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Early ford torque tube length???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BobbedT, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. I was just checking a few early ford rears that I've picked up, & I'm trying to indentify them. I tried the search, as I know there was a post on this but I'm buggered If I can find it.

    I've got 2 of which the torque tube lengths are 74", & two others that the torque tube lengths are 72". One of them has wide five drums on it, which to me said 39 passenger car, but the drums have open holes in the face similar to 32 fronts. Could it be a commercial axle as I'm sure they kept the wide 5 pattern for them???

    thanks in advance
  2. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Wide five open drums say 36-37 to me.
    Check 'em all for tubular driveshafts used in the 36-38 years.
  3. 81ttopcoupe
    Joined: Feb 10, 2005
    Posts: 398

    from Cedar Park

    Wide 5 is 36-39. 39 will be juice whereas earlier verisions are mechanical brakes. I can't remember if 35 is wide 5, but they do have holes in the drums.
  4. Flat Ernie
    Joined: Jun 5, 2002
    Posts: 8,410

    Flat Ernie
    Tech Editor

    '35 is not wide-five - it's the standard 5 on 5.5"
    '36 will have rod-actuated mechanical brakes
    '37-38 will have cable-actuated mechanical brakes
    '39, as mentioned, will have hydraulic brakes

    I'm not aware of any juice brakes with open holes in the drums...
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  5. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,683

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    I believe that 1936 was the only wide 5 with open drums, and only some of that year were open.
  6. Thanks everyone, I.ll post a pic later



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