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Can you narrow a front axle?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dirttoo, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. dirttoo
    Joined: Feb 17, 2009
    Posts: 136


    I was given a front axle out of a Ford something that measures 54" from king pin to king pin. I need more like 48". Can these be narrowed? Any tricks to doing it? I will be puting this in the front of my 60' Falcon. Thanks
  2. chopo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,265


    brought up many times. did ya try the search function?
  3. It wasn't a Ford axle, but Steve Magnante and Dale Snokes did an A Van Dodge front axle in their "How to build an Altered Wheelbase Funny Car Video."
    Check out for more info.
  4. Zookeeper
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,042


    Original forged axles, yes. Repro cast axles, I wouldn't even try...

  5. Good advice on the tomcat thread . The shiplap joint tomcat used would be virtually indestructible .
  6. attastude
    Joined: Nov 30, 2008
    Posts: 235


    find the exact center, measure the amount to remove in equal amount on each side of the center mark. cut with a bandsaw or sawzall. grind off all edges . clamp down on a flat surface. tack weld in several places. check for staightness. weld both halves back together. I've used both stick welders and wire feed.
  7. buick320a
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 449

    from indiana

    Not an issue.....cut it out of the center.....weld it up and go,

    we did it a lot making gasser axles from the econoline axles
  8. 35flatty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2006
    Posts: 18

    from florida

    sorry to hijack but im in the middle of the samre thing, 66 econoline axle to wide also springs are way too big. what kindof springs can i use under my 35 ford rails to make a gasser.
  9. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    Even if you don't weld. Cut it, slave it to an angle iron and take it to the friendly local welding shop.
  10. milltownrodz
    Joined: Feb 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,105


  11. bobscogin
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,761


    Here's your Econoline axle narrowed 7".


    Attached Files:

  12. I make a new centre , tube . Use the spindles and make new bossesbut you could use the stock ones and weld them to the tubes. In fact i am finishing one up to day that I made . Pics available if you wish.

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