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Old 01-24-2006, 11:18 AM
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Why 37-48 Ford Spindles?

I have a pair of what I believe to be 35-36 Ford spindles and am thinking about using them on my 32.

The obvious difference is the backing plate bolt pattern is smaller at 3" rather than the 3.75". Really, that's the only difference I see.

What makes the 37-48 spindles special? Are the steering arms different? Axle boss spacing? Camber? Strength?

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Old 01-24-2006, 11:35 AM
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What makes the 37-48 spindles special?
The main reason rodders use the 37 to 48 spindles is that is what Ford had when they went to hydraulic brakes. The later stuff bolts on. Even 56 Ford F100 brakes. The 37 to 48 is also what ALL the disc brake conversions use.....for the same reason...interchangeability.
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I have some homemade disc brake adapters built around the smaller bolt pattern. Sounds like as long as I wanted to use those adapters, there's no reason I shouldn't use these earlier spindles?

Thanks for clearing it up. The larger bolt pattern allowed folks to use OEM hydraulic brakes. Now, all mass produced adapters use that bolt pattern, so that's the spindle everyone wants. Is that right?
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The 37-48 spindles are still being produced in the aftermarket world...that is another good reason to use them as you can get replacements if a bearing goes bad and ruins the spindle or one gets broke in a wreck or something.
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