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Dennis



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 1:18 pm    Post subject: chassis question Reply with quote

hey all is the mid 80's T-Bird chassis the same as the Monte Carlo Aero Coupe chassis, it seems like it'll work but just want to make sure thanks

the instructions show the front a-arms being one piece the engine sits in it and on tt and then the front susp glued onto(for the Monte Carlo) and the T-Bird is just a-arms that glue to the chassis and front susp
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not the same.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chassis aren’t the same, but are interchangeable in some instances...

The “Ford” chassis in a Banjo Matthews rear-steer, and the “GM” chassis is a Laughlin front-steer.

Many teams ran both depending on what they thought was best for any given track. Obviously the engines would have to match the brand represented, but the chassis could go either way.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2020 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Spires wrote:
The chassis aren’t the same, but are interchangeable in some instances...

The “Ford” chassis in a Banjo Matthews rear-steer, and the “GM” chassis is a Laughlin front-steer.

Many teams ran both depending on what they thought was best for any given track. Obviously the engines would have to match the brand represented, but the chassis could go either way.

Most FORD teams continued to use the " Banjo " chassis due to its' design with the tie rods behind the front spindles ( " rear - steer " ); this was necessary due to the Ford engine having a front oil pump and oil pan sump. The " Front Steer " GM chassis was found to allow better handling in the 110" wb cars of the early 1980's, as it pulled the RF Tire on the sharp short - track left turns. Some time in the mid - 1980's Ford developed a rear sump & oil pump deal that allowed their teams to switch over to the GM - style chassis.
Regarding the different Monogram chassis, remember the " Banjo " chassis used in the Ford Thunderbird kits is only a 105" wheelbase, while the " GM " chassis is 110" wb.
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2020 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks guys
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Thunderbird chassis also does not have the seams through the firewall like the GM kit does. This is why I really like the Thunderbird kit.
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