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    So bought this solid axle for my 48 Rat Fargo project, the seller's project was to do a trailer with that axle and welded plates to block the spindles from turning. Guess i save that one though. He said it was an early 50 dodge axle but not quite sure about that. What do you guys think? How can i identify it? thank you

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    Its sure got that look of a Dodge axle, but I can't see much of the axle itself. The front and rear spring shackles look to be newer then the 40s or 50s. The 40s & 50s Dodge had the single sided shackle with the greasable ends, not like the ends on your springs that I can see.
    Dodge used the solid axles up until 1971, but from the mid 60s on, the axle was a lot wider then the 40s and 50s axles were. The later axle would be be pretty wide for your 48 Fargo if your using 1/2 ton front fenders. If your not using fenders, or you have the big truck fenders, the wider axle will be OK. Gene