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new_rat_rodder 05-06-2009 09:24 PM

suicide front end on 55 chevy gasser????
i was thinking it might be cool to put an early ford axle and transverse spring with 36'' or longer hairpins (not sure if split wishbones would be stronger) for the front end of my gasser . know it has been done before, but how often was it done in the 60's? im wanting to build a period exact dragster. i also have a nice 50 chevy truck axle i can use if the early ford axle idea i stupid and very unsafe. so back the the ford axle, i have a few sets of 40 ford drums and a set of 56 ford pickup drums so would it be smarter to use the truck brakes considering the waight and speed of this car? and what type of steering box would have been use in this kind of setup?

thank you for your time and there will be a lot more questions as time gos on.
thanks again,

fast68 05-06-2009 09:43 PM

howdy there, well we have a '57 chevy bel air gasser with vintage solid front axle done in the '70s or earlier.
i could look under it and try to maybe get a couple pics so you can see the steering and axle etc? im not sure what steering box it has or what the axle under it is from,

its currently stored away and packed between other vehicles over at the shop so i dont know how easy it may be,

we also have a stock untouched '57 210 so we can swap out entire rolling chassis for the bel air.

it seems to have been a really common thing done to these cars, i have seen many online as well. its hard to say how many of these cars were ruined to do this.

not sure why anyone would want to convert to a gasser and ruin a perfectly good stock chassis and the driveability of the car as well,. hmm..
they even cut the firewall and dash and moved the engine back and converted the nose to a tilt style and everything.

its crazy,.,

we hope to convert it all back to stock again by using up most of the 210 so it can be actually driveable and not a hacked/ruined tri five classic.

new_rat_rodder 05-06-2009 11:39 PM

i don't feel that i am ruining my car by making it a gasser. im not concerned about my car being street able. the car will be driven 1/2 mile at a time in two parts. part one very fast in a somewhat strait white knuckle line, and part two back to do it all over again if i didn't die in a fiery crash from the first part!!! not being rude, kinda being a ********, and mostly playing around :D i want a dragster i think it would be a rush. i do know what you mean by "ruin" i drag race my quad in sand, and i've spent a lot of money on my bike i make it fast enough to compete and by doing this i took a quad that could do and go just about anywhere and now its useless in anything other than a drag race. now back one the subject, if in not to much of a pain i would appreciate some pics of your gasser, like the front and rear end, and interior, and maybe some details of the parts use in the build.
thank you,

1bad55 05-07-2009 12:15 AM

Excellent idea. Look for a straight axle out of an old Dodge truck. I've heard these work really well. I wouldn't do it to my '55 but they do look cool.

fast68 08-28-2009 01:51 PM

yes old thread i know but i was meaning to post to this one and a couple others with the pics etc

our 57 bel air gasser

nosehigh57 02-05-2011 07:36 PM

I think the the idea is great.I`m currently doing this to my 57 210.I feel it`s better to do this with these cars instead of slammin them to the ground or build the same tubbed strret rod that everybody else has done.I`m running a 48 ford f-100 axl and used my stock steering box.I got a pitman arm from a guy at a swap meet that said he bought from Speedway.From the pitman I made a cross over steering set up made of a stock style ford tie-rod and a tapered type.I made a adjusting bar bar out of heavy pipe and welded a nut to each end that fit that tie-rod.Really seems to work great.This made it easy to make brackets for a steering stabalizer for normal driving.

68NovaSS 02-05-2011 10:05 PM

You know this thread is a year and a half old? :drunk:

hotrod389 02-09-2011 10:58 PM

and for a year and a half, the term "rat rod" still sickens me.

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