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    It appears he used two Speedway flat bar steering arms that come with their kit as only one. Usually one side has two holes and the other side one hole, but he's got two holes on both sides. So instead of a normal cross steer he used one hole for the rack, and the other for the tierod. Redundant, but I don't see any harm, just too much hardware to do the job.
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    Mr. Burnham you are the proud parent of a new 1951 Chevy street freak! That is what I thought when I got done Saturday night swapping frames. Man, did I miscalculate how much the suspension would drop once the body was on. Took me about 4 hours and the last hour was in the dark while wearing a headlamp for light. While I am excited to see the body on there, and I secretly like the way it looks, it is damn high. So, the rear axle is going on top of the springs and i will wait for the motor to go into it before I make any decisions. It is finally tucked inside for the winter out of the elements.

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    Dave

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    That's always a good place to be Dave! A momentous occasion to put the body on, but not always without surprises too! Looks like you've got lots of options on the axle above the springs, and maybe remove the big spacer blocks at the front too. Should sit perfect then. Engine wont make the front drop more tan 1"-1.5" I'd guess.
    Might consider disassembling the spring pack at the rear and redrilling the main leaf alignment hole also to move the axle back a couple inches. Once the main leaf is redrilled, thye others can simply be bolted back to it. They might need a little trim if they're too long towards the back, but a portaband makes quick work of that if needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1946Austin View Post
    That's always a good place to be Dave! A momentous occasion to put the body on, but not always without surprises too! Looks like you've got lots of options on the axle above the springs, and maybe remove the big spacer blocks at the front too. Should sit perfect then. Engine wont make the front drop more tan 1"-1.5" I'd guess.
    Might consider disassembling the spring pack at the rear and redrilling the main leaf alignment hole also to move the axle back a couple inches. Once the main leaf is redrilled, thye others can simply be bolted back to it. They might need a little trim if they're too long towards the back, but a portaband makes quick work of that if needed.
    Yup! so excited! The frame is not 100% where it needs to be. It is supposed to be back about 4 inches so the tire will look more centered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb View Post
    Yup! so excited! The frame is not 100% where it needs to be. It is supposed to be back about 4 inches so the tire will look more centered.
    That's great! I figured it was like my '39 and Chevy just set the axle too far forward. Good to see your progress, and hope you can keep going inside the garage this winter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb View Post
    Mr. Burnham you are the proud parent of a new 1951 Chevy street freak! That is what I thought when I got done Saturday night swapping frames. Man, did I miscalculate how much the suspension would drop once the body was on. Took me about 4 hours and the last hour was in the dark while wearing a headlamp for light. While I am excited to see the body on there, and I secretly like the way it looks, it is damn high. So, the rear axle is going on top of the springs and i will wait for the motor to go into it before I make any decisions. It is finally tucked inside for the winter out of the elements.

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    love it dave......congratulations. Its gonna look sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1946Austin View Post
    That's always a good place to be Dave! A momentous occasion to put the body on, but not always without surprises too! Looks like you've got lots of options on the axle above the springs, and maybe remove the big spacer blocks at the front too. Should sit perfect then. Engine wont make the front drop more tan 1"-1.5" I'd guess.
    Might consider disassembling the spring pack at the rear and redrilling the main leaf alignment hole also to move the axle back a couple inches. Once the main leaf is redrilled, thye others can simply be bolted back to it. They might need a little trim if they're too long towards the back, but a portaband makes quick work of that if needed.
    +1 on all that....great advice
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    If you know what the spring rate is you can figure your drop by that when adding weight, then add 15% to that for forgotten items you will add weight wise...in my opinion I think she is a little on the high side but not a lot...maybe 2 inchs...but hey it is your build so do what you like...I quite often end up asking the guys here about things on my build and most of the time I disagree.....but I end up doing some thing end between what they suggest..and what I thought was good...and it ends up being better in the end...opinions are like an ass hole...you can wipe it and keep it clean...or you can let it get dirty....now with that go have a nice meal..........lol
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    Lots of small part gathering going on here. Got the tunnel ram the other day, found two carbs Holley 1850's. The guy I bought them from is going to come over when the car is ready to fire and help tune the carbs to the motor, He has been doing carb work for local racers for over 30 years! Both carbs are rebuilt, jetted and cleaned. ready to go! 125 a piece! I keep getting lucky. Also am having a couple parts for my ladder bars machined that I would never be able to do myself.

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    Dave

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