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Old 12-01-2018, 03:16 PM   #1
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Hello,


I joined this forum just to ask this question, I bought what I think is a "Model A" rear axle but not being a car guy I really don't know. I bought this for a tractor project I'm working on and was planning on narrowing the axle but thought I should check and make sure I don't have something rare before I start cutting it up.
I need an old looking axle for my project, doesn't really matter what axle it is.
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Old 12-01-2018, 03:25 PM   #2
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Pretty sure Model A. Wheels 30-31. Appears someone used it as a trailer!
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:47 PM   #3
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If straight the wheels have value.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:05 PM   #4
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Hello,


I joined this forum just to ask this question, I bought what I think is a "Model A" rear axle but not being a car guy I really don't know. I bought this for a tractor project I'm working on and was planning on narrowing the axle but thought I should check and make sure I don't have something rare before I start cutting it up.
I need an old looking axle for my project, doesn't really matter what axle it is.
Is the driveshaft still in the torque tube? Some times the driveshaft and pinion gear were removed for converting to trailer use. The ring gear assembly needed to stay to hold the axle shafts in, which in turn are needed to hold the rear hubs on. Shortening the torque tube is a simple matter of resplining the driveshaft or cutting and welding. If narrowing the housing, the axle shafts need to be retapered (close tolerances here) or cut and welded.
There are grease fittings next to the backing plates to grease the hub bearings.
Get the brakes working and install a brake pedal for each side. Now you have turning brakes that will whip your tractor around on a dime!
The wheel bolt pattern is 5 on 5 1/2", which is the same as F150 Ford pickup, older Jeeps, Scouts, Suzuki Samurai and Sidekicks, Geo/Chevy Trackers and more.

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Old 12-01-2018, 05:44 PM   #5
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I just tore this thing apart and it is missing the drive shaft, pinion gear and brakes, and the ring gear is missing some teeth, this is a bummer.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:49 PM   #6
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scrapped one of these last year wo wheels for 20.


it was in great shape, but nowhere to put it.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:00 PM   #7
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Welcome, All of those pieces are replaceable. You can get all of those parts used or new. Might add your location, that way people might be close and be able to give you a hand.


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Old 12-01-2018, 06:33 PM   #8
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Finding a ring gear, pinion and brakes would be awesome, beat up old stuff will work the tractor will have a top speed of 5MPH
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:35 PM   #9
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Many a heavy duty jack stand had been made from the two axel housings over the last 90 years.


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Old 12-01-2018, 07:43 PM   #10
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Many a heavy duty jack stand had been made from the two axel housings over the last 90 years.


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Yes I have 4 of them that were in my Dads repair garage. Been using them for over 50 years.
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You would be much better off to find a complete Model A rear end rather than repairing this one. They are not in high demand and priced accordingly. Sometimes free.
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I just tore this thing apart and it is missing the drive shaft, pinion gear and brakes, and the ring gear is missing some teeth, this is a bummer.
All is not lost! Now you have some material to practice your shortening/narrowing procedures.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:36 AM   #13
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In my country they're rare & i had to pay good money for a worse one.
Cost me more to get it working again.


If it's missing parts that's not a huge problem. If you're building a tractor, just put some more modern gears in it. The housings might be swapped for worse ones if you know someone else building an axle.
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Turn it into a "Model A trailer"...there's your value.
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