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Model A axle ?

Hi, Would it be safe to use a model A front axle on a car with a V8? I am new to hot rod cars I have been into Bikes and just picked up a model A. I feel like a kid were everything is new and learning is fun!
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Probably - and that's a conditional maybe.

Is it bent, have cracks, badly pitted, have wallowed out king pin bosses? and this is just to name a few problems.

Personally, and of course my opinion I wouldn't use an 80 or so year old front axle with as many good aftermarket versions ready to bolt in place with something better then the original wish bone suspension, even modified which may have its' own set of problems. Then you can easily update the stopping power to decent brakes

Why not update the suspension(and brakes), pulling the worn OEM stuff and sell it to a restorer who will drive his car at 45 mph with 40 horsepower.
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model A parts

I have a Model A axle, wish bones brakes etc that was put under a trailer years ago. It.s in good shape. It go little use. I have been thinking about using it under a rat rod. Speedway sells a spacer kit to adapt 40's drum brakes to the A , you can use that kit, then the kit to put disc brakes on a 40's Ford, to have Disc s on the A. But if it's as deuce describes, bent worn pitted It's not worth fixing. Back in the day there were a lot of A V8's built using the A parts. My A V8 was changed to use a 40's axle and drum brakes. Ford 8 in rear.
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Probably - and that's a conditional maybe.

Is it bent, have cracks, badly pitted, have wallowed out king pin bosses? and this is just to name a few problems.

Personally, and of course my opinion I wouldn't use an 80 or so year old front axle with as many good aftermarket versions ready to bolt in place with something better then the original wish bone suspension, even modified which may have its' own set of problems. Then you can easily update the stopping power to decent brakes

Why not update the suspension(and brakes), pulling the worn OEM stuff and sell it to a restorer who will drive his car at 45 mph with 40 horsepower.
Thanks that's the kinda of info I was looking for you make good points. I just wasn't sure if the OEM was ..."the way to go" this one is on ebay for 200.00 so I can't even get a look at it so I will forget about it.
Thanks again!
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I have a Model A axle, wish bones brakes etc that was put under a trailer years ago. It.s in good shape. It go little use. I have been thinking about using it under a rat rod. Speedway sells a spacer kit to adapt 40's drum brakes to the A , you can use that kit, then the kit to put disc brakes on a 40's Ford, to have Disc s on the A. But if it's as deuce describes, bent worn pitted It's not worth fixing. Back in the day there were a lot of A V8's built using the A parts. My A V8 was changed to use a 40's axle and drum brakes. Ford 8 in rear.
Thanks for the info The one I was looking at is on ebay so I can't look at it.
Again thanks,
David
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too much.

I paid $ 50 for mine, axle , brakes, spring, wishbone.
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Thanks that's the kinda of info I was looking for you make good points. I just wasn't sure if the OEM was ..."the way to go" this one is on ebay for 200.00 so I can't even get a look at it so I will forget about it.
Thanks again!
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An original model a axle even in good condition is not worth $200, not even $100... if you are building a rod buy a new forged dropped axle. Costs under $300.
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