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On the street for years with Cal Trac's and a spool. 9 21 19 5635 - YouTube
Thinking back to what the parking lot looked like outside of shop class, N50's hanging 2" out from the quarter, slapper bars, shackles lifts that you swore were made from somebodies little brother's erector set and of the course the Gabriel Hijackers "Rabbit " sticker in the quarter window. Some of it worked, almost all of it was wrong. While probably not fitting for a 10 second street/strip car , running a pair of slapper bars is kinda a cool nod to a past era, one that many of us think back on fondly.
That was 50 years ago Cal trac's is where it's at now.
Very ineresting. Are Cal tracs good on a trip across the country -freeway etc, 85 MPH all day
You know they have adjustable ones, right?
Al (@HEMI-ITIS ) just answered this question already.
Ah yes, I got the DREADED Red X! Love it, gives me a reason to truck this out again.... Red "X" Members Represent! In fact, to celebrate the occasion, I loped off to MS Paint to commemorate this austere event:
If the goal is entirely based on appearance and styling, what the heck...go for it. Traction bars and Kelly Super Charger N-50-15s on a 318 car are completely pointless from a performance standpoint but if you want the sizzle and can't afford the steak....!
I put traction bars on my 74 Challenger back in 78, BUT I painted them black and snubbed them up tight against the springs. No "slapping" for me. 42 years and 69k actual miles later, they are still in place!
Cal tracs are good at 85 MPH freewaying across the coountry all day.... no Ed, I don't see where Al just answered my question already. For freeway/strip would I prefer H.D. springs, S.S. springs, Cal tracs I.D.K..
Yup, and that's why I got Cal trac's and split mono's now, but slapper bars and the other stuff have their place in our hobbies past, they still make me smile when I see them, kinda like panel paint jobs with endless lines and lace.
I prefer the stock suspension on Fred myself - but yes, if you'll go back to Al's post where he gives a YouTube link to a video, it's his ridiculously fast ride driving on the freeway in NYC. The man's nuts if you ask me, but he's been there all his life and he drives that car everywhere (including the strip and on the highway) - on CalTracs.
Its a shame, the car wants stretch its legs but can't when sitting in a parking lot called NYC freeways, actually TOLL WAYS, all day.
Had them then got them now,I like the 70’s look that’s what I grew up with
Thinking back to those early days I never had any desire to put slappers on my 65 Sport Satellite because Jessica hooked up really well. My preference is to keep things underneath away from potential contact that may cause serious problems. Everyone has their own opinion and experience and it is good to have a variety of things to look at and learn about. Wouldn’t this be boring if we all had the same stuff......
Of course. But its hardly my idea of fun, sliding under the car to reset it.
Gravy really. With a lynch pin, simply run it up close to the floor for racing, then drop it back down to about an inch or so for street.
On my back, in some parking lot, sliding under a car, twice, to set a snubber, is hardly gravy. How often do you play with yours?
I don't anymore (I'm old, don't race anymore) - but it was just part of the routine. Arrive at track, jack up rear, off come street tires and on go slicks, reach under while there and adjust the snubber.... ain't no big thing. Regardless, it appears to matter a great deal to you and that's fine. However you want to skin it, do so with my full blessing and prayers for a safe and fun time.