Re: Questions regarding C3 Corvettes
Guildenstern wrote:Mr.Yuck wrote:
Not sure why people think a C3 would make a terrible race car. The frame can be made tight, the cage takes care of part of that. It has very good balance, it has independent rear suspension w/ LSD. You can stick huge tires under it, there are bazillions of aftermarket parts available for cheap. The 200hp 350 can be turned into 300 in under a weekend. The initial cost is the biggest restriction. Not sure what the OP means by cheap, because I have been looking at buying one (for a driver) and even ones that need a ton of work are going for 4k+.
You take a perfectly ok suspension, then put a whole Bass Boat full of fiberglass on it. And not thin fiberglass, Sloppy 60 and 70's fiberglass. In Lemons you generally want to go the other way with a 350 if you want to see a few full weekends. So 200 doesn't become 300 it becomes a de-rated 160hp running through fairly tall gearing. (and that's before you add 40 years of worn to hell to the engines horsepower output)
They make ok "REAL RACING" cars with enough money to throw at it. But so does anything. So does a cheaper lighter late C4.
In Lemons, If you can control yourself with the tach, you'll be mid pack at best watching 90's sedans walking you.
Also as Chaase posted, the magic number is 1980's the WORST C3's
Our 305 is probably 275, maybe a little more. We shift at 5800. It is nothing special. Home ported heads, good rebuild kit, Used comp cam, ported intake, good replacement parts. Been together more than a few weekends. Same amount of work on a 350 would result in much more power. C4 is a much better car for racing for sure... and typically cheaper to buy.
So you're admitting to a cheaty built engine? Yea people do that.
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