Thanks to all of you who commented on the “keeping the flame burning” blog. Â I am happy that you feel the same way I do. Â The flame today is burning in LA with temperatures in the 80’s and bright sunshine. Â I started on the patio structure which is long overdue for a fresh coat of paint. Â I need a power washer to clean it good and have been eying the one at Home Depot. Â I think I could put it to work on my car projects also but don’t tell the wife. Â I started scraping the paint and sanding some places but soon figured out I would be there for months and hurt myself that way. Â I put the job off until tomorrow and came back in for a cold one. Â The day is gone so I thought I would write the last post of the week.
I have not discussed quick changes in a while but I still receive a lot of questions concerning which way to go V8 or Champ. Â The choice is yours if you are running under 300 hp stick with the V8. Â If you are over 400 hp be sure and run the Champ. Â Winters is the only way to go today if you want a unit with parts and service availability. Â The Halibrand units are pricey and very difficult to find parts for repairs. Â I built mine from eBay bidding and it took me a year and about $4400 by the time I was finished. Â The differential for the Champ is the problem. Â No one makes a direct bolt in unit due to the low demand and the availability of the Winters performance line of quality quick changes and parts. Â I still love the looks of the Halibrand but would not go through the trouble again. Â Lucy has the last one I intend to build myself.
I forgot to mention the B&E Kustom open house is this Sunday in Chatsworth. Â This is always a nice gathering of Valley rods and customs and they serve great Taco’s.
Have a great weekend and put some fire ahead of the quick change and burn a little rubber for the grandkids.
Here is my Halibrand Champ after I had it bead blasted. Â I purchased this one on eBay and it was a cherry unit with no cracks or abuse. Â This is the 12 bolt model which is more popular than the 11 bolt models.
The side plates are the hardest pieces to locate. Â These are NOS CAE units which are more beefier. Â Not the bearing race and provision for an oil seal which is required to have a Â non leaking QC. Â Look under most QC’s at the show and you will see what I mean.
This is a DPI off eBay and I had Ron’s Rear End do the machine work. Â Note how much has to be turned down to fit the carrier with side plates for early axle tubes. Â He assured me it is still a safe differential.
Here is the final assembly ready for Lucy’s rear. Â I bead blasted everything for a nice OEM look. Â The ends and axles are from Dutchman, Frantic did the machine work and I finished welding the brackets prior to installing the bearing ends. Â An alignment bar is required to be perfect, but I have welded them in a home made jig and never had any trouble. Â These units are quite strong and lightweight.
Here is the big bearing Ford 9 inch end after machining to fit into the ford axle tubes.
Here is the nine inch bearing end (available used from Currie) with a machined insert to slide in the early Ford housing. Â The fit is tight but I like this style better than Â butt welding. Â Please note your housing must be straight to do it this way.
Pretty isn’t it. Â My welds are not this perfect but someday I hope to be this good. Â You need to make sure the bearing end is lined up correctly or your backing plate won’t be in the center of the housing.
You can save a lot of time by purchasing a new Winters unit with new early Ford tapered housings. Â Next time I will go this way for sure.
Here is my recent Winters QC and differential. Â This was a new unit and I was really pleased with the beauty and casting polishing Winters did. Â Bobby is putting this one under his sedan. Â You should note that SO-CAL also sells the axle tubes ready to bolt on your QC.
I love seeing this view at the PRC. Â This is a recent build RPU in today’s color Washington Blue with maroon steelies. Â Right on in my mind.