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***TECH: A $10 '32 Wishbone***

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by NealinCA, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
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    My 32 sedan has cruedly split wishbones and I want to put a stock wishbone back in...but I didn't want to pay "32 prices" for one.
    I found these split 32 wishbones at a swapmeet for $10...

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    and rounded up a free model A wishbone as a donor...

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    and figured I could piece them together something like this...

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    I started by cutting the discards off in the bandsaw...

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    The tube size matched up real well...

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    but the angles weren't so great...

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    I made a template off of a stock 32 wishbone...

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    ...and you can see the Model A piece needed the tubes brought in some, so I heated and bent them in until they matched the angle of the template.

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    That helped things to line up and look like it might fit together...

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    I didn't feel that just butt welding the tubes together would be strong enough, so I made up some 6" long 3/16" plate splines. The tubes taper front to rear...so the splines are a slight wedge shape. The mill was good for a quick trim of both plates in one pass...

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  3. NealinCA
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    I marked out the slots in the tubes...

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    and opened them up with a cut-off wheel...

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    Then they were ready to slide together...

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    With all the the edges beveled, I started tacking...
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    I had the axle pinned in place with perches, to make sure everything stayed lined up...

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    Then finish welded...

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    and cleaned it up...

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    ...and there you have a $10 32 wishbone...

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    ...or as a friend pointed out, at shop rate it would be an $800 wishbone...but who's counting?

    Neal
     
  4. F&J
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    As Norm Abrams says: "there, that's not going anywhere"

    cool idea on the inner plate deal.
     
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  5. donut29
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    from canton MI

    Ill take two please where do I send my $20


    Looks good nice way to save some butchered bones
     
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  6. Damn sexy Neil! Now I have a request........can you go back and hammer out 8 or 10 more great tech threads?! You ALWAYS have an insightfull way of doing things.
     
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  7. 3wLarry
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    aaarrrgh...I'm tired of paying thru the nose for deuce parts...great tech
     
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  8. 1950ChevySuburban
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    Very cool! Love the split plate idea. Learned something new today!
     
  9. thunderbirdesq
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    Neal, you resourceful mother%*#r, you! That is awesome, nice technique!
     
  10. Thank You for sharing.
     
  11. JeffreyJames
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    from SUGAR CITY

    Amazing! Might do this with my '33 bones!
     
  12. AJofHollywood
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    Nice work. Nobody will know when painted... or unless they read this thread.
     
  13. 35ihcc1
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    Some people have all the brains!...the rest of us have the looks! Lol awesome tech thread! Thanks
     
  14. ^^^^Yeah - what he said^^^^
     
  15. synthsis
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    I hate people more talented than me. So that's a lot of people on here. :p
     
  16. RG49MERC
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    nice tech..just in time I'm planning to do something similar with 41 bones..
     
  17. Fogger
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    The last '32 wishbone I saw sell at Pomona was $750. and it had a dent on one side. You did good saving the split one and using the Model A forging. Good job.
     
  18. NoSurf
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    You truly make me strive to the next level.
     
  19. xix32
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    very good engineering, and very nice work.
    i guess the price of model "A" wishbones will take a jump now.
     
  20. zman
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    from Garner, NC

    very nicely done.
     
  21. Royalshifter
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    Royalshifter
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    from California

    Definately a cool simple fab job.
     
  22. |Tom|
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  23. super idea man, thanks for sharing.
    Now I just need a set of split bones...
     
  24. turdytoo
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  25. PeteFromTexas
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    Great tech. I dig it!
     
  26. Great tech. Thanks for posting!
     
  27. I like it...thanks and I will use the method
     
  28. El KaMiNo KiD
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    great tech..I like that inner plate idea..
     
  29. daddio211
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    LOL, my thoughts exactly! Looks great Neal, wish I had 1/10th of your talent and skill!
     
  30. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
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    Good job.

    I had 2 sets that were split but never lost any length, and i was able to find 2 back sections that were cut from other deuce wishbones and saved em.

    JEFF
     

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