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Author Topic:   Bent Ford 9"
posted May 04, 2003 09:45 AM
This has been a terrible stop to a new season.
Week #1 had a hit in the rear end tube looks staight, but with tire on the front tips out and it has some positive camber.
First I need to get a straight edge across it to see if it's the tube.
And then pull the axle to see if it's bent.

If I can't see the bend with a naked eye, if it's the tube then it can't be bent very far. Just wondering if anybody has had any luck with applying heat and using a come along to apply pressure.
If you had did you leave the axle and bearing's seal and things in for support and then replace them afterward's or what?

posted May 04, 2003 09:46 AM
One more thing is it possible to bend the axle and not tube at the same time.

posted May 04, 2003 10:07 AM
mine was bent we cut it lined every thing up and welded it back every thing seems to be working fine

posted May 04, 2003 12:11 PM
It's possible that you bent the flange of the axle and not the housing.

posted May 05, 2003 10:33 AM
Hey C21, thanks for the post, that's the kind of info I was after.

I do have to check the flange as one other post stated, because with the eye I don't see the bend.

Some quick questions:
1. The tires you lay on the floor, mounted or umounted tires.
2. How tough is it to rotate?
3. When you apply heat do you apply force or does it shrink, by it's self as it cools.
4. do you use water rags on the straight sections, or do you take your time as to not overheat it.
5. How about the bearings and axle?
6. I would assume you also drain the grease first, or do you keep it in?

Sorry for all the questions, but I would like to understand it up front first.

posted May 05, 2003 02:53 PM
Flanndad you can bend the shaft without bending the housing

posted May 09, 2003 06:13 AM
Week #2 we dropped a valve, rebuilding the engine first.
Then the plan is to pull the axle first, check the flange and the axle. Then if it's the tube I'm going to give C21's way a try.

posted May 12, 2003 11:06 AM
if this is not a floater, it's fairly likely that you just bent an axel.

putting a dial indicator on the rotor (or a new wheel) will give you a good idea if you have a bent axle.

you can also pull out the axle and spin it on 2 "v"-blocks with a dial indicator on the middle.

bent axles can be straightened sometimes, but I wont reccommend it.