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Nostalgia Ladder Bars

Nostalgia – Back in the days as they would say, tire technology was not what it is today and traction even with the smaller powerplants of the time was a problem. Weight transfer was the solution that was found to work. High front ends and engines mounted high in the frame helped to move weight to the rear wheels. Along with these methods someone got the idea that using long ladder bars mounted between the rear end and the frame would help transfer more weight as the car left the line.

These plans will produce ladder bars about 18” longer than modern bars. They are of the old school rectangular tube design and are rigidly mounted to the rear end housing.

Most Gassers use a leaf spring to mount the rear end. The problem is that the springs and the ladder bars are different lengths and pivot on different arcs. The short answer is that the suspension binds up and can not move. The bars in these plans have a very unique front mounting arrangement that permits the front mount to move with the suspension to prevent the binding, They have the nostalgia look but have the modern front mounting arrangement to provide better ride and handling.


Application: Universal fit street or mild strip traction bars. Use with leaf springs

Options: Drawings will produce nostalgia old school 48” ladder bars for use with rectangular or round tube front cross members

The drawing package includes:

Six (6) big 11x17” pages showing you how make all parts, assemble them and then install the finished product successfully on your car. In addition to the drawings listed below you also will receive a Bill of materials and Full installation instructions


        General assembly

        Front mounting plates (2 types)

        Rear mounting plates

        Unique slider assembly to prevent suspension bind.


Comments from our customers:

  • These plans are fool proof, everything is clear, bill of materials makes it easy! 
  • Professional grade plans. No detail left uncovered. 
  • Great Drawings, Gets The Creative Juices Flowing, Easy to Understand

$9.99 each Nostalgia ladder bars plans
Item # 10


No questions asked money back guarantee.

In the unlikely event that you are not happy for any reason with the plans you have purchased please return the plans within 14 days and we will refund your money. No questions asked.


A small fee to help cover part of the shipping cost will be added at checkout.

$0.65 to the USA and Canada

$1.65 to International customers.

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$9.99 each Nostalgia ladder bars plans
Item # 10

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