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Old 09-01-2007, 04:13 PM
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I picked up a free front axle with mechanical brakes(1930's) and don't know weither its ford or chevy or.. Are ther any distinct feature that a ford front axle has verse others like the mechanical brakes or..

if its a ford front end i think i would have more chances of ordering spindle brakes verses if it was a chevy

i could order spindles and disc brake set up for my 32 chevy but will haave to pay a boat load for parts plus shipping where as if this front end is ford i could go down the street to Total Performance to pick up a setup already there for the ford.

Or i could find a late 1930's axle with stock drum brakes

when did ther stop using solid front axle in most of the cars?????

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Old 09-01-2007, 05:03 PM
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Ford used a single transverse spring until 49. Henry Ford resisted all advice to use a different front suspension. He died in 47, and the company tossed the solid axle & had a coil independent in 49. So if your free axle is set up for twin leaf springs, it's not a Ford. (meaning twin pads where the springs sit)

Other lower priced cars started independent fronts in 33-34 on their more deluxe models like Chev & Mopars; but the solid axle came on their cheaper models.

If the spindles are beefy enough, you could adapt disc brakes to them. i've done it before on a mopar. I had to turn down the spindles on a lathe as well as shorten them & rethread the ends. I did not have a lathe; I met an old guy at a parts store pricing exhaust for his 67 chevy pickup. One question led to another, and I offered to do his exhaust in exchange for his time & lathe work Caliper brackets were easy to make for the 4 piston stationary calipers I used.
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Old 09-02-2007, 12:08 AM
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