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Mor-Drop Axles

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bib Overalls, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Bib Overalls
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
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    A lot of folks say they are running a Mor-Drop axle but how does one know for sure?

    I've got first dibs on an old dropped Model A axle. The work looks good. In fact, it looks a lot like the Mor-Drop I bought at Blair's Speed Shop in Pasadena in the late 50s ($15 exchange). I'd like to ID the shop that did it if possible.

    Are there any distinguishing characteristics I should be looking for?
     
  2. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
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    I'd also like to know if there are any distinguishing charteristics of a mor-drop. I've got a beauty that is claimed to be one but don't know for sure. I got it from a fellow who was stationed on the west coast in the Army and claims it is a Mor-drop. He brought it back with him after being discharged to use on a future hot rod build that never happened.


    Frank
     
  3. Roadsters.com
    Joined: Apr 9, 2002
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    The axles that were dropped at Mor-Drop had no names or anything on them. Although there were several shops that dropped I-beam axles back in the day, generally speaking, one that was dropped at Mor-Drop was less likely to have been messed up by being stretched too far or squashed at the ends as viewed from the front, the way some shops did them.

    My site has a page about the axles that are dropped here in Phoenix, and it also shows some of the axles that I've polished:

    http://www.roadsters.com/axles/

    Dave Mann
    http://www.roadsters.com/
    (602) 233-8400
     
  4. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
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    From what ive been told either mordrop or dago (i forget which) has a lot of tool marks on the bend
     

  5. Here some Photos of my axle, it what not easy to bend it.

    Later Lars
     

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  6. 392_hemi
    Joined: Jun 16, 2004
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    Someone did a tech article on this. Showed how he dropped the axle himself. Looked pretty good to me. Think it was about 2-3 months ago.
     
  7. Does anyone else have an Ed Stuart axle? I'd like to see if it looks like mine
     
  8. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    This wasbought at a Reno swap meet not too far from Mor drop. The old vendor told me it was one of theirs. Nice and smooth with no hammer marks.

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    This one came from so cal in the early 50's. Ive been told that the Stuarts (your spelling..I don't know) used a drop hammer to do theirs. You can see the hammer marks in the end. You don't get that with a ball peen. I can't prove it but it's my opinion that the first one is a Mor drop and the lower one is a "Dago" Stuart axle. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.:D I don't think any one can prove where a flea market axle was dropped.
     
  9. mine looks like the bottom one. Gene from Genes hotrod shop said it was a "Dago" axle.
     
  10. tommy
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    At first I was going to "fill" the ends and detail them, but I think I'll leave it be. I just like the old timey look. Sometimes if you make it too pretty it looses some of it's character.

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    This is another old dropped and filled axle of unknown origin. Steevie Wonder can tell it's not a modern copy.:D
     
  11. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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    from MN,USA

    Titus had a tech article on dropping axles if you want to check the Tech forum archives.
     
  12. junkmonger
    Joined: Feb 9, 2004
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    I think there's also a Street Rodder article on dropped axles. I can try to dig it up if you still need it.
     
  13. mercsforever
    Joined: Jan 1, 2014
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    As far as I know, Mor-Drop Axle Company is alive and well in Oakland, California.
    Try the 510 Area code. Owners name was Marty.
     
  14. Bib Overalls asked his question 9 years ago. I hope he has an answer already.
     
  15. I always thought i had a dago but was told it was a mor drop. I don't know. But it's old.
     

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  16. R&C RON
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    Mor-Drop closed their doors about a year and a half ago!
     
  17. looks like my axle and was told mine was a dago axle

     
  18. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
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    from Tracy, CA

    I have a gnarly old Mor-Drop 32-36 axle, with almost a 6" drop over the perch mounts the ends are fairly taffy pulled looking.
     

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