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Slow Speedsters

Post by Dennis_Brown » Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:33 pm

Is anyone driving a speedster style T that is running a stock engine, no multiple transmissions and using a standard or Ruxtell rear end? Your just out for enjoyment not speed.


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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by DHort » Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:44 pm

Mine is somewhat close to what you are asking except for 3 items. I have a dizzy, 3:1 rear end, and no magneto.

When on a tour I like to be last because my car is red and I feel like a caboose. (Train nut you know). If anything goes wrong on a tour, I am the fastest to run up to the front to let the leader know there is an issue. There are times when I like to go fast and other times I drive about 25mph and just enjoy the scenery.


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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by tdump » Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:57 pm

Looking around at the high performance parts for a T to make it a "fast" speedster,it would cost a mint to really go fast! :shock: Mine will be a normal speed T "speedster". :D
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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by Dennis Prince » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:11 pm

Mine is built for fun not for speed so it is a Funster. It has a Muncie but only gets used to load and unload and reverse so I can use the low pedal to go backwards.
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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by Tim Williams » Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:15 pm

Mine is a stock T speedster, No aux trans, No ruxstell, standard bore on cylinders. only thing I have is a Z head.

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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by hpetrino » Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:33 pm

Your question got me to thinking. Suppose someone made a "speedster" out of a TT. Low speed rear end gears, Ruckstell, and two auxiliary transmissions. In low, low, low, low the driver could take a lunch break, leave it going while gone, and return to about the same position as he left it.

How slow can you go? :lol:


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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by tdump » Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:40 pm

Would the dang thing even move?
I think the longer frame would be a benifit because you could use a car axle,and the aux transmissions and may not even have to cut the car driveshaft.
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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by Dallas Landers » Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:49 pm

Henry, thats funny! I dont drive my TT to work because it may show up after I do! I have a high speed gear set in my TT with a Chicago 3 speed and got beat in the slow race at OCF by a touring.

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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by AndyClary » Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:17 pm

My speedster is the opposite, everything is modified.

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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by wayne sheldon » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:02 am

I have had and toured five speedsters over the years. All of them had stock heads, three of them had cast iron pistons. A couple began with stock rear ends, only one did not eventually get an overdrive. Only one was a real racing car. It had an original heavily modified block with hugely ground out intake and exhaust ports, valves so big they touched the edge of the cylinders! Cut down to about half flywheel, carburetor for a much bigger engine. That thing could beat some overhead valve Ts going uphill! Clocked it just short of 80 mph on a two lane highway, before backing off because I didn't want to risk a ticket. It was still accelerating when I backed off.
The rest all had nearly stock engines. With a good overdrive, most would do 55 or better all day long. (Back in the days when we had real gasoline, top speed was closer to 70 mph in overdrive with a stock engine.) Mostly stock chassis speedsters are fast enough to be lots of fun! Practical top speeds for distance around 40 to 45 mph. They don't need to be expensive. A Ruckstell or auxiliary transmission is nice in hills. If you do not do a lot of hills? Stock gearing is all you need. With the lighter weight, 3 to 1 gears would be okay, but without some sort of intermediate gearing? One would likely regret the gearing occasionally.
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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by Quickm007 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:32 am

Hi Dennis,

I'm glad you asking that question. I'm actually building a speedster and it is a stock engine, no multiple transmissions and using a standard rear en. I would like to keep the spirit of the guy in the past who he removed splash apron, fender just in the goal to be light.

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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by mgarrett » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:33 am

Not sure about your definition of "slow", but I have clocked my '27 Speedster at 50 mph. Frankly, it's a little scary when you consider how inadequate the stock brakes are at stopping at that speed if you had to. :shock:


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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by YellowTRacer » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:11 pm

Uhh.....shouldn't these be called slowsters? And I've had a few over the years and currently have one and I think they're great. Nothing better than hearing the buzz of four coils and clipping along at 45 or so.

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Re: Slow Speedsters

Post by George House » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:35 pm

Love your ‘Funster’ Dennis. Now that’s a true boattail speedster...😁
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