shocks (currently using CE 3 ways at 90/10), add some adjustable travel limiters. Car has way too much front end travel. Keeps going up when it should be going forward.

Advantages: 1. Cost, brakes $600, shocks $300, front end rebuild $300. 2. Much easier to install. 3. Would be much harder to mess it up, most of the gotchas have been dealt with by other people. 4. Some weight savings from the brakes.

Disadvantage: 1. Not as adjustable. 2. BBF will fit, but not any fun to work on, Blue Thunder heads with BBC ports out of the question. 3. Still heavy up front

Originality is not a concern. The car has already been back-halved with aluminum interior and dash, ladder bars / coil-overs. For those who have not seen it, my web site has pics:

Any opinions welcomed.


David Cole

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From: Connersville, IN
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posted 07-29-2001 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For me, it would come down to a question of money. But, if money is no object, then go all out with the tubular stuff. Do whatever it takes to kick some Chevy butt.

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posted 07-30-2001 12:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I'd do "A" if you can swing it financially. Even if you ever sell your race car, it would be worth a couple thousand more with this mod. Hell I'd buy it from you! You ready to sell it yet?


p.s. If anyone knows of a 9-10 sec Mav for sale, please let me know.

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From: Jasper, TN, USA
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posted 07-30-2001 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SG236   Click Here to Email SG236     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Money will make the decision for you Dave!


I got a tube chassis Maverick but it isn't for sale! Sorry.

Russ Hood
70s Maverick S/Pro

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posted 07-30-2001 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know Russ! Let me know when you're ready.


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kid vishus

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posted 07-30-2001 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would do "A" if the money was available.
I have the limiters now, and the good brakes and good shocks. But, even my C isnt any fun to work on with the stock shock towers. Plus, if you tube it, you can move the motor back some and make your front to rear balance better.

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