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Hot Rods 29 RPU- "Street/Strip" B/SR Build - Marty Strode

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Marty Strode, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. GearheadsQCE
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    Marty,
    The TruTrac design is from what is now Eaton. There have been several companies that have made them over the years. The one you have may be from Stock Car Products as they are the only ones I know of that hand engraved numbers on them. The ones I have had here started with a "B" prefix.
    Dan Press made a ton of them with Gold anodizing on the aluminum end caps, thus the name "Gold Track".
    He made changes as he went and it's hard to get exact replacement parts. There was also a Diamond Track made by Frank Loverock in CA. Frank was a SCP employee before going out on his own. The Diamond Tracks had little set screws to retain the end cap bolts. I didn't see them on yours. Winters still makes their own unit called.............................Wait for it.........................................................................Winters Track. Their current unit has red end caps and are laser engraved with part numbers and serial numbers.

    These units are very tough and very smooth. You shouldn't have any problems with any of them for your application. When you first mentioned 'locker' I was going to caution you on using a 'Detroit Locker' more correctly called a 'No Spin'. While they are tough, they tend to be noisy and sometimes feel 'notchy' when cornering.
    The only time I recommend them is for an almost all drag race car with hardly any street service.
    You should take it apart and check for chipped or worn gears and cracked thrust plates. I do have some serviceable pieces, but would need you to send me any broken stuff so I can match it up. This isn't likely;)

    I stole Swade's Avatar to use for a change, but I'm going to change it again because I can't concentrate when I answer questions here:p
     
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  2. Bandit Billy
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    @Marty Strode I'll be watching but don't forget to finish that 40 PU. I may be needing more advice. :cool:
     
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  3. Marty Strode
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    Billy, the 40 is leaving for paint this Sunday !
     
  4. Bandit Billy
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    ^^^^I cant wait to see it. You are a hell of a builder Marty. Keep it up.
     
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  5. That's an understatement! ^^
     
  6. Off to a great start! Thanks for taking the time to share your builds. I always enjoy studying them and learning new things.
     
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  7. Flamed48
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  8. Larry Anderson
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    Found it...catch up with you soon

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  9. Tim
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    @SamIyam built those and I know he drove the blue pickup 150 miles to win the yahoo cup at the hamb drags a few years ago. I think “streetable” has more to do with who’s sitting in the seat than what the seat is bolted to :)
     
  10. Weedburner 40
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    I'm going to follow this thread because it's fun to watch Marty build things. Marty, I've always replaced the stock bed supports with rectangular tubing, then hang the suspension from that. I like the way you installed the rear crossmember.
     
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  11. Marty Strode
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    Dale, most people like to watch me race, I tend to drive more than the measured 1320' ! Are you all settled in your new digs ?
     
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  12. Marty Strode
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    Thanks for the kind words Gentlemen, I will do my best to make this a fun build. Things are sort of in limbo, I decided not to complete the engine/ trans mounting until I get the radiator. My choice is a Walker 4 row, as cooling on the street can be tough, and it will be after the Holidays before it shows up. The next thing will be to remove the cowl fuel tank, and the center of the firewall, and bolt on the body and box. Also, I will be starting, perhaps my last Track Roadster, very soon, so look for a thread on that one as well. Merry Christmas to all.
     
  13. Weedburner 40
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    Lol. Sometimes the strip gets really short doing that. Just about. Finishing up the electrical next week, then some air and water lines. Then, we can start working and figure out if things need to move around. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
     
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  14. Marty Strode
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    Dale, did you make it to Fremont when I had just finished the restoration of the Bizio truck ? Tom Willford let me shake it down for him. Jeff Cryan current driver sent me this as a reminder. It always makes a chill run up my back !
     
  15. Larry Anderson
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    Damn that truck...

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  16. Weedburner 40
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    No Marty, I missed that one. Looks like a "fun "ride.
     
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  18. Larry Anderson
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    I'll never forget the shoes flying across the pits at Woodburn either...Had no idea that a Hemi could wind that tight

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  19. Marty Strode
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    Yesterday, I pulled the fuel tank, and was amazed that it didn't break any bolts in the process. Today, I set the body in place, so I can start trimming the firewall for clearance. Being an amateur restoration, notice the surface rust in the places that didn't get painted. The next chore is to neutralize the fuel tank. I fill tanks with bleach and water, and let them set overnight, so I can safely remove the bottom of the tank with a slitting wheel. IMG_3741.JPG IMG_3742.JPG IMG_3743.JPG IMG_3745.JPG IMG_3747.JPG IMG_3748.JPG
     
  20. I'm amazed none of the bolts broke. When I stripped my first RPU down, every single bolt holding the tank broke.
     
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  21. SquintBoy
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    That 80 yr old truck didn't see ONE Wisconsin winter! Great sheet metal to start with. Gets you almost half way there before you start. Still lots of work but none at the body shop! Love your project.

    Sent from the red phone
     
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  22. Marty Strode
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    It's 90 years old, and far from perfect, but a great candidate for what I will be doing with it. Dean, I looked the gas tank bolts over, some were original, most had been replaced during the rebuild in the 60's or 70's. That explains why it came apart so easy.
     
  23. SquintBoy
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    Yep, don't know what I was thinking...I shoulda known 90 yrs as my '29 AV8 coupe is the same. At least I didn't cut something too short! Mark
    Sent from the red phone
     
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  24. marshall
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    from tacoma/wa.

    I've haven't worked on mine for while , but your giving me some inspiration IMG_4416.JPG
     
  25. Hey, that's my video, took that with a Kodak camera that you couldn't refocus once you started recording, but it gave it an old timey look..ha ha
     
  26. Marty Strode
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    I thought that was yours. Great job, incredible audio !
     
  27. Marty Strode
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    We could have some fun at Toutle, while we can.
     
  28. krusty40
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    I'm going to be following along, Marty. Seems like you've got about half the build complete already; I'd still be finding parts and making little sketches...

    While I don't think that any copies of the Torsen Gleason diff are equal, the SCP and DPI are quality pieces. I've run all 3 in my TransAm and Craftsman Truck series days. Fun Fact: We swept the Northwest swing of the truck series in '97, stopping at Dan Press's shop to do our maintenance and repairs enroute from winning at Portland to winning at Everett. Poles at both, too. The underrated Rich Bickle drove for us that year.

    vic
     
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  29. Marty Strode
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    Good to have you aboard Vic, hope to see you at Speedweek this year. BTW, Jim has the Lakester in a container ready to ship down under, for the March Meet at Lake Gairdner. As my Aussie buddy pronounces it, Lake Gad-Nuh. Lindsay's car in container.jpg
     
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  30. Atwater Mike
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    DEE-lighted to see you doing the R.P/U, at long last, Marty. Was afraid you were going to get 'swamped' with other lucky fellas' projects, and forfeit precious time to do one for yourself.
    Nice work on the frame rear, kickup is the traditional 'Zee' step...seldom seen lately.
    Will the firewall be welded or will you make a formed sheet aluminum bolt-in relief for the mag?
    Thanks for having us as guests. I live for this...
     
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