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Old 08-07-2005, 06:50 PM
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I am going to install a straight axle under a '56 Chevy wagon. Yes, it will be a gasser. I am using a Speedway tube with early Chevy spindles, also Speedway. I will be using the Halibrand style spoke front wheels. I belive ET makes them now with 5-41/2 bolt pattern. I want to stop safely so I plan on installing disc brakes. Any experience you might have that I could benefit from would be appreciated.

I am also going to replace the front cross member and install a small block. If you have any suggestions in this department I am interested also. Speedway does advertise a cross member for a small block that looks like a good piece.

I am capable of most any fab. I have numerous cars that I have built from scratch and from rusty beginnings. This is the first Gasser style car, however, and if I can avoid problems because of someone's GOOD advice, I'm game!



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Lots of good members here.......I had a 55 Chevy with a straight axle a long time ago. A "unfinished" project as it turned out. I had a good running 55 Chevy 150 that kept me busy and never finished the extra GASSER project. The fellow I sold it to finished it and it drove like POO....... But it was way high......I had used a Econoline axle and stuff. I wanted the front wheel pattern to match the 9 inch Ford rear wheel pattern.

Good luck........

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Thanks Deuce. I'm sure there are a couple guys out there that have done the job. But you know what? Even if there isn't, I'll figure it out and have fun doing it. Better yet, I'll have fun driving it!

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