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Thread: Michael Hartwig - Who is Currie?
Posted 20 May 2002 at 23:12:54 UK time
Samy Cuzmar, Charleston, SC, samy.cuzmar@siemens.com

I read that you had your rear axle narrowed at Currie's. Where and who is Currie's? I have a ford 8.8 inch that I want narrowed to fit my MG but cannot find someone local do to it. What part of the country are you located at?

Posted 20 May 2002 at 23:27:56 UK time
Justin, michigan, justin@darker.com

Currie enterprises out of california. I don't think they shorten peoples existing axles as much as they build axles to suit your application, but I could be misinformed. Either way they aren't cheap.

How hard is to chop the tubes and weld, and cut the half shafts and re spline them?


Posted 20 May 2002 at 23:37:52 UK time
Larry Embrey, Tacoma, WA, http://www.embreyfamily.com/mgb larry@embreyfamily.com

Currie is probably "THE" best known name with regards to axles in the hot roc/custom community. They are experts at building axle to suit whatever you need. I believe the do shorten you existing axles as well as make custom units, but like Justin said I could be wrong..

Call the local "hot rod" shops around you, namely performance shops, motor, tranny, etc...

Posted 20 May 2002 at 23:55:58 UK time
Michael Hartwig


They will shorten your existing axles, but they couldn't do anything with mine since they were 5 bolts.


Hot tank the housing. $30
1 New Housing End. $50
Shorten both sides, butt weld. $90
Postage back to me $40
Labor: $120

I had to buy new axles, which was half the cost at $380

They are nice if you are going to rear disc. I told them what the register is for the rotors (the center hole diameter of the rotor) and they cut the axle flange to fit it perfectly.

I'd say the major downside is that they are in CA. I had a FedUp ground account at the time, so shipping to them wasn't too bad from Tennessee.

Posted 21 May 2002 at 00:02:33 UK time
Samy, Charleston, SC, samy.cuzmar@siemens.com

Thanks for the info. I have tried calling shops about around 100 miles of me and cannot find one that can do it, with confidence. A couple of shops told me that they couldn't do it because they didn't have the right tooling for the 8.8" Ford. The ones that said they could do it told me to bring it by to take a look before they committed in doing it. They never mentioned anything about tooling and thus didn't make me feel confident about taking it to them. Is there special tooling required? Is there anyone you know around my area that can do it?

Posted 21 May 2002 at 01:33:05 UK time
Larry Embrey, Tacoma, WA, http://www.embreyfamily.com/mgb larry@embreyfamily.com

What do you mean they could not do anything because they were 5 bolt? I am currently looking for a 8.8" ford rear to have narrowed for my car. I do not htink Ford made a 8.8" with 4lug patern of any kind, so please let me know..


Posted 21 May 2002 at 02:23:14 UK time
Michael Hartwig

Larry: I can't remember what bolt pattern my 5 lug Maverick axle had, but I remember the 4 bolt pattern interfering with it. ie all 4 holes were not in plain steel. I imagine the holes could be welded, and then everything redrilled, but I imagine Currie was interested in selling me a new set of axles.

When I consider how much time it would take to weld and redrill, I would estimate $50-$75 per axle.

Your bolt pattern may be large enough to fit the 4 lug pattern inside it, so they may be able to do it.

Samy: I had someone here in Memphis similar to what you describe. It was a guy who splined axles on the side. I've never seen one, but I imagine there is a splining machine, because doing it with a milling machine and a rotary table would be very time consuming.

Actually, I think Magnumforce Racing was able to spline axles. I've ordered form them a few times and they seem to be good guys. err actually I just looked them up, California again. Thought there were in Michigan.

Guess everything is in CA. What does the statistic say, If california were a country by itself, it would have the 5th largest economy in the world.

My only guess would be to try Atlanta, they have quite a few race tracks down there, you might get lucky.

Posted 21 May 2002 at 17:20:49 UK time
jmlema, Seattle

You need to find a wreaking yard that has old 1970's axles. The one that you want is a Ford Falcon, early 60's before 1966. It will have a 4 on 4 1/2 bolt pattern. Also some of the very early Mustang's had the same bolt pattern. The big name yards do not have the old stuff. Try Cascade in Mill Creek/Bothell area.


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