Halibrand (Culver City) Quick Change Rear End – Hot Rod Hoarders Ep. 1

Halibrand (Culver City) Quick Change Rear End – Hot Rod Hoarders Ep. 1

As you guys get to know me, you’ll figure
out that I like going to a good swap meet and like digging up old parts and rare stuff. And this weekend at Paradise Drag Strip, I
got lucky. I found a couple of good speed parts that
are really rare and hard to find these days. I’m not sure how much money I can get out
of them but I definitely got them cheap, so check them out. So when I go to a swap meet, I’m typically
looking for vintage wheels, old intakes, any kind of speed parts and I just happened to
see these three items laying in a guy’s trailer. I just had to ask. You never know, it could be cheap, it could
be that the guy thinks that it’s a museum piece worth a thousand bucks, but I just had
to ask. The first thing that caught my eye was this
quick change rear end. This is pretty much regulated to round track
use, sprint cars used them, other types of dirt track cars and things like that used
them. The thing that makes this special is this
name, which is Halibrand Engineering. They were based out of California. And the thing that really really caught my
eye was on the rear end cover. Not only does it say Halibrand Engineering,
but it also says Culver City, California, and that means it’s an early production model. It should’ve been some time before 1962, somewhere
around that era. So just that alone tells me it’s worth a pretty
good bit of money. It’s more desirable than the later castings. There’s nothing that really says Culver City
on the housing, on the case itself, but I have researched and saw that the ones that
were made later, in Torrance, California had Torrance, California cast into it. So I haven’t been able to find any of those
castings, just Halibrand Engineering Company, and then the 201 casting number. This thing has been welded on and fixed, and
it’s all seized up, but it is super cool. Definitely good wall hanger material but you
never know. I might try to get this thing freed up, and
might be able to get a few bucks out of it. Along with the deal was this CAE Racing Products
in and out box, also sprint car material. Basically, those cars didn’t really have a
transmission in them, it was either go or don’t go and this little box here just connected
a bell housing to the rear end. Pretty neat little piece. Also cast aluminum, it’s also frozen and in
pretty bad shape, but another rare piece complete with the shifter, which is cool. Also frozen but all of the parts and pieces
are there. So if I can get it freed up and make it actually
function again, that would be really great. So here’s the thing, I got those three parts
for 60 bucks. Anything cast aluminum, anything vintage from
the ’60s is worth 60 bucks just to hang it on the wall. So, even though it’s frozen up. All of it is not something you’d put in a
race car. It is very valuable, very desirable for hot
rod guys especially. Somebody who’s building a period correct ’60s
hot rod would pay big money for these parts so I’m gonna clean them up and try to get
them freed up to where they’ll turn and rotate and put them back on the market and see what
it does. From what I can tell, the rear end is probably
somewhere in the neighborhood of a thousand dollars. The cover alone is four to five hundred dollars,
even being beat up and scarred up like it is. The in and out box, it’s probably a hundred
or hundred and fifty dollar piece, the little shifter mechanism is probably another fifty
bucks. But again, got it all for sixty dollars and
I am super happy about it.

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