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    Pilot axle..Is it up to a V8 ?

    I'm not having much luck finding a front axle for my build so I'm wondering if a Pilot axle would be man enough for a small block V8.
    Also are the after market Ford spindles a direct fit.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Pilot axle is pretty chunky IMO. The axle eyes/kingpins have the same dimensions as a 35-36 US Ford, so any spindles for those will fit a Pilot axle OK.
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    the old flathead v8 was no lite weight .
    Here to help !

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    Cheers for that guys.

    I have these 37-41 spindles so it would be great if somone could let me know if they'll fit before I go searching for an axle.
    Super Bell Spindles for 1937-41 Ford - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop
    Thanks again guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyrodgers View Post
    Cheers for that guys.

    I have these 37-41 spindles so it would be great if somone could let me know if they'll fit before I go searching for an axle.
    Super Bell Spindles for 1937-41 Ford - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop
    Thanks again guys.
    Don't know wheher they'll fit or not. All the early yank Ford kingpins are 13/16" diameter, but the pins aren't all the same length. I've just installed a set of Yank Ford 35-36 kingpins, bushes and thrust bearings into a Pilot axle, so I know they are identical in length, position of cotter locating notch etc.

    The 37-41 pins will deffo be the right diameter, but the other dimensions may not be right. I still have the Pilot axle in the workshop at the Mo' so if you have the dimensions of the 37-41 spindles and pin length I'll measure the Pilot axle for comparison.
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    Cheers Stueeee haha !!
    I'll have to nip to the workshop tmrw and get the measuring stick out. I'll post back as soon as.
    Thanks again bud,
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    Quote Originally Posted by farncombe pop View Post
    the old flathead v8 was no lite weight .
    Lighter than a small block!

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    Yes the spindles will fit. You just fit the bearing between the bottom of the beam and the spindle as on the 37-41. The bearing is under the head of the kingpin on the Pilot. If you have the full kit as shown in the link, then it will just bolt together.

    There will be no problem with weight, as the two engines are within a few pounds of each other, and the Flathead is probably heavier.

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    Thanks for the info FHFV8,
    That's a great help.
    I havn't been able to get access to the car to measure my spindles. I'm still at the old place yet and they don't seem to want to let me go anywhere near until I'm moving out.
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