From my understanding, 1961
is the first year for the torsion axles. It is my further understanding that early in the year they were welded on, later in the year then went bolt on... To the 3- 1/2" bolts, 9 inch centers (That is what I have)?
My 4" C channel frame rails have a plate welded on the inside of the C Channel, with washers welded in at the 3 holes per axle.
The odd part, my rear axles are welded in, the front axles are bolted in. But I found 6 partial 1/2 bolts, appearing to have been cut off with a torch. My bet, they cut the bolts on the rear axles, and welded them in.
Here are the pics. If anyone knows anything about the 61' weld on and/or bolt on axles, PLEASE give me a heads up. It would be handy to know if the 9" center holes are in fact factory?
Will my new axles have these 3 holes drilled?
Will the shock mounts be mounted?
Where does the top of the side plate on the axle come to (Note in the pics, front and back axle plates are different heights)?
Will those tabs on the back of the Axle plates that sit on the frame be there?
Any info would be GREAT!
Here are some pics.