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Hot Rods compatability of early Ford car parts?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JWII, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. JWII
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
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    Odd question, but here goes.
    Will a Model A transmission couple up with a 1946 Ford rear end torque tube?

    Thanks John
     
  2. I believe the short answer is no.
     
  3. 42merc
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
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    Yes it will.
    Use the A clamshell.
     
  4. Post #3 has it right but if we had the whole story about what you are doing other problems might surface.

    Charlie Stephens
     
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  5. JWII
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    Not familiar with the term clamshell? Could you elaborate please? This is a project I'd like to build.
    Not a car but a replica of a homebuilt tractor my dad had around when I was a kid. He used a 1946-48 Ford
    rear end and transmission. It actually had 2 shift levers of course because the transmission came from a column shift of course. You had to remember to make sure on lever was in neutral before shifting the other into a gear.
     
  6. It is the part that holds the end of the torque tube to the rear of the transmission. They were different between the Model A and the '32-48. See part # B 4520 here: http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/FH_images/FH_rearend-pics/ford-rearend-32-48-A.jpg

    Charlie Stephens
     
  7. Bruce Lancaster
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    And also change the inner cup underneath that. The ball stuff is the same, only bolt pattern differs.
     
  8. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
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    A clamshell has 6 mounting bolts to hold it to the trans, '32 on up uses 4. Use the clamshell that matches the transmission.
     
  9. JWII
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
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    Okay, I see it now. Thanks John
     
  10. I had a Model A with stock rear end and flatty with '46 transmission so it should work the other way around.
     

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