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Old 12-02-2007, 03:42 PM
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56 chevy truck straight axle lowering

I have a 56 chevy pickup. I want to know if there is anyone out there who has ever flipped the front axle (from the bottom of the spring to the top) to lower there truck. I do know about mordrop and I don't want to spend the money to do that. this is kind of a budget thing and I am a proficient fabricator and welder. Also as part of this question does anyone know about welding on the axle, I have heard from some that you can do it and some say you can't? any advice or pics would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-02-2007, 04:09 PM
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Check this out..
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...066&&showall=1

and this too.

http://www.roadsters.com/axles/#drop

Those HAMB guys are wild and crazy, but some of them have thier tech stuff in the bag.


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Have you considered de arching your springs......IIRC the spring pad flip was done on the hamb on a 48 ford and the wheels wouldnt clear the fenders
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I have one of these axles. I was going to modify it for my truck ('48) but have recently found the correct one for it. I will be selling it for a good price.

You can get double leaf or Mono leaf springs that drop it a few inches for about $400. I know of no cheap way out.




Click here for the axle at the Speedway Site.

Just about everything cheap has been tried on these old trucks, most doesn't work. Removing leaves, forget it, it will bottom out all the time. Yes you can put the axle on top of the springs, the Rod & Custom "Dream Truck" was set up like that 50 years ago. The problem is you need to C the frame, there is just no travel when you put it on top.

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you would need to modify the steering linkage also. the axle is not flat, so you would need to grind it smooth. you can weld on the axle, but i think it is cast iron, so it is very difficult to get a good weld on it.
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"you would need to modify the steering linkage also. the axle is not flat, so you would need to grind it smooth. you can weld on the axle, but i think it is cast iron, so it is very difficult to get a good weld on it."

I'm pretty sure the axle is forged, I highly doubt it's cast, it would snap if it was. also if there is anyone else interested in doing the same there is a guy on hamb that did something pretty trick to flip his axle, its worth checking out.
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:38 PM
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sorry, it is forged, not cast, but still would be difficult to weld to was my main point.
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sorry, it is forged, not cast, but still would be difficult to weld to was my main point.
welding on forged steel is a breeze, I am unsure to weld on it because I don't know if its treated or tempered, I know I can weld to it and it would be strong as **** but I don't know if the axle is originally heat treated or tempered there for causing a stress point to where it could crack. I'm going to weld on it anyway I am confident that it will be fine. but I might make it work without welding on it if I get access to a mill.
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I'll post pics when I do it
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go for it. i doubt it would be heat treated, you would rather it bent when it failed instead of breaking in two.
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I have seen pads welded to the bottom of the axle and put on top of the springs, it is no mystery. The problem is there is no clearance above the axle and you have next to zero travel before the axle slams into the frame.

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I have a 56 chevy pickup. I want to know if there is anyone out there who has ever flipped the front axle (from the bottom of the spring to the top) to lower there truck. I do know about mordrop and I don't want to spend the money to do that. this is kind of a budget thing and I am a proficient fabricator and welder. Also as part of this question does anyone know about welding on the axle, I have heard from some that you can do it and some say you can't? any advice or pics would be greatly appreciated.
I am currently building a 55 Chevy stepside and spoke to many folks about this too, before deciding to ditch the straight axle and go with a MII kit. But I understand your budget-build thing. Just keep in mind that you'll still have the inherent bump-steer that's engineered into the stock front suspension. Scary stuff on twisty bumpy roads! That drove me nuts (literally!), which made my decision an easy one. I saved my stock suspension components, so if you need doner parts to play with, contact me about them. I'll be happy to see the parts go to someone who needs them, instead of a Chinese foundry!

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Hmmm

Sounds lile I might not be lowering my 56 after all ...bummer !
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