Removed the front axle and noticed is it bent. The bend was to the front of the car and I have read a few topics that says they should be straight or they should have a slight bend to the back of the car. When I lay it on a board or floor the bend is about ½ inch. Should I straight it and if so what is a good way to do this.
Yep I have done that search. I am trying to understand how to use a crescent wrench to straighten the axle. I don't have the cones and rods. The car had very old tires on it when I bought it and they did not seem to be wearing abnormally on the front.
No Heat! A chain between the two ends and a porta-power or tower jack in the middle to make it like a bow and arrow and push the center back in place. Somebody pulled the car with a chain and pulled the center forward. You can make it straight again easy but will need to check for twist after that.
I just went through this in the fall on a Ford tractor, radius rods bent up with a bow in the middle from hitting something. I was going to take them off and put them in the press but instead chained the ends and put the porta-power in the center and in 10 minutes all straitened out level when still in place.
Don't let anyone near that axle with heat, chain and a jack will bend it back.
Gerald, a big crescent wrench is a handy tool to twist the axle if the king pin eyes are not in line. Your bend needs Tim's treatment.
Allan from down under.
Great I have a chain and a jack. I didn't think about that sounds like a great idea. I will give it a shot. How much spring back does the axle have? like if I want to move it 1/2 inch I should bend it 1? I will just test it and see what it takes.
It took this much bending to straighten an axle with a 1/4 inch bow.
The axles are tough.
Gerald, don't try to straighten it all at once. Bend it a little and then check. Most likely you'll have to move your jack a few times, just keep working on the high spots. I agree with NO heat! Dave
Worked on it for about an hour yesterday and got it straight. I think it will work and wasn't that hard to do. I used a log chain and a heavy duty floor jack. Took it a little at a time and kept measuring it as I went. I guess we will see when I get it installed. Now I need to find a Stevens tool and fix the stripped out threads in the axle then I will be good to move to the next step.
Pretty clever setup there, nearly everyone has a floor jack and some chain. Well done!
If you have a hard time finding someone close with a Stevens tool, PM me. Dan