Rutz Fab Full Size Reaper

IN THIS CLASS THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE THE FEATURE IS TO EARN A REAPER IN THE HEAT.  HEATS WILL BE A MAXIMUM ON 10 MINUTES LONG.  DEADMAN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PULL ADDITIONAL REAPERS FROM EACH HEAT IF SHOW QUALITY DESERVES IT.  

ALL RUST REPAIR MUST BE PRE-APPROVED.

ANY SEAM WELDING FRAME OR BODY WILL BE AN AUTOMATIC LOAD WITHOUT OPPORTUNITY TO FIX

ANY FRAME CAPPING, EXTRA FIX IT PLATING WILL RESULT IN AUTOMATIC LOAD WITHOUT OPTION TO CUT. 

IN THIS CLASS YOU GET 6 TOTAL FIX IT PLATES OVER THE COURSE OF THE EVENT, SEE DIG YOUR OWN GRAVE RULE BELOW

1.NO IMPERIALS< CHECKERED CABS HEARSES OR SPECIALTY VEHICHLES

2. PRE- RUN CARS WILL BE ALLOWED:  However, pre run cars will not receive any additional wire, plates or banding.   In addition, pre run cars must conform to new rule changes.  

3. No plating of frame outside of DIG YOUR OWN GRAVE RULE SEE BELOW. An ultrasound will be used to measure thickness of suspected areas. If found plated, that car will be automatically disqualified. This includes loading of frames.

4. No spray foam or other materials inside the frame.

DIG YOUR OWN GRAVE RULE.

EACH CAR WILL BE ALLOWED 6, 4″ X 4″ X 1/4″ maximum PLATES ANYWHERE ON OUTSIDE OF FRAME. MUST BE PAINTED RED. NO internal frame GUSSETTING, ALLOWED TO ATTACH FRAME TO BODY. ABSOLUTELY NO ATTACHING OF PLATES TO THE CAGE. PLATES MUST REMAIN IN TACT BUT MAY BE MANIPULATED BY HEATING BENDING TO CONTOUR FRAME.  YOU ARE ALLOWED 6 OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAY OF THE DEAD EVENT. YOU PROVIDE YOUR OWN PLATES. IF YOU ARE CHOOSING TO WELD PLATES AFTER HEAT, LOOSE PLATES MUST BE APPROVED AT TECH. YOU DECIDE WHETHER YOU WOULD LIKE TO PUT ALL 6 ON PRIOR TO HEAT, AFTER HEAT, 4 BEFORE 2 AFTER…. YOUR CHOICE… YOU DIG YOUR OWN GRAVE. PLATES MAY NOT BE MOVED ONCE THEY ARE ATTACHED. WHERE YOU PUT THEM IS WHERE THEY STAY.

AFTER HEATS YOU ARE PERMITTED 10 LOCATIONS OF 4 LOOP DOUBLE BRAIDED NINE WIRE ON CAR.   

03 AND NEWER

All 03 and newer cars must use a factory aluminum engine 

YOU MAY RUN A DIRECT BOLT HD RACK OR TRUCK RACK BUT MUST DIRECT BOLT WITHOUT ADDING EXTRA BRACKETS OR WELDING.  

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03 AND NEWER FOMOCO CARS MAY TILT OR SHORTEN front frame in accordance to frame shortening rule below.  ONE OR THE OTHER, NOT BOTH.  You can shorten or tilt.  Reminder that all cars Must tilt at the firewall. No exceptions.  

You may use an approved (by Deadman Derby) bolt in only piece for engine mounting purposes. Smith metal works style is approved. All others must be or approved. No welding piece in.

When using aftermarket pedals, plates for pedals or battery box may not exceed 20”x20” they may only be attached to the floor with 6-3/8” bolts and no bigger than a 3” round washer under the floor. Must maintain at least a 1” gap between body mount washers and battery box/pedal plate. If seat is not using factory bolts and brackets then it may have no bigger than a 3”x3”x1/4” washer where each bolt goes through the floor.

