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Old 10-08-2004, 10:00 AM
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1940-48 Ford car axle drop

Does a 1940-48 Ford car axle have more drop to it than a stock Model A? And if not how difficult is it to heat it up and bend it?

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A stock 40 Ford ( and up to 48 ) does have more drop to it than a Model A. But it is wider also. Dropping a axle is not something that is within the home hobbyist range of doing.

It is much easier.........and safer to just buy a dropped axle. A new 4 inch drop axle I beam is just about $200.


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How much Wider? I plan on running no fenders so width isn't much of problem. Will the wishbones and spring shackle pins fit from a Model A or will I need to cannibalize the whole front end out a 1940-48? Last Question is the front axle from a light duty 1940-48 pickup the same as a car? Thanks for your help.
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Do a search. Been covered several times on the board.
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Deuce, I have never owned a 40 Ford, but for 50 years, I thought the frame and axle geometry was the same from 35 thru 40. The increased width (about 2 1/2 inches) was introduced in 1941 along with a wider and longer frame (and wheel base) and remained basically the same thru 1948.

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A pickup axle is not the same as a car. In '42 Ford switched to parallel springs on the trucks, cars retained the single spring.
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Deuce, I have never owned a 40 Ford, but for 50 years, I thought the frame and axle geometry was the same from 35 thru 40. The increased width (about 2 1/2 inches) was introduced in 1941 along with a wider and longer frame (and wheel base) and remained basically the same thru 1948.

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I do see anywhere that I said the 35 to 40 was different.

Just that they are wider than the Model Axle.

The 41 up is even wider.............


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