This axle is wider than I want, hub to hub, by about 4", but the springs are right on.
So narrowing and relocating the spring pads might be on the agenda, but a good cleanup, sand blasting, paint is next, then a trial fit with wheels under the '55, will post pics....
Started stripping it down, inside it is clean, fresh grease, bearings look new, rotors just need cleaning up and smoothing, calipers just need a clean up, brake pads look new. I don't think this setup was run very much, if at all, on the '59 Ford truck it came off of. Bolt pattern is 5 on 5.5", unusual for me, I am pretty much standardized on 5 on 4.75" on all my rigs. Might just have to look for a set of wheels for this bolt pattern and leave it as is. Not quite ready to redrill these rotors for a new bolt pattern just yet.
Got the axle and springs back from the sand blaster, needs some paint....
This is a metal etch and prep, the final coat will be "hammer tone gray"....
With this axle the wheels stick out from under the front fenders a bit, if I take 3-1/4" out of the axle it will put the outer edge of the tires right even with the lip of the fenders. I will take that out of the middle of the axle. Will cut and weld with a Z pattern in the center, like so:
More Pix on Narrowing this Axle
Now I have to set up a jig to keep the ends in alignment while I am cutting and welding this setup.
Here's some links to more pix:
Setting up the front frame and axle.
Some Fitting of Tires, Wheels, Axles, Etc.
And The Sawzall Attacks the Frame Rails....
Reworking an Olds 425 to take a 6-71 huffin on it.
Trial fit for the 6-71, a Don Hampton special.
Did Some Porting Work on some Edelbrock Olds Heads
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