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I just got back. I ordered and placed a deposit on a new dragster today. I'm REALLY looking forward to it. Been without a race car for a month. Longest period in 17 years without one.

I ordered a new dragster from American Racecars in Ohio.
http://www.americanracecars.net/
American is a fairly new company. They only started up two years ago and build an excellent car. Many of the big name "hitters", Scotty Richardson, etc are in their cars now. I placed my order through one of their dealers in N. Georgia.
http://www.flintstonemotorsports.com/index.html
The dealer gets the bare, powdercoated chassis and assembles to the customer specs.

What I ordered:
239" wheelbase swing arm suspension
2 colors powder coat on chassis and other parts. Powdercoat colors still be be chosen. They will send me a color chart
Strange aluminum rear end housing w Moser aluminum center, Moser axles/spool, 4.10 Pro gear, Strange brakes. Master cyl installed and brake lines plumbed.
Wheels, American Racing TrakStar wheels
http://www.jegs.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10001_10002_753743_-1_36657
matching 16X16's for the rear
front tires, left the rear tires off as It might take a while to finish I didn't want the slicks to dry out.

I will have to add: Paint, wiring and switch panel, ignition box, battery, delay box, shifter, gauges, belts, parachute. Many of the other odds n ends are std: glove box, seat pad, scoop and tray, charging lugs on boths sides, interior and fuel cell lights, dual shutoff, chute and throttle cables. It also has many extra mounts all over for things like trans cooler, overflow bottle, remote oil filter, etc.

It will be certified to 6.00 1/4 mile (Advanced ET cert)

I had many options and could have spent much more, but I did spring for some bling. Chrome: blow shield, fan shroud, complete swing arm assembly, dash top, tie rods and spindle arms, trans ring and limiters

I am charged up about this!

David Cole
 
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David, Congratulations!! It sure is fun ordering a new car. Then it really is fun with its together & you don't have buy anything else for it!! Well not buy anything for awhile anyway... :lol: I didn't know Mark Horton had gone into the chassis business. Nice looking work by the pictures on the website. :D
 

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Your love those Dragsters (although I hate water pipes on wheels.) Good friends of ours that run Flintstone Motorsports. They have some really nice cars coming our from there right now. Most are Chevy guys but one of the guys runs a BBF in his car and it runs 5.10's. Really a pretty dragster. If your at Steele this weekend we should all be down there racing. The one with the BBF if Dave Schmidt its White, Orange and Blue. Again for a dragster :lol: you did a really good job with these cars. Hope to see it out soon with it. Again Steve and the gang there are very good building these cars. Good luck.

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TopSportsman916 said:
David, Congratulations!! It sure is fun ordering a new car. Then it really is fun with its together & you don't have buy anything else for it!! Well not buy anything for awhile anyway... :lol: I didn't know Mark Horton had gone into the chassis business. Nice looking work by the pictures on the website. :D
Thanks,

They do build a nice car. I've spent the past month personally checking out every brand dragster I could find. This was the best combination of quality, features and value that I could find.


cobrakid8 said:
Good friends of ours that run Flintstone Motorsports. The one with the BBF if Dave Schmidt its White, Orange and Blue. Again for a dragster :lol: you did a really good job with these cars.
Doug
Yes, Dave's car is nice. It was the first American Racecars dragster I had seen in person when they brought it to Steele for the first passes ever put on it. I tried it on for size next week. The one I ordered is a little different, but basically the same. An extra 4" in the wheelbase, and an extra inch in the cage. Mine will be a 24.5" cage and I sprung for some extra chrome.

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You must want to be extra comfortable in your car with that extra inch inside. I have seen you before at a NMRA event and you are not that big :D I guess you just like the extra room. I got into Daves car too and that thing was comfortable enough to go to sleep in. I guess it must be nice compared to our car which is a 16 in seat which takes some sucking in and such to get into the car. If our motors not blown we should be down in Steele this weekend running hot rod.
 

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What happened?? I thought you wanted a door car?
I would have considered the "right" door car, but none came along that were within my price range.

