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Thread: Is a 3500 lbs car too heavy for a glide?

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    Is a 3500 lbs car too heavy for a glide?

    Just wondering.

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    Senior Member DYNO OPERATOR
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    Not if its built right!!! David.

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    Glide in a sled

    Mac,

    My Elky now weighs in with me in it at 3728 and I am still adding weight, but, it keeps going faster and faster with my chassis setup and it is all still a stock frame!!! Of course it has some power to it and, I would recomend a 1.80 straight cut gearset in it if your going to add any big power to it. I run in the 9's and it has more in it still and on all motor. Good luck and let us know what you decide on.

    Elkyman
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    Rest in Peace my friend Doug Cunningham 1963-2008

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE jmarksdragster's Avatar
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    A glide will almost always be faster than a 3spd, if you have a decent amount of power and enough stall. What are you puting it in, and engine specs, gear ratio?

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    too heavy for a glide?

    As a "racing" transmission builder I hear this question "all" the time.
    Is X# too heavy for a "Glide"?
    Please think about this for one second, what did the "Glide" come in from the factory?
    General motors engineer's designed the powerglide to work in their vehicles (big heavy Impala's etc.), and for the most part those cars were heavy then as they are now.
    Racing or not the transmission does not know the difference.
    Bottom line is this the powerglide is a very lethal part of any drivetrain that operates in drag racing...
    Your biggest advatage would be build the engine to produce a whole lot of torque and put the right parts in your powerglide, shift from low to high and win races....
    "Doctor Speed"
    p.s. you can see my ads at MIR, and Capitol raceway both tracks are in Maryland, hope this info was helpful thank you...

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