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Old 11-25-2002, 07:11 PM
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I'm sure a lot of you out there are familiar with Jimmy Shine's truck. The I-beam axle floating solo in front of the grill shell looks great. I would love to steal this Idea. I'll be using an I-beam axle on my '26. I plan on using an original split wishbone or fabricating radious rods that reflect the split wishbone look. I'll be running a slant 6. I am worried about getting the nose of the car too long & out of perportion. I also worry what kind of geometry nightmares I'll be creating shackling the spring to the radius rods. I love the looks of Shines front end but I understand playing copy cat may be beyond my capabilities. I do want my axle slightly in front of my grill shell though so I don't want to stack the spring on top of the axle if I dont have to. I've seen a lot of springs mounted behind the axle but they are always tube axles. Opinions and Ideas are what I'm looking for.

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i have shackled a few t-bucket type creations thru the split wishbones, just be careful of the caster angles, i usually use a piece of tubing thru the wishbone about 4-6" behind the front weld joint, then leave the hanger semi tight till every thing is done on the chassis(ride height,etc) then set the axle angle and weld up the tubing and or shackle anchor pivot so it doesn't bind
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The way to avoid the out of proportion look is simple. Mock up the car in the driveway (on stands, coke boxes, milk crates, or god forbid, even wheels). I used a frame made of 2x4's, and "wheels" which were plywood discs cut to circumference of proposed wheel/tire combo, drilled and bolted to front axle and rearend.
Slid everything around until it looked "RIGHT". Used Tape and cardboard to simulate the hood from cowl to track car nose. Step back across the yard and take a look, then walk down the street a way and look again. By this time a small crowd should have gathered, and you can ask opinions of the general public.
The whole point is use your "eye", and anyone else's who will voice an opinion. Then sort it out, make the final measurements and plans, get out the steel tubing and fire up the Lincoln 225!
Then make sure you sit in the thing before you install steering, pedals, and other ergonomic components. It's your car, make it fit you! and should sit in the car NOT ON IT!
Use seat springs, not Foam alone.
Oh, enough on this soap box.
Best of luck.
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I know that this is a little dated but, Zipper motors might have just what you are looking for with their quarter elliptical frontend kits! The springs (basically 1/2 leaf springs) line up with the frame rails and protrude forward 20"to 24" inches, they then use a simple shackle to attach to the axle. You still use a 4 bar setup or radius rods to keep everything in line.But, no panhard setup is needed! check it out at
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