Ruthie: Front Axle and Suspension

Rebuilding the front axle and suspension requires removal and cleaning of each component.

The toughest part was removing the brake shoe pivot pins, 25,000 pounds in the press and a big dose of the rosebud torch, they finally gave up. These are the new pins fitted

The springs have been disassembled and will be blasted and painted

New assembly with new king pins, brake shoes, air chambers, and slack adjusters. A very important step to maintain stopping power.

All the steering components are cleaned, examined and painted.

A final assembled front axle ready to install

The front end installed. The lever action shocks were still very useful probably because the control linkages were broken. Unable to locate the original linkage, we fabricated new ones using Ford tie rod ends. A far better design than the original.