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Technical Magnum axles

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by RODIST, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. RODIST
    Joined: Dec 29, 2016
    Posts: 154

    RODIST

    Hi, happy new year!!
    ?? Does anyone know of any recent broken axle reports on the Magnum axle company 4" drop model???
    I'm considering it for use on a '39 coupe.
    It's reported to not require splitting the wishbone, which keeps it simple,
    the plan of the whole project.
     
  2. trey32
    Joined: Jul 27, 2014
    Posts: 246

    trey32

    Why not have the stock axle dropped??
     
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  3. RODIST
    Joined: Dec 29, 2016
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    RODIST

    Tks 4 reply,..Who would u suggest?? & what's the approximate cost?? Thanks
     
  4. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
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    verde742
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    gosh I just bought a 5 inch drop, help me feel good, about Magnum C0.

    somebody ?
     
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  5. trey32
    Joined: Jul 27, 2014
    Posts: 246

    trey32

    Andy Kohler from Koher kustom does them for around $250
    His name on here is thunderbirdesq, worth every penny...
     
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  6. Don't worry about it,a newbie drops in29 minutes ago and questions the quality doesn't mean there is a problem. HRP
     
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  7. trey32
    Joined: Jul 27, 2014
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    trey32

    Hard to beat an original henry axle dropped by a real hotrodder, why would you buy a magnum axle now??
     
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  8. 32partsguy
    Joined: Jul 16, 2012
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    32partsguy
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    from DFW,Texas!

    I was a dealer for Magnum Axle for about 8 years back in the late 90's. Fortunately I got out of the parts business before the "incident". Not sure exactly what happened, but I recently spoke with Mike at Magnum (his dad, Fred was a founder and the owner for years) and he said there was one bad batch of axles. Well, it sounds like they almost went out of business, but to their credit, they regrouped, stood behind their products, and are back now and doing well again. Fred, Mike, and the new owners are stand up guys, have great products and I don't think anybody should be worried. I don't want to speak out of turn, but I believe if anybody has an older Magnum Axle, they can call them and see about having it checked. I actually called them to talk about becoming a dealer again, (I'm not, yet) so that shows how I feel about them. They always had great products, and customer service. I am very confident that there is nothing to worry about today.
     
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  9. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
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  10. I have been running a Magnum 4" drop tube axle with hairpins for 22 years. In spite of all the "experts" who say you can't run a tube axle with hairpins, the axle is holding up just fine. That make you feel better?
     
  11. RODIST
    Joined: Dec 29, 2016
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    RODIST

    Thanks for the reply,...
    ??? Does anyone have any RECENT /CURRENT INFO??
    Regarding Magnums Cast 4" dropped axles??? Thanks


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  12. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
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    I haven't heard anything bad about them in a few years. If that helps.
     
  13. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    Moriarity
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    My 40 has a Magnum 4" drop I beam axle. I installed it 10 years ago and it is fine. you can't drop a stock axle as much because the wishbone is too close to the spindle on these and there just isn't room for much drop. The only way to run a dropped Henry axle is to run a 36 and back narrower bone and corresponding axle
     
  14. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
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    I found the Magnum 4 in. dropped axle to be an excellent product. It's 3/4 in. narrower than stock, thereby allowing more fender/wheel clearance. I've had no problems with mine. Don't forget to buy the Magnum dropped steering arms.
    Installed on a 40 Ford coupe - wishbone not split.
     

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  15. RODIST
    Joined: Dec 29, 2016
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    RODIST

  16. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    DDDenny
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    from oregon

    A friend of mine from Bakersfield said John Lawson in Fresno bought Magnum Axle.
    He has an extremely large collection of 32 Fords, among others.
    Anyone else have input.
     
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  17. 42merc
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
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    42merc
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    My '40 runs a 4" Magnum axle.
    Been in six years, many miles, fits right, works right, I'm happy.
    I used Chassis Eng dropped arms because I had them, also a good product.
     
  18. Dean,I learned the hard way not to use a Superbell tube axle and split bones,they don't flex,I hit a railroad track and sheared a spring perch flush with the axle. HRP
     
  19. slinginrods
    Joined: Oct 6, 2008
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    slinginrods
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    from florida

    I have a magnum tube axle under my 32 no problems here. with the shorter distance between the king pin and spring perch boss you cant get a whole lot of drop out of a stock 39 axle .
     
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  20. slinginrods
    Joined: Oct 6, 2008
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    slinginrods
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    from florida

    hairpins and bones are two different animals. hairpins flex a little .I never tried a tube axle with bones, but a lot of people use em with hairpins , including me
     
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  21. 42merc
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
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    42merc
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    I'm going to guess the original question was asking about the cast malleable iron axles, not the welded tubular axles.
     
  22. 97
    Joined: May 18, 2005
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    97
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    IMHO , Henry forged them in America for a good reason! Along with all the other advanced metallurgy he put into early Fords.
     
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  23. 97
    Joined: May 18, 2005
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    97
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    Depends where you are located, and what car it is for, you should make a proper introduction of yourself in the appropriate thread and decribe your car/project.
    I suggest you look at some of the alliance dealers here on the HAMB and maybe use the search engine. There are a lot more new axle suppliers than just Magnum , I prefer Chassis Engineering if a new axle is required, but for my own use a dropped Ford axle will always be first choice .
    http://www.chassisengineeringinc.com/fk-3540-forged-i-beam-axle-front-end-kit-for-1935-1940-ford/
    or
    http://www.droppedaxles.com/
     
  24. FritzTownFord
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
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    I bought a chassis from Brookville with 5" Magnum axle - in 2009. I later read about the axle breakage issue and contacted Fred at Magnum directly. Totally straight shooter guy. He said the "incident" actually turned out to be another manufacturer's product, but the publicity hit them hard. He immediately offered to replace my 2008 axle with a new 2013 axle (x-rayed and tested) for no charge! There are thousands of hot rods out there with Magnum, Chassis Engineering, Pete & Jakes, SoCal, and others. I could find only a couple of axle failures online - and all were due to major high speed collisions.
    But I always love the smug "I only use Genuine Henry" stuff (...because I have a pile of them I paid nothing for and "know a guy", BS. Good to be you.
     
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  25. I would ask what make perch was it? I'm running Deuce Frame Co. forged, keyed perches.
     
  26. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
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    falcongeorge
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    from BC

    Nostalgia Sid lists 4" dropped '37/'41 axles. Not questioning you guys, but well yes, I guess I am. I was planning to get the original axle in my '39 dropped, is this a problem? This is a 4" TOTAL drop we are talking about here, including the original drop, right? I was going to get a straight drop, not a stretch.
     
  27. e z i
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 562

    e z i
    Member

    I've got a Magnum under my '48, it's been over many rough Idaho roads with no issues.
    looks good too...
     
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  28. john dioli
    Joined: Oct 12, 2012
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    john dioli
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    Not anson axles has had numerous peoples axle for 4 months ask how we know,,, heard okie joes has quick turn around
     
  29. RODIST
    Joined: Dec 29, 2016
    Posts: 154

    RODIST

    Happy new year, thanks for all the positive input , suggestions, advise, & tips, particularly the ones about Magnums CAST 4" dropped axles CURRENTLY


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  30. RODIST
    Joined: Dec 29, 2016
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    RODIST

    As for 97's advise -- "properly introduce myself" & use "appropriate thread"---#1 thanks,...#2 be patient!! I'm navigating this www stuff blind, from a delicate gadget I'm unfamiliar with!!..


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