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Old 07-01-2019, 11:44:33 AM
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Default 1935 Chevrolet Knee Action

Most folks never get to see it this close. As every old car seemingly gets MII IFS, there are any number of stock suspensions going to the recycler.
I saved this early Chevy Knee action suspension from the junker.
I just happened to have a 1935 Chevy, myself.
Now, I have spare drums and spindles and rear axle and transmission. Rebuilt knee action, supposedly. Rebuilt brake hydraulics.
We shall see..
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:26:11 PM
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Default Re: 1935 Chevrolet Knee Action

Good save, saw a few knee actions in the past.
What is that on the other side off truck next to the red stool?
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:47:32 PM
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Ha! Good eye! That’s a 1920-era Little Giant Power Hammer waiting for my blacksmith-wannabe Sons In Laws to give it love!
Sheesh! These kids! You gotta kiss their ass just to use awesome tools. I never, ever had anything like this...
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:15:47 PM
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Someone should mention that Belknap sign. Maker of Bluegrass brand tools. Another name from the past.
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That particular sign is the local “Godfather”. He owns the best pump and well company around here. We’re still coming out of a huge drought. Scott Belknap saved a bunch of farms. Too many to count.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:30:38 PM
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need a close up of the "knee action" i am assuming it is some how suspension related? you have me currious to say the least! i have been around alot of old unique stuff, but have never heard that term. I have pictures of a junkyard that both the founder and son has passed away and the yard is no more, god i need a scanner there was some cool $hit went thru there!
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Chevrolet and Pontiac 1935-1938.
The pictures show the crossmember up side down.
The double bump is the shock absorber. There are two coil springs per side.
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Here’s a phantom view.
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My Dad ha one of them when he was single many years ago. Never had any thing good to say about them, got tired of all the shimmy and shaking going on and converted it to a standard I beam axle. There where parts of it still out at the farm when I lived at home but all went to the scrap on a clean up some time back. That was also the car that a drunk hit head on, pop had to have the fire Dept free him from the thing as his foot was trapped under the clutch pedal for a bit. There was pictures of it in the old album that my older sister has now. He told us that the drunk fixated on the head lites and no matter where he steered the other fellow followed the head lites. He also had a 39 Merc. that replaced the 37 Chevy. The difference in the two cars was light years apart as the Merc had a single traverse spring across the front and I believe mechanical brakes. He got them used and they were indeed both well worn! The Merc had constant fuel pump failures, I suspect the cam lobe that operated the fuel pump was worn to the point that it barely lifted, so it was parted out for a hay wagon frame! The body made a dandy chicken shelter that I recall vividly!
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Knee action-- One of G M's greatest flops!
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I have seen that setup or something close to it and i think it was on a 42 ford pickup.
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I asked locally about it and the “old timers” say it was prone to collapse or sagging.
Apple Hydraulics say that after they rebuild them they’ve never had a comeback. Apple Hydraulics’ work is kinda pricey, though.
In my world I appreciate any kind of IFS on old stuff because they don’t twist the old bodies so much.
For example, most IHC C-1 sheetmetal stuff is a mess from all that twisting. Huge stress risers.
I’m buying a 1935 Chevy 2dr sedan with knee action. Well-known local history on the car. I’d like to leave it alone apart from alternator and electronic ignition updates.
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MM you might find this of interest . It came from a manual my brother had for his '32 Chevy pick-up, it was a reprint and from the looks of it was likely from a Motors manual of that era.
I can't remember which 3 Stooges it was, but in one Shemp refers to Knee Action, so good or bad, it must have had quite a rep to be in comedy of the time.
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Unfortunately or fortunately, the 1935 Chevy I have is a very original car with local history (came from the property I live on, previous owners bought the car new)
I can’t slap Mustang II in it...
The take off knee action parts I got for free sure look clean.
Dubonnet style front suspensions have a long history. I’m going to drive it!

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Andddd...I have the very graceful early Chevy I beam front suspensions hanging around. I can just put a I beam under it.
Believe it or not, the local junker is STILL pulling in with 1930s-1950s Chevy six lug steel wheels. I buy all I can.

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The Three Stooges are hilarious, CB.
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My Brother had a nice set of 6 lug (wire) spokes on his '32. Wonder where they are today?
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My eyes glaze over. A good set of early wire wheels for anything are hard to find. I buy old wire wheels whenever I see them on the junker’s truck.
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