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Chevelle Weight Reduction - Trim The Fat

When It Comes To Drag Racing, Lighter Is Always Quicker, So We Put Our Chevelle On A Diet To Trim The Fat

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The Four Corners
After we installed all the lightweight parts, the final test was to put the Orange Peel Chevelle back on the Longacre four-wheel scales to see if we made our weight. As you can see from the above graphic, we achieved our goal of trimming the Chevelle to our 2,993-pound race weight. This is without driver, which we also plan to cheat by putting staffer John McGann in the driver seat, who weighs almost 50 pounds less than the author. This would put the Chevelle's starting line race weight at around 3,150 pounds.

The weight distribution of the car without the driver calculates out to 55 percent front and 45 percent rear, which is admitedly less than ideal. We could improve that by moving the battery to the rear or eventually adding a Dick Miller-designed rear sway bar system to improve dynamic launch characteristics. We also evaluated the left-right weight distribution, which without the driver, is within 1 pound. However, when we add driver weight, most of that weight ends up on the wrong side of the car. This means we have more work to do to create a more even distribution of weight.

PARTS LIST
Description PN Source Price
AME eight-point rollbar, Chevelle 20206100 Art Morrison $315.00
Wilwood aluminum master cylinder 26094390 Art Morrison $180.00
Axle Exchange driveshaft custom Axle Exchange $500.00
Axle Exchange 1350 12-bolt flange custom Axle Exchange $169.50
Corbeau Forza fixed-back seats Forza black Corbeau $229.00 each
Corbeau Chevelle mount, driver D512T Corbeau $94.00
Corbeau Chevelle mount, passenger D513T Corbeau $94.00
Glasstek 2-inch bolt-on cowl hood H1108 Glasstek $420.00
Glasstek bolt-on trunk lid T1043 Glasstek $320.00
Glasstek front bumper B1026 Glasstek $180.00
Glasstek rear bumper B1006 Glasstek $180.00
Percy's Speedglass quarter-window 01015-3 Percy's $133.10
Percy's Speedglass quarter-window 01014-3 Percy's $133.10
Mickey Thompson race front wheels 75355071 Summit Racing call
Mickey Thompson race rear wheels 658050754 Summit Racing $349.95
Mickey Thompson ET Street rear 3752 Summit Racing $175.95 each
Mickey Thompson ET Front tires 3007 Summit Racing $148.95 each
Optima D51 battery 9071-167 Summit Racing $149.95
Be Cool radiator and fan assembly 82285 Summit Racing $1,599.95
Percy's Speedglass rear window 01016-3 Summit Racing $412.95
Simpson Bandit driver's helmet 1200031 Summit Racing $399.95
Holley aluminum Avenger 770 0-86770 Summit Racing call
SOURCES
Be Cool
310 Woodside Avenue
Essexville
MI  48732
800-691-2667
www.becool.com
Corbeau Seats
PO Box 708038
Sandy
UT  84070
801-255-3737
www.corbeau.com
Summit Racing
Akron
OH
800-230-3030
330-630-0240
www.summitracing.com/
Glasstek
Naperville
IL
630-978-9897
www.glasstek.com
Wilwood Engineering
4700 Calle Bolero
Camarillo
CA  93012
805-388-1188
www.wilwood.com
Percy's High Performance
Camdento
MO
573-346-4409
www.percyshp.com
Art Morrison Enterprises
5301 8th Street E.
Fife
WA  98424
800-929-7188
www.artmorrison.com
Rocket Performance Machine
Chattanooga
TN
888-307-7525
www.rocketracingwheels.com
Axle Exchange
Fairfield
NJ
973-808-2800
www.axle-exchange.com
Simpson Safety Products
New Braunfels
TX
800-654-7223
www.simpsonraceproducts.com
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