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Old 05-05-2008, 10:20 PM
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Fatman 39 - 57 Pontiac Drop Spindles

Anybody using the Fatman 39 - 57 Pontiac drop spindles? I'm looking into buying some for a customers 51 Pontiac Chieftain, but I'm not sure about heating & bending the stock steering arms them myself. Is there anybody out there with experience doing this? My other option is to cut the lower control arm & raise the ball joint. I've done this on may cars & trucks in the past but the Pontiac control arms are a little more complex to do this to than the others because of the way they are built. I'm in the middle of bagging it & has to lay out on the frame, it's running 26" tall white walls which make this much harder to do than it sounds.

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Old 05-06-2008, 06:16 PM
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Just looked at it again today. I can't cut & drop the control arm, the steering box is right where the frame would have to be notched for the tie rods. My buddy is gonna have to go with drop spindles or live without the car laying out up front.
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:37 PM
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heating and bending steering arms has been done sucessfully for YEARS.
its not rocket science, heat it cherry red and slowly bend it, and let it cool on its own.
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Yeah I knew it wasn't rocket science, but I'm not really comfortable yet to doing my first set of arms ( I can plasma cut, weld & bend tubing all day long but I don't care much for heating cast metal & bending it ). But any way he's not ready to spend the money on spindles yet so it will be about 2" from laying out up front, but he'll be able to drag the rear bumper.*
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bending steering arms

Fatman here. I note you said you didn't feel comfortable bendng CAST steering arms. Thats good 'cuz ya shouldn't! However, the 57 Pontiac (and nearly all others) are forged. Whole nuther ball game. The forgings will take it easily. Use plenty of heat, but not enough to send burn sparks, and go slow. Cool as slow as possible, a bucket of sand or an aluminum foil wrap are good ideas. NO quenching ever! Castings will have a sharp, very narrow parting line. Forgings will have a 1/4" wide (approx) parting line where the excess material was sheared off in the final process.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:36 AM
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Well the owner of the Pontiac was happy with how the car sat so we did not go with the drop spindles. Here's some pics of what the car looked like bagged.






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Rear of the car looks a bit low... the suspension possibly set on the stops for the photo?
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:17 PM
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No, the car actually sat on the ground. I had to bridge the frame, built new sections of trunk floor & driveshaft tunnel to get it all the way down with those tall white walls



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