I also had to look at my racing. Due to my job (railroad engineer) about the only type of racing I can do it bracket racing. I work too many weekends to try and follow a heads up series around from place to place. With brackets, I can head to the track if I find myself off work for a Sat night. My home track is only 15 miles away. I can keep the car loaded and just hook the trailer up and go.

A door car can be fun, but for brackets I believe a dragster has the most advantages. Not that a door car can't win, but the dragster is light, fast and easy to work on. 95 % of the time I'm the faster car and leave last, so the whole race is in front of me plus the other car gets the first chance to redlight.
 

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cobrakid8 said:
If our motors not blown we should be down in Steele this weekend running hot rod.
I'll be there spectating (and looking for ideas for a few odds n ends ideas for my new car). What car should I look for?
 

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We ran a compression test tonight. Everything looks good there. Did notice that the starter is rubbing completely on the flywheel so were building a bracket this week and getting a new starter. The car is a LX Hatchback Mustang. Since we have just got it together the car is about 5 or 6 different colors of white. Cowl Hood and fiberglass hatch. Should be car number HR 2776. Come and bye and say hello should be a few Ford boys there.

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Is the chassis tuning similar between a dragster with a conventional 4-link setup and a dragster with a swing arm 4-link?
 

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D.I.L.L.I.G.A.S. said:
Is the chassis tuning similar between a dragster with a conventional 4-link setup and a dragster with a swing arm 4-link?
As far as I know it is. It will just have a single Afco double adjustable shock/coil over. It has two regular type upper 4 link bars. The lower 4 link bars have a x brace between them, making the bottom bars one solid piece, but they still have regular rod ends that are adjustable. No anti-roll setup needed though since the bottom bars eliminate any roll. There are a couple of good pics of the rear suspension here, just click the small pic and it gets huge, so you can see what's going on.
http://www.dragsters4sale.com/id132.html

more here:
http://www.dragsters4sale.com/id130.html

and here:
http://www.americanracecars.net/shop.cfm
 

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David Cole said:
As far as I know it is. It will just have a single Afco double adjustable shock/coil over. It has two regular type upper 4 link bars. The lower 4 link bars have a x brace between them, making the bottom bars one solid piece, but they still have regular rod ends that are adjustable. No anti-roll setup needed though since the bottom bars eliminate any roll. There are a couple of good pics of the rear suspension here, just click the small pic and it gets huge, so you can see what's going on.
http://www.dragsters4sale.com/id132.html

more here:
http://www.dragsters4sale.com/id130.html

and here:
http://www.americanracecars.net/shop.cfm
His stuff looks similar to other dragster swing arm setups offered by other shops & the idea does seem to work OK. I don't know who originaly came up with the idea, but it must work OK. If the swing arm idea didn't work well they wouldn't be gaining in popularity.
 

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I don't like saying this but dragsters are boring as hell to watch. Different in the seat but boring to watch. Flame on.
 

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I don't like saying this but dragsters are boring as hell to watch. Different in the seat but boring to watch. Flame on.
 

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I don't like saying this but dragsters are boring as hell to watch. Different in the seat but boring to watch. Flame on.
To each his own. I will say that I don't give a rat's hind end if someone gets bored watching me. I race for MY entertainment, not anyone else's.

I've heard many people say they are boring. Generally, these are the people that have never driven one. Get in the seat and see if you have time to be bored when it goes the first 60' in 1.0x sec or goes 100+ mph in about 3 seconds.
 

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love to have a new car after sitting in and working on Garth's 2000 Bickle chassis mustang 812 inches of Kaase Hemi it's cool and it idles like a street car and lenco's are cooler , pull into the water box pull 1st , 3rd &4th levers rev the motor - pin the throttle -let the clutch fly -pull 2nd (now your in 4th ) and play with the throttle for the longest smokies burnouts , just too cool !! and at the track the last couple of weeks some of my nemeisis have bought a new 2006 Stroupe GTO Pro stock with a 588 shiorroff bb chev and a glide and it works , 1.03 60" times and 7.70's at 178mph , carbonfibre you can see light through , it's really going to break my heart to see their faces when I bring the car my old car out with the 600 and 4 stages of giggle juice and ofcoarse a C6 . now all I have to do is quit taking on more work and get my farming caught up
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