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Old 04-11-2007, 02:28 PM
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shortening a twin ibeam

i have a 52 ford f-1 on a 1984 ford chassis . the front end is a little wider than i would like. the tires stick out about a half an inch on each side! i was wondering what would be the best way to tuck the tires more under the fenders..?? My plan was to shorten ibeams ? anyone ever do this?

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If all you need to do is bring your wheels in a little the simplest way is to change the offset on your wheels. I have never heard of anyone shortening those axles.
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Shorten I beams

My neighbor just shortened a Ford I beam assy to tuck everything up under his Ford powered 26 Essex,it can be done.
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My neighbor just shortened a Ford I beam assy to tuck everything up under his Ford powered 26 Essex,it can be done.
Would it be possible to get some pics of that? I'd really be interested. I work with twin I beam setups a lot and this is something I've often wondered but I've been affraid of messing with the original geometry...so I've always left the front ends at stock width.

Also, jcracing, I don't think you would want to actually chop and shorten the axles. I think it would be more prudent to just move the pivot ends of the I Beams inward or outward to attain the width you want. I'm guessing it can be done...I've just been unwilling to be the "test case" to try it out. Hopefully Don Lyon can get us some more info.
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Measure the back spacing on your wheels and then get some with more back space. This company has them in about any back space that you want. www.earlywheel.com
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I think it would be more prudent to just move the pivot ends of the I Beams inward or outward to attain the width you want.
You would just have to worry about the spring pad location and radius arm mounting but it seems easier than modifying an actual axle. I would think it would be much easier to work with a stamped axle rather than a cast.

I would explore the offset wheel method if the offset is not going to cause the rim to hit anything.
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my wheels are already dished in alot.. i think it would look kinda stupid to dish the tire in that much more to fit under the fender lip. so some how im gonna try and shorten the axle. i'll get some pics sometime in the short future thanks guys..
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