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Ruckstell axle

Post by dacapt1948 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:26 pm

I just noticed that my Ruckstell axle width is about 2 inches narrower that my front axle. This is on a 1926 tudor. Question is ,did ruckstell axles come in different widths? My present ruckstell axle has a small backing plate and should have been a large backing plate, which means someone has changed the rear axle.

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Re: Ruckstell axle

Post by hpetrino » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:39 pm

Alternative theory:

Could it be that your Ruckstell is "standard" width and your front axle is a wide track?

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Re: Ruckstell axle

Post by BobD » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:04 pm

I believe standard track is 56.5 inches. Anyone know the exact specification?


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Re: Ruckstell axle

Post by dacapt1948 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:09 pm

is track measured from center of tire to other tire center? Also what is a wide track front axle?

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Re: Ruckstell axle

Post by BobD » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:17 pm

Yes, center of tires/wheels. May slightly differ in front due to toe in/camber. Wide track axle is 60 inches.


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Re: Ruckstell axle

Post by dacapt1948 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:19 pm

Thank you all


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Re: Ruckstell axle

Post by dacapt1948 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 3:27 pm

dacapt1948 wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:09 pm
is track measured from center of tire to other tire center? Also what is a wide track front axle?
What I ment what was a wide track made for and what years?

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Re: Ruckstell axle

Post by KWTownsend » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:48 pm

Wide track were made for southern roads where they grew cotton. The cotton hauling wagons were wider, so the road "ruts" were wider. Ford made Wide Track cars to accommodate southern roads.

Here is a photo comparing axles, courtesy of Peter Kable.
wide track axle.jpg
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Peter is from down under, which explains why one axle is upside-down.

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