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Old 10-12-2004, 01:44 PM
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Front leafs...moving mounts UP?

Hey everyone,

I've got a 1957 chevy pickup. straight I-beam front axle with the leafs on either side. I was eyeballing it yesterday and was wondering if I might be able to get a couple inches drop by grinding out the rivets and drilling new holes in the frame a few inches up....just a thought I had...certainly cheaper than paying for a new axle. ...which I may end up doing anyways.

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Old 10-13-2004, 01:07 PM
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I'm thinking of using the monoleafs on my '55. I think they go for $400. What's the axel gonna cost including king pins..etc?

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Old 10-13-2004, 08:05 PM
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no idea on the axle itself, I think it is going to run $300

I'm almost wondering if it might be possible to use the water-jet at my work to cut some heavy guage steel into the shape of the axle...4 pieces and box it, so it will be hollow inside instead of a cast piece.

maybe I'll talk to some of the guys at my work. No input on moving the mounts up by a few inches? I think I'd have to remove a leaf or two to make this happen but I'm wondering if it will screw with steering at all.

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I'll look at my front end tonite ...I don't have any sheet metal on it.
No idea how it will affect the steering...I've been looking at power steering options lately however and I notice installation is different for "lowered" trucks. So it might affect the steering.

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Old 10-15-2004, 08:19 AM
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I spoke with the guys here at our shop...they build submarines and stuff.

Anyhow, the shop foreman said that we could make a new front axle out of plate by cutting it out on the waterjet and boxing it together. Probably just cost me a few favors and the cost of materials...that's cheap compared to what it would cost for a new dropped axle.

What do you think?
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