How big (tonnage) of a press does it take to straighten a front axle? Also, has anyone seen the drawing for it and was it actually tempered? Thanks, Gary
20 ton will do it,but 50 is better. You will be surprised how easy it is.
Gary, I did the last few in an old thirty ton press, I was surprised how much I had to go past straight to let it spring back. KGB
You could just heat it and straighten as needed. Some folks have say that they are hardened and tempered (softened) but I have never seen any specs or anything to confirm that. If I was doing it I would heat, bend and just let it air cool.
T axles are heated and bent all the time for drop axles and no mention of tempering.
If you're dealing with a garden variety typical bent axle, 20 tons is plenty and you don't need to heat it.
Thank you for the posting. I have contacted Sid about getting some T axles modified with the kingpins tilted in 9 degrees. With new custom spindles it makes front brake installation a breeze and it makes the T handle like a modern car both forwards and backwards