Street to strip. Looking to build a mid-9 sec street car on 10.5 inch tires.

Dr.Exhaust

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I currently have a 5.3 ls and a slue of different small blocks. Along with many other people I'm undecided on which engine to go with or which type of power adder. The car currently runs 13's, but I'm trying to get to the stripe before my father in his '69 Chevelle. I've currently QA1 suspension in the front and a QA1 pro coil over kit for the rear. The rear end is also getting swapped out for either a 9 inch or a 12 bolt. Whats working and whats not?
 
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HighLiner

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Welcome to a excellent forum. You have a tall order in front you and might have to make compromises in street manners of your ride!
 
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Dr.Exhaust

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Street manners are for the daily drivers. Lol. The manners in my car have been long gone for well over a decade. Im that guy driving 55mph on the interstate running 3200 rpm. And I enjoy it. We all do. Happy to be in this forum for my new project. I just received a box from summit yesterday with 2 new bus bars and covers. Its time to start wiring in a new Flaming River battery disconnect switch.
 

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I'm running low 9's with a 555 NA engine. Everyone will have a different way of meeting that goal. My car has 29 x 10 tires.
 

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it runs on 100 octane AV gas which is cheap and easy for me to buy because i live 3 miles from a little country airport with a cardlock fuel pump. It never gets hot because it has a big aluminum rad. It has a Weiand tunnel ram with 2 holley 750 track warrior carbs. Its way to radical to daily drive thats for sure. But i still drive it 5 or 6 miles to my local home town car show and cruise night. There isn't much traffic where i live.
 

Dr.Exhaust

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That definitely sounds like it would be a fun handful on the street. Im not building mine for a daily driver by any means. It dont even see 3,000 street miles a year now as it is. But here in mid-michigan we have a ton of car shows and cruse's and its common to have grid lock jams. Im wanting to be able to drive 65-70 miles to one of the local drag strips, but also be able to sit in traffic for an hour. Thats where im tossed, Im not sure whats the best way to get there, a N/A, turbo, supercharged or nitrous. Im starting with an open slate right now with a handful of different engines to pick from. No big blocks on hand at the moment. What rear end are you running? Thats another one im 50/50 on, a Ford 9 inch, GM 8.25 or a 12 bolt. Budget build. Thanks for the reply
 

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Well a nitrous deal would easily be the way to go in my opinion if you want to drive it like you mention. Build an 11 second motor and spray it into the 9's.
My car has a home built Ford 9". I have a video on youtube on how i built it.

 

malibu81

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You already have the 5.3 liter but a turbo on top of it. Look for the sloppy mechanics youtube page, he's done some inexpensive fast LS stuff. Also look for this months fastest street car magazine there is an article of a turbo LS a guy did for $4500 and made 1500 hp.
 

Killerdave8813

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Yea I was thinking twin turbo LS with a Powerglide, the trouble with cheap though is it won't live long, I'd do an Iron truck block with forged crank, rods and pistons, by the time you get that far a set of really good heads would be in order, of course that's more and more money, don't forget a certified roll cage, good rear end and suspension and on and on we go, I saw a decal on and old friends tool box many years ago that said: Speed Costs Money Son....... How Fast You Wanna Go?
Have Fun!!!! KillerDave
 

Vilanus

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Well a nitrous deal would easily be the way to go in my opinion if you want to drive it like you mention. Build an 11 second motor and spray it into the 9's.
My car has a home built Ford 9". I have a video on youtube on how i built it.

Hi prairierodder, I also built my own 9". I am curious about the pinion angle you got with those upper control arm mounts. I had to cut mine and reweld before i got a satisfying 2.5deg. mine sit lower and maybe farther foward. I am using stock control arms.
And what brakes are you running? I ended up using the ford 11" backing plates, shoes and hardware with 77 a body 11"drums. The hub to bearing distance had to be lenghtened some for the drums to fit
 

prairiehotrodder

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The 9" housing is taller so the upper ears end up being higher. I use adjustable upper arms to set my pinion angle. For brakes i used the Strange H1143 weld-on housing ends to work with chevy brakes. I think my brakes came from a mid 70's car or possibly an S10. Can't remember for sure. They aren't real big and i think i'm still using the G-body drums. the stock G-body backing plates are useless with that goofy flange on them.