Olympic Peninsula, WA
Oh man, thanks for the compliments and what a cool project you have going there! Yea I do love the vibe of an old-skool-cool dropped front axle. I was taking to Sid's about their products and info just the other day. Pretty costly to get the parts shipped for the upgrades and repairs depending on what I can find. I can do it all myself if I can find a good donor.Great project and progress, your mini–Track Hoe makes short work versus conventional tools and nice that it fits in the shop. Go with the 1/2-ton truck axle it's worth the time and adds to the details for a great gasser project there has to be an old logger's or fisherman's truck out there somewhere. I don't know how the quality of the seam welds on your frame but on mine it looked like a junior high student got loose on the first day of welding class, it was bad. We ground out a lot of welds that barely had penetration and burned over a spool of wire redoing the entire seams top and bottom and it did strengthen the frame.
Here is a picture of my drilled 1/2 ton 3100 axle with a fabricated 3/8" thick raised steering arm for a level drag link.
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Awesome!! Thanks for all the great info on parts and dimensions, I'll keep all that in mind. I love your 55 build. Thank you for looking into the truck axle, it appreciate that! And holy smokes what a badass 57! I would love too see more pictures of that car!The axle I have is from a 1958 3100 the 2X4 rails are pushed to the outside of the stock frame rails which aligns right up for the springs and axle stay away from pre 55. These gasser projects require a lot of fabrication I have a machinist buddy who drilled the axle lightening holes on a Bridgeport Mill it makes a difference. Speedway has all sorts of truck brake kits I went with Spindel Adapters, Bearings, Races and Rotors but I wanted Wilwood Calipers and used GM Metric Rotors for a roller. I forgot to say I am originally from Seattle and see my father who lives in Shelton there is a pasture full of old trucks on the way out to his place I will ask my little brother if there are any Chevy trucks in the mix.
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My old BBC Blown 57 Gasser/Street Freak I sold it though:
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Thanks! So far so good!WOW!! That is an amazing story and a tremendous amount of work. Looking forward to your progress sir. Well done.
Thank you, glad you checked it out and hope my info helps! Let me know if you want to discuss anything. Yea the shop is a nice thing to have but believe me I've done a lot of projects in the gravel and sometimes under tarps in the northwest rain!! I feel spoiled now, but I'm ok with that haha!Thanks for the play by play on the spring pockets! On my list of to-do's for sure. Missing a couple parts of the puzzle, right now. Like a 40x60 shop!! Following.