Looks cool. However, I would NOT trust that front axle drop method AT ALL! That's gonna bend.
Looks like he has a gusset welded in for support and for the shock to mount to but I just don't trust welds on a front axle. KGB
Agree...on front axle. Doesn't matter whether it is strong enough or not...it is just plain hokey...when a conventional dropped axle would work fine. The best part of this whole car is the exhaust header...nice work...overkill for the rest of the car.
I'd be wary of those wheels too. They look like steel disks installed over standard wood wheels. Who knows what issues could be lurking beneath.
I'm also leery of "bill of sale only" and no knowledge of the car's past history. As in, it's stolen? Probably not, but who can say for sure?
Trying to be "positive" here, so have to say that it's a pretty little racer, and excellent photos that are fun to look at to study "details", some of which I like, and some of which I don't like. The first "negative" I saw was the welded up front axle. I agree John, the conventional "dropped" axle would not only "work fine" as you (and others) have said, but would sure look a lot better! Some really carefully chosen wording here in written description, for example, the way it's worded, I'd certainly suspect a bad radiator! FWIW,......harold
We all have our own opinions to what is "acceptable" and what we ourselves like.
The overall concept is nice, but it seems to be confused as to what time period it was built in. There are features on the car that span the near 100 years of its life. While I don't believe that front axle would fail if it was welded correctly, I would feel much better with a dropped axle myself.
Nice car, just needs some fixin' in my opinion.
It needs a double wishbone or it will fold up under stress such as a bump in the road and that could cause the color of the seats to change.
John, that header is a modern "sprint car" style header. While it is a nice looking piece, it is another one of the "features" that leads confusion of the era the car was built in.
I like it! If I had the money and room, I'd buy it, address the observed safety issues, and drive the heck out of it!