The final welds are put on...
The final welds are put on the Panhard bar bracket to complete the frame and rollcage of our Late Model Stock car. Note the truck arm-style trailing arms. These units are the same as those used in the NASCAR Nextel, Busch, and Truck series. We will be able to interchange the truck arms with a three-link "standard" Late Model rear suspension for testing purposes.
Circle Track is embarking on its latest car project-building a Late Model Stock car that will see action throughout the Atlantic Seaboard. The desire to build a new car came about when we discovered we were using an outdated frame in a previous project, which would have led to an expensive modification. Logically, it is easier to build a new car, and this will also allow some flexibility for testing purposes. The car is in the hands of chassis builder Billy Hess at Hess Race Cars, who also keeps busy with his parts trailer at USAR Hooters ProCup events. From there, it will get a new body with engine work expected to be concurrent with the chassis work.
The guys at Hess Racing have been steadily completing the frame and rollcage assembly. If this seems to be dragging on a bit, there is a good reason for the slow rate of progress. We are purposely working around their schedule so as not to disrupt the assembly line and repair efforts needed to keep the many Hess teams racing week to week. There is a lot of crash repair work associated with their business once the season gets going and the competition heats up. We have no set deadline for completion, therefore gladly yield to the more urgent customers.
As the final touches go into completing the frame and rollcage, we are preparing to hang the body as a mock-up to fabricate the mounting hardware. Once we complete that process, the body will come off again and the chassis will go to the paint booth.
We have chosen a paint scheme for our car that is sure to get attention. Scott Latimer and Chris Whitney designed a SIM race car with the Circle Track logo on a black car with red flames, and we fell in love with it. So, if our painter doesn't freak out, we'll have a cool-looking ride.
The body style is a Monte Carlo, and our engine selection is a GM Chevy. We will be selecting all of the various parts needed for our build and discussing those choices with our engine builder, Jeremy Upchurch, who owns and operates Upchurch Engineering. We need to make sure all of the parts and pieces fit together and are compatible with our design goals for the classes in which we intend to run the car.
In other developments, Tiger Rear Ends has donated a rear end for our use, and Hypercoil Springs has offered its springs and related hardware. The rear end will be attached to the tranny with a slick design from the folks at Rapid Response, the racing driveshaft experts.
We'll be presenting the engine details later. We're off to a good start, selecting an engine block from the GM Performance Parts '04 performance parts catalog. The catalog part number is 88963762, and it is available from any GM Goodwrench parts supplier, or you can search and order GM parts online at www.gmgoodwrench.com.
Send questions or comments about the project to: Circle Track Magazine, 3816 Industry Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida, 33811, or e-mail us at email@example.com.