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Old 07-13-2017, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default Front axle?

I had an old gent tell me that the front axle on my 26 roadster is mounted backwards. Is that possible?
The previous owner drove it this way.
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: Front axle?

It looks like you don't have enough caster. A few more pictures would be helpful. And yes, it is possible to mount the front axle backwards. You might only have to change the spring perches. John
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:58 PM   #3
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You should also check the hub nuts. The nuts on the spindles are threaded. They should tighten towards the rear of the car. If they tighten towards the front of the car, the spindles are backwards. If the nuts tighten towards the front, they will not stay tight when you drive. John
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: Front axle?

In your case yes it is backwards. The tangs on the perches should be at the rear. The easy way to fix and yes it needs to be fixed before you wreck the car, is to turn the axle around. Keeping the spindles on the same side as they are now. The spindles have left and right hand threads at the bearing mounts and need to stay on the correct sides.
The axle itself dose not have a front or back from the factory. The perches do. I also suggest getting a copy of the Service Manual.
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:13 PM   #5
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Default Re: Front axle?

Thanks for the replies.
I'm a newbie.
So,
What is best way to remove and turn the axle?
Radius rods off at axle?
Steering arms off at the axle?
Spring off at the shackles?

Where's a good jacking point?
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Old 07-15-2017, 04:01 PM   #6
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Jack the car and put truck jackstands under the frame just forward of the middle of the engine.

Take out the kingpins. Leave the wheels on, leave the steering alone.
Take out the shackles.
Take the nuts off the wishbone (leave it attached to the engine).
Turn the axle around and bolt everything back together.
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:04 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot.
Sounds easy.
What could possibly go wrong. ;/
I'll check the hubs too.
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Old 08-17-2017, 07:26 AM   #8
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They should have a bit of a forward tilt, think of how a bicycle fork has a forward bend.

If it is reversed, your steering could get a little squirrely.
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Old 08-17-2017, 09:09 AM   #9
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Default Re: Front axle?

The axle should lean toward the back of the car when observed from the top. This is caster. I have found a greater caster angle improves the steering going forward. It is the caster that makes a T not so good to drive backwards. If it is close it will be OK - adjusting the caster involves bending the axle.
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