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Old 02-27-2007, 03:11 PM
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Looks like Christmas time there D.D. (the lights)

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57halfton You know what they say about Rednecks.Heres me thinking about taking then down. Yes that was a Margarita
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That looks like more fun than taking down the lights to me too
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What year Camero? Jim
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:02 PM
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I can tell you guy's are just what I was looking for so thanks in advance. The only problem I have with the straight front end is safety. My brother had this truck(Chevy) before me I had the GMC. One day back in 77-78 he was passing a car and was running around 90 when it started to shake real bad(he didn't know the right side of the front end had come loose) when he hit the brakes the axle slid back and shot him towards a guardrail. He drove 5 mph back home and parked it,it has never been driven since. Has this happened to anyone else? Jim
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I don't think a straight axle is any less safe than an IFS if it is serviced and maintained. I think running 90 miles an hour in any vehicle is a calculated risk and there are lots of things that can go wrong but I would have to say that there had to be an unattended problem with the straight axle at the time of the malfunction. Any given component can be unsafe under certain circumstances. I think that if you aren't comfortable with the straight axle for any reason, that's reason enough to go for something else but I don't have any issues with the safety of a straight axle and honestly have never heard of any concerns over safety concerning a straight axle.

The only reason I took my lights down was because they were on the truck and I needed to work on it.
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Old 02-28-2007, 02:42 PM
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Finally took the ford 9" rear axles out the back of my truck after giving them a weeks tour of the town. I posted some pics of them in my journal. It doesn't look like much but it is. The gears are the ones I wanted, the width is within 1" of stock and it's a ford 9" . So I can add this to my list of to do's for the truck. The guy who sold it to me was a great guy. I wrote some about him in my journal. If you are looking for an axle this guy might be able to help you. When the time comes I'm gonna need help on how to set the pinon angle.
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I don't think I'm going to even try to get into the rear gears. May have it done. Pulled her out today and got an idea of how she is going to sit. Think it will be just right when I get the engine back in. More pics in the journal. Took the glove box door in today to try and get a paint match. Don't know what the paint is. May do a post and see if anyone knows anything that might match from the factory. It is a yellow with a very small greenish silver metal flake in it.
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hey guys, havent posted in a while, New update here is i ordered my mustang 2 crossmember yesterday and it arrived today! But they forgot to send instructions Gotta call em back tomarrow and get some sent to me. I went to a fab shop for some 1/8in metal and they were closed i will have to go get some tomarrow and get that crossmember welded in by next week hopfully. I only paid 327 for the crossmember shipped to my door. I have been looking on ebay and you can peice together a MI2 for arround 1000. well that is all for now!
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Hey Streamline
Are you going to use stock Mustang 2 / Pinto front end parts or are you going to upgrade ? I have a Fatman Fabrications MII front end in my 57 pickup.
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Your truck is looking real good.
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suspension stuff

still pondering front clip -vs- straight axle. some random thoughts.
has anyone ever considered, seen or thought about a shackle reversal on their truck like the jeep guys do. move main spring eye to the front and shackles to the rear. supposed to keep hitting bumps or pot holes from jarring the teeth out. down side i understand is that it can "squat" when hit brakes hard. i have thought about doing the conversion and actually using 2 1/2" jeep wrangler springs with some leaves removed. i am gonna measure spring length and thickness and see if close. the SRS brand stubby brackets would be fairly easy to adapt to our frames. would also give more modern and cheaper spring eye and shackle attachments.
i'd have to look at the axle attachment plate and see if adaptable to the straight axle.
anywho - just some random thoughts. let me know what you think!
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Old 02-28-2007, 05:50 PM
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Ray, I can't say I've ever heard of that. But let us know if you do find something out. Don't ya love hotrodding
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Old 02-28-2007, 05:53 PM
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Dave, once you drop the motor in that truck will sit down nice. I might go the other way..up in the air.
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I plan on goin with tubular controle arms and air ride. i thought about going with stock controle arms but i can get a set of tubular for about 60 more.
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Hi Richard
my name is david, i'm a new member and this is why i joined this board
to talk to people with 1955/1959 chevy trucks. I'm trying to rebuild a 1957
3100 stepside that the last owner quit on. Right now it has a 327ci that i plan to keep and a stock 3 speed that i need to get out, with the stock rear
i cant really drive on the freeway. This is my first post hope it's not to long
anyway you have a good looking truck and i printed out the picture of the
swaybar thanks for posting it
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