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Hot Rods Brakes for Willys beam axle?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by txcr13, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. txcr13
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 233


    Just picked up a '40/'41 Willys car front beam axle, which I intend to put under my '46 Stude coupe. Axle needs full restoration, and I want to upgrade the brakes to discs.

    Any suggestions about what company makes brake kits for this axle? I heard of one application that used Hurst???

    Or, any ideas about what GM or Ford spindles could be adapted to the Willys axle to accept to upgraded brakes and have a 5 x 5-3/4" bolt circle?

    Any help appreciated.
  2. bykerlad
    Joined: Mar 14, 2009
    Posts: 260

    from australia

    i put 39 stubs on mine,then a disk brake hub ,ended up with 5 x 4 1/2 bp
  3. BobbyD
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 581

    from Belmont NC

  4. 39WILLZ
    Joined: Dec 13, 2009
    Posts: 273


    Hi i used 37/41 Ford spindles on my Willys axle fairly simple job reamerd axle out to fit Ford kingpin then machined up spacer between axle boss and spindle bearing worked out perfect and lots of brake choices for Ford spindles hope this helps cheers Wayne

  5. gasserjohn
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,219


    send your spindales to Aerospace compotents they will custom make them for you........thick vented rotors donot look right.........
  6. drumyn29
    Joined: Feb 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,807


    I'm using 65 volvo disc brakes like the gassers used. There is a post about it here somewhere.
  7. txcr13
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 233


    Thanks to all for the replies.

    I am limited at this time to using a bolt-on or very simple modification of parts solution. If there are any more ideas out there, keep 'em coming.

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