Sorry for the length.. I've been gathering parts for my first build, a T roadster. I plan to use a Model A frame with a '33-36 dropped axle up front. For the rear I have a Ford 9" from a 1970 F-100 and bought a pair of early Bronco axles off ebay. The 9" was missing one backing plate and I found one at a local swap meet this summer. It turned out that the guy I got it from is an instructor at a trade school (school name withheld on purpose - easy to figure out if you know the area). I told him what my project was and he offered to narrow my 9" for a decent price. Being I don't have the proper tools for making a nice clean cut and have never done one before I took him up on it. I delivered the housing, axles and 3rd member a week ago Friday and he called Tuesday or Wednesday and said it was done and ready to pick up. I picked up the narrowed 9" on Friday. The instructor had a student to the narrowing and said he did a great job. I'm looking at rear yesterday and I'm thinking I've made a big mistake. I assumed (I know, I know) an instructor of this school would do a good job overseeing the student and I'd have it done at a good price. I look at it and it doesn't look like the cut ends were welded back on squarely. I laid a straight edge on it and in places, it's off nearly 1/16" or more in places. To top it off, they ground the sh** out of the weld, so much there's an obvious bevel in the axle tube. When I dropped off the housing, I left the original pickup mounting brackets on. Like I mentioned, I'd told the instructor of my intended usage on a Model A frame. I figured the well equipped school would have a plasma cutter or at least a torch to remove the spring mounting pads if they were in the way at all. At drop-off, the instructor asked about the brackets again and I said take them off if they're in the way or I'll get them later if they weren't. These are my concerns: 1. The axle tubes aren't square as described above. The existing brackets should not have been an excuse as I mentioned. 2. The welds are ground down so far the integrity of the axle tubes are now in question. I think it was done in attempt to cover up that the tubes weren't lined up properly. In my mind, the weld should only be ground to the original level of the surrounding metal. If they beveled the ends as they should have, the weld should have penetrated sufficiently to be strong. 3. This school is trying to build a national reputation for what they do and I would think they'd want to teach the students to turn out good work. It doesn't look to me like either the student had adequate supervision or worst case - they don't care to put out a good product. What do you guys think?