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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Apsencik, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. Apsencik
    Joined: Jan 20, 2015
    Posts: 53


    Before anyone says anything, I got this thing cheap and it's a damn good car. The guy who built it did not know what he was doing. But it's got a bitchin body and one of the best running 8ba flat ties I've ever seen.

    Ok. Two parts here.

    1. Front axle is shot. Kingpin wiggles in the axle. Apparently previous owner (who didn't know shit, as post goes on, you'll figure this out) has the original axle dropped by okie Joe in Oklahoma. Spindles are straight but axle was not bent with enough camber. See pic. Plus, kingpin wiggles in the axle I have to replace it. So, this axle is a 48". Can I go with a 47 or 48 ? What will interfere with current set up. Car has cross steering.

    2. Ok this is where it gets good. The "builder" put a stock spring on top of an s10 axle, with coilovers and some weird 4 link thing. No panhard bar. He welded some makeshift assed bracket too the diff housing. Pinion angle is terrible. Also has some weird ass jerry rigged stay ball thing. I'm ditching all this crap but keeping some. Should I keep coil overs or buggy spring. Both require much needed fab work. I just want the most reliable set up. Thanks. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1466472408.911953.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1466472571.408445.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1466472771.381366.jpg

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  2. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,443

    seb fontana
    from ct

    I have seen way worse...Busy rear end!
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  3. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    The sign in the background seems to fit pretty well...:D
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  4. 3 degrees, 30 degrees........what the difference?:eek::D
    good looking car.
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  5. trucker1
    Joined: Sep 6, 2011
    Posts: 76


    Maybe a 39 tranny hooked to a 36 rearend with model A brackets welded to the ends with a shortened torque tube and shaft with a model T spring. Get Vern Tardels book. It has more info than a stack Of Tex Smith books. Someone on the HAMB makes bolt on model A spring perches. Put new
  6. studebakerjoe
    Joined: Jul 7, 2015
    Posts: 879


    Are you sure the axle itself is shot and not just a case of kingpin bushings being completely worn out.
  7. Apsencik
    Joined: Jan 20, 2015
    Posts: 53


    Doesn't really matter, don't want to screw with bending that one for camber issues. 300 bucks buys a new one.
  8. trucker1
    Joined: Sep 6, 2011
    Posts: 76


    Sorry got cut off, RE-bush your spindles and ream with a reamer from one of the suppliers. Fin a 32 or 33 to 34 wishbones intact and make a ball joint mount for the front end. The stretched ends look good from here. Glynn.
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  9. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,644

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    How's the ride with that pinon set up?
  10. looks like an original build from.......what date ?
  11. Apsencik
    Joined: Jan 20, 2015
    Posts: 53


    Rides stiff. Built in 2014.
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  12. Apsencik
    Joined: Jan 20, 2015
    Posts: 53


    Would you keep the spring or coilovers ?
  13. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,671


    For zero money you can resize the kingpin. Its pretty easy to do. I got a nice dropped axle that was bent twice. Looked like a shallow S. A few minutes in the press and it looks great. Been on my 35 pickup for 22 years
  14. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,800

    Atwater Mike

    If that axle was bent in Oklahoma by 'Okie Joe' or Sid, better check for a bent spindle! Those guys are aces.
    (Hate to see their work go 'misunderstood' for a China Smith cast special!)
  15. Apsencik
    Joined: Jan 20, 2015
    Posts: 53


    It was okie Joe. And the spindles are straight. Axle was bent wrong
  16. Apsencik
    Joined: Jan 20, 2015
    Posts: 53


    It's getting replaced by a so cal or a p&j
  17. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,671


    you must have a lot of money to throw around. you can fix it at home for no cost
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  18. Stick Shift
    Joined: Oct 2, 2005
    Posts: 2,558

    Stick Shift
    from LENA IL

    Traditional= banjo and transverse spring.
  19. poboyross
    Joined: Apr 29, 2009
    Posts: 2,142

    from West TN

    If it's dropped wrong, Joe is the type of guy to fix it and make it right. I have one of his 5" drops and it's dead nuts. I'm not saying folks don't make mistakes, though. If you've got the money to spend, then do what trips your trigger. Time can most definitely be money, it most definitely is in my line of work.

    If you don't want that Okie Joe axle, I'll pay shipping to my joint! I'm serious! :)
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  20. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 36,078


    When in doubt, add more..........SPRINGS!
  21. My ex-wife had one of those!!
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  22. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,103


    A lot going on there and all wrong. For a start the wishbones need to point up and not down. Dismantle it all and do it right this time around.
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  23. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,755


    You got a lot of good stuff in one place there just looks like it needs to be sorted out. Good score.
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  24. bucketmouth
    Joined: Apr 7, 2006
    Posts: 141

    from Australia

    Crikey there is some bad engineering in there. I'm with Adam good score just sort out all the bad stuff.
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  25. waxhead
    Joined: May 11, 2013
    Posts: 1,173

    from West Oz

    Nice looking coupe.
  26. Looks like its a "grab-bag" of drive line angles too. Wow.
  27. dentisaurus
    Joined: Dec 11, 2006
    Posts: 395

    from Boston

    That rear end is amazing. Looks like someone started off with the right idea and then just kept bolting/welding stuff on. Weird. Shouldn't take too much to sort it out thought, looks like you have almost everything you need. you might want to give Joe a ring about the front axle. I've had two dropped by him both of them were spot on. I found him to be very helpful and easy to work with.
    Over all looks like a great start, not sure about the pistons as bumpers or the horn placement but you have a good starting point.
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  28. ...considering all the "bad", that's not a bad lookin car, with the rite corrections, you'll have a nice ride there, good luck.
  29. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,546

    rusty rocket

    X2 on the Tardel book, buy it, read it, do it. Btw. lose the pistons on the front. Use a buggy spring and chuck the coil overs. My pops just got his a-v8 roadster going (built from the guidelines in Tardels book) and you cant belive how nice it rides with the buggy springs. Crummy picture of the roadster but thats all i have since its on the road.

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  30. A "modern" axle will look terribly out of place on that car.....just sayin'

    Fix the one you have or if totally opposed to that axle; pick up another stock axle and send it to Anson or Joe to be dropped.

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