NO PASSENGERS

DRIVETRAIN

1. Any motor and transmission NO STEEL BELL HOUSINGS, Ultra Bells are permitted. NO Steel tailshafts.   Transmission cooler permitted in cockpit tightly secured.

2. A basic 1/2″ max lower cradle front plate and pulley protector permitted. NO DP, no midplate, no halo, no trans brace. BOP AND MOPAR TRANSMISSION ADAPTER PLATES MUST BE PRE APPROVED.  

3. Solid motor mounts permitted, mounts may be spaced 1/2″ max to gain clearance of center link. Motor mount plates cannot exceed 8×8” and cannot tie into frame rails.  These are for mounting purposes only. Abuse it you lose it

4. Factory rubber transmission mount only. NO SOLID MOUNT. Transmission crossmember may be a max of 2″x 2″ 1/4″ tubing connected to the frame by 1/4″ 4″x 4” angle 6” long. You MAY NOT put the crossmember through the frame in any fashion. ONE CROSSMEMBER PER CAR..

5. Slider driveshaft permitted

6. Any 5 or 8 lug rear

Nothing with bracing may attach to the package tray or body. Axel savers and pinion brake permitted. REAR END BRACING CANNOT STRENGTHEN THE CAR IN ANY FASHION. THIS INCLUDES SETTING IT UP TO STRENGTHEN THE CAR ONCE IT BENDS.   No frame bump stops permitted.  

7. You do not have to bolt you transmission to crossmember ( however this is the only thing that it could be bolted to) If you desire to not bolt it to the crossmember you may wrap a chain around tail shaft and cross member (one loop, one bolt or you can weld 2 total links to crossmember)

Wheels and Tires

1. ANY TIRE, ANY WHEEL, MUST BE ROUND

3. Wheels may be spaced 1/2″ with additional center.

4. No external rubberS on the outside oF the tire.

Bumpers

1. Both front and back bumpers may be any OEM bumper LOADED. All bumper loading must be performed inside the bumper with the exception of the backing may be exposed for flush mounting purposes.

2. No sharp edges, End caps permitted.

3. May be seam welded

4. HOMEMADE BUMPERS ARE PERMITTED BUT MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING SPECIFICATIONS. MUST NOT EXCEED 8″X 8″. IF IT HAS A POINT THE POINT MAY NOT EXTEND MORE THAN 4″ FROM FLAT FRONT OF BUMPER. POINT MUST TAPER OVER32″.  Homemade Points that step out then taper over 32” will not be allowed.  BUMPERS MAY NOT BE SLEEVED AROUND FRAME RAIL.  BUMPERS MAY NOT BE BUILT BACKWARDS AROUND RAIL.  BUMPERS MUST START AT FLUSH MOUNTING POINT AND BE BUILT FORWARD. 

Bumper mounting for front and back bumpers

5. Bumper mounting OPTION 1: you may use a 4″ x 12″ x 3/8″ thick plate on outside of frame. 

This bumper mounting plate must attach to back of bumper and may extend 12” back the frame.  The plate measurement will be taken with straight edge 12” not a contoured 12”.  Bumper mounting plate may be positioned on one of the four outside portions of frame.  Left right top or bottom. 

Option 2:  Utilizing and factory bumper shock and brackets.   If doing so you lose the 4” x 12” x 3/8” thick plate.  Therefore, the shock may be collapsed and welded solid, shock may be welded to bracket, and the bracket may be welded to the frame 12’ on top seam, 12” on bottom seam and plug welded.  The shocks and brackets may only be placed on frame on the portion of frame facing wheel. The outside side portion of rails.

6. Bumpers may not be lower than 14″s or higher than 22″. Measurement taken from bottom of bumper.

7. Rear bumper mounting: May be mounted directly to the rear frame rail with a 6×6 inch plate 

or you may utilize front mounting rules

8. 71-76 GM WAGONS– THE BUMPER FROM FACTORY IS ON THE BODY NOT THE FRAME THEREFORE IT MUST REMAIN THIS WAY.  IT CANNOT BE RELOCATED TO THE BACK OF THE FRAME.  CALL FOR CLARIFICATION FOR BUMPER BRACKET PLATE. 

