Buried Alive 4 Motor Swap Stock V8

Deadman Stock v8

2023 New rules

General rules

  1. Any year car permitted. No imperials, no hearses no specialty vehicles.
  2. Cars must remain purely stock unless otherwise stated in rules below. 
  3. No fix it plates, no additional nine wire banding chain etc.
  4. Fresh or pre run permitted.


  1. Any motor, No full protectors, a simple lower cradle and pulley protector, front plate is permitted.  Nothing can come in contact the with firewall. Transmissions must have stock bell, stock case and tail. 
  2. Motor mounts may be swapped for optimal fit but must be Oem.  Two-piece mounts may be welded together with no added metal.  A simple 6”x6” ¼” plate may be welded to the engine crossmember or K member for clearance.  This 6”x6” plate cannot overlap and touch a factory frame seam. Transmission mounts must be factory or factory OEM replacement with rubber bushing.  Factory crossmembers only
  3. Slider driveshafts are permitted
  4. Any NON-BRACED 5 lug rear end is permitted. No axel savers. Bolt on pinion brakes are permitted. Must run factory style trailing arms with no reinforcements.  You may lengthen or shorted trailing arms to gain desired pinion angle only by adding factory trailing arm pieces or shortening with 1” overlap and ½” bead of weld.  
  5. Wiring harnesses are permitted.
  6. No transmission coolers or oil coolers.  Lines may be looped
  7. Aluminum aftermarket radiators are permitted. They can either be nine wired in core support only in 2 spots or ratchet strapped in.  Factory condenser in front of radiator is permitted.

98 and Newer fords: You will receive a watts link kit but must use factory trailing arms.  The uppers of watts link kit must be 8”x8” max.  3/8” bolts.  The lower pieces cannot exceed 6” long may be welded to inside portion of frame rail.  Bolt cannot pin the frame.  


  1. Absolutely no frame modifications, including hammering or creasing of frame.  Absolutely no shortening of frame. However, you may simply shave off the front frame to make it flush. Example old iron gm.  
  2. No tilting or cold bending.
  3. No Seam welding.
  4. Rear frame cannot be shortened.
  5. Rear frame may be notched or dimpled to aid in rolling. 


  1. Any OEM bumper permitted, no Added metal, May be seam welded.  Seam welding to our rules DOES allow you to fill light holes with 1/8” cover. Only added metal that is permitted is a 6”x6” ¼” plated between bumper and front frame to allow for flush mounting.  
  2. Rear bumpers are limited to a 2” point as in a factory 80s ford bumper.
  3. SMW Bumpers SS and lower are permitted.
  4. Bumper mounting options for front bumpers are as follows. Option 1: Hardnose with a 6”x6” x ¼” plate flush to front frame. Option two: No Hardnosing, utilize The factory shock and bracket for that specific make and model car.  You may collapse and weld shock, you may weld shock to bracket and may weld the factory bracket to the frame with  (6) 3” welds. No rear brackets on front of cars
  5. Bumper mounting options for Rear Bumpers are as follows. NO HARDNOSING.  Rear brackets must be used in factory orientation meaning. Old iron gm may only have the make model specific bracket bolted to side of frame with bumper attached to shock plate. Fords must run the factory show that Is inside the frame. Shocks can be collapsed and welded. Shocks may be welded to the bracket and bumper may be welded to shock plate.  All factory rear bumper brackets may have (6) 3” welds.

You do not have to weld the brackets shocks etc. This is not for us to give you more work to do but rather to simply keep bumpers off of the track

  • Brackets may be loosened, tipped upward then re bolted for aiding the car to roll.  
  • Front bumper may have 2 spots of nine wire core support to bumper braided wire 2 loops 2 locations.  Rear bumper can have 2 locations bumper to taillight cover area within 6” of rear frame end. 2 loops braided wire to keep bumpers on car
  • Max bumper height from bottom of the bumper to ground is 22” and must not be lower than 14”. This is for front and back bumpers.  


