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The model T and the UNIMOG were built for the same reason (to mechanize/remechanize the farm.)

They are shockingly similar in design, esp the older onesfrom torque tubes to the articulating frame.

The open rear end in a T means they are not so good in the snow (mud: fine, snow: circles).

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I actually owned one of those for a while.

Terribly fiddly to run any distance, but Surprisingly fun.

I welded the rear end in mine so that the tracks would always both go forward. I also had the front wheels and skis mounted at the same time (wheel was “inside” the ski). This made it a lot more “practical”.

There is an outfit in Maine that makes the bits.

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Thanks for the information.
I always thought they were cool.

A T speedster is another soft spot. Some of them were so elemental and stripped down that they were ... perfect, to my eye.
 

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I love speedsters. Though I may like mine with more body. 28 Chevy disc wheels FTW.

”But whitewall tires, they say: look at me, here I am, LOVE me.”

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I DD’d it to work and grad school for 3 years. About March before graduation, I lost a rear wheel (axle broke) going through a left turn at an intersection. Wheel ended up in someone’s garage, luckily no damage (to the wheel).

Made it to class greasy, but on time and then rebuilt the rear end propperly in the parking lot (also thus greasy) after class.

T wheels are mounted to the tapered axle shaft directly, so break an axle, loose a wheel. I carry 2 spare axles. I was fortunate that jumping it regularly over the railroad tracks by work didnt cause the axle to break at a worse time... ah, youth!

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Porsche used them in the 924, 944, 968 and infamous 928 models.

All of which utilised transaxles with the effect of a high polar moment of inertia. Much more stability than the 911 series, which almost demanded constant throttle to keep from swapping ends in any given corner.
 

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Ferrari 400 and 412 use a torque tube setup. When discussing swapping transmissions, for those with the turbo 400 AT, this becomes the sticking point. I think a Porsche 928 uses a torque tube back to the transaxle.
 

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C5-C7 Corvettes (1997-2019) employ a torque tube. That's because the transmission (transaxle) is in the back, so the drive shaft turns at engine RPM.
 

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Almost all RWD Peugeots up to the mid-80s had them, I'm not sure what happened thereafter. We owned a 403, 404, 504 and 505, they all had torque tubes.
 

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Fiat 124s both spider and coupe...a pain to work on. Also GM used them on all the lines they built back in the 40s.
 

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Some early Ferraris, 275 GTB did. None of my Corvettes and none that I know of ever had torque tubes and certainly not 69, 74, or 80.
 

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You're right and wrong. All of the corvettes that have a rear transaxle assembly use a torque tube design. See attached photos of a C5 chassis.

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That big bit in the middle is the torque tube. In this case it is far more rigidly placed than you might find in a unimog but the corvette isn't designed to do what unimog does and vice versa.
 

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Apparently the Avanti II had a design in about 1985 that used a torque tube with a Corvette rear; not a transaxle. Cannot find much info on it though.
 
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