455 Olds powered '59 Chevy Pickup

August, 2009

Dropped Axle Install

Step-by-step photos of installing a dropped front axle on a stock 1959 Chevy pickup. Big Thanks to: * www.droppedaxles.com * www.speedwaymotors.com * www.stocktonwheel.com * www.lmctruck.com * Don at Tire Barn in La Habra, California (no website/old school) 501 E La Habra Blvd La Habra, CA 90631-5526 (562) 694-8369 Jackson Auto Supply 270 N Brea Blvd Brea, CA 92821 (714) 529-3987 ************************************************************ FAQ: Question: Which tie rod & ends do I get from Speedway? Answer: The best way to do it is to order the kit which comes with a custom length tie rod bar & 2 ends (1 with LH & 1 with RH threads). You don't need the stainless or chrome one as the plain steel one is better. The kit # is 91632514, it's $95. Before you order the kit, you need to have the need dropped axle installed, & everything assembled, including the modified steering arms & also have the wheels & tires installed. With the front wheels pointed straight ahead, measure the left steering arm tie rod hole (eye) to the right. This link should help you *** https://www.speedwaymotors.com/image...ddraglinks.gif *** If you order the tie rod kit on their website, you will need to specify your eye-to-eye measurement during the checkout process. My eye-to-eye measurement after the new axle came to 49.5", which is about 2" less than what is was with the original axle.... If you ever need to replace a tie rod end in the future, I believe they are off a 1948-1964 Ford 1/2 ton pick-up. 11/16"-18 threaded end, with a 7 deg taper... Good luck
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