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History The California Rake

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Strittan, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
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    Tony Miller's just completed, stunning '40 with a great California rake...
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  2. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
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    from BC

    ^^^Man that's nice!
     
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  3. D.N.D.
    Joined: Aug 15, 2012
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    Yep that's the perfect stance right there, very nice ride

    DND
     
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  4. DDDenny
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    That's a very classy car!
     
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  5. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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    Ain't no fuggin stance....its a "rake" BFC11895-66DA-43F3-B650-B7AC44438DE0.jpeg
     
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  6. tevintage
    Joined: Mar 12, 2014
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  7. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
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  8. 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. ;)
     
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  9. jimmy959
    Joined: Oct 16, 2011
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  10. I agree completely. Just enough to give it an attitude.
     

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  11. Handling, California rake takes Caster out of the frontend, got to have 3 to 6 deg. of caster after you dump your car.
     
  12. Blake 27
    Joined: Apr 10, 2016
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    Blake 27

    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.
     
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  13. Csoukoulis
    Joined: Dec 1, 2019
    Posts: 11

    Csoukoulis

    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.
     

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  14. If it was mine I would bring the back down more, neat car though.


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  15. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
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    Yep, sweet ride but to high in back.
     
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  16. Kelly Burns
    Joined: May 22, 2009
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    What do you mean by "Fish Products" wheels? I smell a story!
     
  17. fordcoupeguy
    Joined: Apr 26, 2014
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    I think the bigger cars look better lowered evenly or even as a tail dragger . Leave the California rake for the hotrod guys.
     
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  18. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
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    Hello,

    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.
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    Jnaki

    Of course, YRMV and it is your car.
     
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  19. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
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    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..
     
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  20. I like it! Nice job!
     
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  21. Cyclone Kevin
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    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. 0BA6F65C-1307-4032-A8E0-BA192729F044.jpeg 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.
     
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  22. uncleandy 65
    Joined: Jan 14, 2013
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  23. 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.
     
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  24. I tell the grandkids I'm saving gas by running down hill.;) 054.jpg 076.jpg
     
  25. Csoukoulis
    Joined: Dec 1, 2019
    Posts: 11

    Csoukoulis

    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.
     

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  26. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
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  27. Y-Blokkah
    Joined: Oct 19, 2012
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    from Anna, Tx

    Now that there is the perfect mid 50’s Ford post car. Big time attitude and takes no prisoners.

    Respect.
     
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  28. Kelly Burns
    Joined: May 22, 2009
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  29. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
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    Agreed. That's just right.
     
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