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Old 04-15-2010, 11:35 PM   #1
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Question Short dragster wheelbase?

Are there reasons not to have too short of a wheelbase on a HAMB dragster?
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

... and, check this out: http://vintage-nitro.com/re-entry-re...ined-dragster/
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:41 PM   #3
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:44 PM   #4
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

You mean like 50 in or something?
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:47 PM   #5
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

Not that short ... right now I've got 78" mockery.
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:51 PM   #6
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

How much power are we talking about? Lippy
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:56 PM   #7
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Souped up Falcon 170 straight-six ... ha ha ... maybe 200 horses?
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:58 PM   #8
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

I believe that as cars got more motor, they got longer wheelbases to make them more stable and "want" to go straighter off the line. I'll never know how they ran those AA/Fuel Altereds back in the day!!!
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:00 AM   #9
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

what are you building? A Suzuki Samurai?!?!
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:19 AM   #10
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

Well, I suppose if it was real straight and had a plug or two fouled it MIGHT go straight. I'm trying to visualize two yardsticks long....nope. I don't think launching is a problem, it's wide open in the lights bothers me. If it hits a snake turd it'll be a handfull. Lippy
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:30 AM   #11
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Well, I suppose if it was real straight and had a plug or two fouled it MIGHT go straight. I'm trying to visualize two yardsticks long....nope. I don't think launching is a problem, it's wide open in the lights bothers me. If it hits a snake turd it'll be a handfull. Lippy
That's what I'm talkin'bout- top end ... maybe a buck, a buck-twenty with a good tailwind.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:31 AM   #12
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

Make it at least 100" to open your future possibilities.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:31 AM   #13
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And 78" is closer to two meters .
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:40 AM   #14
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Make it at least 100" to open your future possibilities.
Or as my buddy tells me, you'll have plenty of time to figure out what went wrong in intensive care. I agree, all kidding aside, I wouldn't make it shorter than a hundred either. That's pretty fast for a souped up six. If it was 90 in I'd drive it, but I wouldn't tell anyone else to. Lippy
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:42 AM   #15
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Isn't there a W.B. rule for HAMB cars? Lippy
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:49 AM   #16
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Isn't there a W.B. rule for HAMB cars? Lippy
No.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:50 AM   #17
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

There are some short wheelbase race cars that go a lot faster.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:59 AM   #18
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:56 AM   #19
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Back to the top end
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Old 04-16-2010, 02:27 PM   #20
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Default Re: Short dragster wheelbase?

Not that a HA/GR is NHRA legal but I believe the NHRA minimum WB is 90"

my rear engine HA/GR is 120" WB, and the driver is pretty cramped.

If I had the power to pull a direct drive I could probably subtract 10", then if I sat the driver position upright a bunch, I might get close to 100"
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