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We were traveling last week and as we were making our way thru a car collection I looked down at the vehicle I was standing next too and noticed a rather familiar looking rear drivetrain.........Torque Tubes. So for you car buffs........what vehicle is this photo from and can you list any other Torque Tube styles of drive train in Non Unimog vehicles?

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As I recall, and have not Googled it as this feels like a fun game of what do you know, or think you know, the Ford Model A's sported torque tubes.
 

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If I recall correctly some Corvette models have them.

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Tatra's 8x8 and 6x6 have em..the 813 variant, not sure of the 815's.
Seems some of the cars as well..pic of Tatra t-57 chassis from the 1930's
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Ford model A's have them. Have even shorted a few to swap out the transmissions to 5 speeds
 

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Seem to recall Opals Used them. The Tatra and Pinz setup does not count as a torque tube. They are simply independent suspension.
 

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My 1948 Ford Woody ( Super Deluxe , flathead V-8 ) had a torque tube connected to the banjo rear end.

Mine was dark blue, otherwise like this one.

Tube shock absorbers, unlike the knee-action shocks on the ‘46’s and so on.
I sure wish I had kept it.
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The 1st generation Pontiac Tempest used a torque tube and transaxle affair, cribed from an earlier Le Saber concept. I suppose by this same logic then the late model front-mid engine and rear transaxle corvettes comply as well.
 

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Doka is correct on the pinz, they have a driveline backbone but it's not a torque tube. It's more like a space frame that it all gets bolted to, like 1970's F1.
 

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It had never actually dawned on me until this last week. The Torque Tube was nothing new. I would say that the mounting with the transverse control arm certainly differentiates the Unimog and allows for additional flexibility. The above picture comes from a 1931 Duesenberg Model J. Cheers.
 

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Ford used them on everything they built from 1908-1948. I believe stopping was one of Edsel‘s good ideas...

The Chorvettes from the mid 70s through the late 80s.

Buick got on the wagon in the 60s, Maybe got off it in the 60s too? Not sure.

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I assume you have to go to a 4 link or something also with that setup?

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I don’t know, if I recall there were trailing links that located the rear end... it has been a while and I have not done a search.

Mine was 100% stock. I got it for free from a Private School that had used it as a school bus, and they just wanted it gone.
 

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Yes, I’d say you are correct.
The links I thought I had remembered were a wishbone that anchored to the torque tube,
So yeah ....
The top one is the set up I had.
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I actually remember hearing the original Unimog were inspired by the Model T, especially the torque tubes. It was simple and effective in a typical Henry Ford sort of way. I know the Peugeot 504 wagon and pick ups were particularly sought after in the Sahara / Sahel because the torque tube suspension was very rugged and could stand up to the punishment of desert tracks/roads. I met a Tuareg in a Peugeot 504 and he laughed at my Land Rover and said, give me a 504, a kid and a wife and I can go more places than you and have diner made for me at the end of the day. I saw lots of kids and women pushing Peugots in the desert but they always made it through and sure enough they had camp up and ready before I even got there. I think the Unimog is the only two (or three) solid axle torque tube set up but I might be wrong.
 
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