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Making an 'Old School" column drop

This is an easy project that will save you at least 50 bucks. All you need is an old connecting rod, a little scrap steel and a little time.



This took about 5 hours to fabricate and install. It's totally adjustable and beats the daylights out of the high priced billet stuff most people end up using.


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Look's good ... I see it also has a bearing around the column.. (spacer)
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Yep. The stock hemi connecting rod big end is a quarter inch larger than the 2" column so I used some scrap rear end tube I had left over from narrowing the 9" rear and made a "bearing" to fit. It was just about exactly the right thickness but I did have to massage the radius to fit inside the rod end.
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Hey, Thats cool, damn, I wish Ida thought about it first. The drop I'm looking at is about $80, and I have some extra rods. Ha olnolan
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Yep. The stock hemi connecting rod big end is a quarter inch larger than the 2" column so I used some scrap rear end tube I had left over from narrowing the 9" rear and made a "bearing" to fit. It was just about exactly the right thickness but I did have to massage the radius to fit inside the rod end.

Some people use them to hang the exhaust..
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Some people use them to hang the exhaust..
I've seen that done before and it looks very cool. With this one my only problem is how to finish it. Chrome, paint to match the interior, haven't decided yet. I am leaning towards just hitting it really good with a brass wire wheel and then clear coating it.
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Now thats an idea I hadn't thought of.
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I was in a local hobby shop yesterday and they had a box of aluminum rods they said were out of a tractor pull engine for $25 each. They were advertising them as paper weights. They would be great for this application.

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I was in a local hobby shop yesterday and they had a box of aluminum rods they said were out of a tractor pull engine for $25 each. They were advertising them as paper weights. They would be great for this application.

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Aluminum would work great for this. In my case however a hemi powered deuce deserves a hemi connecting rod for a column drop.
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Here's a pic of mine from a alum rod from a 4 cyl ford racing eng. from the 60's.

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Very nice. Its amazing how many simple things you can make and save yourself a lot of cash...... and it just as amazing how many people just fork over the cash for the ready made stuff. To each his own I guess. If you don't have the time to do it yourself then just bolting on a ready made piece is what you have to do.

Kind of reminds me of the guys who are constantly polishing and wiping the dust off their cars at a show. When you ask them about their car they can't answer any of your questions because they "bought" it and don't have a clue.
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About 15 years ago I used big block chevy alum rods as exhaust hangers on a 59 chevy truck worked great.I like the bracket you added to the dash, great job
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