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Hey!!
I am NOT getting any traction from between 0 to 30 MPH!! No matter when I nail the throttle, in the stated MPH, it will blister the tires (new 235/60/15's) going sideways in both directions! I don't want "slapper" bars because they are limited to just stopping the rearend from tilting too much upwards! I am looking to either build or buy (if necessary) the best traction setup for a 73'!!
It's running a 455 with 10.75 to 1 comp. from a 70' Buick with an HEI conversion and 400 TH..........Rear Gears 3:73.......10 bolt, 8.5" spool and limited slip..............weighs between 2850 and 2900 Lbs. and so far I can figure the weight ratio 60F/40R (I will definitely need to change THAT!!!) I'm hoping someone else with a similar setup will have already been thru this and save me the aggrivation of a "hit and miss" hissy fit!!!
I'm glad I belong to a car club where I have unlimited resources (degrees of technical experience) but, most of these guys are FORD and Mopar freaks and have alot of suggestions (NONE of which are related to my problem) on what to do with it!!! On my 73', the only part of my frame work that doesn't fill the length is from the subframe forward! I WILL have problems with this, I'm sure, because the torque is at least 510 lb. ft. plus and I believe this motor has approx. 400 + HP. In a full weight Skylark it was running high 12's @ 100 - 103 MPH in the 1/4 with 3:08's. Can't wait to see how it does in the Nova!!! I will post timeslips as I work to get this (ahem) "driver" finished!!
Thanks in advance for ANY and ALL replies!!
BTW: I know it's NOT pure Chevy, but what can I say? GM invested well?!!! LOL!!!!
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Hey Hey!

Try some BFG Drag Radials or Mickey Thompson equivalents. I know the BFG's are available in that same size...

I run a little set of 215/60-14 DR's and I'm impressed at their ability to hold...

I have a set of Tri City Super Stock Springs...eliminated my traction bar requirement...looks stock although one can see the extra spring clamps in the front if you look closely.

I don't have a track record to base this on though...having gone down the strip only 4 times with this combo...1.87 was the best 60 foot using a stickshift.

Good Luck!

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"Try some BFG Drag Radials or Mickey Thompson equivalents. I know the BFG's are available in that same size...

I run a little set of 215/60-14 DR's and I'm impressed at their ability to hold...

I have a set of Tri City Super Stock Springs...eliminated my traction bar requirement."



Thanks for the suggestions! I am ordering some MT 7" slicks for the track so I can run a few classes, but for the street I guess I'll go online and see what else Mickey T offers!! I Don't want too much "give" on the Highway with the wrinkle walls and I don't want any more fines!! LOL!!! I used McCreary's on my 72' Nova and got a few for my trouble (Non- DOT legal)!!
Where can I buy the Tri-city SS Springs? Online?
Thanks again.............jammon73
 

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If your dead set against traction bars; I'd look at CalTrac bars to tame your torque and transfer the weight.


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Don't waste your money on the slicks. Buy the drag radials and drive to the track. You need bigger rubber than the 235/60-15's, those are puney!

I have 275/60-15 MT drag radials and they are great! :thumbsup:
 

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Tires man. Simple.
You need something that has bite....what you have don't.
M/T drag radials seem to be the best. Goodyear also has a new D/R.
For the track...why 7" slicks? You can for sure fit bigger.
From what I have seen though, the M/T DR's are as good as slicks.
Don't expect very good wear on the street though.

I run 255/70 Radial TA's on my car for street driving. And I'll tell you, it will smoke them at 60 on the freeway. But I have a rather serious car, and it's flat dangerous w/o slicks.

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Tri City can be reached at 760 591 0362, located in California.

Cost me $600 plus shipping.

Comes with 5 leaf setup, front aluminum bushing, rubber rear, and two spring clamps per side to adjust the 'hit.'

Eliminates the need for any additional traction device, although I'm not pushing the limits, I have no issues with wheel hop, etc as of yet. I just bolted them on so far.

They also build them to your application so vehicle weight, engine, HP, etc is needed.

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Another suggestion for Cal Tracs. I has slapper bar until the end of last year, and my car is an all-steel 3500 lb street car and the tires would hook, then unload at times. Calvert set me up right and the tech support is great!

Check out my webshots link in my sig, 3 Novas run from our camp with his suspension set-up, all have run 10s or quicker on a 10" wide tire.

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Thanks guys for all the input!!
I just got thru rereading my original posts here and see that (again) I was thinking too far ahead of my typing! What I am buying for street /strip tires are gonna be 8.5" NOT 7" (I HAVE 7" wheels) but I have got some 10" wheels to mount some bigger M & H's for the strip so..........?
Thanks again for all the input because I am going with Caltracs as soon as I can get my old lady to let go of the credit card for a minute or two!!
I am going tomorrow to look at a 67' NOVA that's been stripped and has the 502 "Crater" engine!! Never been started.......bought March of '06 and installed.........has 4 link setup from Chassis Works with narrowed 9"/5:10's? (not exactly sure of gears) but has receipts of @ $12,000. invested and will sacrifice for $8500.!!!! I have NO problem with the price as long as it's a good build!!
If I buy it I'll post some pics..........been wanting an 1/8th or 1/4 miler for awhile. Hope this turns out!!
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