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Tech: Gasser straight axle Puddin style

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ShakeyPuddin55, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. KutThrtKustms
    Joined: Mar 18, 2006
    Posts: 680

    from SO.CAL.

    Best HAMB Gasser EVAAA!!!!!!!
  2. attitudor
    Joined: Sep 28, 2004
    Posts: 2,975

    from Finland

    Such a nice car you have there. Thanks for an excellent thread.
    Tech week winner?

  3. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    He actually cut the top of the rail off. Then he took another piece, put it in bead roller and welded it back on top of the rail at the angle you see.

    Thanks Dave. BTW my buddy was blown away by your coupe build thread. And he's not easily impressed.

    Yes, I think I have it at home. I'll try and remember to post it or PM me and remind me.
  4. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    The axle is from Jim Tinsmith (Tinny's Hot Rods)
    The spindles and steering arms are from Chassis Engineering Inc.
    Wilwood brakes
    Vega box - lots of sources
    Leaf springs - local spring shop
    Frame rails, tie rod, drag link, misc - all custom made
    Shocks - Bilstein
  5. beauishere
    Joined: Mar 17, 2004
    Posts: 607


    Just awesome. Thank you.
  6. I thought the 56 Chev truck axle in my 55' was a decent set-up, now I want to piss on it!
    Thanks for sharing the great tech thread.
  7. jackal396
    Joined: Jan 13, 2005
    Posts: 688

    from oregon

    Jim this is a great post, thanks for sharing.

    Joined: Apr 27, 2007
    Posts: 613


    Absolutely killer! Thank you so much for a perfect tech article and photos. Only problem I have is I can't see the video; says it's no longer available.
  9. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,152


    TKO!! Absolute kill-ar, sir. Stout to boot.
  10. pastlane
    Joined: Oct 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,063


    Excellent tech, lots of questions answered.
  11. buckeye_01
    Joined: Jun 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,441


    Awesome man. It takes me back quite a few years seeing my old home track (Speedworld and Firebird) thinking about all the great wins I had there, and all the miserable losses I've had too.
  12. Omega
    Joined: Jul 11, 2006
    Posts: 876

    from Mass

    Wow this is the coolest post ive seen, i hope it works for me with 1:1, but for now no gasser material, so 1:25 will do, and yes these pics will be helping :)
  13. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    As much as I would love to, I don't think I'll be able to make it happen. The CHRR in Bakersfield is something I plan on attending yearly however.

    It's finally nice to give back to the HAMB. I've learned a ton of stuff on here.
    Isn't this what it's all about? :)
  14. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    Nothing super secret. Just early Ford forged repo stuff from Chassis Engineering Inc. and most of the other stuff is custom made.

    I was told that was done, but after the fact and for what I paid, I have to wonder.
    The hydrogen embrittlement discussion did come up. I'm hoping because I went overkill with chromoly, I will be safe. Frequent inspections do happen.
  15. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    I think we ended up with 11 degrees caster.

    The springs are 1 3/4" wide with sleeved rubber bushings. I don't remember the bolt size.

    The axle is 2" O.D. and 1/4" wall thickness. The mild steel axles are the same but as you know, not nearly as strong as chromoly.

    There is another company (Specialty Cars?) that uses a mild steel axle with a steel rod inserted inside the axle for strength. That was another option I considered.
  16. nexxussian
    Joined: Mar 14, 2007
    Posts: 3,240


    Thank you, and Thank you.
  17. 61 chevy
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 891

    61 chevy

    great car, i wish i had my 56 chevy back
  18. Ox65
    Joined: Nov 25, 2007
    Posts: 36


    This post is what I needed as I start on my gasser project. Nice ride Sir.
  19. David_396
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 28


    Awesome post and very informative. thanxs david
  20. Baron
    Joined: Aug 13, 2004
    Posts: 3,531


    Very nice work and one fine 55 Gasser (and FAST!). Hope to have mine out this spring.
  21. Hotrod F-1
    Joined: Dec 19, 2006
    Posts: 582

    Hotrod F-1
    from OK

    Great thread Shakey! Lots and lots of good info and pictures. Thanks for sharing.:cool:
  22. surfcaliforniasurf
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 402


    Best tech post in a while. Makes me wish I still had my first car, a 55 wagon.
  23. Toymaker
    Joined: Mar 26, 2006
    Posts: 3,920

    from Fresno,CA

    Great TECH, Your Car SCREAMS COOOOOL! The Chrome front end is over the top haven't seen that since.........well since the GASSERS era. Hearing the anouncer at Speedworld on the Video was Classic Two Lane Blacktop.
  24. Lim34
    Joined: Nov 26, 2007
    Posts: 22


  25. Magnus
    Joined: Apr 30, 2006
    Posts: 904

    from Sweden

    Oh how sweet. Congrats to a kick ass cool ride. Love it.
  26. 29 sedanman
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,282

    29 sedanman
    from Indy

    Awsome tech thread on a very cool car, you should be proud of the car and all the thought that went into making it what it is.

    Thank you.

    By the way you have my vote for tech week winner.
  27. Man... I love that car!

    I wish I would have made it down to Bako to meet you and see the car run... maybe next time.

  28. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    Here is the contact number for Jim Tinsmith (Tinny's Hot Rods) 215-453-7999. He made the chromoly axle for my 55.

    He's a long time drag racer. He's been into it longer than I've been alive. He just made a 1 3/4" moly axle with a 1" drop for the recreation of the K.S. Pittman 33 Willys.

    Here is Jim's steel 33 Willys truck:

  29. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    Another very important point I forgot to make was about welding on the axle.

    We only tack welded during mock up. The axle was then removed and strapped down to a welding table and the final welds were slowly finished to prevent warping the axle.

    Thanks again guys for all the positive comments.

    Sam, how dare you miss the CHRR when it's in your own backyard! See you next year.
  30. fantastic post.

    Tech week winner *I hope*....

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