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Old 12-04-2006, 08:36 PM
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Straight Axle Question

I have 2 straight axles. One is off a 1930 Model A. The other is off an early Model T. I am currently building a rat rod and would like to use one of these axles.

Question: Where can I get one of these axles refurbished? Are these axles adequate for a street rod? What types of drums, etc. can I retro-fit to these axles?

Any advise is much appreciated!!

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Old 12-04-2006, 08:56 PM
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The Model A axle can be used although you may want to go with a dropped axle to help lower the front of your rod. Here is an article that will give you what you need to know. You do not have to go with the dropped axle but can use the stock Model A one and update the brakes.

http://www.rodandcustommagazine.com/...dor/index.html

What frame are you going to use? How are you going to mount your front suspension on it? Get back with some answers and more questions after you read the article.
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At this point, all I have are various body parts and no frame. I will probably build my own frame, which is another issue of where do I find dimensions for a frame?
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What type of frame do you want to build? Suicide front end like on most T buckets? Model A? What body parts?
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AXLES DO NOT NEED REFURBISHED.
HOWEVER, YOU NEED TO CHANGE KING PINS, AND MABE SPINDLES.
PARTS FOR BOTH AXLES ARE AVALIABLE
WWW.SPEEDWAYMOTORS.COM
THEYALSO SELL COMPLETE DISC BRAKE PACKAGE,
THE WAY I CHOOSE MY AXLES IS BY THE LENGTH AND THE DTOP.... I WANT MORE OF BOTH!
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I am probably going to build a very simple rectangular tubing frame. it will depend on how much I can get away with on the axle.
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Before you jump off the dock, go to the local bookstore and either buy or sit, read and absorb a few hundred pages of information from any books having to do with building hotrods, bucket Ts in particular.

You need a base of information and to work from and add to when starting a build.

The T axle is useless as a modern vehicle work piece. Hang it on the wall as a conversation piece. Just do a little reading so when the conversation starts you'll be able to hold up your end.

The A axle will work fine IF it is straight and not bent or twisted in any way. The other things to to look for are "wallered" out spring perch holes and
kingpin bores. You will want to get a set of 37-41 or 42-48 Ford spindles and brakes for drum brake setup or a disc brake conversion if you want something a little more modern.

Have fun!
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Check out this T bucket frame build up:

http://www.nationaltbucketalliance.c...ssis/index.asp
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Here is a couple of books to check out. Go to your local library and take a look at The Street Rodder's Handbook by Frank Oddo and How to Build a Hot Rod by Dennis W. Parks. If you can afford it buy them. They are very good reference materials.
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There are companies that will drop the A axle too but they end up a couple inches narrower in the process. It is a good choice if it is in decent shape. You can go as low as you want if you suicide the mount or hang the springs off the wishbones, without running a dropped axle.
I built my frame from scratch using some pieces of Model A frame for the front and tubing from the toe boards back. Model A frames are cheap and plentiful but they generally should be boxed and have a buttload of holes that need filled in to look good.
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