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Don’t want to start a flame war but the first long wheelbase Fords that came about because of the “Cleveland rules” were the ‘70 Mustangs like Glidden’s and Nicholson’s.

Those cars became illegal because the NHRA either had or put in a rule that the body could be no older than 3 or 4 years....something like that. That’s when G & R came up with the Taxi.

The Grumpy ‘72 Vega was the first car I know of that was a tube frame chassis car. That thing was probably around 600 hp at its peak and putting 750 hp Rats, Hemis, 427 SOHC’s and Boss 429’s on the trailer.

Grumpy’s Toy is what killed the factory big blocks. When the 351 Cleveland proved to be 50 to 75 hp stronger that’s when all the phunkadelic rules came in. To keep the sbc relevant.

The NHRA brought that whole thing on themselves. It would be like the same thing if someone showed up at an F/S race with a Pro Mod chassis and a F/S driveline and the NHRA passes it with flying colors.

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The truth of matter also is the longer the wheelbase the better hookup it gets. Don Garlits told me that he learned early in his career that this was the case. Every time the competition got close they went home and added more wheel base. Usually a inch he said. No one would ever notice. Wasn’t until later in top fuel that they set the length. He said they did that early when the cars were still basically body cars. Even with his flat head ford cars they were doing this. Gappnroush gained on two ends weight breaks and traction. The weight breaks were the obvious reason. Same reasons Glidden went fairmont.
 

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The first weight rules were because of Hemi domination. It spanked everything including the BUSS 429. Had nothing to do with the Cleveland.

It was Grumpy who petitioned the NHRA to let the small blocks in.

The body rule was 5 years. With the new wheelbase rule, Gapp and Roush felt they didn't have enough time to prepare a Mustang so they bought a 2 door Maverick race car, extended the wheelbase and slapped a 4 door body on it.
 

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Gapp and Roush first ran a BUSS 429 powered Pro Stock Maverick in 1971. You know, back when Chevy and Mopar racers were running BBC and Hemis in the cars they actually came in, like the Camaro and Cuda/Challenger...and Mopar still won.

Oh and speaking of stretched wheelbases...Mr Tom Revisionist.

"Gapp and Roush found and purchased a Don Hardy-built 1974 two-door Maverick, removed the body, acid dipped and lengthened the rear of the frame and mounted a four-door body.

The car earned the nickname “Tijuana Taxi” after someone made the comment that the car looked like a Mexican taxicab. In the days when the Maverick was created, a sponsor on the side of the car didn’t carry nearly as much value as a good nickname."
The Maverick was nothing but a Mustang with different clothes.
 

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Mister 'Stick.... putting a four door body on a stretched existing chassis is not cheating the rules.
 

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The Maverick was nothing but a Mustang with different clothes.

But...but...but...you said the Maverick was the only car Furd ever built from the ground up to be a drag car.
 

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Mister 'Stick.... putting a four door body on a stretched existing chassis is not cheating the rules.
Really? I'm sure their taxi caused zero controversy back then...right?
 
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