Post by DemolitionMissions on Sept 4, 2011 12:21:20 GMT -5
There was a LOT of good info from the old wecrash site on building these cars. Not many of these cars seem to get built and ran at derbys, but they are worth the build. A few basic things that was from the old site:
-Yes, these cars can actually handle having a pointy bumper on the front of them. But it will bend quicker.
-No, do not run a rear bumper. These cars WILL plow if you run a bumper. The only way to run a bumper and not plow is if you prebend the rear a lot first.
-These cars come factory with solid plastic bumpers front and back, there is no metal backing behind them.
-The transmissions are known for having problems, shift easy and run a cooler if allowed.
-There will be a computer box on top of the radaitor core support in the middle. Unbolt this and move it to the firewall. If this box takes any hard hits the car will shut down.
-Just like any FWD car, run donut tires on the rear.
-The 3.0L engine is the better of the engines put inside these cars. These engines seem to handle heat pretty well.
-Try to keep the front axle cv shafts as straight as possible, the steeper the angle on them from tranny to wheel, the easier for them to break.
-There is an inertia switch in the trunk of these cars, on the drivers side by the speaker deck. If you run the stock wiring and fuel pump then cut both of those wires going to the inertia switch and wire them together. The inertia switch will turn itself off from 1 hit in a derby and your fuel pump shuts off. If you run your own fuel pump and wiring, then this switch means nothing to you.
Follow these basic tips when building a taurus/sable and it will hold up fairly well.
This thing was one heck of a clean car, even though it sat outside for most of its life.
I highly reccomend pulling the fenders off the front of this car. It makes it much easier to work on other parts of the car and if you dig around a bit you can find some nice spots to reinforce.
I moved the computer controls off the core support and bolted it to the firewall. I also added duct tape later to help hold the wires in place.
Tucked the trunk
Welded everything shut on this car
Roll over bar
Angle iron on core support
Built my own custom bumper for this car. Weighs 150 pounds. And this bumper worked just fine for this car. Don't be afraid to put a heavy duty bumper on these cars as long as you can mount them on solid.
Bolted hood, moved hood forward, and folded the front down for a shield.
Car finished. Has 13 inch rear wheels and doubled mud tires up front. Solid suspension welded for all 4 wheels.
After running the car. Got 4th out of 16.
I had the rear unibody notched and prebent. And without a bumper the trunk still tried to plow on the drivers side. But not too bad.
Front never moved on this car. I drove forwards most of the time. Frame is still fine.
The front pass side wheel got hit hard several times and the strut broke. The wheel still turned and steered fine, but was about to fall off after the derby.
The rear packed in good overall
The belt self-detonated somehow during the derby at the very end. Maybe something to do with the alternator cover hitting the hood and falling into belt?
The engine broke the mounts and even though it was chained to not bounce up. The engine still slid sideways and slammed into the side of the frame. A stock bolt on the frame stabbed into the transmission pan and drained all the fluid. Car still runs and drives fine.
I will be running this car again in 2012. I'm open to any ideas and changes to do for this cars next run.
Post by nanzpower36 on Sept 5, 2011 14:14:21 GMT -5
a way i found to be effective never have tried it but seen it done is, flip the fenders inside out..not as fun as using a hammer though. try some 11 or 13 inch mud tires in front. make some heavy duty engine mounts..you might want to brace the rear axle bc if you take a few big hits back there with it being smashed in, u take a bigger chance of snapping it in half or bending it. i14.photobucket.com/albums/a325/ahoy123/P1040756.jpg try something like that basically.
ran a 97 wagon against 8's and won took it to the mixed feature and won the overall in a chain and bang. kept the front clean for the most part besides a few shots but never lost the rediator and the back end packed perfectly. i'll have pics up soon