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building a 39 coupe to dragrace - help

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by clemdaddy, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. clemdaddy
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 147


    have a good body 1939 ford delux coupe, a 427 1967 vette tri-power 435 hp engine, a super t-10 31 spline 4-speed, big and little mickeys on torque thrust d's. the chassis is a boxed 2x4 with strange 9" 4:11 gears and big drum brakes.

    i need a parallel spring dropped axle suspension w/disc brakes (complete)
    and tube x-member with driveshaft loop (hopefully pre-fab)

    anybody got suggestions of where or alternate ideas.
    welcome all input...

    thanks, clemdaddy
  2. My 40 willys sedan was missing its straight axle, so I used a 1949 Chevy straight axle with paralell leafs. Converted it to disc break for a little over $100-

    Probly be easier fabing the X member although I've seen complete x members from tube premade & you just cut to fit. Not sure who made them, but they're always on egay

    Carl Hagan
  3. Just wondering why the parallel leafs? I think most early Ford gassers like you are describing would have used something like a Model A axle with a high arched spring.
  4. jervin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 45


    my thinking is parallel leafs would be more stable. i don't have a front crossmember connected to the frame so the front axle is wide open at this point. i know i don't want mustang2 or any ifs. and i'm not fond of the gasser high front look either. i think you're right about the A springer is usually found in gassers, but i think that's more about weight than strength... i dunno, just learning here.

    thanks for your input

    that's weird, my confuser logged in with someone elses name. jervin must have used it last...

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