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I'm Eyeballing Project Car Ideas (Mid 70's NASCAR?)
« on: March 06, 2019, 11:55:59 PM »
I'm kicking around ideas for a project car down for the not-so-distant future.  We're working on buying a house first but then I want to build another muscle car.

I've long had the idea to chop the roof off a 71-73 Mustang Fastback to make a targa roof car.  I'm still on board with that provided I can find a car that's not restored or a roller whose seller "knows what he's got" and wants almost as much as a restored car.  Coupes are not an option.

Then I saw this, a 1974 Charger NASCAR:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0nhkuJuBzI

It got me thinking.  I have forever hated the look of most 71+ cars from Ford and Chrysler, and 73+ GM cars.  But done up like an old NASCAR with the air dams, spoilers, and significantly lowered, it starts to look neat.  Plus these the ones that haven't been donked seem to be pretty cheap.  I'm not going for a tube chassis car, but there's plenty of suspension upgrades out there that fixing the worst parts of vintage muscle is easier than ever.  I'd also ditch the original engine.  I'm not interested in a carburetor. 

So I'm hunting.  Chargers like the one in the video are easy enough to come by but I'm not a huge fan of Chrysler's engines.  Perhaps I need to learn more.  I don't want forced induction, just a high revving NA V8.  A 70-71 Torino is a maybe too.  I really don't like the later models, NASCAR or not.  I know the engines can be built with just about anything, and a Coyote swap is a perfectly feasible option.

Does anyone know if any Buicks were campaigned in NASCAR in the mid-70's?  If so, post a pic or two.  I can't seem to find anything after 1970 and before 1981.


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Re: I'm Eyeballing Project Car Ideas (Mid 70's NASCAR?)
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2019, 06:59:39 AM »
I didn't go through the thread, but this might help:

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/76627-buicks-in-nascar-racing/

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Re: I'm Eyeballing Project Car Ideas (Mid 70's NASCAR?)
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2019, 07:00:18 AM »
This wouldn't load the pictures for me, so not sure if it'll help:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/461900505523662071/

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Re: I'm Eyeballing Project Car Ideas (Mid 70's NASCAR?)
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2019, 09:33:24 AM »
Lots of ideas in both of those, thanks!  I'll have some studying to do.
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