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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
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    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
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    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 www.funnycarfarm.com for more info.
    JK
     
  4. Zookeeper
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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  11. bobscogin
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    Here's your Econoline axle narrowed 7".

    Bob
     

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  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.
    Don
     

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