7 … the spring shackles also need to be within a certain limit angle-wise to ensure sufficient/correct spring travel.
8 It was at this point that we determined the shorter radius rods from Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop (designed to fit a ’32 frame “fixed length”) were just a tad short for our ’34 chassis ...
9, 10 ... but short enough not to allow enough axle caster (just 3 degrees if we mounted them to the bottom of the frame)—that is, unless a heavily dropped mount was used in the rear, which to us seemed to welcome potential clearance issues rather than solve the initial problem.
11 So, despite the desire to retain the Hot Rod Hole Shot radius rods, the solution was not to cut them up (and fashion an adjusted rod end to compensate for length), rather, utilize a set of Speedway’s steel-tube split wishbones instead.
12, 13 As with literally everything else, Jimmy White pursued the alternative option by first leveling and squaring up the tie-rod mounts for the longer suspension arms.
14 Once set, we now had 7 degrees of caster in the axle, which will now ensure correct steering and travel.
15 Again, White made sure the mounts (which he’d just whipped up from plate steel) were even side-to-side prior to welding in place.
16 Again, White made sure the mounts (which he’d just whipped up from plate steel) were even side-to-side prior to welding in place.
17 And with that, the front suspension is good to go, save of course for connecting a few weld lines here and there. Next month we’ll tackle the rear—without having to sacrifice a beautiful set of aluminum wishbones/ladder bars in the process!