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Nostalgic Dragster - What type of rearend

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I have some pictures I took a bunch of years ago of a roadster dragster. I think the body is a 27 Ford. Flathead engine. Moon tank. Old Firestone slicks. It has a funny car style rollbar and a tube chassis. I did not take any pictures of the rear end. Would a four link be correct for this type of dragster? Would some type of ladder bar be more appropriate? Quick change or Ford nine inch?

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It all depends on what era of model you are building. The cars back in the mid 60's use Chysler 8 3/4's. (especially popular in the dragsters till the 9" fords came out) Quick changes were popular in the later era street roadsters and such I believe. 9" fords have been used in everything since the late 60's. Ladder bars are a popular 70's era thing I think.

Paul

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It all depends on what era of model you are building. The cars back in the mid 60's use Chysler 8 3/4's. (especially popular in the dragsters till the 9" fords came out) Quick changes were popular in the later era street roadsters and such I believe. 9" fords have been used in everything since the late 60's. Ladder bars are a popular 70's era thing I think.

Paul

Thank you very much. I am guessing 60's. What type of suspension with the Chrysler 8 3/4'? Would you happen to know a kit or resin Chrysler 8 3/4?

Thanks again.

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If it was me building it, I'd use an 8 3/4 rear end with ladderbars. The chrysler rear end can be found in the Revell Darts and I think the B body stuff also. (gtx, r/t etc.)

Paul

Thank you very much. I am guessing 60's. What type of suspension with the Chrysler 8 3/4'? Would you happen to know a kit or resin Chrysler 8 3/4?

Thanks again.

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I got a Chrysler 8 3/4, its from the R-M 67 GTX.

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I bet if it had a flathead it had a Ford banjo style rear end. A quick change if they had the money or std. if they were on a budget. Could you post a photo of the car it would be cool to see.

This is the first time I have posted on the internet I hope it works.

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I agree with micronitro. The Ford banjo worked pretty well. George Montgomery used one in his famous willys until he put the Cammer engine in it. He ran a blown Caddy engine and a blown Small block for many years through that rearend. Also popular then were big olds rearends like in the Anglia/Thames kit from Revell.

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If early to mid sixties is what you are trying to replicate, go with a Chrys. 8 3/4 or one of those Olds style diffs. from the Revell, Anglia. The quick change from the Revell, Austin Gasser would also be fine. The way that you describe the chassis indicates that this car may be more dragster than roadster. If so, don't use any rear suspension or traction devices. The diff. housing would have been most likely been bolted directly to the frame rails.

If you could post a pic of a similar car, I might be of more help.

WF

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If early to mid sixties is what you are trying to replicate, go with a Chrys. 8 3/4 or one of those Olds style diffs. from the Revell, Anglia. The quick change from the Revell, Austin Gasser would also be fine. The way that you describe the chassis indicates that this car may be more dragster than roadster. If so, don't use any rear suspension or traction devices. The diff. housing would have been most likely been bolted directly to the frame rails.

If you could post a pic of a similar car, I might be of more help.

WF

Now that I want to scan the pictures, I can only find 1 of the 3 I had. Here it is:

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Thanks for all the help.

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Now that I want to scan the pictures, I can only find 1 of the 3 I had. Here it is:

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Thanks for all the help.

My guess would a solid mounted Olds or Pontiac.

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Now that I want to scan the pictures, I can only find 1 of the 3 I had. Here it is:

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Thanks for all the help.

What you have there is an Altered class car. Like Maliburacer suggested, go with a solid mounted Olds rear. The diff. and chassis from the Bantam Blast would be a good starting point for a car like this. A quick change could also be used as they are somewhat common in kit form.

Walter Frey

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yep, solid mount olds or pontiac rear. Neat car. Makes me want to grab one of the several willie borsch kits off the shelf.

Paul

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I never realised that even back in the day that they solid mounted the rear axles. I guess a drag strip oughta be pretty smooth and flat so it kinda makes sense, now I think about it

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I also agree with the '57-'64 Olds or Pontiac rear. I'm not sure if the housing would be solidly mounted on a chassis like that. The tube chassis builds were a little more sophisticated by that time. Or if in doubt, WWWBD (What would Willie Borsch do)?

Bob

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