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Building a drag race only F-Body, Engine Selection

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    Question Building a drag race only F-Body, Engine Selection

    I'm building a track-only stock-appearance beast for drag racing. I don't have a whole lot of money, so i purchased a 1997 V6 firebird body to work with. I'm not sure wether or not i should use a Gen III engine or LT-x series engine. My gut feeling tells me i'd be happier with a Gen III; but since cost is the #1 factor, i'm open to all kinds of suggestions. Maximum amount of HP/Torque is the goal.. forced induction, nitrous, or naturally aspirated also doesn't matter..

    I've looked into using truck engines as a cheap alternative. Weight doesn't matter, i can find creative ways to make up the weight difference. Suspension, rear end, or other suggestions are very welcome.... I'm a novice, and don't mind being told what's really up.

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    LQ9 block. Go wild from there or conservative all motor. I run a 408 iron block all motor and put 600 to the wheels.....run high tens all day everyday.....all street legal....if I lightened things up 500 lbs....... you can see where I am going here....

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    Do you know what class you are going to run in?

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    start with the lq9 block and go from there. you get what you pay for so do your home work on your combo.

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    I'd like to build a car that is very comfortable running 10.9 (At least) and build-able to run 8.90 in the 1/4 mile. I've been looking at twin turbos and/or nitrous, which both of theses classes would allow. But i could be totally wrong here, and not need a power adder to get these kinds of numbers. I'm finding that LT1 engines are cheaper, but something tells me i can do those kinds of $$ numbers in a Gen III engine.

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    Crate big block!

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    if you dont have a lot of funds it would be cheaper and easier to find a pre-built drag car with no drive trane and get that next.then you can get a good crate engine and go racing.

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    Which crate engines would you suggest? Definitely Gen III; and i'm looking to have at least 10.2 second 1/4 mile.. As long as i can physically fit the engine; i don't have a problem putting it in there....

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    thats more up to what you want to pay. do you have a price in mind?

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    5000, max.

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    your not going to get a hole car done for that. but for a moter i would say strat with a used iron block 6.0 out of a truck and do a head, intake and a big cam with headers and you should have a good base for when you whant to put more cash into it.

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    I found a brand new block that was bored 40 over and honed for 450.00. Is this a good buy? LQ9

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    ya it is that will be a good start

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