mgfoster
mgfoster New Reader
7/20/20 12:45 p.m.

Very interested to know what this rear end is called, what it's out of, if it's any good, if it's worth anything? 



 

for anyone curious, it's in this:


 

any help greatly appreciated! 

mainlandboy
mainlandboy Reader
7/20/20 12:52 p.m.
Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
7/20/20 12:52 p.m.

Wild guess would be old Mercedes.  Based on one swing axle, and what appears to be a 17mm allan head filler plug.

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 1:00 p.m.

Thats berkeleying weird

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
7/20/20 1:02 p.m.
Patrick (Forum Supporter) said:

Thats berkeleying weird

Well, it IS German.

maschinenbau (I live here)
maschinenbau (I live here) SuperDork
7/20/20 1:26 p.m.

What the kraut is going on here? Swing axles with a sprung center section?

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 1:29 p.m.

center spring is a sway bar

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 1:44 p.m.
Streetwiseguy said:
Patrick (Forum Supporter) said:

Thats berkeleying weird

Well, it IS German.

If you seenk mein car is veird, you should check out mein rear end!

Saron81
Saron81 HalfDork
7/20/20 2:07 p.m.

Why though? 
Why not Jag (gets you inboard discs)  quick change, or even 9" or 8.8?

 

Tom1200
Tom1200 Dork
7/20/20 3:06 p.m.

Why? A.  to be differnt B. I had it or it was given to me.

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 3:09 p.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

Yep.  My 54 chevy has an 8.2 "weak" 10 bolt because it was free and the right width.  

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
7/20/20 3:12 p.m.

In reply to Saron81 :

Trust me, you do not want inboard disc. Zero advantage and huge PITA factor. People would actually scrap  XJs because the cost of doing rear brakes was more than the car was worth at the time.

That looks exactly like a stick axle the Germans would build. 

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Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
7/20/20 4:03 p.m.
Robbie (Forum Supporter) said:

center spring is a sway bar

Technically correct!

 

Because the suspension acts like a swing axle, the center spring acts like a Z bar: it holds the car up while not interfering with articulation.

 

It's not an anti-sway bar, it's a pro-sway bar.

maschinenbau (I live here)
maschinenbau (I live here) SuperDork
7/20/20 4:04 p.m.

In reply to Patrick (Forum Supporter) :

Off topic, but would you consider gears and posi swap on a 8.2 10-bolt? My El Camino needs to be faster. Or should I shop for a 8.5 or 12-bolt...

759NRNG (Forum Partidario)
759NRNG (Forum Partidario) UltraDork
7/20/20 6:20 p.m.

For a brief moment  it looked suspiciously like the  effen getrag POE36M3 that resides

in the bowels of the 'V' that ....yes needs to be replaced.....again.......#4

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/20/20 7:51 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau (I live here) :

Gears and richmond lsd are $5xx and that's what i'm planning to do.  They're not really weak per se, unless you believe everything the internet tells you. 

 

mgfoster
mgfoster New Reader
7/20/20 7:54 p.m.

Thanks for all the info! The owner has been wondering what it was from for 5+ years, I knew one of you guys would know haha! 

keithedwards
keithedwards Reader
7/21/20 9:42 a.m.

That reminds me of the rear axle that was in my '64 220S Mercedes. My best memory is that it was a swing type axle on just 1 side. Never understood why.

 

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 SuperDork
7/21/20 11:44 a.m.

In reply to keithedwards :

The reason is to lower the roll center. This is technically called a "low pivot swing axle". The final drive swings with one axle. Mercedes used them for many years. I can't think of anyone else who used it.

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