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Old 12-24-2008, 11:20 AM
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ford drop axel

I'm thinking of using a drop axel to lower my 54 ford pickup.
Any issue I need to be aware of other than clearances?
I found a company called Nostalgia Sid's that will stretch drop my original axel for $300. Sounds reasonable. Any experience with them, or with stretch drop axels in general would be appreciated.

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Thing you need to watch is the tie rod clearance on drop axles..one of the reasons that i am not one who likes them..

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Old 12-24-2008, 04:13 PM
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ford drop axel

Thanks Sam, I hadn't picked up on that.
With a 3 in drop it looks like the springs will interfere with the center link.
They offer a 2 inch tie rod drop, but I didn't like the looks of it. Didn't realize I would need them. Any other suggestions to solve the problem?
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I installed a Mor-Drop in my 56 Ford big window many years ago. I had to heat the steering arms to get everything to clear. Use a rosebud and let everything cool down naturally. I also bought a new, lower set of springs.



I laid the axle back a few degrees with shims to read 7 degrees total ... and it drove great. I did have to run a smaller tire with almost no offset ... to get everything under the fenders so I could turn it without the tire rubbing the fender . I used a stock, original 55/56 F-100 narrow 15 inch rim.
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ford drop axel

Nice truck. I have a set of 15x6 ford wheels, and 51 hubcaps I want to run on it, so that part is fine. How much drop did you have in the front axel?
Which way did you go with the arms? To put the tie rod below the springs, or above?
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Which way did you go with the arms? To put the tie rod below the springs, or above?
I believe I heated them downward.
This was a long time ago ... and I have done this to a couple of cars ... since then.



Seems like ALL of my project vehicles end up BLACK with RED rims ... and dropped axles

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ford drop axel

Thought it was time to post pics.
Heres the truck. Very clean, zero rust or body work. Paint is 25 years old and I'm going to leave it. Built to work, it has a caddy 500, th400 and 9 in rear end. (one owner the last 25 years, engine/trans/diff 3 years ago).
Tires are old and have to be replaced. Here's the dilema. Rear end is too wide, so to lower it I need to replace the rear end. The caddy engine is only 3 inches above the axel, so to drop the front I have to replace the axel.
Those 8 in wide rims and truck tires won't work well under the fenders, so I need to go with a set of 15x6 ford rims I have, which means 235/75/15's max, so it has to go down at least 4 inches.
Opinions please. Leave it up as a work truck, or go to the expense and effort to get it down?
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just my bias but that is a nice truck..I would be more inclined to get a rear end that fits a bit better and leave it at that..But then I use my truck for various hauling chores and like it to work well for me..

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I have a 56 Ford truck also. I'm also using the Mor-drop drop axle. There are several guys out there that do drop axles, however you need to use a reputable place who has been doing this for years. Its not just a matter of stretching the axle, but making it straight and true. I have a 3 inch drop axle on mine and also had to bend the steering arm. I get more bumpsteer than with the original axle as well. I'm also running reverse eye main springs on my truck which brings the front within inches of the scraping. Classic performance parts and Mid fifties also sells an adapter along with drop axle kits that lowers the tie rod and avoids hitting. I tried to heat and bend my steering arm and was heating that sucker for quiet a while, didn't even budge. I need to bend mine down slightly to get rid of the bumpsteer.
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I need to bend mine down slightly to get rid of the bumpsteer.

As a Moderator ... I fixed the photo link to be visible.
Nice 56 ...


Also ... remember to grease the king pins and other suspension pieces after getting the arms Cherry Red hot
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Thanks Deuce, I couldn't figure out why the pic wasn't coming up on the post?

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