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Axle straightening

I have a front axle I acquired along with the purchase of two w5 engines and some other miscellaneous parts. I was hoping to use the axle when building a small speedster I am planning around one of the w5 engines. The axle is bent slightly just inboard of the passenger spring mount. Can these axles safely be heated up and straightened, or am I better off looking for something else?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me

Where Are You From? Normal IL

Do You own a car built by Durant? Just parts really

Re: Axle straightening

I failed to mention in the original post, I have a straight axle

Where Are You From? Normal IL

Do You own a car built by Durant? Just parts really

Re: Axle straightening

Yes they can. Do not use heat! Use a vertical press and a set of V blocks. Using a dial indicator find the high spot and press down in between the 2 blocks. A little at a time. Repeat this procedure until you have eliminated any run out. A machine shop can do this for you if you don't have the tools.

Where Are You From? Indiana

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes

Re: Axle straightening

Boy did I do a poor job describing the problem, the axle in question is a front axle

Where Are You From? Normal IL

Do You own a car built by Durant? Just parts really

Re: Axle straightening

That wasn't you! These darn little phones! Your description was perfect. My interpretation was terrible.

Where Are You From? Indiana

Do You own a car built by Durant? Yes

Re: Axle straightening

Front axles can definitely be straightened. Just take care to insure both castor angles are exactly the same and the same with camber.

Where Are You From? Texarkana, TX

Do You own a car built by Durant? Several

Re: Axle straightening

Thanks for the help.

Are these axles forgings, similar to Ford I beams? I began cleaning up the axle with a flap wheel today, it seems to grind rather slowly compared to mild steel which leads me to believe they are of a substantial nickel content.

Where Are You From? Normal IL

Do You own a car built by Durant? Just parts really

 

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