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Author Topic: Operation HOOK...the frame ties are in!!! (w/pics)  (Read 33682 times)
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« on: March 22, 2008, 04:54:23 PM »

Went to pick up the car from my chassis guy and I got to see the frame ties he made and installed for the first time today……. He did a GREAT job! He even incorporated a driveshaft loop with the frame ties. I had him do some other work as well (Dana tubes welded and some repair work on the upper shock mounts). I think the look good as well as a lot stronger then the Mopar performance ones. The car drives so much better now, it’s like a different car. If anyone wants QUALITY chassis work done at a reasonable price this is the guy to go too! The guy’s name is Dominick at Victory Lane Customs in Stony Creek NY, 518-696-7226…The guy really knows his stuff!

So what do you guys think?


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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2008, 04:55:32 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2008, 04:56:47 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2008, 04:58:02 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2008, 04:58:40 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2008, 05:57:41 PM »

Damn Doug!  That looks excellent.  Looks like he did a bang up job on it.  Did he paint that the color silver of your car too or is that just the natural color of the steel?  All in all, looks fantastic. 2thumbs
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2008, 06:01:39 PM »

Thanks! I gave him some paint I had leftover.....I think he did an excellent job! 2thumbs
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2008, 06:13:29 PM »

Nice work!  E-brake cable looks nicely "dealt with" through the connectors as well thumbs
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2008, 09:07:31 PM »

Very Nice! and nice clean undercarriage.  2thumbs
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2008, 09:16:36 PM »

is that a Denny's driveshaft? those connectors look very nice. awesome incorporation of the driveshaft loop. very clean job. do you know if he welded that with stick or mig? kinda looks like stick. scratchchin
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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2008, 09:34:04 PM »


Oh shit! That's some beautiful work. Looks very nice, and BEEFY! 2thumbs
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« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2008, 11:25:09 PM »

Nice job ! I made and installed the same type ! Ripped them out and installed U.S car tool and they look factory and  will far out strengthen because they weld to the floor and front and back .


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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2008, 11:40:12 PM »

Man those look good Doug!  Yours too Larry.  2thumbs
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2008, 06:44:01 AM »

Nice job ! I made and installed the same type ! Ripped them out and installed U.S car tool and they look factory and  will far out strengthen because they weld to the floor and front and back .


Larry

It was to late in the game for me to install the U.S.Car Tool ones,besides I wanted to be able to have them removeable at a later date (being a factory Hemi car). I showed him the Mopar performance ones and he just laughed! Told me to toss them in a scrap bin.The ones he made have a bigger wall thickness and are completely boxed.
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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2008, 07:47:20 AM »

Doug, very nice installation....Fantastic work !  bow

I really like how he fabbed in the driveshaft loop  2thumbs

Have you driven the car yet ?



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« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2008, 08:56:06 AM »

Thanks Ron! yes, I did drive it down to the gas station when I got home (put $50 bucks in it Shocked). It's a different car now. no more squeaks and rattles, car feels solid. I can't wait to see what she does with the Cal Tracs and slicks!. Still is lighting them up at a whim though.... icon_smile_big. I should have most of the stuff in next week. I'll mock them up in the garage and T&T at Atco in May. I have to turn to the driveline next.... coolgleamA
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« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2008, 09:17:39 AM »

Thanks Ron! yes, I did drive it down to the gas station when I got home (put $50 bucks in it Shocked). It's a different car now. no more squeaks and rattles, car feels solid.


Only 50 bucks huh....what did that buy 1/2 a tank  lol

I Knew you would like those frame connectors  Wink



 I can't wait to see what she does with the Cal Tracs and slicks!



The Caltracs and slicks will make a huge difference in the hook department. Just a suggestion : use a stiffwall slick or Drag Radial because the car is heavy. You can run these at 18-20 psi and the car will react better on the launch. I'm considering a 30x9 radial slick for mine if i can't get a set of 295/65 MT drag radials. You can run the 30x9's on an 8in wheel also....heck mount them on your Magnums and go racing.  icon_smile_cool

The stocker guys with heavy cars run the 30x9's with excellent results.  Wink


Ok, enough of my advice....i'm giving up too much info. Cheesy  That Hemi of yours is gonna  spank mine if i keep supplying information.  lol



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« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2008, 10:32:55 AM »

30 x 9 eh? scratchchin The guy (owner) at Cal trac told me to stick with slicks on a 4 spd car....drag radials have too stiff a sidewall and don't recover as well as a slick. He recommended the M/T slicks or the Hoosier Quick Time pros...I was thinking of going with a 28 inch slick as that is the same dia as the tire I have now. I was going to use some 15 x 8 steel rims I have in the shed and screw the slicks to the rim. Should I run tubes or not?
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30 x 9 eh? scratchchin The guy (owner) at Cal trac told me to stick with slicks on a 4 spd car....drag radials have too stiff a sidewall and don't recover as well as a slick. He recommended the M/T slicks or the Hoosier Quick Time pros...I was thinking of going with a 28 inch slick as that is the same dia as the tire I have now. I was going to use some 15 x 8 steel rims I have in the shed and screw the slicks to the rim. Should I run tubes or not?

Hmmm...that's an interesting comment from Calvert regarding the stiff sidewall. He would know better tham me on that one....especially since the Clatracs were invented for a 4 speed car originally.  yesnod

The quick time pros are a stiff wall dual purpose tire much like the MT et street bias plys.  scratchchin Neither will be as stiff as a drag radial or radial slick though....

So he's recommending a semi-stiffwall if i'm reading this right ? The caltracs are adjustable (pre-load) so you can soften the hit with a violent 4 speed launch but the trick is getting it just right so it bites well and doesn't blow the tires off.  Tongue

Tough choice there buddy....i suppose the 4 speed complicates things a bit. I haven't raced a 4 speed so it's a little out of the realm of my experience.  Undecided

I'd put a post up on the race section over at Moparts and see what the stick guys are having success with. Emphasize the heavy car weight and ask for slick suggestions and caltrac settings. You should pick up some good feedback i would think.  icon_smile_big


As for tubes ; if you do run them make sure to screw the slicks onto the rim. On a smaller slick it's not really necessary to run tubes, inmo.  Twocents



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« Reply #19 on: April 14, 2009, 02:21:55 PM »

Nice job ! I made and installed the same type ! Ripped them out and installed U.S car tool and they look factory and  will far out strengthen because they weld to the floor and front and back .


Larry
  how do the US tool ones fit ? Do you have stock floor pans or aftermarkit?
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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2009, 12:51:47 PM »

Fantastic fab job and install, love how they "step down" with the contour of the floorboards! I did notice in the photos that your torsion bar "C" clips are not fully engaged in their slots  Shocked though. Updated...after doing mine I'm wrong...his are just so pretty compared to mine they look different!!  2thumbs   
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« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2009, 08:52:20 PM »

i would trade my girlfriend for my car to look like that smilielol
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« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2009, 04:25:48 AM »

AceLondon, we're gonna need pics of the girlfriend before we can go any further.  Looks awesome Doug, that is beautiful work!
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« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2009, 08:18:39 PM »

Nice job!  I had a tough time putting in my drive shaft safety loop!   


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