I bought an old hot rod/sports car this weekend. This is what I know about it so far: It was built around 1950 in Arcadia, WI by a guy who was a buddy of the man I bought it from. I guess his name was Wes Borgen and he was a body man and car racer. The original engine was a 303 Olds Rocket. He owned it for a couple years before moving to Los Angeles to work at a large GM dealer there. After that a kid owned it for a short period of time before leaving it outside when he joined the military. During this time the block froze and the car generally deteriorated. Sometime after 1956, the guy I bought it from purchased it and installed the 1956 324 Olds Rocket Super 88 engine currently in the car. The rest of the running gear appears to be 1930's Ford and there is a plate adapting the Olds bellhousing and the Ford 3spd. I plan to eventually fix it up in kind of the original theme preserving as much of the original theme as possible. It would be nice to make it street legal. Over the past year I've done a lot of looking at what little information there is on the Manning Special sports cars that were built and raced in Californial during this time. This could be done up in much the same way. You guys probably know much more about the running gear of the car than I do so feel free to identify parts and tell me exactly what I'm working with. He says he has another spare transmission somewhere if he can find it. The engine has the factory 4bl carb. What is the front axle? I feel like most of the Ford axles I've seen are I'beam shaped forgings. Is this some aftermarket early tubular one?