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Old 01-13-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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Cool Building a rally car. Opinions wanted.

Alright crew here's the gist of it. I need opinions and thoughts.

I've got a hold of a basically free, clean 1986 Chevette with a popped 1.6L. My plan is to turn it into a budget rally car to tackle the Dempster highway and run a few ice races up here. I have three possible powertrain options available to me. The first is rebuild the 1.6, which we all know isn't gonna happen. The second is a TBI GM 2.8L V6 and a standard out of an older S10. That's all it comes with is the engine and trans, no wiring. The third option is basically all the guts out of an '89 Mustang 2.3L. Engine, trans, PCM, dash harness, the whole nine yards. That donor car is getting completely stripped out so all the pieces good be mine for $100, right down to the axle if needed.

I may go turbo on the 2.3 eventually, my next question is whether on not if it's feasible to rebuild it with the forged pistons for now, and if I do that with the compression ratio be too low for it to run in NA form.

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Old 01-13-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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I'm still trying to get past the "1986 Chevette", but I guess it's been done before:

http://bringatrailer.com/2009/07/21/...hall-chevette/



Other than that, I LOVE rally cars, although I'd probably do it in a Ford.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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I would like to be in a blue oval rig too, but the price was right as was the FR layout. It's probably going to have "Body by GM, powered by Ford" on the fender if I go the Mustang route.

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Honestly, Id try and get a 2.0 ford Zetec engine, and a miata 6 speed manual. Im eventually doing that in my car. For the computer Id need a computer, called emerald or something for ignition mapping and use 4 motorycle carbs. The engine came from a Contour
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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I'd check into what races you might hit up and check the rules. Here's some links for you to research;
http://nascc.ab.ca/racing/ice-racing/
http://www.rallywest.com/contacts
And last years CRC rally rule book;
http://carsrally.ca/index.php?option...mid=24&lang=en
I don't think they are in your area but someone in them could direct you to the right person. If you get into it it's better to build to the rules the first time, tho it's a lot cheaper to buy an already built car.
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2.3 cuz everyone has 350's in Fords so might as well reverse it ;)
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