"Baja Ranchero" NORRA Class 6 Tribute Build Thread

Repashy

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For fun, are you going to run it in 6100?
Unfortunately, it's not even legal for that because 6100 has to be a 2008 or later sealed engine..... and there is no freaking way a coyote is fitting in there.... it BARELY fits the 8.2 deck of the 302 block...... So that means other than sportsman classes, its a tiny f'ing Trophy Truck :(.

If I ever won the lottery or got a partner with a ton of money, I do think it could be made legal in class 7 if we could find an old 4.5 Busch V6 to put in it........ but I am not sure if that would even fit because it is based on a taller deck motor and might not drop in the hole. so maybe the 3.8 v6... or even an ecoboost 4 banger... none of which sound like as much fun as 500 pounds of torque in a 3500 pound car.

I definitely decided from the beginning that I wasn't going to try to make it fit in any boxes and just build what turns me on...and fits in an enclosed toy hauler... and run it wherever they will let me. .....So if that means trophy truck rear start, so be it! ;)
 

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I like it...Run what ya brung...If it's fun --- Why not do it???....Most people don't realize how damn small those wee beasties are...Small block Fords (221/260/289/302) are "tiny" motors, and my old Falcon Futura. was a tight squeeze, when it became " maintenance time"...And I didn't have all the tubing, and suspension, getting in the way....Last place start Trophy Truck sounds like a very good plan...Onward, ever onward...
 

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Some random progress photo's




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Repashy

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As I see the third NORRA come and go since I started this build, I never imagined the car would still be under construction... but I also never imagined what the build would turn into and the insane amount of detail and expense that it would take. Things are progressing well and at the pace I can afford.

Something exciting happened yesterday. We finally got the motor on the Dyno.

All I can say is WOW, Greg Grosset at Total Performance knocked it out of the park with this one.

This is an 8.5:1 carbureted motor made to run on the lowest octane Mexican gas (in a pinch).
I would have been happy with 400/400 hp/torque...

Best Dyno run was 488 horsepower at 6200 RPM and 457 pounds of torque at 4600 RPM.... Torque is above 400 at the converter stall speed, climbs to 457 and slowly drops down to 400 again just at the rev limiter setting of 6400. The horsepower is great, but its the torque curve that really impresses me. Full beast mode all the time for this little roller block Stroker 302.

We weighed the car last month with sand bags to represent it full of fuel and spares and were at 3800 pounds with 50 gallons of gas and all other fluids full, two spare tires, parts, and tool bags..... This thing should really pull the high gears well. I couldn't be happier.

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Repashy

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Man, that cab went back quite a bit. Smokey would be proud.

Its just an optical illusion! ;)

Actually, the front fenders and rear quarters ARE stock length. We just extended the back of the roof a bit to make the cab bigger so we could fit in the car. When the fenders are on it will look right.
 
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