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Technical The Odd Rod

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. burbanite
    Joined: May 31, 2006
    Posts: 188


    Yep, that in itself is enough to tell you that there was some serious innovating going on at the time. Not that torsion bars themselves were "high tech" particularly but the use of them in this instance is maybe indicative of something else. As was mentioned, this was a test vehicle, meant to prove theories and perhaps this was more of a "packaging" item to improve the aero aspects of a streamliner.
  2. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Interesting "truck", fantastic concept. I've never really given much thought to the cars that came before the streamliner on the developemental path for K&L. Kool angle!
  3. racerjohnson
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 178

    from Fargo, ND

    Thats the first thing I noticed. Always wanted to build a rear (mid) engined vehicle, but that darn suspension thing always shys me away. . . for now. The torque tube deal IS genius. Damn.

    Did anybody else notice how "traditional" it is to use a con rod for the steering column mount on the dash? Neat.
  4. Timmy Z
    Joined: Feb 16, 2006
    Posts: 189

    Timmy Z

    Makes me Proud to be from Denver.
  5. Spooky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,816


    Howza Bruthas,
    I have a video tape of Bill Kenz as a guest speaker at a Early Ford V8 club meet a few months before his passing. The lecture is fascinating as Ol' Bill talks of testing the Streamliner on I-25 and the '32 that was the test bed for the engines for the Streamliner too. But what really is neat, is when he speaks of a certain speed equipment manufacturer visiting and going for a ride in the freshly built Odd Rod.
    Did they take it out to Lawry field? Centennial Field? Nah. Bill took this person for a ride around downtown Denver and showed him what two flatties hooked up could do.
    I remember visiting the shop of wonders on Delaware. The old brick building and wondering what it was like in the days when horsepower was produced by minds and not just a bolt on.
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  6. so is this pretty much just a direct drive rod? No transmission, just an "in and out" box?

    It looks like one flatty connected to another with a driveshaft and then the rear hooked directly? to the rearend.

    Is that right?
  7. twistedplastic
    Joined: Jan 19, 2013
    Posts: 4

    from Michigan

    I am a big car NUT. I am into anything from the '40's & '50's. But my biggist hobby is reproducing cover cars into 1/25 scale. And I have been in the model car seen for about 30 years. And I like to collect old car magazines.
    I was looking over this site. And seen the talk about what the best Hot Rod cover was the all time best. Well, I like them all. And I seen that someone posted the cover of the July 1949 issue. I have this issue. But I am very mad that I can't read about the ( Denver's Odd Rod truck. I think is the center fold page. As mine is missing. Would anyone have a copy they can post. Big enough for me to reed it.
    And I know I will like this group.
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  9. twistedplastic
    Joined: Jan 19, 2013
    Posts: 4

    from Michigan

    Hey, Jimmy B.
    Thank You very much. This will help me very much.
  10. The recreation is finally under way at Nicks Hot Rod Garage in Englewood, CO.
    The Build Thread is here...

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