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Old 05-15-2009, 04:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best drag car to start with????

Ok..here's one for everyone out ther who knows more than me a bout fast cars.

I get people asking me all the time what I would start with if I were just getting into RockCrawling. I always suggest something like a LandCruiser or a Samurai or even a Rubicon now that the prices have come down. All 3 have a ton of aftermarket support, the Cruiser and Rubicon start off with decently strong parts that will hold up to a certain level, and the Samurai can be bought and built cheap.

We all know that once you get to a certain level in any form of motorsport, it doesn't matter what you started with anymore. So I'm not talking about extremely fast cars, just like I'm not recommending that anyone start off with a custom buggy.

So whats the equivalent in the drag-racing/fast car world?? Something that can be bought fairly cheap and doesn't need everything upgraded or replaced almost immediately (like an old CJ...sorry Jeep guys). It doesn't necessarily have to be a sleeper, but something with a little character as well.

Any ideas and opinions????
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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nova and a junk yard big block

get some slicks, slapper bars and add nitrous untill it blows then by a new junk yard big block

rinse and repeat as necessary
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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most anythng with a small block chevy, would be my first guess
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you can get a 62-65 nova witha sbc bbc to trun very fast times easily. light little cars with room to add good stuff.

car 1000-2000 depending on what you find.
500 sbc bbc
9" 150- 300
any trans is gont to run 150-500.
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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5.0 Stang, much as I hate to say it....not much on style.

LS1 Camaro's are nice.

If you want style....like Mikey said. You can find one of the "knock off" cars....like a Lemans to a GTO....pretty cheap around here at least, 1500 bucks as a runner.

If I was going to do it.....60's Mustang coupe. They sell for pennies on the dollar to what the fastbacks go for.
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you can get a 62-65 nova witha sbc bbc to trun very fast times easily. light little cars with room to add good stuff.

car 1000-2000 depending on what you find.
500 sbc bbc
9" 150- 300
any trans is gont to run 150-500.
A really fast shoebox nova that is going to be under 3000 dollars?
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A really fast shoebox nova that is going to be under 3000 dollars?
If you can find one
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A really fast shoebox nova that is going to be under 3000 dollars?
maybe a four door...
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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5.0 Stang, much as I hate to say it....not much on style.

I can't do a 5.0 stang. To me..that is the same as starting off with a 82 CJ. You can go to the strip a time or two, but before you a really running decently fast you've got most everything replaced or modified and a ton of cash dumped. Just my opinion.
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edit, oh now you want pre built... lemme think...



Hands down the LS1 F body then.

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i have seen many 2door post cars on craigs list for 1,000 or less. like i said, i all depends on what kind of deal you can swing.
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What type of drag racing? Heads up? Bracket? If bracket what class? And lastly is it sanctioned by NHRA or IHRA? That might help nerrow down your choices.
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i have seen many 2door post cars on craigs list for 1,000 or less. like i said, i all depends on what kind of deal you can swing.
I can put 44s, 3 inch body lift, and 12 inch springs on a 1000 dollar truck and be under 3 gs as well. That doesn't mean it will be safe to drive.

Have you ever driven an old shoebox with the original suspension and brakes? They are scary at 55 with a straight six.
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Old 05-15-2009, 05:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Not necessarily prebuilt. I'm trying to make the comparison to RockCrawling. I would rather start with a Toyota truck than a Chevy 1/2 ton. They will both need to be built, but the yotas are popular because they can be made very capable by removing a lot and adding a little, rather than changing everything.
Maybe my view of the 5.0 stang may be skewed though.

I did find several Nova's local for reasonable prices...they are all 70's though. I'm not quite sure where the 2-3k 62-65 Novas are coming from.
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What type of drag racing? Heads up? Bracket? If bracket what class? And lastly is it sanctioned by NHRA or IHRA? That might help nerrow down your choices.
I don't really have a clear idea yet. Definitely not bracket racing. Probably more like heads up...you know...bragging rights at work on Monday morning.
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Not necessarily prebuilt. I'm trying to make the comparison to RockCrawling. I would rather start with a Toyota truck than a Chevy 1/2 ton. They will both need to be built, but the yotas are popular because they can be made very capable by removing a lot and adding a little, rather than changing everything.
Maybe my view of the 5.0 stang may be skewed though.

I did find several Nova's local for reasonable prices...they are all 70's though. I'm not quite sure where the 2-3k 62-65 Novas are coming from.
Might want to consider a late '80s Nova. They came with fuel injection.

Go hotrod a CJ5
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I can put 44s, 3 inch body lift, and 12 inch springs on a 1000 dollar truck and be under 3 gs as well. That doesn't mean it will be safe to drive.

Have you ever driven an old shoebox with the original suspension and brakes? They are scary at 55 with a straight six.
what is the title of the thread?


good start, didnt say it was easy, i didnt say that wouldnt be work to do, it is a good start.
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Starting out in heads up competition with little knowledge would take a pocket full of money. Your bet best is find a car that is already v-8 preferably early 70's and run it with just a few mods like headers,cam and aftermarket carb. As you gain experience make the car go faster and go up through the classes as you feel comfortable. You can have the most consistent car at the track but with no experience it would do no good. Just my 2 pennies, speaking from experience myself of course.
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Might want to consider a late '80s Nova. They came with fuel injection.

Go hotrod a CJ5




yup when I think outright high 1/4 mile performance I think late 80's nova all the way!!!







































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Vega. Bet you can find a cheap roller. Hell, even a stock one would be cheap to convert for your needs(if you can find one that isn't cut up). Just beware of booty fab, these things are popular for Drag racing, and hillbillies like drag racing too.
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