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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old May 24th, 19, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hard to lose weight!

I hate weight. It slows the car down in all aspects. But after all the years of upgrading with lightweight parts, it just isn't enough because of the handful of upgrades that are tank heavy.

Sure it'd be easy if I wanted to just gut the interior and put an aluminum LS in it, but I want the BBC and the car to look like a resto mod muscle car.

"lightweight" bigger front brakes, aluminum spindles, etc etc. Only -25.4 lbs.
Tubular control arms. Whopping -6 lbs
Lightweight billet flywheel and small twin disc clutch. -8.1 lbs
Remove the stereo, speakers, and wires. Only -15 lbs
Aftermarket bucket seats. -39.8 lbs. Now we're talking!
Then a whole ton of places where I lose a few pounds here and there.

Then how quickly the weight gets put back on.
Need to handle better, so bigger sway bars. +22.8 lbs
6 gears is better than 4, so T56 Magnum. +35 lbs
I like my feet, so SFI bellhousing. +23.4 lbs
Going EFI, spend the $ and get a stainless fuel tank. +30 lbs or so.

Then in the future to put a 6 or 7 point roll bar in, that's going to be +70-100 lbs
Frame boxing, probably another +20 lbs.

There are some big places I know I can drop some big weight though. Just a lot of money to do it.

The good news is I've improved my weight distribution by over 2%.
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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old May 24th, 19, 11:24 PM
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Re: Hard to lose weight!

Hundreds of pages and hundreds of ideas. Not talking stripping your car out either. Take a look.

moparts.org/ubbthreads/weight-loss-tips

Aluminum weighs half of what steel does. Magnesium weighs 3/10 of what steel does. Plastic... it weighs a lot less, even lighter than magnesium.
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Re: Hard to lose weight!

https://brodix.com/blocks-list
https://brodix.com/heads-2
https://www.mcleodracing.com/content...m-bellhousing/
https://www.jegs.com/p/Braille-Batte...63922/10002/-1
https://www.jegs.com/c/Radiators_Rad...10597/10002/-1
Replace your seats.
Hollow sway bars are just as firm as solids.
Your boxing panels for the frame can have lightening holes and still function as well as solid plates.
Carbon fiber or glass hood.


It's only money.
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post #4 of 49 (permalink) Old May 24th, 19, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Hard to lose weight!

I love threads like that. All the brackets I make are aluminum, typically cut up with holes to save weight.

200 places to save 20 lbs, and 1 safety upgrade gains it all back haha. Sometimes that's the reality.

I see how a lot of these resto mods with 6 speeds or 4L60's are rollin around well over 4000 lbs.

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post #5 of 49 (permalink) Old May 24th, 19, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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https://brodix.com/blocks-list
https://brodix.com/heads-2
https://www.mcleodracing.com/content...m-bellhousing/
https://www.jegs.com/p/Braille-Batte...63922/10002/-1
https://www.jegs.com/c/Radiators_Rad...10597/10002/-1
Replace your seats.
Hollow sway bars are just as firm as solids.
Your boxing panels for the frame can have lightening holes and still function as well as solid plates.
Carbon fiber or glass hood.


It's only money.
I plan to swiss cheese my frame boxing plates. I also plan on removing all the rear spring perches. Just need to do a frame off to do all that.

Seats gotta stay, unless I really get serious and throw in some Recaros or something that might save me about 10 lbs.

I have hollow sway bars, but big bars are still heavier than small bars or no bars.

I really like that bellhousing!

When (if that ever happens) I build a new engine, aluminum heads are a no brainer, but seriously considering dumbing the $$$$$ on an aluminum block.

Carbon fiber hood and trunk are on the way already. Doors are on the wish list. A bunch of other panels would need to be self built.
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post #6 of 49 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 1:24 AM
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post #7 of 49 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 8:12 AM
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Re: Hard to lose weight!

I switched my stock bucket seats to the Kirkey aluminum racing seats with the padded covers on them. Didn't really want to do it either but, if I remember correctly, it was like 65 lbs + difference!
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I hate weight. It slows the car down in all aspects. But after all the years of upgrading with lightweight parts, it just isn't enough because of the handful of upgrades that are tank heavy.

Sure it'd be easy if I wanted to just gut the interior and put an aluminum LS in it, but I want the BBC and the car to look like a resto mod muscle car.

6 gears is better than 4, so T56 Magnum. +35 lbs Muncie=70lbs, ST10=75lbs (95lbs for an iron case), T56 Magnum=135lbs

The good news is I've improved my weight distribution by over 2%.
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https://brodix.com/blocks-list
https://brodix.com/heads-2
https://www.mcleodracing.com/content...m-bellhousing/
https://www.jegs.com/p/Braille-Batte...63922/10002/-1
https://www.jegs.com/c/Radiators_Rad...10597/10002/-1
Replace your seats.
Hollow sway bars are just as firm as solids.
Your boxing panels for the frame can have lightening holes and still function as well as solid plates.
Carbon fiber or glass hood.


It's only money.
Yes, it is! I paid $4995 for my Dart 4.6" bore aluminum block fully machined but add to that a Callies Magnum 4.25" crank, Callies Ultra rods, Wiseco pistons, AFR 315 CNC heads, Holley Dominator CNP EFI (like LS platform) and it all adds up FAST. I think the aluminum block and heads save nearly 200 lbs over their cast iron counterparts and that is off the front of the vehicle. Good luck Chris!

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post #9 of 49 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 9:34 AM
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Re: Hard to lose weight!

How about using an aluminum radiator and a smaller battery?
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post #10 of 49 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 9:45 AM
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How about using an aluminum radiator and a smaller battery?
13 pound gel cell works for me. Hid it inside a hollow display battery case.

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post #11 of 49 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 3:12 PM
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Re: Hard to lose weight!

Yeah, Iv'e added some weight with the 80E but have a very short exhaust system now but added twins up front so that's a wash plus I put on weight!
So, the plan is I added 35ci (441ci now)over my last combo + I'll just have to add 2 or 3#'s of boost to make up for all of it.
I could/should lose 40lbs too!

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post #12 of 49 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 7:50 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Hard to lose weight!

I thought Muncie's were closer to 100 lbs with shifter. If they are only 70 or so lbs, makes ya wonder why the T56 Magnum is so dang heavy!

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Re: Hard to lose weight!

Years ago I weighed a bare Muncie, with no shifter. It was 67 pounds.

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Re: Hard to lose weight!

So I was man 'splaining to The Wife why I wanted to buy a hollow front anti-sway bar, aluminum water pump, mini starter, etc. as "less weight, go quicker."

The Wife responded "I understand, how much weight has 'that car' lost so far?"

To which I responded: "Well you know every pound counts up."

The Wife then pokes her index finger in my 24 pack and said "I know where you can cut 50 pounds."

Flash back to graduation from Basic Combat Training in 1971: Lean, green, fightin' machine: 6' 2", 185 pounds, 6 Pack... Sigh.
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post #15 of 49 (permalink) Old May 26th, 19, 2:38 AM
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How much does your car currently weigh? I'm hoping to lose weight going from the th400 to the t56.... Right now with its heavy wheels it weighs 3680
Centerline wheels 3620
Hoping to go sub 3600 with the swap but I feel it'll likely be the same
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