  1. Quarter creasing is permitted. No squeezing quarters over frame rails.
  2. Quarters must remain upright
  3. All Doors may be fasted through on of the following:  (6) locations 3”x3” ¼” plates, (8) locations of nine wire, (8) locations of 3/8” max chain. If using wire you may weld 1” store bought washers for wire to run through
  4. Drivers door seams may be welded solid. 
  5. Trunk fastening: (6)locations 3”x3” ¼” plates, (8) locations nine wire or 3/8” max chain
  6. No washers permitted to run chain or wire through.
  7. Hood may be fastened with 8 locations of 3/8” max chain or 8 locations of braided nine wire. Hood to core support is permitted.  
  8. Hood must have 2 12” holes cut in case of fire.  You are permitted 6 3/8” bolts to bolt hood together around hole cutes. This is 6 per hole 12 total.  
  9. Trunks: 2 10” inspection holes. On right center one left center.  6 3/8” bolts per hole to bolt layers together.  
  10. A maximum of 6” trunk canoe or dip.  Will be measured with a jig straight edge top of upright quarters to lowest part of trunk lid 6” max. Trunk lid is permitted to be tucked in trunk but cannot be attached to floor 
  11. Speaker deck may be pushed down but cannot be welded
  12. A one inch space minimal must be followed.  At firewall you are permitted for clearance purposes to utilize a 2×2 free floating steel spacer. All body mounts may be changed to 1/2″ bolts max may run only through the top side of the frame and through the body with 3″ max store bought washers one bolt one nut.
  13.  The only body bolt ins permitted are Brake and gas pedals.  These can only be attached to floor body and cannot have greater than ½” bolts. 
  14. You may have a simple push pull shifter
  15.  You may have a 4 inch core support spacer to aid in clearing fan and accommodating different engines. This core support spacer must be free floating.  This front mount can only run from bottom of from to factory core support hole. Cannot run through the top of the core support.  

Wheels and tires

  1. Front tires- ANY TIRE including skid steer and V treds ARE PERMITTED
  2. Rear tires- Any tire may be used including SOLID REAR TIRES
  3. Weld in centers permitted. NO BEADLOCKS 
  4. LIP PROTECTORS AND Valve stem protectors permitted.

Steering and suspension

  1. Factory tie rods only no reinforcements. Factory center links.
  2. Spindles and a arms must be manufacture and make specific and year specific, mounted in factory locations and manner. 
  3. Spring risers front and back are permitted.  2 per coil.
  4. Factory shocks and leaf springs only.  Direct bolt over the counter replacements are permitted.  Factory leaf sprung cars must mount leafs in factory location and orientation and must have full working shackle.  Factory clamps only
  5. No welding or bolting of a arms. Must be working suspensions.  Mopar may adjust torsion bars,
  6. No cross breeding a arms and spindles.  Must be make and model specific.
  7. Ball joints must be factory style oem No welding on ball joints.
  8. **** Steering column may be aftermarket from steering box to wheel
  9. 03-newer must run factory steering rack.


  1. A simple 4 point cage is permitted but not required.  We would prefer a four point for drivers safety.  At minimum a rear seat bar is required and 2 locations of nine wire from cowel to roof or two 3” ¼” straps cowel to roof.
  2. 4 point cage bars cannot be within 5 inches of trans tunnel, firewall or floor. 
  3. Side bars cannot extend beyond the rear kick panel.
  4. Rear seat bar must be no farther back than rear kick panel
  5. You may suspend battery off of cage.  You may suspend gas tank off of cage but any gas tank protector must be 5” away from all sheet metal with two gussets max from rear seat bar to tank protector. This is for safety only. If fastening to floor no wooden boxes, must be safe secure batter box.  Gas tanks may be bolts to floor. But must be in rear seat location. No stock or plastic tanks.
  6. An up and over halo is permitted not required. Must come off of side bars straight up and across.
  7. Max cage material size 4×4 or 2×6.  

For rules questions contact DJ Fabri at 724-309-5055 

or TJ McCullough at 301-707-6870 9 am – 9 pm

Please allow 24 hours for response. 

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