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New project - beam and dropped spindles?

 
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jordank



Joined: 03 Apr 2008
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Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID

PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject: New project - beam and dropped spindles? Reply with quote

Just picked up my new project this weekend - '57 oval on '70 IRS chassis. I have misplaced my camera, so no photos yet, hopefully I'll find it tomorrow.

Yet to look deeper under the skin, but I'll be starting with the chassis/suspension. It doesn't look to be touched in any significant way from stock, 4-bolt drums on all four corners. My ideal final outcome would be:

FRONT:

- narrowed beam, 2 inches (anyone has advice on if i need to narrow it 4 inches? I'm not planning on running some extreme rims, i just like the narrowed look and like having options on the rims)...
- lowered spindles
- sway-away adjusters for further height adjustment
- disc brakes

The shock towers look to have a couple of small rusty cracks in them - not sure if that's repairable or not just yet, so I may be forced to get another beam either way....

REAR:

- adjustable height spring-plates (or if too expensive - just turned a notch)
- disc brakes

If anyone has any parts/etc that might assist with the above, and wants to get rid of them - let me know.

Advice is also always appreciated Wink

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CDA Racer



Joined: 19 May 2008
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Call me or better yet come to our tuesday night GTG at pizza factory in CDA ( hwy95 and appleway) I have some drop spindles with disc I am selling . 208-964-1615
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jengel451



Joined: 11 Jun 2007
Posts: 232
Location: Greenacres, WA (yeah, like the show)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drop spindles will push the wheels out almost an inch on each side (depending on who makes them).

Figure out your wheel's first, once you have it figured out, determine your beam width.
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CDA Racer



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also have a beam that is 2" narrowed.
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jordank



Joined: 03 Apr 2008
Posts: 43
Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID

PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CDA Racer wrote:
Call me or better yet come to our tuesday night GTG at pizza factory in CDA ( hwy95 and appleway) I have some drop spindles with disc I am selling . 208-964-1615


I need to go pick up the pan from my buddy's garage tonight, so I don't think I'll be able to make pizza...

I'd be definitely interested in looking at the narrowed beam and the drop spindles.

Let me know what time you're meeting - maybe I'll be able to swing past on my way to pick up the pan - what time is it?

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CDA Racer



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for stopping by Jordan. What a nice Gia. Cant wait to see what your going to do with the oval.
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jordank



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Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:18 am    Post subject: Ball-joint beam Reply with quote

It was great meeting up last night, I'll be trying to stop by any tuesday I can.... Wink

Got the pan home last night. The IRS bits at the back look fine, but the shock at the front towers have a number of rust holes in them, so I guess I'm looking for a new beam.

Ideally - I want 2inch narrowed, with avis adjusters welded in. Alternatively - a beam that some (or none) of the above has been done to, so I can have it altered.

If anyone has anything that fits that description - let me know.



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CustomVW



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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Location: Hillyard off market st. and gordon

PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

www.franklinsvwwerks.com

In washington....nobody better in my opinion.
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jengel451



Joined: 11 Jun 2007
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Location: Greenacres, WA (yeah, like the show)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 ^^^^

Give Franklin a call
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CustomVW



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

he wil stil want your beam, since the rotten aprts he's gonna cut off anyhoo
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jengel451



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Location: Greenacres, WA (yeah, like the show)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He may not want that beam, he uses the stock struts, and that one looks toasted.
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