Unusual front axle

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John E. Guitar
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Unusual front axle

Post by John E. Guitar » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:15 am

Has anyone seen this style of front axle before. I can’t tell if it’s store-bought or home made.



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Re: Unusual front axle

Post by Henry K. Lee » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:41 am

That is unique!


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Re: Unusual front axle

Post by Rich Eagle » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:11 am

That appears to be like the "Henderson front spring" shown here;
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Re: Unusual front axle

Post by Wayne Sheldon » Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:55 pm

The car of course is no longer a model T, and it appears the arch of the spring may have been modified as well. Generally, the unusual after-market spring setup looks good. It would be an interesting accessory to have on a model T at any veteran car gathering.

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Re: Unusual front axle

Post by henryford2 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:04 pm

Won't the axle hit the bottom of the frame?
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Re: Unusual front axle

Post by got10carz » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:53 pm

I've seen 2 others, both in North Dakota farm trucks.

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Re: Unusual front axle

Post by Allan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:04 pm

It is an accessory made for a standard T front axle. In Australia they were made by Hendersons who were spring manufacturers. There is a USA made counterpart. I have never seen anything like that hotrod installation though.

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Re: Unusual front axle

Post by doodlebugt » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:39 pm

I still run the "Henderson front spring". (Although it is now cleaned and painted.)
The car John posted above is "Garden Art Engineering". The placement of the track rod is problematic, although it could catch the front end if the main leaf fails :shock:
I was once told that the main leafs on these were a weak point. If you look closely at the photo of our car (second photo above) the second leaf wraps around the main. This makes the car sit a little "nose up", which I may fix one day, I've only been driving it for 12 years, so can't rush into things :lol:
I have a bucket of the end brackets in various states of wear, and somewhere there is another spring I may use.
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