Decent hoop style upper steering arm?

jaded iconoclast

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Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« on: June 03, 2017, 12:15:52 PM »
Does anyone know where I can get a DECENT hoop style steering arm? Speedway sells this mangy looking POS, but theres no way I am hanging THIS out in the open on the front of my car!
http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Hoop-Style-Steering-Arm-Ford-Spindle,1167.html
Several websites list a hoop style arm, but they all show the Speedway pic, so you can guess where it comes from. I am looking for something nicer, preferably with nice chrome and that doesn't look like someones grade 8 metalshop project. ::) If I have to fab one, well, so be it, but this is hardly what I would call an exotic part, I figured in this day of "traditional" hot rods, I could get a nice one off the shelf. P&J has a Superbell slingshot, but that's a little clunky and heavy set for a minimalist T-Bucket.

Thirty2ragtop

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2017, 12:33:45 PM »
How about guys photographing some well designed ones.  I have the same problem too!  I don't want to plug-n-play. 

DavyJ

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2017, 01:19:18 PM »
Spirit industries has a fairly good looking cast one,  not plated though......about $45   

And Honest Charley has one for $69
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jaded iconoclast

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2017, 01:39:49 PM »
Thanks Davey, but I don't want to use a cast "slingshot", its too "heavy set" for the front of a T-Bucket. Heres a shot of a nice hoop style from the Tardel book. This is more what I am looking for. I guess you could buy the Speedway one, drop it, fill and finish the end before you send it for plating, but by the time you have done that, you may as well just make it yourself.

3 deuces

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2017, 01:42:13 PM »
if you use the style of the last two in photos make sure to use lock tight,as they often work loose.

jaded iconoclast

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2017, 02:51:13 PM »
if you use the style of the last two in photos make sure to use lock tight,as they often work loose.
That could be exciting!

Tom

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2017, 02:53:32 PM »
Cotter pin and Loctite - kinda like wearing a belt and suspenders !  You must be an engineer LOL.

Jaded, maybe Speedway will sell one un-chromed (?) that you could work to your liking, then chrome.  Yes the pic of the part in their catalog has a pretty crappy-looking weld.  It might be solid, but then again...

jaded iconoclast

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2017, 03:26:40 PM »
Cotter pin and Loctite - kinda like wearing a belt and suspenders !  You must be an engineer LOL.

Jaded, maybe Speedway will sell one un-chromed (?) that you could work to your liking, then chrome.  Yes the pic of the part in their catalog has a pretty crappy-looking weld.  It might be solid, but then again...
I'm not one of those big "anti-Speedway" snobs but that one in the photo is pretty crappy looking!! :o :D

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2017, 10:51:50 PM »
Thanks Davey, but I don't want to use a cast "slingshot", its too "heavy set" for the front of a T-Bucket. Heres a shot of a nice hoop style from the Tardel book. This is more what I am looking for. I guess you could buy the Speedway one, drop it, fill and finish the end before you send it for plating, but by the time you have done that, you may as well just make it yourself.
    Try calling Vern Tardel and ask him , he might sell them.
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jaded iconoclast

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2017, 09:26:59 AM »
Thanks Striper, thats an idea!

duaneshotrods

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2017, 09:42:52 PM »
Here, So-cal has one that might work for ya... http://www.est1946.com/ss_steering_arms.aspx
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jaded iconoclast

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2017, 10:33:41 PM »
Here, So-cal has one that might work for ya... http://www.est1946.com/ss_steering_arms.aspx
I looked at both of those, nope. I will have lots of lightening holes in the suspension on this car, but adding an extraneous piece of metal just so you can add lightening holes just doesn't make sense to me. Form follows function ;)
I have already decided, the only sensible way is to make one. The Speedway one is the only one that's even remotely right, and by the time I have re-worked it to point where I would be happy with it, I will have 20 hours of finishing, detailing and polishing into a piece I could make from scratch in 21 hours. That math just don't add up, I'd rather just start from scratch.

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2017, 09:31:20 PM »
Saw this not to long ago.
What was once fun, Now feels like just another job.

jaded iconoclast

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2017, 09:35:51 PM »
Saw this not to long ago.
now THATS what I'm talkin' about! That's nice!

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2017, 09:53:28 PM »
Saw this not to long ago.
now THATS what I'm talkin' about! That's nice!
It's on the front of this.
What was once fun, Now feels like just another job.

jaded iconoclast

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Re: Decent hoop style upper steering arm?
« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2017, 10:01:02 PM »
Saw this not to long ago.
now THATS what I'm talkin' about! That's nice!
It's on the front of this.
Is that that Mickey Himsl modified that was restored recently? That steering arm is probably older than I am! I'd like to build mine spring over, but to do that, I will have to re-work the spring perch to get it to sit low enough. I'll have to really measure and see where the WB is going to end up, it I can do it spring behind and still keep it under 96" wb, I will probably go that way, not sure. I want to end up between 92-96" wb.