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front axle ID
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:22:39 AM »
Can anyone tell me what this axle is , please

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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 11:24:36 AM »
another pic of it

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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2018, 06:01:37 PM »
I was under the '56 Ford truck that I'm putting a C4 Corvette front end under.  That is a lot like what I'm seeing.  The previous shop that had this truck stuck an old GM power assist under the truck, the one with the long piston that goes across the steering and has the valve assembly attached to the pitman arm.  It is really poorly thought out and the result is FUBAR!!

Looking past the mess, this unit has the drag link behind the axle, like yours. he pitman link runs past the axle and attaches to similar arm coming off of the left spindle that also is the left side attachment point for the drag link.  The springs sit on top of the axle too.

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All of that said, I think you have an early to middle fifties Ford unit. 
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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2018, 04:13:17 AM »
Don't do anything that will hurt u I believe it to be a 56 ford . I will just have to find a way to make it work . I have some ideas that may work . U need to take it easy on the foot . thank you for looking

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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2018, 07:54:29 PM »
Looks a lot like the 53 f 100 axle I used for my build.
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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2018, 11:17:10 AM »
how did you do the steering on it , I would like to see that

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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2018, 10:25:39 AM »
We pulled the '56 front end yesterday.  I've posted some photos for you.  The biggest difference I see is that the one you have doesn't have the little dip in the center of the main beam that mine does.

Ignore the sorry power assist installation!!  I don't know who did it, but it was sloppy and dangerous! When turning left, the valve assembly hit the left front tire before one turn of the steering wheel!!
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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2018, 12:26:41 PM »
thanks that helps a lot should work fine for what I am doing , were did you get the disc brake from or did you get it that way . pretty sure they are not factory

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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2018, 02:25:54 PM »
The brakes were on the truck when it arrived.  It uses GM style calipers, pads, and rotors, but the hubs are aluminum and are drilled for 5X5 1/2" wheels.  Probably Speedway.
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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2018, 03:24:49 PM »
I did check with speedway they have the 1956 hub type disc brakes for around 270 with chevy bolt pattern it have some wheels I would like to use .

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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2019, 11:30:55 AM »
this is the body I have been building

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Re: front axle ID
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2019, 07:56:42 AM »
Damn nice work!!!
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