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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) EstebanLoco is offline
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      Nothing says Hot Drilling Front Axle - part 1 Rod like a drilled front axle. This modification works with any period car. I came up with method as a stress free method of drilling the axle. Since your tolerances are slim the possibility of ruining a good axle is always a possibility. This method pretty much makes that impossible,

      Although I don’t use the kit chrome axle myself. I wanted to demonstrate the procedure on the chrome axle to show that it works quite well on un-stripped chrome.

      1.measure and cut a piece of .080 x .156” (5/32”) x 3-15/16”. If you don’t have the Evergreen off-the-shelf stuff, scribe and snap your own piece from a sheet of .080 styrene Drilling Front Axle - part 1 . This may seem a bit thick but it really helps keep things in line as you will see.

      2.Turn the cut piece vertical and mark the center in 3 places as shown.

      3.Using the back-side of your Exact (#11) scribe a line down the middle. You can use the extra .080 material to keep the straightedge level.

      4.Measure and mark the exact center. Do this for both sides.

      5.Starting from the center mark, make a mark every 6mm. Repeat for the opposite side and then flip piece over and repeat the entire process.

      6.Using a sharp pointed tool press a pilot hole on the scribed line at each 6mm mark.

      7.Using a 1/16” drill bit, drill each pilot hole to a depth not to exceed halfway through the .080 material. This is one time when you can make minor corrections. If your hole location doesn’t appear to be exact center. Orientate your material vertically so it will be easier to tell if the pilot hole is off center.

      to be continued...

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  1. EstebanLoco's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    8.Keeping your drill bit perpendicular to the material, continue drilling each hole until they meet in the middle. The drilling guide is complete.

    9.Clamp the drilling guide into the groove on a Big Deuce axle, Alligator clips Drilling Front Axle - part 1 work well. Make sure the piece is centered left to right.

    10.Make a small mark on the top side of one end of the drilling guide.

    11.Using the 1/16” drill bit, insert into each hole on the drilling guide and make a few turns. Keep the drill bit perpendicular to the drilling guide.

    12.Remove the drilling guide. Here you can see that you don’t want to drill all the way through yet.

    13.Flip the axle over. Make sure the side with the mark is on the same side (as shown).

    14.Clamp drilling guide into place and repeat (again – don’t get tempted to drill all the way through.

    Drilling Front Axle - part 1
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    15.Remove clamps and drilling guide and continue (slowly) drilling axle, making corrections as you go. Continue drilling but resist drilling all the way through.

    16.Keeping drill perpendicular, continue drilling until holes meet.

    17.This shows the drilled axle, with 1/16” pilot holes made with the help of a drilling guide. Note the scratch. When drilling a chrome axle, you have to be careful not to scratch the axle accidentally.

    18.Increase drill size by one and continue drilling. Repeat this process until 1/8” is reached (the final diameter.) Drill by hand, turn by turn.

    19.Finished axle.

    20.I used a metallic Drilling Front Axle - part 1 silver Sharpie to touch up the holes and the ridges on the axle (where the pin vise Drilling Front Axle - part 1 hit the chrome). I then used an alcohol Drilling Front Axle - part 1 swab to clean the Sharpie residue off the chrome.

    21.Touched up axle.

    22.Close up.

    23.If you drill a stripped axle, go ahead a use a rattail file to clean the holes up before re painting.

    Drilling Front Axle - part 1
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    I got a lot from this. Not just drilling an axle but the careful method of drilling. Not being mechanical by nature and never having done any machine work, I just learned how to carefully drill precise holes. Thanks

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    Last edited by Deuces-wild; 07-16-07 at 02:37 PM.
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  5. hot ford coupe's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Outstanding tutorial Steve. I learned a great deal from it.
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    We learn something cool everyday. Thanks.

  7. Don Garrett's Avatar Asst. Administrator
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    Excellent tutorial Steve...could we talk you into doing some mo' please?
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  8. Rick's Avatar Member
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    Excellent work Steve! Wish I'd known this before I ruined a few of my axel's. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  9. robjos32's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Yet another well put together and well photographed tutorial, I may even decide to have a go myself on some spare axles that I have got lying around.
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