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I am looking for a cheap 4 cylinder manual RWD car to rally up local mountain roads. Something I can pick up for a couple hundred, put a rollcage in,find some some snow tires,etc then go.Also something cheap enough that if I stack it up it isnt a huge problem.Eventually, I want to convert a SAAB 900 to RWD and rally that, but for the mean time I would like something to learn the ropes with first so I dont stack the custom SAAB up..looking for something decently light and nimble.I dont want a FWD because IF you get a bit to much sideways you can't correct it very well,where as RWD you can catch it unless the back end is already passing the front...

 

So anyway here is what I have thought of so far

80's Japanese 4 banger 2wd truck

80's mustang

older toyotas??

Maybe a subaru RX with no front driveshafts

anything else or maybe exact models?

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I had long drawn out thoughtful reply that seems to have gotten deleted so here is a synopsis in no particular order:

 

- BMW E30 (80's) 3 series cars

- 79-93 Ford Mustang

- Volvo 200/700 series

- Toyota Celica/Supra

- Nissan 240SX/300ZX

- Mazda RX-7 (80's or 90's FD)

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I was going to say the s10 pickups. Alttle light in the rear but the 6cyls were peppy enough to get the thing moving. And if you desired alittle more pep theyve got v8 conversions. Same thing with the 4cyl mustangs. v8 is a direct swap into the car.

 

I thought the sabbs were fwd. Ive got a friend here whos selling one for 900 bucks. To bad yoru not closer.

 

Ben

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saabs are FWD,I would like to convert one to RWD.

 

I thought the volvo were really heavy?I have a 83 240 wagon that I am gonna use for a demolition derby and it weighs 4300 lbs.Are the coupes alot lighter?

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aww man i had a volvo 740 turbo. It was a pooch. You want small and mighty. Either small rwd foreign cars. Or mustang, small pickup. Lots of aftermarket for these vehicles

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I found a 78 datsun B210 2 door coupe(not hatchback) for 200. it may be slow but what a better way to develop my technique.That and a friend has 3 B210s in a field without titles so I will atleast have some spares....Thinking welding the spiders,putting a cage in it, and some snow tires...

Now I just have to earn the money for it..

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I dont want a FWD because IF you get a bit to much sideways you can't correct it very well,where as RWD you can catch it unless the back end is already passing the front...

 

 

umm.. I don't mean to be a troll here, but that is just plain wrong. if a FWD car starts to get TOO sideways you point the wheels where you want it to go, then floor it. Provided it doesn't have 400 horsepower and spin, the front wheels should easily keep themselves ahead of the back tires. If you've ever driven FWD and then a RWD on the snow you'd know what i'm talking about.

 

RWD might seem easier to catch because you can initiate the slide easier than a fwd but once its passed the point of steering lock, you're boned. Plus usually the only option you have to bring the back end into alignment is to let off the gas which increases the traction on the back tires.

 

Its entirely about weight distribution. My old escort GT had nearly a 50/50 WD and was FWD and it was very forgiving in slides... even ones on pavement, you had had to have quick hands because of the short wheelbase.

 

My vote goes for a mustang or chevette. You can pick up either DIRT cheap and the mustangs even have v6's often times. any other car and you're looking at paying over 2500 for anything in running condition.

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I was gonna agree with Rat Fink and say go with an old E30 Bimmer. You can find those things dirt cheap but running if you look in the right places. Definately keep us updated on that Datsun

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If you are still looking, a Chevrolet Chevette is another option, if you can find one. Some of them had a 1.8L diesel with a 5-speed. All of them had a solid rear axle with coil springs.

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70's ford capri. not the merc. version of a mustang but a true capri.

 

an aqunatances 74 mk II capri is one hell of a rally car. very nuetral handling and easy to steer with just the throttle. it is a very well balanced car.

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umm.. I don't mean to be a troll here, but that is just plain wrong. if a FWD car starts to get TOO sideways you point the wheels where you want it to go, then floor it. Provided it doesn't have 400 horsepower and spin, the front wheels should easily keep themselves ahead of the back tires. If you've ever driven FWD and then a RWD on the snow you'd know what i'm talking about.

 

RWD might seem easier to catch because you can initiate the slide easier than a fwd but once its passed the point of steering lock, you're boned. Plus usually the only option you have to bring the back end into alignment is to let off the gas which increases the traction on the back tires.

 

Its entirely about weight distribution. My old escort GT had nearly a 50/50 WD and was FWD and it was very forgiving in slides... even ones on pavement, you had had to have quick hands because of the short wheelbase.

 

My vote goes for a mustang or chevette. You can pick up either DIRT cheap and the mustangs even have v6's often times. any other car and you're looking at paying over 2500 for anything in running condition.

 

I concur

 

 

to the original poster: you realize that the RWD rallyX class is the slowest class? the reason the old british rally cars are RWD is that was all they had

 

that said if you want RWD go for a truck much less cabin to have to build a cage for.

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