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K.K. Vega
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ET traction bars
« on: January 28, 2011, 06:37:30 pm »

Anyone know anything about these? Picked up today at the Gray, Tenn. swap meet.


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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2011, 06:41:33 am »

Made by the ET Tooling company out of Brooklyn NY in the very early 70's.

ET stood for Eastern Tool.

Motion bought some traction  bars from ET and used them on some of the Phase III cars (but not the type you have)

Very rare bars.
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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2011, 08:45:27 am »

I looked through my ET catalogs last night, ( mid 60's - mid 70's ) and couldn't find any info on these. A member on the Hamb says they were made in the early 60's, but I can't buy that. Do you have any printed info on them?

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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2011, 09:35:04 am »

ET tool and ET wheels are not related in any way.

These may have been from the late 60's but I don't think before that.
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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011, 04:35:29 am »

Are they cast iron or aluminum?

From what I can tell, they look like a mid-60's design.

The early 60's bars were not as strong and would bend or break as the tire tech improved.

Traction Master had a design similar to that but they sit too low under the spring and would drag on pot holes or sharp driveway ramps.

The Lakewood square tube design became more popular by the late 60s.
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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 03:02:28 pm »

wow!!  glad you got those, i picked those up and admired them,, they are really really nice. i just had to make myself put them back on the table,, lucky you!!!
lots of suff up there this year ,, i loved it
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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011, 06:04:48 pm »

They are aluminum. I'm sure that's why they didn't last long. But they will sure look good on a 55 Chebby.
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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2011, 04:22:59 pm »

Below is an email I sent to ET Wheel company:


On 1/29/2011 9:49 AM, Lee Hicks wrote:
Hello,

 I was wondering if you could help me with some information? Did the ET company make aluminum traction bars at one time?

I was told that the bars in the attached picture were made by a company called ET Tool, and that company was not related to ET Wheel.

Is there any info you can give me?

 

yes we made them at one time.
scott


scott russell / jin wang russell

Team Three Wheels Inc. / E-T Mags
1965 West Ave. 140
San Leandro, Ca.
94577 , USA
Ph. 510-895-8880
Fax 510-895 8880
E-Mail  etwheels@pacbell.netSkype    et-scotty




 

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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2011, 04:57:25 am »

Since they are aluminum, I would say they could be made by ET wheel co. as they would use similar cast alu wheel technology

I have an old set of ET (eastern tool) traction bars like you see in the Motion ads and mine are steel.

I think Ansen made a traction bar which was also an  unusual looking bar design. They were a flat steel bar with big holes in it.

They were also a cool looking bar like the ones you have.
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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2011, 01:28:50 pm »

I've never seen the Ansen bars. Do you have a picture?
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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2011, 01:55:54 pm »

From Berger Chevrolets 1969 catalog.


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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2011, 04:18:50 am »

The Ansen bars had a unique hinge design where you can install or a remove a pin in the bar to provide a street/strip traction bar set-up


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Re: ET traction bars
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2011, 11:17:06 am »

Here is a set of those Ansen Ground-Grabbers installed on a Yenko........RatPack.............


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