Dear Welder Series… front wishbone Q’s

Dear Welder Series…
I’m building a 1930 Model A on boxed ’30 frame. I want to use your flat crossmember in order to use a 1936 wishbone with the spring forward of the axle.

I want to know if I can place your flat crossmember in front of the stock cross member in order that I may keep the original design, i.e. radiator and fenders etc…??

Has anyone done this before??

I want the car as low as possible and the use of the intact ’36 wishbone. I intend on using cross rack steering and need the clearance as well.


Dear Mike…
Thanks for looking at Welder Series’ parts.

Our flat front crossmember is designed for a 1-3/4″ wide spring, like the 1928-34 Ford. The ’36 Ford used a 2″ wide front spring, so it will not fit in our crossmember. The ’36 spring is longer than the Model ‘A’ spring, so it can’t be adapted to the ’36 stock wishbone, either.

The ’36 axle will be a little wide to let you get the front end low. (The tires will be out at the edge of the fenders.) You might want to mock up your parts to see how it looks before buying any parts. The standard way to get a Model ‘A’ low is to use a 46″ dropped axle with a reversed eye spring with a low arch.

I hope this helps.

Paul Horton

Dear Welder Series…
Thanks Paul…….I already have the 31″ 1 3/4 reverse eye spring with a 6″ arc, now I need the 46″ axle.  I wanted to use the 1936 wishbone unsplit but I guess I will have to split it after all.

Thanks again,

Dear Mike…
Mike, you might be able to use the wishbone unsplit and just cut off the spring perch extensions. The spring would mount above the axle.


Dear Welder Series…
YES, that’s what I intend on doing I just have to find the widest perch possible on the “I” beam.  The wishbone is 39.5″ apart and the “I” beam I have is 36″ and I have a feeling that the 46″ axle will also have around 36″ between bosses.  Maybe I can bend the wishbone to match the bosses when I get the 46″ axle.
Worse scenario is splitting the wishbone…………..

Since I have you online, do you guys sell “X” crossmember for the model A frame?  I need something for my 4L60 transmission to bolt onto.  I’m running a 283 cu. in. motor as well and will also need the motor mounts to weld to the frame and attach to the motor, side mounts.

I have a 1930 model A frame that is completely stepped up and boxed.  I have a center cross member but I would like to reinforce the frame a little more and have the setup to bolt on the brake pedal, etc..

Thanks again,

Dear Mike…
Mike, most 46″ axle perch centers are about 34-1/2″. You should be able to bring the wishbone in to match the 46″ axle perches. Make sure the ball stays in the center.

We don’t have a Model ‘A’ x-member. Check Dagel’s Welder Series does have Chev motor mounts.

Pillow Block Ball Bearing Unit - 2-Bolt Base, 1/2 in Bore, Cast Iron Material, Standard Duty, Non-Expansion Bearing (Fixed)

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Brand: SealMaster
Country/Region of Manufacture: USA
Base Width
1.5000 in
Base To Bore Centerline
1.1875 in - 1-3/16 in
Bolt Center To Center Length
3.3750 to 4.1250 in
Bolt Size
0.3750 in
Bore Diameter
0.5000 in - 1/2 in
Bore Type
Round / Straight
CAD Drawing
Duty Type
Standard Duty, Standard Duty
Expansion Type
Non-Expansion Bearing (Fixed)
Finish Coating
Housing Material
Cast Iron
Insert Material
52100 Bearing Steel, Black Oxided
Locking Device
Set Screw
Lubrication Type
Lithium Complex NLGI 2 Grease
Manufacturer Catalog
Manufacturer Catalog Number
Manufacturer Product Page
Manufacturer Upc Number
Max Operating Temperature
220 °F
Max Rpm
7300 rpm
Misalignment Angle
±2.0° Misalignment - Static Only
Mounting Type
2-Bolt Base
Overall Height
2.4380 in
Overall Length
5.0000 in
Overall Width
1.2188 in
Radial Dynamic Load Capacity
2611 lbf
Radial Static Load Capacity
1444 lbf
Replacement Bearing
Seal Type
Felt Labyrinth Seal
Type Of Bearing
Ball Bearing
1.82 lbs
Base To Bore Centerline
1.1875 in
Bore Diameter
1/2 in
Expansion Type
Non-Expansion Bearing (Fixed)
Housing Material
Cast Iron
Locking Device
Set Screw
Mounting Type

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Our Model ‘A’ manual brake pedal is at:


I hope we can help with your project.

Paul Horton


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