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Old 07-05-2019, 09:45 PM   #11
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That's right, those are "Traction Master" style bars, or some home grown clones. The tack welded bolt tells you that the installation was lacking or at the end of its life.

I wouldn't mess with them. Either go with a Caltrac bar, or an Earle Williams bar, which is actually similar to the Traction Master.
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Old 07-07-2019, 04:34 PM   #12
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We made some progress the past few days. Here are a few pics.

Installed most of the CPP power brake conversion and Borgeson power steering kits. Disc brakes in the front. Ididit tilt steering column.

Changed to side motor mounts. Swapped in an aluminum bell housing, new starter and tubular tranny crossmember.

Found a pair of slightly used (never installed, but a bit banged up and rusty from sitting around the shop) Doug's headers that fit like a glove to replace the old rusty black ones that were in there.

Still a lot of little things to do...finish the wiring, re-install the gauge panel (now powder coated with all new lenses and trim rings), install the new Hurst shifter (old one was out of a first gen Camaro and didn't work too well with the bench seat), install new steering wheel and associated parts, install new MSD distributor, might change the carb and manifold. Should be ready to fire up and test drive in a week or two. Then new Ciadella's interior goes in. Can't wait to take her for a cruise!
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I wouldn't change a thing on this car if it were mine, I'd keep the traction bars and other old school pieces intact. It's a rolling timepiece of a bygone era. Everyone is doing resto mods, dare to be different.
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I wouldn't change a thing on this car if it were mine, I'd keep the traction bars and other old school pieces intact. It's a rolling timepiece of a bygone era. Everyone is doing resto mods, dare to be different.


I hear you. Problem was the car wasnít very drivable. The steering and brakes were horrible. The rear leaf springs and bushings were shot. The wiring was brittle and patched, with no dash lights and intermittent brake lights. My intention is to do drivability mods that donít interfere (too much) with the old school look of the car. The theme of the car is for it to look like it was hot rodded in the early 70ís...Corvette/Camaro pull out 350, Hurst shifter, black vinyl tuck bench seat interior, 15Ē Torq Thrust Dís, etc.


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Old 07-08-2019, 05:17 PM   #15
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The bars are store bought from Traction Master I ran them on 2 straight line
cars with leaf springs.

http://www.tractionmaster.com/

In the 60's NHRA required a scatter shield for the "gas" classes, weld up universal scatter shield kits were available.

In the 60's I ran both items in B Gas class @ US 30 Drag strip in N IN. It was a 56 Ford 2dr sedan with a 427 side oiler, top loader 4sp & a roll bar. For some strange reason a rear seat was required in that class. @ that time if you won you class the track would pay you 5.00 or give you a trophy. I still have those trophy's.

Speedway has similar bars just north of a C-note
I ran a car in stock classes and a scatter shield was required because I had solid lifters. Nobody was ever concerned about a car being "stock".

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Frank,

Pretty sure I remember seeing that car listed online. I was mulling it over in my head on how to swing it as a daily driver then my logical side kicked in.

It's in much better hands right now getting the care it deserves. I like what you're doing with it style wise.

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Engine is back in the car and work on the wiring goes on (and on and on). Now trying to figure out the whole front drive system and the 8 cyl vs 6 cyl radiator position thing. Doing a lot of reading on the forum and other publications regarding radiator position. I want to keep it as simple as possible, but it seems there are issues either way especially since the new motor mounts moved the engine forward.
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Pretty sure I remember seeing that car listed online. I was mulling it over in my head on how to swing it as a daily driver then my logical side kicked in.



It's in much better hands right now getting the care it deserves. I like what you're doing with it style wise.



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Thanks Jeff. Coming from you that means a lot. I checked out your 55 build...amazing!


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