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Adapting '49-54 Chev Spindles To Ford Axle

I have a 3" dropped tube axle that takes Ford spindles that I would like to adapt the spindles from a Chevy. I've searched the archives but found very little regarding this adaptation. Has anyone done this swap or know where I can get the info to do it? I know that this was a popular swap done many years ago and Speedway sells axles and the spindles for this. I already have the spindles from a '50 Chev car and want the experience or the aggravation of doing this swap. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The Ford and the Chevy have different kingpin inclinations. Simply getting the king pin sizes correct does not make the axle usable.

It would be a lot easier, less expensive and time consuming in the long run to just get the proper Ford spindles.

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50 or so years ago I was running an olds rear end and wanted the bigger olds brakes on the front and match the wheel patern., I took the spindles to a machine shop and they pressed in new bushings then reamed them on the piston pin fitting machinery. Then I had to have the axle bent to get the angle right Sell what you have and match up new pieces you need. . easier and cheaper
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