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Old 02-18-2011, 11:52 AM
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chevy 1950 3/4 ton to 1/2 ton solid axle swap

want to put power discs on my 3/4ton truck but have been unable to find a front disc brake conversion kit which will allow me to keep my 8 lug rotors. have been advised that switching to a 1/2 ton front axle is fairly straight forward and will allow me to use widely available 5 or Six lug kits for the 1/2 ton truck.

would appreciate any advice on this swap especially from someone who has done it before.

also any advice on where to track down a front axle?

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Scarebird is working on a kit for the 3/4 ton axle if you do not mind the 8 lug
hubs- otherwise the 2 axles use the same springs so its not a difficult swap.
Look for someone doing a swap to independent front end- maybe a craigs list wanted. Jim
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i would prefer to keep the eight lug if i could but i havent been able to track down anyone with a tested and complete kit. scarebird hasnt followed up on my inquiries so my guess is he isnt ready to market. have you heard of any one who has another 3/4 ton kit out there?

the other dyi solutions i have seen unfortunately require fab skills and knowledge i aint got. this is my first so i am learning as i go.

other than the axle what parts would i need to find in order to use the 1/2 ton kit?
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which parts ?

can you just swap out the 8 bolt hubs and use 6 bolt hubs ? I sometimes go to on line parts co's ...Napa, autozone and compare part numbers. see what parts are the same, king pins, bearings, seals, etc. also check out the stovebolt site
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spindle swap ?

years ago I did olds spindles on a 40's ford axle, I had new bushings pressed into the spindles and had the local engine machine shop hone the bushings to fit the ford king pins, then had a truck shop do the bend the axle for alignment. 70's fords trucks use kingpins and 8 lug disc's.
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i would prefer to keep the eight lug if i could but i havent been able to track down anyone with a tested and complete kit. scarebird hasnt followed up on my inquiries so my guess is he isnt ready to market. have you heard of any one who has another 3/4 ton kit out there?

the other dyi solutions i have seen unfortunately require fab skills and knowledge i aint got. this is my first so i am learning as i go.

other than the axle what parts would i need to find in order to use the 1/2 ton kit?

Axle and spindle should do it, the draglink should be the same, springs are the same, watch for interference on the tie rods with whatever kit you use.Jim
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