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Old 11-23-2018, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Another I need a vehicle thread...Enduro...

I just registered for a 24hr enduro race next May.
Think 24hr of Lemons but on a rough ass 3/8 mile high banked dirt oval.

Rules are simple, stock vehicle minus glass and lights. The only thing that can be removed from the interior is the carpet.

So I need a fuel efficient, durable and cheap stock vehicle that can turn left for 24hrs. Has to be under 22ft long. 3 hour stints with mandatory driver change and refueling. 8 minute time limit. Fwd, rwd, awd 4x4 all acceptable.

My initial thoughts are a mid 90s 2wd Tacoma since it's stupid simple. Strong frame, leaf spring rear, fairly light and the motors are good. Then I was thinking an Impreza since AWD is allowed. The track is a bowl and fast. The right front ball joints will take a beating. Fuel mileage will be a factor. I'm not convinced a v8 is a good option.

I haven't decided on a budget yet but $2-2500 sounds solid. I'm sure some teams will spend $$$ on a low mile vehicle for reliability. Hell if your average speed is decent you are talking a couple thousand laps easily

If they get 150 entries the payout is good. $15000 to win.

Suggestions? Experience? Fawk off ya fawkin redneck?
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RWD volvos.
non turbo.

unkillable tanks. D30 in the rear. stout little 4 banger in the front, radiator that's 3 times the size it needs to be.

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Is there an engine size allowed? I might want something that can handle a few accidents. What about an 02 ish escalade? Awd, 3-400hp, should go 3hrs on a tank of fuel. Probably the safest car there
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2.3 ranger?
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No engine limit, just overall length. <22ft.

Volvos are dirt cheap around here so that's a great option.

I'm assuming they will water the heck out of the track to keep speeds down so awd or 4x4 is a valid option.
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Crown Vic

How big is the tank on one of those?
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I would look for a something that has carbureted 350 Chevy in it. The less shit in it to go wrong the better.
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your imprezza idea is a good one. Or other 90's subaru. Just stay away from the ones with headgasket issues and make sure the cooling system is working when you start.
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I would think a 2wd truck without weight in the bed will be sideways with low traction most of the time.
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300hp rwd convertible for 600 bucks in WV. Maybe they'll let you add a cage.

https://swv.craigslist.org/cto/d/200...707780950.html
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That benz would be fun, need to check the rules on covertibles.
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your imprezza idea is a good one. Or other 90's subaru. Just stay away from the ones with headgasket issues and make sure the cooling system is working when you start.
so all of them?
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RWD volvos.
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How big is the tank on one of those?
find a late 70s early 80s with the 2.1 or 2.3L and mechanical FI,avoid the 16 valve,V6,diesel and efi unless its a turbo

or anything Panther
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find a late 70s early 80s with the 2.1 or 2.3L and mechanical FI,avoid the 16 valve,V6,diesel and efi unless its a turbo

or anything Panther
the EFI isn't terrible, just resolder the main relay and you're good.

it's generally reliable.
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5.0 ford explorer, rwd or awd, damn near bulletproof, last and best 5.0, 4r70w, 3.73 lsd 8.8 31 spline rear end
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My friend wins oval track enduros regularly with an early 90s Saab 900. It had the original motor for like 8 seasons after becoming a race car.
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so all of them?
I mean.. .only sorta. I had a 91 legacy with the 2.2 that hit 310k on what looked to be the original or at least very old gaskets. I dont think that is unusual for those engines, but past that i dont know.

But awd and otherwise fairly stout and nimble little cars.

If only someone made a shitty awd crown vic with a v8, that would be the ticket

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Bobbed deuce and half with the multi fuel engine will destroy everything
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No engine limit, just overall length. <22ft.

Volvos are dirt cheap around here so that's a great option.

I'm assuming they will water the heck out of the track to keep speeds down so awd or 4x4 is a valid option.
Watering the track may have the opposite effect. Unless it's a complete mud-fest, moisture = speed, if you have enough motor.
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This particular track is VERY good at track prep. Winged sprints are the money class that puts butts in the stands. It's a favorite track for a lot of good drivers.

I'm leaning toward over watering to keep the dust down as well.

I've been searching craigslist all weekend. Nothing has gotten me excited so far.
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