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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Strittan, Jul 25, 2015.
Tony Miller's just completed, stunning '40 with a great California rake...
^^^Man that's nice!
Yep that's the perfect stance right there, very nice ride
That's a very classy car!
Ain't no fuggin stance....its a "rake"
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I agree and any '40s just is begging to be down in the snout. think it is the absolute best look for one, smooth like the one Ed just posted or a little rough around the edges like I would be driving.
I agree completely. Just enough to give it an attitude.
Handling, California rake takes Caster out of the frontend, got to have 3 to 6 deg. of caster after you dump your car.
I agree John. When we set up my chassis I set the frame on the desired angle (rake) then set the caster.
When I took the finished car to the alignment shop the caster was exactly 6 deg. The only thing that needed adjusting was the toe.
With 6 deg. the car tracks really well.
What do you guys think about the current rake on my 59? Has 1.5 inch blocks in the rear. Have a set of 3 inch blocks I’m contemplating throwing in.
If it was mine I would bring the back down more, neat car though.
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Yep, sweet ride but to high in back.
What do you mean by "Fish Products" wheels? I smell a story!
I think the bigger cars look better lowered evenly or even as a tail dragger . Leave the California rake for the hotrod guys.
The stance of your Edsel looks to be about right. But it is very low in the front. You might want to check your springs and shocks to be legal. (lowest point to the ground versus low part of rim.) But, in the second photo, the rear tires look too big, causing the higher elevation of the rear fender/bumper area. Are the rims and tires the same sizes? They don’t look like the same, so that may be the “stink bug in the air” stance problem.
Here is a So Cal "Cal Rake 1957 Chevy" that was recently photographed before the "locked in place" directive. The tires are well suited to the Chevy Bel Air and the lowered Cal Rake fits quite well. Even with additional family members or a trunk full of stuff, it will still pass the CHP field checks and be legal.
Of course, YRMV and it is your car.
You'd better get car specific by saying that. My 1956 Ford is stock at 1 degree and is +- 1/2 degree. My LSR roadster is not even 6 and can be driven with one hand at 200.
Not saying you are wrong but different suspensions may not need a number that great..
I like it! Nice job!
Parish Fish was a guy who lived in La Canada that had a bitchen blown, blacked n flamed 62 Corvette on American Daisies that was in the cover of HRM in the 70’s. It was a sight to see around. The greater Pasadena Area.
The company he started made Halibrand styled wheels shortly before Eric Vaughn made his version. I think Eric machined Paris’s?
These wheels have a crisp look and a lot of definition in its edge/lips . Actually they’re quite striking.
They’re here on this updated version of the CK in the 80’s. Fish Products used the CK in its photo ads that appeared in SRM pre-P&J’s company update as the Halibrand QC Axle Stub is shown in the low 3/4 l/h view shot. Update to underpinnings were done by Marc Stephan I believe @ P&J’s? As a 18 yr old I really enjoyed seeing it’s updated look around the TC/Arcadia SGV Area.
I love a California rake on many cars, but it just doesn't feel right on yours. Lowered ok, but not too much and level all around. Just mt 2 cents.
I tell the grandkids I'm saving gas by running down hill.
Swapped out the 1.5 inch blocks for some 3 inch to drop the ass down just now. Also took out the 1970s coil over shocks for some regular shocks. Still has some rake but overall I think it sits WAY better.
Now that there is the perfect mid 50’s Ford post car. Big time attitude and takes no prisoners.
@Cyclone Kevin thank you for the knowledge! I appreciate it.
Agreed. That's just right.
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