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dropped spindle on straight axle

Dropping a set of pontiac spindles for use on a 47 ford straight axle. To get what I want, the spindle centerline will come out at the upper kingpin boss. What effect will this have on steering?

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Dropping a set of pontiac spindles for use on a 47 ford straight axle. To get what I want, the spindle centerline will come out at the upper kingpin boss. What effect will this have on steering?
Assuming that the Pontiac spindles can be adapted to the early Ford straight axle, the built in camber of the spindles may be different than what is required for the built in camber of the Ford straight axle. If this is the case the axle can be bent to achieve the correct camber. Any good front end shop can do this. You may have to go to a shop that specializes in trucks.

The spindle centerline location should not alter the steering. The caster, camber and toe-in will all effect the steering
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That's a new one on me, but that's what hotrodding's all about

If you move the axle up on the spindle it might change your scrub radius a little, which probably won't matter much since you will be probably be running shorter and wider than stock tires anyway.

It may put a little more stress on the upper kingpin bushing , but I wouldn't worry about it.

Pictures..we want pictures

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Camber works out to 1 dg + as installed which I think is good.
Scrub radius at 7/8" out.
Pics forthcoming soon as we get a little further along.
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Pics are up in my journal. Comments?
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Nice work and an interesting adaptation.

I am a retired Toolmaker and can appreciate the thought and work involved in this project. There are not many folks that would have even attempted this.
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It is really cool to see how a guy can come up with solutions to fabrication challenges using the tools he has...
VERY resourceful and creative application of your skills and materials. Very well thought out as well.

You are going to have folks saying "what the hell is that spindle?", for years....It'll be fun for you to watch them try to guess what you did.. hahahahahahah

Hotrodding at it's finest.

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