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Old 09-08-2008, 04:24 PM
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Straight axle Dilemma

Hi guys;

I have a 65' Dodge Dart that I'm considering putting a straight axle in without going altered wheelbase. I've found quite a bit of info on this; however; one problem I am having is finding out what spindles to use for the use of new MP Disc Brakes that I purchased BEFORE deciding to go with a straight axle.
(Is that complicated enough?) The disc brake kit is for a 65' slant 6 car that had the small bolt pattern. I'd hate to not be able to use these if possible. If so; then I guess I'll have to go with Wilwoods or something but it seems like a waste. I want to keep the stock wheelbase as close as possible. I have so far relocated my springs in the rear; installed sliders; and fixed the quarter panels. It's ready for tubs next. (Thats why I don't want to cut it up again and move the rear end forward)
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:51 AM
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I think I'd call MP and tell them your dilemma. I know they do some custom stuff and may be able to adapt the brakes to the Ford or Chevy straight axle spindles. Or, since you bought the brakes from them, they may be willing to give you the details so you can do them yourself.
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straight axles for the most part come with ford spindles. If one decides to use a GM disc set up it would require the builder to use a bearing adapter/spacer on the spindle to enable the user to mount the GM rooters.

Not an uncommon set up. Can be done easily and parts can be found all over, look at speedway motors, they sell kits and individual parts. For instance you could buy the caliper brackets only and then go around and find and buy the rooters/calipers, and flex line, build the disc set up using just stock off the shelf parts.

The Wilwoods do look the cleanest and is what I run but I am pointing out other choices for you to know about.
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