a Dana 60
Photos by Zak Hawthorne
|Since Project Street/FX would still be
a short-hop street driver trailered the
distance to the strip, the people at Strange
Engineering guided us to a Detroit Locker
rather than a spool for our Dana 60 combination. Based
upon our planned engine mods, Strange also
recommended a 4.56 gear with 35-spline
axles and large brakes when we ordered
the unit. The fully assembled Dana
60 arrived via truck freight from Illinois.
We'd already removed the original Chevy II
4 cylinder 10-bolt, so we also took out the
aftermarket four leaf springs to do a test
fit with the new unit. It was tight fit
and with a quick check with the calipers we
realized the tolerances on the mounting pads
of Strange's Dana 60 did not have the slop
of the 40-year-old unit it replaced. The
new springs needed to be to be ground slightly
to make them a little thinner.
While we had the back of the car disassembled
I called a friend at a local chassis shop who
recommended making a call to Hollywood Spring
and Axle Service. He said, "If anyone
can help you, Raleigh at Hollywood Spring can
help." I called Raleigh and he invited
me down to his shop.
Entering Hollywood Spring and Axle is like
stepping back in time. Since 1954 Raleigh has
been building springs for sprint cars, lakes
car, drag cars and Indy 500 winners for J.C.
Agajanian and many others. On the walls
are weathered, crusty photos of winners and
runners-up from just about every form of motor
racing and on the metal racks are hundreds,
maybe thousands of possible combinations for
any spring issue.