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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by evobuilder, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. evobuilder
    Joined: Aug 27, 2007
    Posts: 427


    I just bought a 56 Chevy gasser (ex race car) brought back to life as it was raced in the 60s/70s, but it has some features that get all gasser aficionados all bent outta shape. It has a small black and stacked spindles and not a straight axle. While the car was raced this way, the question is.... now that it's mine (and I love is as is).... do I dare take away from it's history and convert to a straight axle and a bigger motor or do I leave it as is. The car has a great stance, runs good enough and my plan is to enjoy the fck outta this tri five and not race it (well, maybe just for fun at vintages drags).
    I am strongly considering leaving as is, but was curious on the HAMB'pinion is around stacked spindles over straight axles. God help me, I just opened the sacred lid on a potential battle royale, but lets hope not. IMG_3635.JPG
  2. First off, anyone who tells you your '56 needs a straight axle and or a big block don't know jack shit! If you enjoy it the way it is leave it. Just ignore the so called Gasser aficionados. Many real gas class tri-five Chevy's in the 60's had A arm suspension. Yours looks like a fine example to me.
  3. upspirate
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
    Posts: 2,211


    I vote for do it as you want it. For my info, what are stacked spindles? Never heard that term. Pics?

    Nice car BTW
  4. bigdog
    Joined: Oct 30, 2002
    Posts: 564


    You say you love it as is, why give a shit what anybody else thinks? A-frame gasser is just as authentic as a straight axle. Your car, do what you want.
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  5. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,261

    from Idaho

    Better hurry & cut out the wheel wells for some PIE CRUTCH CHEATER SLICKS and get some kinda gas tank in that grille ...
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  6. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,204


    That thing is just fine the way it is. You wanna make it yours by adding (or subtracting) something, that's fine too.
    My only suggestion is if anyone tells you to put a front bumper on it, kick 'em in the balls.
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  7. I️ dig it as is

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  8. henryj1951
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,304

    from USA

    It sure is a nice one... my nephew just dropped this off today its a start.
    So my vote is do whatever you want to do to the car.And a 56 parts car next week....that makes 131,... 55-56-n-57 i've owned so far
    . 1956 dragcar.jpg
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017
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  9. jseery
    Joined: Sep 4, 2013
    Posts: 743

    from Wichita KS

    I always liked the look of the straight axle, but whatever you like.
  10. Don't change it unless you want to change it for yourself.
    Lots of Tri-Fives ran the streets in the '60s that never even
    parked at a drag strip! Plenty were just drivers that did stop light
    to stop light Friday nite racing, and those old Econoline
    front ends didn't ride or handle as well as what you have!
    Let the car tell you what it wants!
    To me it says "I made it this far, let me be what I already am!"
    Just my $.02!
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  11. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,244


    How about some pictures of how its put together?
    Shots of the front suspension etc.
    Thats extremely high for a car without a straight axle!!!
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  12. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,134


    You answered your own's yours and you dig it as is. Don't make changes because
    of what others think. Make sure it's an enjoyable driver.
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  13. Champscotty58
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 119


    Leave it. Drive it. Enjoy it.
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  14. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    I'd own it, drive it just like it sit's. Nice Ride!
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  15. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,968

    from Ks

    Are you talking about welded spindles? Lippy
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  16. henryj1951
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,304

    from USA

    no tube axle front end gasser look no tube.jpg spindles.png
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2017
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  17. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,273

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    Another non-straight axle '56. 017.JPG 018.JPG

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  18. henryj1951
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,304

    from USA

  19. henryj1951
    Joined: Sep 23, 2012
    Posts: 2,304

    from USA

    The plan is to make the 56 2door into a 55 Drag Car , wish me luck may take a few years.
    1956 drag1.jpg
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  20. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,075


    The 55 56 57 front suspensions are fine. They drive well and are easy to
    raise. I put ball joint spacers and heavy springs and up it went. I think the modified production look is just fine for the street, and a lot less to deal with than a axle.
    After becoming tired of the harsh ride of the heavy springs I put the stock ones
    back in with a spacer under the spring and left the ball joint spacers in place.
    Still sat up in the front and rode much better. I also used stock chevy suspension
    in a 55 oval track car with a set of truck ball joints and spindles. Worked well
    except when I walls or other cars with it!
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  21. 1 (15).jpg
    JUST REMEMBER THE ABOVE..................
  22. evobuilder
    Joined: Aug 27, 2007
    Posts: 427


    Thanks all.... as I start to work through this (new to me) car , I’ve decided to not change anything other than safety related and making it drivable on the streets.

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  23. CGkidd
    Joined: Mar 2, 2002
    Posts: 2,844


    Good for u. Not all gassers had straight axles and big blocks. If it ran back then this way. Try to keep it the way it was. Try to get document on how it was.

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  24. evobuilder
    Joined: Aug 27, 2007
    Posts: 427


    made some changes to my liking....
    the car is a bit different now, but dialing it in to what I want it to look like, stance, etc. 1.JPG
  25. Davyj
    Joined: Jul 11, 2011
    Posts: 442


    In 1970 , our car club ran a 55 Chev gasser, spindles with straight axle.......and it had a 292 six all gassers were not big block straight axle cars......leave it as it was found. and drive the wheels off of it....
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  26. Jibs
    Joined: May 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,525


    Leave it the way it is, drive it like you stole it.
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    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,117


    It's just nowadays people "think" all the gassers had straight axles. They didn't. I like it.
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  28. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,337


    Back in the day we would weld two spindles together in the shop, hope we got them straight and welded good enough they wouldn’t break. We got away with it, but not sure how. If this is what someone has done to your car, I would do something different for safety reasons. ‘jmho ,Bones
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  29. footbrake
    Joined: Sep 3, 2009
    Posts: 88


  30. Tear it apart, buy the new axle and hardware, build a big block motor, loose interest, sell for penny's on the dollar.

    Sound familiar?
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