Suspension

on the rear bumper. 

1. Cars do not have to bounce

2. Rear suspension AND FRONT SHOCK may be 1″ all thread.

3. Coils may be welded to the rear and banded to the body in one spot.

4. NO LEAF SPRING CONVERSIONS

5. Leaf Sprung Wagons and Sedans: No aftermarket leaf packs, no flat stacking or flip flopping leafs. No springs on top of main spring. 9 leafs maximum, 5/16″ maximum thickness, 2″ stair step AND STAGGER, 4 clamps per LEAF PACK. Clamps maximum of 1/4” thickness 2″ max width and bolted with 3/8″ bolts. Leaf packs connot be on top of the rear. 

6. Front suspension may be solid. Upper A arm may be contoured to frame and may be welded either with a single pass 4″ bead 1 per side or use a 4″ x 4″ max flat plate A ARM to frame on each side. (2 per A arm)

7. A Arms may be swapped OEM to OEM. Ball joints MAY BE AFTERMARKET SCREW INS OR OEM SWAPPED AND may be welded in. Big PIN style are approved. Spindles OEM to OEM, NO aftermarket spindles NO GM LIFT SPINDLES

8. Front shock can be 1″ all thread. Must be in the factory location.

9. Sway bar may be bolted to the lower arm. CANNOT BE WELDED ANYWHERE

10. NEW NO HUMP CHAINS, NO EXCEPTIONS INCLUDING PRE RAN CARS

11. Watts link kits are permitted. If using a watts link aftermarket or homemade it must bolt to the package tray utilizing only 1/2″ maximum bolts. You MAY NOT bolt through the package tray to the body. NO WELDING TO PACKAGE TRAY. Watts link uppers must be two separate pieces bolted together. Lowers may be a max of 2″ x 2″ 1/4″ square cut for desired pinion angle and mounted in one fashion. A bracket on the inside of the frame may be welded but lower 2”×2” must bolt to that bracket. LOWER CANNOT BE WELDED IN ANY FASHION.

Upper watts link uppers cannot exceed 8”x8”, lower brackets can be a max of 3”x3” x 3/8” thick and 6 inches long.  

12. NO SPINDLE SLEEVES OR BRACES.  UPPER BALL JOINT AND LOWER BALL JOINT MUST BE TWO MOVING SEPARATE PARTS. 

13. NO BALL JOINT PROTECTORS

Steering

1. Steering boxes must be mounted at factory location,however you may utilize an aftermarket adapter plate if you prefer to change steering box OEM to OEM between manufactures.

2. TIE RODS MAY BE REINFORCED. Aftermarket tie are permitted both budget and big pin. HEIM JOINTS NOW ALLOWED.  BOLT THROUGH HEIM CANNOT BE GREATER THAN 1” DIAMETER AND 3” LONG AND

3. Aftermarket steering columns permitted. NO STERRING COLUMN BRACING CAN STRENGTHEN THE FIREWALL, BODY OR FRAME IN ANY FASHION

4. Center link must remain factory

5. No hydraulic steering

FRAME

CADDYS WITH FACTORY FRAME TAILS PRE 1975 MAY WELD THE TAILS DIRECTLY TO THE CROSSMEMBER

**Y FRAME CARS ( PRE 73 CADDY AND Y FRAME MOPAR FOR EXAMPLE, YOU MAY CLOSE THE Y BUT MUST CALL JACOB GILLIAM FIRST TO FIND OUT HOW IT IS ALLOWED TO BE DONE.  

1. NO SEAM WELDING, INCLUDING WHERE FACTORY MISSED.

2. ALL CARS MAY BE TILTED IN ONE SPOT PER SIDE. NO EXCESSIVE WELDS SINGLE PASS ½” BEAD DO NOT PUSH THIS.  All cars must be tilted at the firewall no exCEptions. Call for clarification

3. NO PLATING, NO STUFFING OR PINNING an ultrasound will be utilized to measure frame thickness

4. Welding on frame should be limited to, Dig your own grave rule, hardnosing or BUMPER brackets, A Arm securing and watts link, hump plates and spot where car is tilted

5. Rear frame may be dimpled or cut for rolling

6. IF SHORTENING THE FRONT FRAME SECTION, A MINIMUM OF 20” OF FRAME MUST REMAIN. MEASUREMENT TAKEN FROM BOTTOM OF FRONT OF FACTORY COIL POCKET LOCATION TO THE BACK OF THE BUMPER.

