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Old 03-28-2007, 02:22 PM
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i-beam axles and spindles

I am building a '29 Model A, 2 door sedan. It's your typical build, nothing extremely trick. Sticking to the tried and tested basics.
The questions I have are concerning the front axle corners. Now, I have read so much info it would make your head spin off your shoulders, or I should say my head. Everybody seems to have their ideas and ways of doing things, some right, some not so right. Currently, I am acquiring parts for the front axle. I have, so far, a model A i-beam axle, Buick finned drums, hubs and backing plates. I have recently acquired 61-64 F100 spindles. Now, my concern is the camber of the front wheels. Are these spindles compatible with the model A axle? I'm not concerned about the Buick parts fitting, because our family business is machining and fabrication. I have access to having anything you can imagine machined or built, almost. I'm just a little concerned about the camber of the wheels. I really don't want to have to have the axle bent,if I can help it. With the large knowledge base of this site I'm sure someone has some good information to share.
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Most folks use a aftermarket axle ... which is stronger than the Model A ... and then use either the 37 to 41 or the 42 to 48 Ford spindles. Works great and the camber is right ... Most use the 42 to 48 backing plates with the Buick drums.

Adapters can be made to adapt the Buick backing plates to the Ford spindles ...



I prefer to use a aftermarket setup with disc brakes ...
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I have never seen the 61-64 F100 spindles adapted to any early Ford I beam axle. But I am sure anything is possible if you have a machine shop. Like Deuce says most people use an aftermaket dropped axle (Is that what you have or is it stock?). Is this a fendered A sedan?
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No, it will be fenderless and yes it is a stock axle.
I like the look of the stock axle and it was affordable.
As for the F100 spindles, I don't have to use them. It just happened to be parts I have. I haven't mocked anything up yet, but it looks like they would work. I was being a little lazy and hoping someone could tell me "Yeah, no worries, those spindles will work fine. I've done it before."
At our shop, it seems we are always experimenting and doing things a little different from the norm. I guess I'll have to roll up my sleeves and do some mock-ups and go from there. And that is, I guess, part of the whole "Hot Rodding" experience.
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