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Technical Who drop axles ?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 3w Hank, Sep 18, 2022.

  1. banjorear
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    Man, I don't doubt Okie Joe's work, but something about having an axle with welded on ends would make me nervous as heck driving around.
     
  2. gimpyshotrods
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    Your rear axle is welded at both ends.
     
  3. banjorear
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    What would you rather have break off? Your front wheel or your rear? Rear wheel drive cars also don't have anywhere the same amount weight on top the rear as it does the front axle. Plus, on a banjo rear, it a slip fit flange that is welded on. It sounds like Okie Joe cuts off the end and re-welds it back on.

    Seeing the picture of those '34 Fords hanging from the ceiling by their front axles at the NY World's Fair convinced me they are strong enough as is.

    To restate: I don't doubt his work, it would just make me nervous. Your mileage may vary.
     
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  4. gimpyshotrods
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    I have been narrowing Ford front axles for LSR cars, for about 30-years.

    Zero failures, even with two crashes that destroyed the car.

    Maybe your car has less weight in the rear. Not all do.

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  5. banjorear
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    I'll take your word for it and believe what you are saying, but it would make me nervous is all I'm saying.
     
  6. gimpyshotrods
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    Ford front axles were made of some of the most advanced steel of that time, and even of this time.

    If heating the ends up and stretching them skyward does them no harm, and drilling the web with a whole mess of holes does them no harm, sectioning them and welding them back together doesn't, either.

    Six revolutions of twist does not even do them in.

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  7. fiftiescat
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    from NY

    Andy Kohler did mine, couldn’t be happier.
     
  8. -Brent-
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    That's cool to hear. I'm curious what his process is.

    Andy Kohler squished my heavy as much as possible to get it about 48" (I think???) So that the wheels would sit under my narrowed fenders.

    I love the way it looks narrow.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2022

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