03 AND NEWER MAY SHORTEN IF NOT TILTING- 03 AND NEWER MUST HAVE MINIMUM OF 20” OF FRAME MEASURED FROM FURTHERMOST FORWARD CRADLE MOUNT BUSHING TO BACK OF BUMPER.  

7. Coil spring cars may have a 22”x6”x3/8” hump plate, Metric GMs get 30” x 6”x 3/8 hump plate. plate must be on the outside of frame facing the wheel and must be clear of any rear end bracing by 3”. Plate must be located between the body mount immediately in front of the rear arch and the body mount immediately behind the rear arch. We are letting you choose the exact location inside of those parameters.

8.Leaf spring cars may have an 11” hump plate it MUST be centered in the hump

9. No painting or undercoating on frames. No putty.

10. All body mounts may be changed to 5/8″ BOLTS MAX 6” LONG

11. A 1″ MINIMUM space must be maintained at all timesbetween body and frame with exception of core support and firewall. Core support spacer can be a max of 12” and may be welded to the frame in its OEM location. Example fords the core support spacer must be on pedestal.  If your car has an OEM position that causes a conflict please call to gain clarification on where we want it located. 

 THE CRUSH BOX OR FIREWALL MOUNTS MAY BE A MAX OF 2”. This may be achieved utilizing any of the following: solid, OEM , Hockey pucks. Body mounts cannot be welded to frame.

12. Core support spacer may be welded to frame and bottom of core support only.  The core support spacer can only run from top of frame to bottom of core support.  No sleeving of all thread. EXCEPTION, IF DUE TO SHORTENING OR IN THE CASE OF CADDIES WHERE A FACTORY BRACKET HOLDS THE CORE SUPPORT MOUNT…… YOUR CORE SUPPORT SPACER MAY BE WELDED TO THE SIDE OF THE FRAME IMMEDIATELY BEHIND BUMPER.

13. Rust repair is limited, ALL MUST BE PRE-APPROVED.

BODY

1. The Driver’s door may be welded solid and you may have full door skin 1/4″ max overlapping no more than 2 inches of seam. No protruding metal or rails outside the driver’s door.

2. All other door seams may be welded in a 5″ on 5″ max of 5”x5” x1/4” flat plate off fashion. Outside seem only

3. Trunk 5″ on 5″ off (5” x 5”x ¼” flat plate max)

4. trunk may be dished or canoed. A 2″ space must remain from trunk floor to trunk lid.

Measurement will be taken from lowest point of lid and highest point of trunk if beat up.

5. Mandatory: 2 10″ holes one per side of trunk lid for inspection. Holes may be bolted with 3/8″ bolts in 10 spots but must be within 3” of hole

6. Trunk may be tucked

7. Hood: May be secured in 6 Spots. Can be chained or bolted. If bolted you may only do so in the following fashion: Angle 2″ x 2″x 6” long maximum of 1/2″ bolts. 2 bolts per angle max. 

NO NINE WIRING HOODS.

FRONT CORE SUPPORT MAY BE USED AS 2 SPOTS UP TO 1″ ALL THREAD. ALL THREAD MAY RUN THROUGH FRAME RAIL if that was the factory oem position of body mount.  Example BOP GMs MAX OF 3″ WASHERS.

8. A minimum of 2 12″ holes must be cut. Holes may be bolted with a maximum of 3/8″ bolts and a max total of 16.

9. Fenders may be cut and rolled for clearance and welded back together WITH A TOTAL OF 8 1” WELDS or bolted IN a max of 8 times with 3/8″ max bolts.

10. All fenders and body lines may be creased both horizontal and vertical. Be creative.

However, side rear fenders must remain upright in factory location, not beat down

11. Expanded metal Permitted at core support for radiator protection. NO Partial or full radiator protectors. Water only in the Radiator.

