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Speedway open-drive kit questions

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by switchkid0, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. switchkid0
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
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    I ordered the open drive kit from Speedway.
    Like always, by trying to save a buck, I shot myself in the foot.
    I got a "garage sale" item, which was a return, previously mounted.
    Anyway, the kit is missing the pinion pin, and the set screws.
    Does anyone have a kit sitting on the bench, and could you measure the 1/4" pinion pin and the 5/16-18 set screws for length?

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    Richard Larimer
     
  2. spooler41
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    kido, just went and measured my Speedway set,the 1/4" pin is 1 3/8 long and the set screw is 5/16" long.
    Hope that gets you where your going.

    ............Jack
     
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  3. switchkid0
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    That's just the ticket. Thanks for the quick response.
     
  4. 28rpu
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    You guys should be buying these kits from hotrodworks.com.
    Better quality, less expensive! Really.
     

  5. HotRodMicky
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    Agreed !
     
  6. kennkat
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    I guess doing this swap with '46-'48 ford pickup parts is out of the question any more (DUH!!) I don't remember the details, but when I was young we did something like that.... GEEZE how wasteful....
     
  7. switchkid0
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    Thanks for all the "helpful" info.
    FYI, I paid $200 for the part from Speedway, because it was a return.
    I have the parts to make the "homemade" version, as seen here on the HAMB, but I wanted to get this thing together a little sooner.
    And I don't have any 46-48 pickup parts lying around. Geeze.
    I can't understand why folks have to jump on a thread and offer unrelated and counter-productive comments. Are we just trying to bolster our post counts fellas? Or are we just trying to show our asses?
    Spooler, thanks for the help.
    Wish there was a way to close my own thread.
     
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  8. seabeecmc
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    It is certainly the nature of the HAMBster isn't it? I can relate. Ron
     
  9. paintcan54
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    Kido, I was looking to get one for my '40 rear axel, let us know how well it fits and works, as I'm about 3 months away from buying the change over.

    28rpu, thanks for the heads up I'll look into theirs.
     
  10. Mr48chev
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    It may be different where Kennkat lives but where I live I haven't seen a Ford pickup with the proper rear end still under it in the wrecking yards for at least 30 years. I've got a banjo rear end sitting in the shed that I've had for around 30 years after trading an 8 inch Ford rear for it and still haven't picked up the pickup pieces to make it work. If I ever do redo it I'll most likely buy the pieces from Hotrod Works and be done with it.
     
  11. butch27
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    I've rebuilt 2 open drive '47 pickup rears.All of the bearings are still available but some are under a different number.
     
  12. kennkat
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    :confused: I apologize for my "dry" sense of humor....:confused:I'll try not to let it happen again.:confused:
     
  13. spooler41
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    When I bought my open drive conversion from Speedway, about 2 years ago, it arrived
    in a Hotrod Works box and was stamped with the Hotrod Works name. It should make
    no difference,where the part came from.
    KidO, glad I could help and good luck with your project.

    ...............Jack
     
  14. krylon32
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    Several years ago Speedway was buying the conversion kits from Hot Rod Works, I think that has changed.
     
  15. switchkid0
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    Sorry I got my hackles up earlier, it just seemed like someone was pissing in my Cheerio's.
    I had researched the home-built open drive, and even acquired everything I needed to do it. Here's the info, and it's very good. Thanks to TMan.

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=324073&highlight=banjo+rear

    This week was one of those rare moments when I had more money than want-to.
    For three years I've been putting this project on the back burner. I keep saying " I don't want to do it until I can afford....".
    To hell with that. I want a hotrod. Now. And if it has to have a Chinese part, or a fiberglass body, or whatever else, who gives a rats' ass?
    This place is probably my favorite site on the whole internet (yes, it's even better than porn). But it can also be one of the most infuriating.
    Sure, I can see giving a guy a hard time if he's asking how to put a twin-turbo spoon motor in his pro-street 78 Nova. He's not in the right place. Too often I think the guys who are trying to be "cooler" or "more traditional than thou" tend to run off folks who could contribute a great deal to this online community, because it's easier to crack with a shitty comment than it is to impart knowledge.

    Sorry for the rant/vent. Now back to our regularly scheduled program. Up next, a thread about songs from car movies, followed by what color should I paint my gasser?
     
  16. choppedtudor
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    Here's how they look now.....
     

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  17. HotRodWorks
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    Krylon32 is correct. Speedway made a direct copy of ours and no longer purchases them from us. However, theirs don't fit the spline properly.

    We have heard of many people with vibration problems after installing one of their kits.
     
  18. paintcan54
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    Hate to open a old thread, but. Does anybody have the measurement from the yokes pin and set screw hole to the center of the u-joint cup mounting, so if I need to move the motor and trans forward I'll be readyto do it? I'm updating the rear end in my old K-88 dragester, so we can start drag racing again. Thanks for any onfo you can share.
     
  19. OLDSMAN
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    Unfortunately this product is made off shore now, and the Chinese once again can't copy anything correctly. Their measurements are almost always not the same as the original part was. If any of you get in trouble with a part from Speedway again, call and ask for a street rod tech. If they still do things the same way as when I was a street rod tech for Speedway, the tech will have the warehouse pull a part so he can measure things when he has you on the phone. I can't imagine they do anything any differently now in this regard
     
  20. tfeverfred
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    They still do. I've called recently and had them check something against an on the shelf part. Speedways tech is pretty good.
     
  21. paintcan54
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    Thanks guys, I been looking at Hot Rod Works open kit also. I read some place back in the thread that at one time Hot Rod Works made them for Speedway. I'm going to give both of them a call on monday and ask a few questions about fit and u-joint size. Again thanks for the info.
     
  22. kustoms36
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    fews years agos hot rod works sells to speedway,but after speedway made thems in china be careful not the same quality
     
  23. XWYNNSGUY
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    I went through this already. Get the hot rod works stuff. Speedway copied the HRW parts and the yoke fits sloppy as can be. Lots of vibration, the guys at HRW hooked me up!! T
     
  24. HotRodMicky
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    Save your time and order from Hotrodworks !

    I've used it 3 times and it fits perfect

    I tried to use speedways twice....the first and last time in my life.......!!!

    Why call China Bill , if you can get usa made for good quality and price ??

    Michael
     
  25. 48FordFanatic
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    from Maine

    I've got the set up on a 47 pick up rear end that's just taking up room. I wish someone close by needed it .
     

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