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Old 11-10-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone used the HOT ROD WORKS open driveline conversion kit?

I am thinking of converting my stock 40 Ford torque tube driveline to an open driveline. Has anyone used the HRW kits and how did it turn out? Did you use a torque arm and a panhard bar?
Thanks, JIM
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Has anyone used the HOT ROD WORKS open driveline conversion kit?

I've hardly ever posted here but I think now is a pretty good time to chime in.... Hot Rod Works does top notch work and provide an excellent service. I've not used one of their open drive kits....yet....but I'm about to send the rear end from my '36 up to them for an overhaul including a ring and pinion change from 10 spline to 6 spline. I now have a Flato open drive conversion in that rear end and I can't wait to toss it in the trash. I've seen the HRW piece and held in my hands and I have complete confidence in it..
Ken and Nick just finished building a vintage quick change rear axle assembly for me and I'm ecstatic with the work they did.

As far as adding a torque....yes, you need one. If all you do is putt around you can probably get by without one, but you really should have something to replace the structure and strength provided by the torque tube HRW also sells a torque arm kit but you can make your own from an old rear radius rod.
I did not install a pan hard bar on my '36....
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Has anyone used the HOT ROD WORKS open driveline conversion kit?

THANK YOU, Rich for the info. Glad you chimed in.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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welcome to the 'Barn, Rich...now where are the pics??...lol....keep on posting....Mike
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:43 AM   #5
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Default Re: Has anyone used the HOT ROD WORKS open driveline conversion kit?

Check this out....
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=683868

I'm about to convert to a Ford pickemup banjo that is open drive and this is the locating method I will use.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:52 AM   #6
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Default Re: Has anyone used the HOT ROD WORKS open driveline conversion kit?

I've used the to do the axle conversion on my 40 and great work would not use anyone else
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:41 AM   #7
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Again, thanks for all the responses.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:07 AM   #8
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Yes, converting to late axles is a positive way to go, especially for the later brakes.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:57 PM   #9
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HRW are one of the best out there, great products, top quality and excellent and relaible service...
more here...http://www.nz-hotrod.com/vbulletin/s...k-Deuce/page34
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:26 PM   #10
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Default Re: Has anyone used the HOT ROD WORKS open driveline conversion kit?

Lots of stuff on the HAMB about HRW pieces and converting your '40 to open drive. I'm using '35 bells, '37-'41 axles and the center from a '46 truck and it's going in a '28 Tudor. Not to get too hot rod for the barn, but I'll find some links.

Just a few I have bookmarked.

Rear radius rod posts:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=589044

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=533765



DIY Open drive conversion:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=519343

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=324073

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Old 11-11-2012, 08:10 PM   #11
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I have one in my 32, Jim. It is of excellent quality and fits perfectly.
Wish all aftermarket stuff was that good
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:41 PM   #12
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i will chime in with the rest, mine works great and have had no problems
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #13
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These young men are one of the finest companys to deal with. Perfect product ! Fair price ! Great comunication !
I wish other suppliers would use their ethics.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:39 PM   #14
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