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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 19, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey guys new to this forum, I have a 1970 chevelle and I have never seen a drift chevelle, can't find one on the internet. How hard do you think it would be to fab everything to make one. I'm 16 and no plans on doing it now but possibly in the future, I have a pretty basic knowledge of how engines, suspension etc work from my auto class at my school and also from working at stuff at home.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 19, 12:28 PM
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I'm not sure that your are going to find many (if any) folks in the Chevelle community that are into drifting.

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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 19, 1:12 PM
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I tried that once, didn't go so well.


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Those of us with BBC cars do it by accident once in awhile! I can't imagine a Chevelle wouldnt make an awesome drift car with the right suspension setup.

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I'm sure you can do it. you need horsepower (no problem), handbrake (will need to fab a handbrake and brackets), and then some suspension work. The only thing I don't know is if the drift cars change the steering to allow the front wheels to turn more to deal with the drift angles. That might actually be the hardest thing to change. I would think there is enough aftermarket options for handbrakes, shocks, springs, etc. to do the rest.

While most of us are not into drifting, if this is your car and that is what you want to do with it, go ahead and try.

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There is a 70-72 Monte Carlo that drifts Sonomaís Wednesday night events about once a month and you will occasionally see a 68-72 El Camino. All of these cars are pretty beat. I wouldnít drift anything nice, those at start out that way usually donít stay that way for long.

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Your going to want more steering angle, so maybe a rack and pinion conversion and remove the steering steering stops

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post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 19, 2:41 AM
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Before you get in over your head, your 70 Chevelle will certainly do it, but the learning curve is pretty massive, and you may think its cool now, but hate the damage you do to your car. If I was you, I would look for a cheap 3rd gen Camaro/Firebird. HandBrake is already in place, steering stops can easily be cut off, and the non performance versions can be had for cheap. If 70 Chevelles are a dime a dozen in your local, ignore everything I said. As always just my .02.
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This is just my opinion of drifting as a sport or not,so here it is.
I really don't consider drifting a sport because there are judges and/or judging concerned to decide the winner.It's not if you can cross the finish line first or can go faster than someone else.And so Yes, it is hard to do and the drivers have to have real talent to perform but as long as judging is involved in picking the winner, I see winning as being speculative and dependent on a decision of someone observing the event,that's the part I don't like.Nothing is pass go and then you get $200 and just watching the event you don't know who won or lost.Like I said JMO
Since what I said probably won't and probably shouldn't change your mind about drifting with that being said I agree with what was said about the 70 Chevelle's value being worth too much to waste it as a drifter that will get torn up.The best value is a third Gen Camaro as it has 2 or 3 key things in place already.Plus it might be easier to add a rack & pinion steering on them.Your best value is to sell the 70 and use it to fund your entrance into the "sport" of drifting.
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Is Autocross something different?

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^^^^^ Yeah it is.In Autocross the lowest time is what wins the race.Lowest time through the course without running over any cones, wins.
Drifting requires you to either follow or lead a second car as you run the course and then you reverse the order from the first run and then run the course again.When they're done then they judge who the winner is.Maybe there are different kinds of drifting but that's what I saw.

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^^^^^ Yeah it is.In Autocross the lowest time is what wins the race.Lowest time through the course without running over any cones, wins.
Drifting requires you to either follow or lead a second car as you run the course and then you reverse the order from the first run and then run the course again.When they're done then they judge who the winner is.Maybe there are different kinds of drifting but that's what I saw.
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Is Autocross something different?
Definitely Yes.....While still hard on the car, and serious suspension modifications still have to be made. "Hitting Cones" because you "Apexed Late", is different than drifting into another car, a wall, or whatever obstacle your suppose to be "Drifting Around". While it may be fun, the body damage when a tire explodes, or comes off the rim, because its been abused WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY beyond design limits, is all to real. Not to mention the price of tires to simply smoke show. Autocross take considerable skill and driving ability, and is a lot of fun.

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Definitely Yes.....While still hard on the car, and serious suspension modifications still have to be made. "Hitting Cones" because you "Apexed Late", is different than drifting into another car, a wall, or whatever obstacle your suppose to be "Drifting Around". While it may be fun, the body damage when a tire explodes, or comes off the rim, because its been abused WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY beyond design limits, is all to real. Not to mention the price of tires to simply smoke show. Autocross take considerable skill and driving ability, and is a lot of fun.
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I hear you.....I never did it in my Chevelle...(well not really) unless you consider doing donuts in an unplowed parking lot in December. But I ran an 86TA out at ElToro a couple of times, and realized I couldn't afford the fun I was having.

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