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Legality of building a Pick Up to race


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Hi My name is Kevin and i live in Jamestown NC, and i have had the itch to race ever since i was a kid, no I'm not too knowlegble on chump car and all of the regulation, i looked over the rules but i was wondering if mini trucks were a no go for a possible vehicle to use. i have a 1982 toyota pickup 2wd and was wondering if i could turn it into a race truck for chump car  Im thinking about getting it in to racing, my dad has had this pick up since he bought off the lot in 82, i inherited it and started fixing it up back in 2012, and used as a daily till 2015 and moved on to the world of Jeep afterwards.  I still have it and have been trying to figure out what to do with it.  I am well knowledgeable in fixing things, welding, and fabricating so its not like I'm a total novice.  But I'm not to kine on chump car,  i was going to build the truck into a mini truck and try to get into the circle track races here at Bowman Grey and Caraway, but as of lately those divisions have been canceled or a let down. Just wanting to here from somebody that might know if a truck is a no go ect. and i do understand the high roll over rules at the tracks. 

 

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yup, you can use it... You will of course want to drop it and give it some more power. Chump is nothing like LeMons. Almost ALL the cars here are fast.  If you show up with a stock Toyota 4 banger at a Chump event you are going to get steam rolled. If you are ok with that them get the torches and welder out and get started.

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There have been a few trucks in the series. @TacomaJPP has/had an awesome S10 he ran and it was pretty darn fast. The rules will tell you what can be done. I don't know much about the powertraon but if Wikipedia is correct I'd consider a mild engine swap as 92hp probably will be a rolling roadblock. It looks like the 22r has some aftermarket if you want to spend points on the stock motor. Spend the rest of your points on suspension and aero!

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We have a Nissan D21 that was an old showroom stock pro series truck, then ran in Improved Touring Truck around Atlanta, and now is prepped for Chump.  The downside is the trucks tend to be heavy vs. the power available - even with a swap, they are still heavy.  The upside is you have a WIDE variety of parts available.  In our case, Nissan made the truck in 2WD or 4WD, long bed, sort bed, Heavy duty, V6, 4 cyl and after consulting Phil on the rules - you can mix and match any parts of the same year without penalty.  It will be a long shot to run at the pointy end of the field overall, but the chassis and parts are robust (they're trucks after all) so they can make for a fairly reliable platform from a breakage standpoint. 

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FWIW If I was going to do a truck I'd do a Gen I Dakota. Stock came with 5.2 V8, 5 speed, LSD and 22 gallon tank. If you ordered the 5.2 5 speed w/ 3.92 LSD you got extra cooling capacity and bigger brakes (AMHIK) You can add a performance ECM and headers for an extra 50hp, (230 stock) plenty when you consider they only weigh 3300 shipped. You could probably drop 750+ off easy.

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