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Old 03-24-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I do not think buying someone else heavily modified car is a good idea. If you really want to buy a modified car, buy a stock model and do it yourself. You may like most of the mods he did but I really doubt you like every single one. Plus like everyone else said, that car isn't meant for drags. The weight of the vehicle will need time to really get going and by the time to gets off...time to slow down!
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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yeah agreed with must find a cheap 87-93 mustang drag car the are everywhere and are selling anywhere from the 8-15K range most have a decent nitous set up and run in the high 11-12 second range and is a good starting point to get into the sport and if you blow the motor on the car it won't cost $40K to replace it
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The only thought I can add to what's been said so far is "why is the guy selling the Mustang?"

There are answers I would be OK with and then there is the likely answer "I think I have gotten away with about all I can get away with, with this car"...

It appears to be a very impressive and well done car, but the questions of where you could make use of that much power, how well things will hold up if you run the car hard at all, would be on my mind anyway. Off the top of my head I would think this thing would be more at home at Bonneville than a 1/8 mile strip.

He ought to sell it to Jay Leno - this car needs an owner with mega-experience and very deep pockets.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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Another downside to the 900 rwhp car i was considering, is that there is no roll bar or cage in it. So...id only be able to go down the 1/4 mile strip once before getting kicked off , right , if it runs in the 9's ? Looks like ill be giving ECS a phone call for thier Paxton. Once the Paxton system is tweaked, it should be low maintenance correct ? Do head gaskets go out often with a Paxton 600 SC driven on the street ?
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:41 PM
 
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Another downside to the 900 rwhp car i was considering, is that there is no roll bar or cage in it. So...id only be able to go down the 1/4 mile strip once before getting kicked off , right , if it runs in the 9's ? Looks like ill be giving ECS a phone call for thier Paxton. Once the Paxton system is tweaked, it should be low maintenance correct ? Do head gaskets go out often with a Paxton 600 SC driven on the street ?
Some tracks...*cough* Atco *cough*...may let you slide and get a couple passes in as long as you know someone who knows someone. However, you are correct, according to the rules you would need a full roll cage with safety gear including helmet, racing jacket, harnesses, fire suppression system and I believe an external fuel cut-off switch. You would also have to get licensed by the NHRA. The licensing is just a two day class with a couple passes in your car and really isn't a big deal.

As for head gaskets, as long as you don't dial up the boost to crazy levels, the stock LS2 will handle the ECS kit just fine. If you start pushing higher boost/power you will need to invest in some forged internals and better gaskets/bolts. Head over to LS1Tech or any of the Corvette forums and you will find a ton of info on the ECS kits.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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What typically takes out head gaskets is detonation.

What are you trying to accomplish with the car? A street-driven car that you can run 1/8 mile drags on weekends with, orsomething else?

I think you are right, any kind of sanctioned racing that the 900 BHP car could be used in would probably require a roll cage. Lord knows I don't know every sanctioning organization out there, but it's worth thinking about that these rules came about over time based on (bloody) experience...

You might be better off gaining some experience with a cheap, dedicated track car (it could be kept street legal, so you can drive it to the strip - but the car's job is as a track car, so when you damange it there, it's not screwing up your transportation situation...beyond that a car that's optimized for 1/8 mile drags, particularly considering overall gearing, will not work too hot as a street car - you can get around this to some extent with a 6-speed and using only the first 4 gears on the strip, or a quick-change rear axle (uber cool, but uber expensive too...)
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:15 PM
 
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I think im well advised by passing on this strip car and taking my vette to the 1/8th every now and then -- especially with the SC when i get it installed.
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