17th-November-2009, 08:35 PM
I'm seriously thinking about installing a straight front axle set-up under my 63 wagon. I've seen everything from old Chevy van stuff to high after market set-ups. I'm thinking maybe going along the lines of trailer leafs, straight king pin type axle and after market spindles with a Vega type steering box.
In the rear I think I'll just flip the rear axle on top of the rear leafs and maybe add a small spacer or have the leafs re-arched and install extended shocks. I'd like to get it high enough to run a set of stock looking, black steel, widened wheels say around a 15x10 with a set of N-50-15 tires.
So...if anybody has done this or knows of a good link please hook me up!
17th-November-2009, 10:40 PM
You could pick up a copy of our DVD at www.thefunnycarfarm.com.
The trailer springs will ride like crap--use the longest leaf that will fit. Speedway has axle kits pretty cheap.
18th-November-2009, 09:07 AM
Will do and thanks! :yes:
19th-November-2009, 04:19 PM
Had a chance to work on the wagon today. Pulled one entire suspension side (driver) off and the crumpled bumper came off. One step closer to the straight front axle!
19th-November-2009, 04:27 PM
Also thought it might be interesting to see what each front end part weighs. So... I weighed them and was a bit surprised to see that they aren't as heavy as I thought. 35.52 X 2 = 71.04 lbs (-/+).
Small parts: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/tatersgravy/012-3.jpg
Shock / mount / spring cup: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/tatersgravy/011-3.jpg
Lower control arm: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/tatersgravy/010-5.jpg
Control rod / mount: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/tatersgravy/009-4.jpg
Upper control arm: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/tatersgravy/008-6.jpg
22nd-November-2009, 12:45 PM
i'm new here and dont know much, but i met a junkyard owner last week that used an old econoline van front straight axle. apparently the width and other mounting points dont need much in mods...he claimed to have done 3 or 4 and it was popular back in the day...
just a thought...
good luck on your build
23rd-November-2009, 02:12 PM
Great information regarding the weight, I am a bit surprised it was that heavy, wow.
23rd-November-2009, 08:05 PM
Well....after giving it some thought I have decided to go with a lowered look and tubular control arms. This is a everyday driver and I came to the conclusion that a straight front axle would not be feasible. I sure do like the look and someday WILL build one, just not now. :yes:
23rd-November-2009, 10:34 PM
This is a everyday driver and I came to the conclusion that a straight front axle would not be feasible
I've followed Magnante in the Wilshire Shaker on freeway interchanges over 75 MPH with skinnies and slicks; it has no trouble on California roads.
Mass. might a little different!
24th-November-2009, 12:45 PM
Some day! :yes:
24th-November-2009, 12:47 PM
"Mike" can a complete straight axle be built for under $1000.00?
24th-November-2009, 03:52 PM
can a complete straight axle be built for under $1000.00?
Depending on your skill level and if you can find an old van cheap, yes.
Have you looked at the way the stock rails are used on some of the builds on my site?
24th-November-2009, 04:00 PM
"Yes" I have viewed your site! And, I have recently come across a old Ford Econoline Van with a straight front axle under it and could probably get the whole van for a couple hundred bucks! I believe it also has a 9" under it which would be a bonus! I'm pretty handy (Red-Green Show..:o...) with tools and welders but, have never tackled this type of front end before. I'm waiting on the owner of the van to get home and dig it out of this mess of a storage area to see exactly what it has under it.
26th-November-2009, 08:38 AM
Will be going to look over the Ford Econoline tomorrow and will post a few pics to get opinions on to purchased or not.