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    Back Yard Build

    About a year ago we (me and my dad) started to build our own dwarf car after we went and visited our local dirt track that had these dwarf cars and modlites . When we first went to see them we really didn't know to expect but realized quickly this seems like a really fun form of racing .To make a very very long story short we decided why not build a car for our self how hard can it be (WRONG). When we first started this project we weren't real sure where we were heading or exactly what the end result would be but I can tell you the road has been very interesting. We are now reaching the point where we can somewhat see the end. Building a car from ground up has been difficult at times but a whole lot of fun. We are not race car builders nor do we claim to be this whole project was learn as we, go make mistakes ,try to fix them and go with what makes sense to us. In the end it would probably be cheaper and easier to buy a car but I guess that's just not us. Here are some pics I posted of the build.
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    Re: Back Yard Build

    Do you have any pictures of the front end?

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    Amazing body work!

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    Re: Back Yard Build

    Quote Originally Posted by CHUCK View Post
    Do you have any pictures of the front end?
    if by front end you mean the suspension, not yet. We are actually on our second go around we were not thrilled about the first attempt. When we get it finished I will be more then happy to post it

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    Re: Back Yard Build

    Are you planning on racing this car or is it just going to be something for the street??

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCdriver View Post
    Are you planning on racing this car or is it just going to be something for the street??
    It will be for racing. Our local track has a 750cc class we will be in

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    Re: Back Yard Build

    It is a very trying job to build a car from a pile of tubing. Looks like you are doing your best!
    Best of luck!
    Keep us posted on how everything turns out.

    Steve

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    where did you get the housing flanges from? I want to build a new rear end for my car and those look like some nice pieces

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer17j View Post
    where did you get the housing flanges from? I want to build a new rear end for my car and those look like some nice pieces
    I made them, ended up being the best way for me to build the rear. Really helped with the aligning of the housing, tubes and ends

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    Re: Back Yard Build

    Looks great!
    I've never seen a shock mounted to the top of the rear before-is there a reason for it?

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    would you be interested in selling a set? if so how much?

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    Are the tubes in your frame rails "square" tubing or they rectangle.
    I've seen some of the older cars with the shocks mounted on top of the axle housing. But none within the last 15 years. The closest i've seen lately is with them mounted at axle height on the housing. We mount our's 6 inches below the axle height. That's about 1/2 above the rim diamemter. So if you lose a tire your shock doesn't hit the ground. Just a thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUCK View Post
    Are the tubes in your frame rails "square" tubing or they rectangle.
    I've seen some of the older cars with the shocks mounted on top of the axle housing. But none within the last 15 years. The closest i've seen lately is with them mounted at axle height on the housing. We mount our's 6 inches below the axle height. That's about 1/2 above the rim diamemter. So if you lose a tire your shock doesn't hit the ground. Just a thought
    The frame rails are rectangle. As for the shock mount you guys really pay attention to details. The picture I posted was a older pic, since then much has changed in the rear, shocks are center line of axle now. I never really spent much time with a dwarf car just about 45 mins walking through the pits at our local track so we learn as we build really just going off the TUSA rule book and what makes sense as we go. Building like this tends to cause a lot of re-doing if you know what I mean. I'm sure once the car is finish there will be things we will change or wish we did different during the build but that's half the fun. And for those wanting to build a car...... BUY ONE!!!! hahahah. Must admit it is not as easy and saves you no money compared to a good used one but it has been a fun time. Hoping to be done for our opening practice day on April 11th. For those interested I will add some more pics as the weeks pass. Thanks for your guys comments
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    I'm doing mine the cheap way I bought and older car and am taking the bolt ons off and putting them on my own chassis design. I'm like you the building is the fun part the racing is just the added bonus

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    Thought I would update on the progress on the car. After some time off working on it (life and work getting in the way) its time to make a push for opening day. Just a few items to take care of and then it should be ready to go.
    The hope is to have it ready for opening practice at Deerfield as long as there are no major setbacks this should happen. For those Deerfield racers reading this feel free to leave comments or contact info because I will be surely in need some race day information and always nice to know someone at the track starting out.
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