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Projects Late 1920's Sprint Car

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Pete Eastwood, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,019

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    This is my late '20's Sprint Car project.

    "T" engine - RAJO head - "C" crank - T trans
    Essex frame rails, Hartford shocks, "Green Eng" steering (a period piece)
    20" Buffaloe Wheels
    Frame & Body lay out based on original Miller blue prints.

    I've been working on this project off & on for years. Seems like it gets interrupted by other projects.
    I've posted pictures of it on other related threads, but I figured I'd give it it's own thread.
    I've given myself a goal, to have it finished by summer 2015, so this will be a slow progress deal.
    I spent some time reworking the tail buck, today and took these pictures.
    At some point I'll be removing things, & I'll take some detail shots along the way.

    here ya go . . .

    Attached Files:

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  2. 29 Speedster
    Joined: Aug 2, 2011
    Posts: 157

    29 Speedster
    from Colorado

    Nice, Good Luck and keep us posted.
  3. Kume
    Joined: Jan 23, 2010
    Posts: 892


    Fantastic - love this car!!
    I have been waiting for this thread to start after months of the occasional peek on the threads of others.
    Keep it coming.
  4. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,877


    Great project, and already a beautiful shape. Please keep us informed!

  5. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,177


    Great project and look forward to seeing it completed.
  6. choptop4
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 662


    Isn't it nice to get to work on your own project ! I pulled my 38 Dodge coupe the shop this fall and went to work on it.I tell people don't bother me tell spring .I got the car in 72. My first car. Keep at it.
  7. 29AVEE8
    Joined: Jun 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,384



    Too Bitchin. What is the grill shell?

  8. sweet project, love these early sprints.....looking for some 4 banger hotrod stuff myself for a model a coupe i belive was owned by your dad in the 70's.......dave
  9. Wow! Can't wait to see more!!

    Moving this to the Traditional Hot Rods totally belongs there! :)
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  10. Hey Pete, Im so pleased to see this thread and cant wait to see the progress. I really appreciated seeing you last October - you got inside my head with this T stuff, I have a guy not far from me with a bunch of brass era T stuff - enough to build a speedster so Im keen to go see him. Look forward to following your progress, its a seriously cool car. Greg
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  11. Pete,

    Thanks for starting this thread- I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing how your build comes along!

    The day will come (God-willing) when my project will get off the ground:

    '27 Chevrolet frame rails
    '25 or '28 Chevrolet 4 engine with Olds 3 port head
    21" GM accessory wire wheels
    '46 Chevrolet p/u hydraulic brakes
    1 or 2 seat body based on either Miller's Durant Spl, Mabel Cody's Fronty 300, etc

    Do you know/remember what year Essex rails you have?
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  12. Great car... I'd like to hear more on it's history.

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  13. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    The 1st AMBR trophy winner, Bill Niekamp's blue track car, used mid-20s Essex rails and I've had a 26-27 Essex frame set back for almost 20 years waiting for my dead ass to make a crude copy of that wonderful car. It might be easier to do an Essex frame based T and call it good.
    Love your project.
  14. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 3,000


    Absolutely fantastic looking rod!
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  15. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,286

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Wow! Can't wait to see you move this build along Pete.
    That's quite a list of "basics"!
    Will it be tagged and street driven?
  16. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,019

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    In one of the pictures you can see another old race car in the garage.
    That one can't be street driven.
    This one is tagged & will be street driven. :)
  17. bct
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 3,098


    so cool. buffalo wheels are incredible . are the tires like the clinchers on my motorcycle? I don't see a drop center.
  18. Big Al
    Joined: Dec 10, 2006
    Posts: 1,420

    Big Al


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  19. 28TUDOR
    Joined: Jan 25, 2007
    Posts: 419


    The sprint rules! I'll be watching this build.
    How about a few pictures on the one in the garage also.
  20. legion
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 41


    so jealous... that thing is Awesome!
  21. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,431


    Thanks for taking the time to post.
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    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,640


    What a pretty car Pete. Is that a narrowed Whippet grille? I too am working on a long-term sprint car project - a little later era. Perhaps you saw it in the January Street Rodder Professor Hammer's column. Enjoy the journey - the final destination will arrive soon enough.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
  23. cool
    after i finish some house projects im building something simular
    love it
  24. Weedburner 40
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 844

    Weedburner 40

    Pete, looks like fun. It was great talking to you the other day. Still haven't heard back about the 12 spokes and the Hali pic isn't a very good one, but I will send it along once I hear on the others.
  25. Rajo 1
    Joined: Aug 29, 2008
    Posts: 40

    Rajo 1

    Pete ,your collection and placement of period correct 1920`s parts is spot on, this is a very inspiring car. Your craftsmanship on the body is also inspiring , the whole car is awesome. Oh by the way you can`t use a Model t trans the bands will wear out then what would you do, ha haa haaa.Model T power forever.
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  26. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    patiently waiting for detail pics
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  27. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,990


    I thought you were going to say "patiently waiting for tire sizes".

    That car looks like a ton of fun!

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  28. jesse1980
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,355


    Awesome build. I've been looking to build a sprint car like that for about a year now. I got some drawings and plans together. Keep the thread up to date!
  29. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Damn Pete! This is gonna be cool! Everything so far is spot on.
  30. exStreamliner
    Joined: Apr 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,544


    I still have photos of the one you built back in the late 80's

    Ironically it is finished and has Eastwood Special on the side... It resides in Canfield Ohio and is incredible
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