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Old 01-15-2006, 11:39 AM
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staight axle How-To?

Is there a staight axle How-To?

We was wanting to see what is involve converting a 55 ford front end to a staight axle. I was wondering about what needs to be done, how the steering setup is, Basically detail pics of a straight axle setup so i we can get ideas for ours.
It don't have to be the cars like ours i was just wanting to get idea on this setup! and what is best for a weekend warrior setup. i have seen the single leaf spring and dual spring setup, what is the diffrent in the ideas behind them.
thanks for any help!

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Old 01-15-2006, 11:51 AM
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While I actually prefer a straight axle under a pre war Ford.... over IFS, I do not know that I would change a 55 Ford to straight axle ....

BUT........if I was .....go look at a early 60's Ford Econoline....they have a straight axle, 5 lug wheels and decent brakes.....I put one under a 60 Falcon many years ago. I used everything, springs, axle and brakes.

It drove a little unusual because I had it " GASSER high " in the front with very narrow tires and way too large tires on the rear.

But it looked real COOL....
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i understand you can get a whole new speedwaymotors.com front axle set up for about $500. have the catolog, haven't looked. just heard that from a friend. no spindle and no brakes.
but it's prolly easier than finding a 55 econoline van
here, don't say i didn't do nothin for ya> http://www.speedwaymotors.com/xq/asp...qx/Product.htm
you'se might could get some brake brackets from www.scarebird.com and use Napa or factory parts with them for a song.

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The single cross spring as shown below is the safest way to do the deed. This setup with the wishbones almost totally eliminates bump steer which always happens in parallel leaf springs to some extent. Can use cross steer or parallel drag link line this car does.



If you decide on parallel leaf springs like I did on my Willys, be sure to keep the springs as flat as possible and get extra height if you want it using riser blocks like I did in the picture below.



Also keep the drag link parallel to the plane of the spring and about the same height as the spring. Stiff springs that don't flex much help too but the ride suffers. Bump steer happens when the spring arches or flattens on acceleration or deceleration or hitting a bump. You are holding the steering wheel so as the spring lengthens or shortens the difference between its changing length and the stationary drag link is taken up in the spindles rotating, thus unintentional steering. Gasser drivers with high fronts in the 60s went to the suspension in the first photo to save their cars and lives! Seems they would be going straight thru the run but when they hit the chute in the traps @ 150mph the car would nose over and steer instantly and violently. If the driver didn't compensate very quickly he met the guard rail.
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Sorry for not replying to this thread! lol

We been talking about it again and i told him i would check here, and turns out i already asked, Now i got that link saved! lol

WILLYS36 I am guessing this is not a real good suspension to use on a cruiser either??

He is mainly going for the look, but he wants to be able to race it and drive it on the highway.
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It won't give you a 'jet smooth ride' for sure! Buggy springs are old tech but if the look is important, go for it. Mine is not a comfortable ride but who cares? IT'S A GASSER!!!!
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It won't give you a 'jet smooth ride' for sure! Buggy springs are old tech but if the look is important, go for it. Mine is not a comfortable ride but who cares? IT'S A GASSER!!!!
I like your style!.. race and fast cars are for not for the faint at heart. Same goes for the I want a fast car with a gazillion horsepower that gets good gas mileage crowd. If you want a fast comfortable car with good gas mileage I say go sit on the sofa and watch a race..........
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