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Old 05-21-2009, 06:47 PM
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strait axle rambler

i need a little help im putting a 63 f 100 truck front axle in my 64 rambler american,any tips

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Just make sure the axle isn't too wide, and that it sits up high enough that it won't touch the "frame" rails (it's a unitbody, so no real frame) when you hit a bump. Rubber bump pads should be installed also.

Anything that bolts through the rails needs a plate on each side as wide as the rail. That spreads the pressure over the face and to the edges of the rail and keeps the rail from crushing. The plates should be at least 1/16" thick, 1/8" is better. Make your hangers for the springs on the bench then bolt them on. The unitbody is only 18 gauge sheet steel and will be hard to weld without burning through. Bolting on with plates will be stronger and won't fail. Even if you do weld the mounts in place I'd still make them on the bench to fit across the rails then put a bolt or two through them anyway. Takes stress off the welds on the thin metal frame.
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where do the rubber pads go? and thanks alot ive been studying it through and through,so far no really big problem,good idea on the support steel
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Post pics please

We have a 65 American geting started in a couple months....

Always fun to do something different

Good luck!
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ive got one pic,go to my home page,ill start tacking more of the project, i just joined hotrodders.com,sorry bout that,i also have a 47 plymouth ill get up as well
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Just put the bumpers on the "frame" rail right where the spring or axle will hit the bumper before the frame. The bumper could even be mounted to the axle or spring instead of the rail. Take a look at the bumpers above the rear axle -- they should be in the curve of the rear rail over the axle. Something like that is what you want. That way if it bottoms out you don't get a hard jar through the body and possibly bend something.

Contact member OddRodderjr, and take a look at his photo gallery page. He has a 62 Rambler Classic with a straight axle under it. One of the pics shows the axle pretty well, but no real details. Rather than use the shackle at the front like he does (and most trucks do), reverse it so that the shackle is at the back of the spring. It will handle better that way -- there's a kit made to swap the shackle ends for big Jeep trucks. If the springs have enough arch in them you might want to use a slider instead of a shackle. There are spring slider kits available. They have a bracket with slots on each side and a bolt that goes through the slots and spring (spring is between slots) to allow the spring to move. Much better handling and ride than shackles. Might not get it up in the air as much as you want though. You can mount the axle under the springs (if it's over now) or get more arch put in the springs though.
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How did your Rambler turn out? I'm also building a '64 American.. May have a few questions for you..(and I have parts)
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