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Considering how we use our cars I wouldn't worry about overlap or sealing. Drums never seal really anyway.
 

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Mid Summer update. Been extremely busy with the car club I run but still find time to wrench on the 36. Short shackles on the front of the traction bars, done. Olds rear, done. Found that 73 C10 11x3 rear drums are a perfect fit. Floors nearly done, Engine & trans installed. Brakes and hydraulic clutch done. Gas tank mounted and fuel system done.
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Coming along nicely. I see the '36 frame looks much like my '39 frame. And looks like you've got similar rust repairs on the body too!
 

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Yes sir that frame look like 37 frame and might was the first year with the lack of wood. Nice work keep it comming
 

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If you plan to drive it a lot, it's currently not set up to do so with ladder bars and leaf springs, and no floater brackets at the axle tubes. The springs will be in a bind with the ladder bars, which is likely why the one side was broken anyway. The other option is a shackle up front to allow the springs to work, and let the axle move rearward as the springs compress. I went the front shackle setup like 4x4's use on mine, as I've done this a couple previous times, and it works.
As for heim ends, I'm not certain when they first saw use, but I use them often. A solid threaded rod end will do the same if you're against the look of heim ends. An adjuster on each tube at the axle end is a very good thing also, as you may find you need to adjust the ladder bar angle once the car is sitting on 4 tires. I've got adjustment on all 3 points, and it's a great help in setting the car up later. Mine are solid adjustable endss at the axle, and heim ends up front.
Might also consider a safety loop around the front attachment bolt point too. If the bolt ever broke the front of a ladder bar will hit the ground and launch the car into the air. NHRA requires them, but I put them on regardless whether I ever run down a NHRA strip or not.
These are mine I built and you can see the tabs up front where my bolt on safety loops go once they're on my car.



Another pic with the safety loops bolted on.



And the bars in place with front shackles angled back to allow spring/axle travel.


Vall, can you send me a picture of the inside of your front shackle set up? I am getting ready to mount mine and definitely want to go that route.
 

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Vall, can you send me a picture of the inside of your front shackle set up? I am getting ready to mount mine and definitely want to go that route.
Sure Dave, but need to know what you mean by "inside of the shackle"? They're just flat bar, so inside looks just like the outside. The mounts I built are in my build thread.
 

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Sure Dave, but need to know what you mean by "inside of the shackle"? They're just flat bar, so inside looks just like the outside. The mounts I built are in my build thread.
Sorry I was not too clear. Inside the frame rail and how you attached them to the frame. Our frames are pretty similar in construction so If I copy it, it should work.
 

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Tough to get a picture now with the car done. I welded a mount off the inside of the frame rail Dave, and it's made from 1.5" heavy wall box tube. I'll post a picture of the mount on your build, so we don't clutter things up here.
 
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