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Old 02-23-2006, 10:27 AM
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AM wanting to build a 29 roadster on 32 rails , my question is what front axel do I use ? I want to use 40 ford juice brakes and a 9" rear axel with a 24 stud flathead motor. Thanks

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The type of axle is somewhat a matter of preference.
Some like a tube type and others like a I-Beam type. I like a 4 bar
with a tube myself.



This is my 32 chassis. It is a bit modern looking for a ole timey looking flathead powered rod. A stock 32 wishbone and axle with work with a Flathead.

Do you have a stock 32 chassis or a set of repro 32 rails ??

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no frame yet , was given a "59" flathead motor and trans out of a 40 ford that a friend took out when he built the car , so if i have a flathead i'll need something to put it in . I like old style hot rods so a 32 frame with a 29 a roadster body seems like the way to go Dan
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If you want to go traditional the a dropped axle it the way to go. Like deuce said if you get a 32 frame with the original K member you can go without splitting the wishbone. If you like the split wishbone look you will have to fabricate mounts on the frame for it. Another traditional way was to use hairpin wishbones. There is a ton of information on the net on building or buying this type of front suspension.
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its all what you want, my 30 olds is utilizing a suicided 30 olds axle(modified for wishbones)
you can do anything you want, my advise is to OVERDO on the chassis.
that way, when your tired of the lack of power, you can add more
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h0trod389, what spindles and brakes are you using on the 30 Olds axle? What wishbones are you using?
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home, im using the stock olds spindles that i machined to accept early 70's GM disc brakes. i machined the rear of the spindle down .060 and installed a 5/8" spacer behind the bearing. it was pretty simple, just gotta know someone with a big lathe!

the wishbones are off a 34 ford truck(or so ive been told) i split them apart, cut off the old spring perch, welded in bungs to accept 3/4" rod ends, flipped the wishbones(for more strength) and pie cut them

i took some 1.5" stainless bar stock, drilled them and cut them to fit the front of the wishbone. welded them on to the rear of the axle with 2 gussets on the inside.
here is how it looks as it sits today, the previous picture was just a mock up.
now its not totally done, i need a smaller spring and i need to make a spring perch, and mabe 1 more gusset per side, on the outside of the radius rod mounts. but its comming along......
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h0trod389, I looked through your photo album before I sent the last post and I was impressed with what I saw. That coupe will be a very unique ride when it is done.

A while back, I found a early 20's chev with quarter elliptical suspension and an axle with a dip in the middle. I liked the design and was already thinking of a quarter elliptical front suspension; but the axle bosses and kingpins looked to weak. Have you or anyone else run across anyone who has used that early of a chev front axle and what did they do to convert it to juice brakes?
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h0trod389, I looked through your photo album before I sent the last post and I was impressed with what I saw. That coupe will be a very unique ride when it is done.

A while back, I found a early 20's chev with quarter elliptical suspension and an axle with a dip in the middle. I liked the design and was already thinking of a quarter elliptical front suspension; but the axle bosses and kingpins looked to weak. Have you or anyone else run across anyone who has used that early of a chev front axle and what did they do to convert it to juice brakes?
eay man it aint nice till its DRIVING. lol
honestly, no because running a diffrent front axle is the easiest way to go.
i ran into this problem when i first started my front end designed, i was going to use a 32 pontiac axle but the kingpin/bosses were doo damn small, i think they were like a R.C.H. above 5/8". no thanks!

i had to machine my spindles to accept the disc brakes, i chucked it up in a lathe with a live center and turned the majority diameter down to what i needed for the new bearing.
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