12. No wedging

13. Speaker Deck may be removed or beat down. No re-welding of the speaker deck in new locations.

14. Roof sign Mandatory for Identification

15. no additional nine wire, banding, chain or cord allowed other than specified. 

NO SHORTENING OF REAR OF BODY IN ANY FASHION, NO WRAPPING FENDERS, they must remain upright and parallel.

Body mounts must be utilized in factory locations. 3 inchmaximum washers. Body bolts may only pass through top side of frame.

CAGE

FOR DRIVERS PROTECTION A ¼” PLATE MAY RUN FROM SIDE BAR TO ROCKER AND MAY BE WELDED TO ROCKER BUT CANNOT GO THROUGH ROCKER. THIS PLATE MUST BE BETWEEN A POST AND B POST AND CANNOT BE WITHIN 10” OF DASH BAR. 

NO PLATE ON PASSENGER SIDE

1. Four point INETERIOR COCKPIT “floating cage” Dash bar, rear seat bar two side rails. In addition to side rails a center bar from rear bar to dash bar. This is an internal cockpit CAGE door skin to door skin and firewall to packing tray is considered the internal cockpit

2. Dash bar must remain 5” from firewall, side bars may not extend past the firewall, no cage components may be past the dash bar with the exception of the side bars. Side bars cannot be angled or turned in, must remain straight. All cage components must remain 5” off of the floor (this includes the transmission tunnel) with the only exception being down bars and tank protector

REAR SEAT BAR CANNOT EXCEEED WHERE THE REAR KICK PANEL IS LOCATED

3. Cage may be gusseted at corners. No vertical gussets, all gussets must run horizontal parallel to the floor. 

4. Each car may have two vertical down bars they must be between the front door seams and may only attach to the side bars AND TO BODY FLOOR. Down bar cannot be tied into body mount in any fashion. Down bar must follow all other cage rules.  DOWN BARS AND ALL CAGE MATERIAL MUST REMAIN WITHIN THE INTERNAL COCKPIT OF VEHICHLE

5. A gas tank protector is permitted. No Wider than 32″. Gas tank protectors may be tight to the floor and have two ½” bolts through the packing tray. Tank protector must be centered in the car. TANK PROTECTOR MAY TOUCH BUT CANOT BE SECURED TO REAR WINDOW BAR IN ANY FASHION. 

Cars without a packing tray may have a single piece of 2”x2” tubing going straight back to the front of the hump on each side. Floor sheet metal must remain in between the 2”x2” and the frame no welding or bolting of these pieces. THIS SINGLE BAR CANNOT BE GUSSETTED IN ANY FASHION

6. Gas tank protectors may have two diagonal rails to halo or rear seat bar BELOW ROOF LINE.

7. Halo bars recommended. Halo may be bolted to the roof IN 2 SPOTS

8. From halo bar a front bar may be use and can connect to the dash bar and welded. Front bar may be bolted to roof in two spots. Front bar can attach to cowl or dash bar but cannot be in front of dash bar

9. Rear window bar. Limit of 2×2 1/4″ SQUARE STOCK from halo to speaker deck with a 5”x5″ flat plate on both ends bottom plate must coincide with the 5 on 5 off rule.

10. MAXIMUM THICKNESS OF CAGE MATERIAL 4″X 4″ OR 2″X 6′

Radiators 

No water boxes, OEM or Aluminum Rads permitted

NO PASSENGERS

For your convenience and ours, please remain within rules. These rules are set to allow for some creativity but not to be abused. If it does not say directly you can do it, It is NOT

PERMITTED. 

ABSOLUTELY NO PLASTIC FUEL CELLS. ABSOLUTELY NO OEM OR OEM REPLACEMENT TANKS.  MUST BE AN AFTERMARKT PRESSURE TESTED TANK.   

If you have questions or concerns please call first. 2 attempts only

drivers. All cars will be on a level playing field. Good luck!

RULES QUESTIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS CALL JACOB GILLIAM 614-315-7468. Please do not call or text after 9 pm eastern time.

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