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Old 02-11-2008, 07:21 PM
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I.D. my straight axle

I am trying to do an upgrade on my 64 Dodge Polara front breaks, I am looking for any info anyone can give me on identifying this straight axle. Attached are some pics, it might be either an Dodge van of ford econoline van
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I'm not sure what it is, but what it is not is early Econoline.

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No: It's NOT an Econoline and it doesn't look like a Dodge van.???
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You said you need brake info; I know that "good" parts guys can look up shoes & stuff IF they have the actual catalogs. Do you still have a real auto parts store there??
.........boy I miss the good old days.. We had guys who could tell, & sell you, whatever you needed


Edit: Meaning they can look up brakes without knowing what axle type!
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The tie rod end looks like a Ford set up with the tapered stud.
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Are there any numbers or symbols cast into it????
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Sorry, I did not give enough info

I am wanting to convert to disc brakes, I agree the old drum style looks more authentic but this car is so fast I have a hard time stopping it, I almost bought the farm last fall because they faded so bad, I always wanted to drive a ten second car and I think I am getting close, and that is drive one with out wreaking it. Any info is great, you guys seem to be helping so far, I hope some one can recognize this and help.

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Let me look through some pics,I think its like the axle in my old TownWagon.

Shane

Didn't find the pics,I need to organize the approximately 4 gigs of pics

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I am wanting to convert to disc brakes,

Thanks for the replies so far.
I suggest contacting Scarebird brake conversions. They make a lot of disc brake stuff. If you have the bearing OD size and a few other dimensions ... they should be able to fix you up


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Thanks, I am looking at all angles on this, please keep it coming, unfortunately the car is in storage so I cant do allot of measuring right this second, but that has been discussed before and I know I need to do that, I might have to go to the storage and pull a break, thanks for the idea I will check those guys out.

I did not know the townwagon had a straight axle, cool hope you can find some pics, Thanks
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Thanks, I am looking at all angles on this, please keep it coming, unfortunately the car is in storage so I cant do allot of measuring right this second, but that has been discussed before and I know I need to do that, I might have to go to the storage and pull a break, thanks for the idea I will check those guys out.

I did not know the townwagon had a straight axle, cool hope you can find some pics, Thanks
I have the pics somewhere in mypictures, The old townwagons and townpanels had solid axles. No many people have even heard of them, Mine has lots of body rust(seting since the 70s) but it was my grandpas and I plan to fixit up one day.
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Sure looks like a D-100 pickup to me..If it is B-body rotors and hubs will fit as dodge did not change too much of that sort of thing over the years..i would try and find a backing plate from a D-100 and compare to what you now have..Perhaps you can find the hub and rotor from a B-body of that vintage and check that against the hub you have for bearing sizes and such..

Car-part.com may be able to help you on finding the parts..Checked out the scarebird site and that looks like a good one and they are not all that far from me..

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I may not be too much help here but I'm going by picture #1. I have a 56 Ford truck with the straight axle front end. It's definitely not a Ford truck straightaxle. That axle is straight and has little to no radius where the king pins connect? The shackle ends are much larger also indicating maybe a van or truck of some sort. I also notice the engine is orange and most definitely is not a Ford oil pan. Maybe GM van or truck? You got my interest now...
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Actually the car is a 1964 Dodge Polara with a 440 in it, somewhere along the line someone put a straight axle in it and raced it in the Detroit area, I am wanting to do a disc break conversion on the front where the straight axle is but can not identify the straight axle.
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I would try contacting ECI brakes. They make all the disc brake conversions for straight axles and rear ends. I'm sure they can direct you in the right direction. May want to check with Classic Performance Parts also. They have the conversion kits as well.
http://www.ecihotrodbrakes.com/
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