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Old 04-22-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
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Gearing help

Hey you guys I need some help. I'm planning on running and high banked 1/2 mile dirk track out here in Virginia (Virginia Motor Speedway) and I'm not sure what kind of gears I should run. I don't even know where to start. I have a big heavy '76 Chevelle that will have a dependable but strong 350 and will have to run Hoosier 500's for tires. Any help is appriciated!!!




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Old 04-23-2012, 01:00 AM   #2
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Kind of depends on what ratio you'll be running in out of the trans (1:1?), and what kind of rpms you want to be turning.




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I've got a powerglide in the car and I think second gear is 1:1 but I could be wrong.. I'm building the motor so that I know it'll hold together rather than trying to get as many ponies as I can. As far as RPMs I don't know what a street stock/econo runs on a half mile track so I guess im looking for a ballpark number lol




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Old 04-23-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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Well you probably dont want to go over 5500-6000rpm on the motor. You can build one to rev higher, but I doubt street stock rules are going to allow for a motor that makes power much higher than that. I would just be taking a shot in the dark on a gear, but I'd think somewhere in the 4.11-4.56 range.




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Ok cool I've got 4.11's in it now so we'll see how it does whenever I get the motor done. Thanks for the advice!




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It's been a while since I was in that area but you might want to take a trip over to Newport News and stop in to a junkyard at 47th and Jefferson. If it is still under the same ownership those guy did a lot of racing and still might. They will have all the information you are looking for and then some that they may or may not tell you. I went with them up to Saluda raceway for a race. Looking at Youtube it looks like they have only improved the speedway. These guys out here only wish they had a track like that to race at. Enjoy and good luck.
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Ok I'll look for that place. The racetrack is the nicest dirt track I've ever been too. I'm excited to get back on the track and get my hands dirty. I can't thank you guys enough for your help




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