Vintage Class 8

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Knock offs were notorious for coming loose and a wheel flying off the truck. In the early days (BFG Blazer, Challenger IV, Big Oly) they would put a pin through the hub to keep the knock off from coming completely off the hub. I remember reading the rule book after the TT's came into the picture that they outlawed them so you had to run lug nuts. I'm not sure it is still in the rules today but it was at some point for sure.
 

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We had knockoffs on "Butch" the former Nelson & Nelson Class 8 truck. If I remember correctly ours were made by Advanced Machine. When we raced the truck we had to purchase new spinners and drive pins from them but never had to replace a hub. Butch was built in the late 80's so it's not as vintage as the trucks Wardy mentioned. No clue who made those hubs / spinners.
 

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The knock off's on the Bill Howard truck are (Sandy) Cone Industries. The ones on Challenger IV, the BFG Blazer and Big Oly are Halibrand.

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Funny, almost all of the pics of the Cl 8's have knock off hubs. Who made them and why did they go away?

I had a truck with knockoffs and once I switched to bead locks it was very hard to get a clean shot at the knockoffs with the hammer. 15 inch wheels of course. Sandy Cone made the ones I had. Would be less of a problem with modern 17" wheels especially with a large offset (hub pushed outboard). There were several guys making knock offs and the spinner and snouts were not all interchangable due to different thread designs so getting parts was also a problem if you were not sure who made them or if your single source took months to deliver. They look cool but good riddance!
 

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Knockoffs are very cool ! and are just over, done, kaput!
 

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When I worked first in the Stroppe pits and then the BFG pits a required tool in the pit tool box was a heavy soft lead hammer for knock offs. 40 years later I still have mine, but don't remember the last time I used it.
 

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As Ollie noted, Advanced Machine Designs (AMD) made a lot of them in later years. The owner used to be quite active on RDC in years past.

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When I worked first in the Stroppe pits and then the BFG pits a required tool in the pit tool box was a heavy soft lead hammer for knock offs. 40 years later I still have mine, but don't remember the last time I used it.
You must have a great woman germancars! (it's a joke, don't lynch me!)
 

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Id love to Find a Vintage Class 8 truck to restore and play with in my spare time .. send me a message if anybody knows of a cool one with some history hiding .. Please and Thank You

My Old Man and I have this 69 F100 that we bought in 2011. Its got some history to it. We ran it in NORRA in 2012 and 2014 and she made it both times. Leaf spring rear end, 1/2 ton I-Beams, fresh 302, C4. Lots of spares and a trailer if you need it. I thought about putting in a bigger motor and trans but it doesn't look like dad can do another race. I think the Old Man may part with it. Email me at bajarider1@gmail.com if interested.
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You did, it was a couple years ago across from circle K on HWY 95. I had a tire fixed there and the truck was out front. The guy said they were doing motor work to it. I had a chance to look at it and it looked pretty solid from what I saw...
 

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Johnny, here's a couple pic's of mine. I'm not giving it away because I still might restore this one if I can't find the one I'm looking for. There's a shot of it from the 1985 MINT 400 and was on the cover of Off Road magazine...

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Here's some updated photo's of the truck, still basically the same truck but updated with a single 3" Kuster/Sway-A-Way shock on each corner. Still have the 16 original Rough Country shocks...

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Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. 928.542.0233.
Rory,
This is an old thread I found.
I got a 79 c20 for my son and was looking to prerunner it a bit. There is no front suspension in after market to lift the front . On this truck it looks like a stock lower arm, modified upper arm,stock spindles . What coil spring is used to get the ride height and proper spring weight? The rear is a shackle flip? Leave springs? What weight brand ?
 

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Decided to sell my 77 c10,85 front clip,caged,arms extended 4”,trussed 12 bolt rear,no issues or leaks with truck,runs and drives great,350 with built 700r4,good foundation for a class 8 build
 

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I appreciate all the info people have given. I managed to brake my hand a little while after starting this thread so I have not be able to work in the truck at all.
I have found some 1 ton upper and lower arms as well as spindles. I will order the springs when I am actually able to start working on it. 2 surgeries in now so I have a few months of physical therapy to go.
Been dying to get started.
I will post pictures when I final start.
If anyone has any new info on any part of this all the info I can get would be great. Thank you all
 

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here is my future black hole for ' benjamins', 87 ' 4 speed, 318, yes, short bed, hmmm, were to start?, ( might get next year.)
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Nice. I love the dodge trucks. Would love to do one of those as well. Looks like a fun project. Can’t wait to see it come along.
 

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want to do retro walker but the paint scheme is ridiculous, of course thats last thank the lord
 
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