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banjo rear end question

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by DirtRatsSpeedShop, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. ok so back story real quick, i have a 1940? ford banjo rear end i plan to use on my lakes roadster with a 226 flathead, i am currently overseas and can not simply take the rear apart and try it so i will ask, i want my spring in front of my rear end (mine is currently behind my rear) instead of simply cutting the perches off and welding them back on, could i just swap the axle housings? you know put the left on the right and vise versa? im not too sure on the internals of the rear but i know it is extremely simple and im not sure if there will be any clearance issues but i have looked at the diagrams of it and pictures of people taking them apart and i cant really see why it wouldnt work. but if im wrong correct me. thanks for the help in advance and merry christmas to all!

    thanks DRSS
  2. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,589


    Yes, you can do that it is done all the time.
  3. awesome! thank you! i really couldnt see too many problems with it but figured i would ask to get it out of my head. again thanks
  4. Have a look in my album. I think that's exactly what you're talking about. Drove mine all this year.
  5. thats it! looks good man!
  6. alanwoodieman
    Joined: Jun 14, 2011
    Posts: 63


    stationed in Norfolk? Navy? If yes Thanks for your service, from a former EN2
  7. yes. ma3 currently in Bahrain. and THANK YOU TOO!
  8. barry wny
    Joined: Dec 31, 2009
    Posts: 451

    barry wny

    pm'd a link to my pics flipped banjo
  9. replied back thank you!!!
  10. woodypecker
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 300


    You will have to set up bearing pre load which is done by the gasket thickness on each side. This should be the same as disassembly and assembly.
  11. Straightpipes
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,084


    When you get back to nofuk and get to work on it find somebody that knows how to set up a banjo. If you are just switching sides make sure the gasket thickness is the same as you found it. We used to do it on track Ts years ago.

    MMC Ret.
  12. 392_hemi
    Joined: Jun 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,737


    Someone did a pretty good tech article on rebuilding these a while back. Should be in the archive. It's not that difficult.
  13. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


    Not the one I was looking for but it should work OK for you.

    I was wondering about the spring in front vs spring behind set up. I know it's a common mod on modifieds but I have my spring still mounted behind. I have a wishbone set up with a ball and socket from a front wishbone.

    With weight on the spring I can unbolt the cap from the wishbone ball and it doesn't move. It is forced by the weight of the car upward into the centre cross member. If the spring was in front the ball would be forced downward under the weight of the car.

    This is just an illustration of the opposite dynamics at play here and I was wondering whether that was likely to impact handling or suspension characteristics at all.

  14. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,589


    Striper, thanks for posting that. This is something to consider depending on whether you are running a torque tube or open drive set-up.
  15. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


    So what do you think about it. I have an open driveline.

    I like that the wishbone is being pushed up into the chassis as I can see less likelihood of failure at the ball pivot but I am unsure whether there are any other pros or cons.
  16. chopper cliff
    Joined: Aug 19, 2011
    Posts: 265

    chopper cliff
    from lodi ca

    Don't over analyze the problem, Ford's 3 point suspension was the best in many ways and the banjo is simplicity by design, system works well w/ spring both ways, ask any old lakes racer. Just make sure ring gear is in properly.
  17. nashvegas99
    Joined: Feb 29, 2008
    Posts: 526


    Keep your head down and God bless. Thanks for your service and what you do. God speed sailor!!
    HM3 Greenlee
    USS Biddle CG-34 (decom)
  18. Saxon
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,155

    from MN

  19. thanks for the replies and the little discussion, yes im just going to be swapping sides. guess ill to a full rebuild or possibly piece a quick change together, to put in it while i rebuild the 226..... oh how i love planning

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