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Technical Axle over frame setup?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Fast Eddie 27, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Fast Eddie 27
    Joined: Oct 30, 2018
    Posts: 122

    Fast Eddie 27

    Hey folks, I tried a search for this and can't seem to find anything...newbie here so maybe user error? Anyone have any photos to share of this setup being done? From what I understand this used to be done occasionally to achieve a much lower ride height?
  2. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,825


    Usually referred to as underslung. American Underslung was an American car manufacturer in the early 1900s who configured their suspensions this way.

    Not my favorite setup for a hot rod personally but whatever. Good luck.
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  3. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,424

    from Raytown Mo

    Yup search underslung suspension
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  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,089


    I remember that green underslung roadster that was a big hit with the magazines a few years ago that would get you in instant trouble with the state patrol in this state due to obvious scrub line issues. The car would never make it in or out my driveway without getting hung up.
    I think the key if a guy were to build a rod that was underslung is to build it as a very early build with tall skinny wheels and tires and somewhat reasonable ground clearance rather than the underslung rat rod stuff you see now. Simply meaning you can be real low if you don't worry about licensing it and driving it any distance on the street and the only driving it gets is from the trailer to the parking spot at the show.
    This is about the best photo I can find of an American Underslung that shows the chassis in reasonable detail. Super tall wheels and what would be high ground clearance now but was low then. Circa-1912-American-Underslung-50-HP-Traveler-2.jpg
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  5. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,825


    I think the car your talking about was a Dodge modified like a 1922 and the builder has since died but the car is out there in circulation still. I think I first saw it in Rod and Custom.
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  6. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
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  7. bdynpnt
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 354


    ,I think it was referred to as underslung

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  8. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 828

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    I baby sit this one, at my job with the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

    NHM underslung.jpg
  9. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 12,875

    from oregon

    Not sure but I recall seeing it in a couple of magazines, that car had to be seen in person to fully appreciate it, so many details.
    I saw it many years ago at the CHRR, vaguely remember talking to him, neat car and a very talented guy.
    In my younger years a car like that would not have been very attractive to me, funny thing what the passage of time does for ones thinking.
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  10. Built properly they can be a decent ride.
    One I had a couple years ago............
    -122494523_20150615_140736_3327256_resized.jpg 1648803528_20150615_140704_3446698_resized.jpg
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  11. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,089


    I am sure that was the car, it was indeed well finished out. Way too low for my driveway though.
  12. ghornbostel
    Joined: Jan 3, 2012
    Posts: 131


    TR3 with GM 10 bolt rear end. Not H.A.M.B. friendly but is underslung.


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  13. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,293


    Pete, Are all the cars that were in the Petersen Basement still together, can the general public see them?
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