new project car - 55 plymouth 2 door...

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fatguyzinc
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AAAAAAAAAAAAHHH YEAH !!!!!!!!!

the BBC fenderwell exit headers shipped today from amazon
for a total of $83.86 with free shipping !

nice to catch a break every once in a while.

fatguyzinc
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alrighty, after 5 freaking WEEKS of indentured servantry here in maui,
i FINALLY get to go home tonight at 9:15pm. tomorrow paz needs to run
a bunch of errands, but friday i *should* get to molest the '55 a bit !

we shall see, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice
and men and all that.............

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was going to fab a set of giant ladder bars from some
leftover steel and unused poly vette bushings, but these
4 footers showed up on crepeslist for $150....SOLD!

drove to waianae and bought em. wish i had the $$$ to
get em powdercoated silver, but rattle can "portuguese chrome"
is probably the most likely scenario.

hey, cant beat the price. woulda run me that just in labor i think
and at least these were jig welded so they are straight, i woulds
had to 'eyeball' anything i fabbed.




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maniacmechanic
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They look Ok.

fatguyzinc
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im almost done with my month of indentured servitude, when i go home
im going to start assembling the 9" ford and look at swapping it under there.

plans are the 4ft ladders and floaters for the leafs. so my newest question is--
do i run the ladders parallel or triangulate them? strictly for better street
manners and driveability. the rear of ladders will be welded, front has giant
9/16" shank ( 1-1/8 socket fits these things ! ) thru bolt heims.

the ladders will locate the axle front to rear, leafs will hold up weight of car
and locate left/right. the leaf floaters (alstons) are so the leafs & ladders dont
"fight each other" and bind up as they swing through different arcs....

as always thanks in advance for any/all insights...

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fatguyzinc wrote:im almost done with my month of indentured servitude, when i go home
im going to start assembling the 9" ford and look at swapping it under there.

plans are the 4ft ladders and floaters for the leafs. so my newest question is--
do i run the ladders parallel or triangulate them? strictly for better street
manners and driveability. the rear of ladders will be welded, front has giant
9/16" shank ( 1-1/8 socket fits these things ! ) thru bolt heims.

the ladders will locate the axle front to rear, leafs will hold up weight of car
and locate left/right. the leaf floaters (alstons) are so the leafs & ladders dont
"fight each other" and bind up as they swing through different arcs....

as always thanks in advance for any/all insights...

I have always seen Ladder bars run Parallel Zinc.
What do the Guys on Bangshift say ?

A few guys That have run huge ladder bars like you have swear by Birdcage Floating mounts.
Like Competition Engineering Sells.
That way the Rear End housing can rotate easily and not bind up when accelerating hard.
Lots of guys say the Rear of a car should squat down on launch.
That is wrong.
It should rise 1-2 inches .
That is Antisquat at work.
The Rear Tires are being forced to the Ground with 100-500 lbs per force on each rear tire.
Every action has an opposite and equal reaction. The Rear of the car rises.
Tires biting super hard.

Car squats the tires are losing traction.

To my knowledge the best Antisquat ever put into a Corvette IRS was the C4 Gen.
87 % percent Anto squat built in.

Drag cars hit 100-130 % Antisquat with a Solid rear axle like a Ford 9 or Pontiac 9.3.

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Also Ladder bars are making a comeback here Zinc.
Favored over a true 4 link drag race.
Street Outlaw builds.

fatguyzinc
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fabbed frame extensions and towbar xmember,
just need to fnal weld then paint. slowly but surely......

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well, theres more to do--final weld spring pads, fab shock mounts,
install ladders---but the 12 bolt is on the locating pins and clamped
down with reversed plates/ubolts. its IN !!!
( went spring over rather than spring
under like stock, instant 4"-5" lift for rear .....)

made sure i was within 1/32nd side to side. any advice for pinion angle?
its at 0 degrees now....try to load pics tomorrow.

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fatguyzinc wrote:well, theres more to do--final weld spring pads, fab shock mounts,
install ladders---but the 12 bolt is on the locating pins and clamped
down with reversed plates/ubolts. its IN !!!
( went spring over rather than spring
under like stock, instant 4"-5" lift for rear .....)

made sure i was within 1/32nd side to side. any advice for pinion angle?
its at 0 degrees now....try to load pics tomorrow.

If its just a cruiser 0 degrees pinion angle is Ok.
I like to see -2 degrees pinion angle down on the street.
-4 to -6 drag racing hard with lots of Hp.


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