The sheet metal bodies on a Dirt Late Model may look relatively plain, but they definitely serve a purpose aerodynamically, in terms of helping get the car around the track. But because Dirt Late Model racing is also a class where the "rubbing is racing" mantra gets taken to heart, the bodies must also be easily (and quickly) repairable.

That's why the bodies have developed in the manner they have. They may not have the ultra high-tech panache of a carbon-fiber F1 body, but you can't take the body of an F1 car that was crumpled during a heat race, pull it off and pound it out flat with a hammer on a flat piece of concrete and be ready for the main, either.

There are a few tricks when either hanging your own body or making repairs. Most modern Dirt Late Model chassis are constructed with all the necessary brackets welded into place in the proper positions, but the rest is up to you. For these photos, we travelled to the race shop of Dirt Late Model racer Chris Hargett as he prepared a new car for the '08 season. No matter whether you are fabricating your body (minus the roof and nose) from flat aluminum sheet or are hanging a pre-fabbed body, these tips will work for you.