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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by NealinCA, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. thunderbirdesq
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    Absolutely an original dropped 32
     
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  2. thunderbirdesq
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    Here's a few out of my jig lately...
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  3. doesn't look stretched like most dropped ones do. But then there are many, many books written and full careers built on what I don't know about Phord stuff!!
     
  4. deucendude
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    Yep! A dropped orig. 32.
     
  5. 47streetrodder
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    Been trying to locate a source in the Pacific Northwest, preferably Eastern WA. for having Ford Axles dropped. Does anyone know of a good source in my region?
     
  6. dumprat
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    I have a source on Vancouver island if that helps .
     
  7. dana barlow
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    1. Y-blocks

    I do like it done well,smooth an even,but really don't care for thinned out or too much.
    Frankly don't think its needed,rods can be just as low with out it,if engineered right. I used a 48 axle back in the late 1950s on my 28 A,had spring in front=I moved cross forword,an built custom lower arch spring as well. 48 ford axle has a built by factory drop of about 3in. that I like. 4716667_orig.jpg
     
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  8. alanp561
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    I found a 48 axle locally and everyone I've talked to here says they just don't look right because of the front spring thing. Looking at your car, I think that's a great look and it would work on my '27 T roadster. I like what you did in 1959 and I'm glad you're still driving the car.
     
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  9. car doctor
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    A picture my daughter in-law took of the front if my 32. IMG_20171230_152411.jpg
     
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  10. -Brent-
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    Over the years, I've missed seeing this threat but it was brought to my attention, last night, as we're looking for some ideas for shock mounts.

    I was going to wait for my @thunderbirdesq dropped 32 axle to be reinstalled but knowing me, I'd forget.

    Andy dropped and squeezed it to bring the wheels in. It's dropped 2" over stock.

    Kohler Kustom Dropped and Narrowed 32 Heavy.jpg

    Kohler Kustom Dropped 32 2 Inch Over.jpg

    I can't remember who dropped the 33-36 that's being used as a mock-up.

    Kohler Kustom Dropped 32 Heavy 2 Inch Over.jpg
     
  11. adam401
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    Great thread. I just scrolled through most of it again. When I moved to my current home I scrapped my crude ghetto axle dropping jig. It worked well once I figured out some camber problems I had. Now I'm thinking of putting a dropped axle under my coupe so I gotta decide if I want to build another jig or have one dropped. I dunno time will tell.
    Couple pics of the old jig
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  12. nobby
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    has anyone made a fixture to bend steering arms?
    would it be possible for you to bend the steering arms on some of those deep drop chassis engineering steering arms , they are forged in the bent position, need the arm part mirrored to the other side on both , so they become rhd
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    they don't look like they have to go over much.
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    PLEASE, the full set of forgeness
     
  13. krylon32
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    Years ago I added some drop to the CE deep drop arms to get them under 32 bones. I was careful not to screw up the geometry and they worked good.
     
  14. goldmountain
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    Anyone out there with a dropped Anglia axle? I need a really narrow dropped axle for my Austin Ruby about 40" between the kingpin centers.
     
  15. thunderbirdesq
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    I have also fine tuned the drop on aftermarket forged arms a few times, lots of miles on the cars with no issues.
     
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  16. thunderbirdesq
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    this was a fun one to do and it turned out so smooth, thanks Brent!
     
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  17. nobby
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    steering arm jig.jpg
    did you make something like this (do you still have it)?
    where you can use the tie rod to bend the arm, then set the distances using the tie rods thread count and marking the jam nut, so as to get them exactly the same?
     
  18. dumprat
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    I would be inclined to bolt the arms together and bend them, fixtures are not always your friend.
     
  19. Just talked to Oakie Joe, he did a couple axles for me about 12 years ago. He's 80 and still at it! He works with Sid over at droppedaxles.com and they do great work, as do others who have posted here.
     
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  20. 421-6Speed
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    Just got my axle back from Ansen axles today. Greg did a fantastic job.

    20200325_163041.jpg 20200325_163057.jpg 20200325_163124.jpg 20200325_163047.jpg
     
  21. solidaxle
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    I like it . Polished top and rough on the inside.
     
  22. trikejunkie
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    I got one from Oakie just a month or so ago , original A axle dropped ,absolutely cracking work and very reasonable price too ( even with my governments cut stuck on top)
     
  23. Looks like a Blackie Green axle. I bought one mid 60s for my 40 coupe. From Dickinson Dunn in Victoria
     
  24. bct
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    Could very well be . It came from the island.
     
  25. gimpyshotrods
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    He did my axle too! Top-notch work!
     
  26. -Brent-
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  27. titus
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    this is one of the first batch of axles we did years and years back, back around 2003, seems like yesterday, 17 years of doing axles seems crazy! i literally think this was number 2 or 3 we did. its a deepish drop and we let it narrow up like @-Brent- 's axle. the next one we did we didnt let it narrow as much and it turned out killer. i paid $15 each for those 2 32 heavy axles!
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    heres the 3rd or so one we did
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  28. -Brent-
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    @titus both of them have a really nice look/shape!
     
  29. Grant Clemens
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    Maybe a more drop axle, I'm not sure this has been on my old hot rod since it was put together in the 50s. Notice the square steel spacer between the wishbone and axle. Can anyone identify this for me?
     

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  30. jim32
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    1. Hamb & Eggs

    Some guys make painted axles look better than chrome! stuff009.jpg
     
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