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I use MAS Racing Products as a source for the front axle and hair pins. When you are ready to order your parts, call the order in. The number is 615-644-6811. Ask to talk to the fabrication shop foreman, his name is Rich. You can tell him what you want and answer any questions he might have. This has always worked very well for me. My parts have most always arrived in a week or so. Here is a list of parts and

estimated prices for you;

4" dropped axle, 2" o.d., standard length, for '37 - '48 Ford spindles ………….. one pair of 27" hair pin radius rods, tapped 5/8" fine thread …………………... one pair of 36" hair pin radius rods, tapped 5/8" fine thread …………………... one set of urethane bushings …………………………………………………… one sleeve for the bushings ……………………………………………………..

$200.00 $140.00 $150.00 $ 25.00 $ 3.00

Let's talk about tires for a minute. I would recommend running 165 RS 15'' tires on the front. They have a large enough footprint to handle turning and stopping your car. These are the tires available as replacement for an early VW bug. They fit best on a 5'' rims and are about 27'' tall. For the purpose of set up, you can use a pair of Ford pickup 15'' rims with 27'' tires on the front. For the rear I would suggest a couple of rollers about 28'' or 29'' tall. 235 R 15'' work well here. Older full size ford cars or Dodge car or van rims will fit the recommended Maverick rear end.

You will need to find a set of '37 to '48 ford spindles. You might hear of someone using '49 to '54 Chevy spindles. They will work, but the bearings are very expensive. The other thing is you will have to heat and reshape the spindle steering arms for tie rod clearance and Ackerman. This is easier to do with the Ford spindles. Econoline spindles have also been used. To me they don't have the look with the bolt on steering arm, just too busy for my taste.

On the subject of brakes. You have some options here. There are of course disc brake kits out there from any number of venders. Another option is the F-1 or F-100 Bendix type brakes. This is pretty much a bolt on swap. You have to do a little grinding on the inner bearing race and the top of the spindle, but it's no big deal. The nice part of this swap is that it gives you Bendix brakes both front and rear. A master cylinder from a '67 Mustang is fully compatible with this set up. The NAPA p/n is 101485. It is a drum/drum, non power unit. By the way, that same master cylinder will work with the '40 to '48 Ford brakes too.

For fabricating your tie rod, drag link, motor mounts, frame hair pin mounts, and coil-over mounts you will need to buy a length of 7/8 x 3/16 wall DOM tubing. A 20' length will cost about $95. If you don't have a steel retailer near you, check with some of the local factories or welding shops. Sometimes they will order tubing like this for you.

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