Rain has come to LA but my garage is nice an warm so I installed the bones on Andre yesterday. I had to make sure the length was correct in order to ensure the threaded rod end (3/4) would have a full inch or more of threads. I used a Magnum axle which retains the stock 38 1/2 inch perch centers and not the Super Bell axle which has narrower perch centers. The final wishbone cut line was 38 1/8 inches from the center of the perch hole. The new end furnished in the P&J kit requires some force and a little grinding of the bones to fit in the opening. I drove the end in carefully using a hammer and block of wood. You don’t need to weld it yet as it is very snug in the bone.
I only finished one side and then darkness came but I was satisfied with the results so far. Next I will bend the bones perches outward to mate to the spring in the proper fashion which is perpendicular to the axle face. I have not done this in a while but I know you have to be careful not to overheat the eye. More later.
After the mock up I was able to measure the exact place to cut off the wishbone. I have ground out the bones so the threaded end will fit snuggly in the bone. I did not weld the end on at this time. Once I fit both sides and heat the perches I will make sure the wheelbase and alignment are correct then weld them in.
The bung with the rod end is now ready to be bolted into the chassis and the axle. I like this look over the tie rod ends. I have never been a fan of tie rod ends for axle support.
The P&J transmission plate has been installed and the wishbone secured to both the plate and front axle. So far so good.
Here is the bottom view showing the tight clearance between the bones and x member.
The side view is what I like to see when looking under the car. The rod end, bung and taper all fit as they should.
Here is a photo I received of an A/C installation in a 1940 Ford. Note how far the unit hangs down below the dash. I know it is tight but I plan to push mine to the top and keep the unit somewhat disguised from the window view. I know it can be done as I have seen Tim’s cars and he has the installation down pat.
Here is a problem with the TCI MII front anti-roll bar. The bar hangs below the A-arms and is normally below the scrub line which is not safe. Heidts mounts on top of the A-arm which is where it should be in my mind.
I am on the 34 sedan scene now and this one is well under way to becoming a first class hiboy. Lots of patch panels which are required on some of the eastern cars. A Kennedy Boys chop would make this one fit in my garage.
The rear view shows the stock spring and more metal work in the wheel wells and rear panel.
Today’s 34 Sedan…dreaming!
Sometimes a line drawing is better than a picture to actually see what a hiboy sedan would look like. I think I want fenders on a 34 sedan. This sure looks like one out of Napa that Kevin built for his wife. I wonder if he still has it?
Thom did this one a long time ago for a friend at GM.
I still like the profile of the model 40 hiboy roadster.