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Old 02-04-2006, 08:04 PM
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'29 Dodge front suspension help

Hi all, mostly a lurker here,LOTS of ecellent info to wade through...

Anyway I have a '29 dodge 4 door that I'm starting a rat rod project on.
The rear suspension is pretty easy I plan on using a narrowed ford 8 3/4"

but the front I need help on.
I'd like to use the original solid axle and origional leafs (?) with those cool finned brake drums.

Is this possible?
Where do those brake drums come from?

Should I scrap the origional axle and use a different one?

Thanks all
Keith

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Hi keith,
The 29 Dodge front axle is a heavy strong axle but just about impossible to get ball joints, king pins or tie rod ends for. The steering is just about the same as a stock Model A Ford. Good for an antique, but not for a car on todays streets It was the last year for the actual Dodge Brothers car. The 1930 models and on were built by Chrysler Corp and everything from the brakes to the motor were different. If you like the looks of an I-beam you might want to look at a setup from the mid 30s before they went to independent suspension. At least you can still get parts for them. Honestly though, for the effort and money that you will put into it you will probably regret not going with a independent front suspension with rack and pinion steering. I am not knocking your ride, I have a 29' sedan also. Good Luck.
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Did Ford really make an 8-3/4" rear end? I've used a lot of Mopar 8-3/4" rears. It's a very strong unit and I suggest you consider it.
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Polkat;
Opps yes it's a Mopar, it was late, what can I say...

60ch,
Wow I love the internet, so many knowledgeable people, thanks for that bit of info.

I really want a solid front axle, I think it would be worth it.
But I will look around for something more supported and maintainable.

But no chrome ;-)
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I installed S10 disc brakes on a 31 Dodge by remachining the spindle bolts to fit the rotor. This setup will fit inside the Buick finned drums no problem.

You should also be able to ream the axle ends to use 37 to 48 Ford spindles, there are many brake adaptations for them.
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So is that what people do on the t buckets I see with the finned drums? They run disk brakes inside them?? interesting!

Is there anywhere online that details how to build a solid front axle suspension??

I'm realising how clueless I am on this all of a sudden.
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The original Buick finned drums were installed as functional drum brakes on rods before discs were available. They made an effective and very good-looking brake system. I see Kanter still has some of the finned drums available for sale.
http://www.kanter.com/drumroto.html#BUICK

1959-1965...45 fins

1966-1967,(some early '68's)...90 fins

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suicide it!

eay man stick that axle INFRONT!

im building a 30 olds with the same type of dual leaf axle, i cut off the exess steel from the old spring pads, and machined 2 pieces of stainless to weld onto the axle to accept a set of wishbones. ran a set of standard spring perches.
machined the spindles to accept mid 70's disc brakes(off a 71 lemans)

im in the market for a 29" spring, some weld in bungs, and some rod ends... fab up a perch and DONE!

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Suicide is right! LMAO

The look is definitly cool.

What holds the whishbone mounts to that axle? Just the welds??

Other than that, I like the idea.

Where do you get spindles machined? I don't have a lathe you know...
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you dont see them in the pictures, because i havnt fabbed them up yet are the 3 gussets per side that i will be welding on, i just dont have time to do everything right now
ill get it all done soon enough!
called speedway today and their weld-in bungs for wishbones are on back order for a week! DAMNIT!!
but i did order my door hindges, rod ends, and a steering arm.

soon to be a rolling chassis
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