So I cleaned up the garage, and found an old school set of traction bars, they are still in good shape, should I install them on my 68, or have they run the course?
basically what Cal-tracs today are designed after...just a twist on an old concept that works.Are they Slapper Bars or Traction Masters? Big difference. Back in the '60's and '70's almost everyone with a solid axle ran Traction Masters, they are like the bottom outer link of a four-link setup. And today, a ton of my old SVT Lightning buddies are still running what we called "Long Bars" on their 9-second supercharged street trucks. One of my friends from Florida, Casey Brown, actually ran an 8.9 with his TT Mod motor Lightning and Long Bars. Basically longer traction Masters, the best are made by Stifflers but the old school ones looked like these:
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Welded up front, bolted to the spring/shock perch, they eliminated all axle wrap/hop. As noted... Caroll Shelby used them on the original GT350 Mustangs he raced.
Its a matter of personal taste. If you're building the car to look like a '60's-'70's street racer, big fat rear tires sticking out past the fenders, excessive rake... it might look perfect with freshened up set of slappers. I always thought they looked weird hanging down there but many people made them work.nothing fancy just the old school slapper bars as you call them,
I am just thinking on the look, haven't seen many lately, figure they have run their course
Shelby used the solid mount traction masters on his GT350's and GT500's that were weekend racers at both road courses and drag strips. Back around 67-68 I rented a Hertz GT350 for 2 days out in Illinois. I was hard core Chevy back then (2 corvettes down, 2 more coming) and I had a ball driving that Shelby.Thinking the TM's since there are no rod-ends for adjustment like the CT's?