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Very Old 2 Speed Rear Car Axle?

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Has anyone any idea as to what this rear 2 speed rear axle is for?

I have searched all the way back to 1920 in my Dyke's Automobiles Encyclopedia's and online....I cannot find anything other than the Columbia's, and typical Eaton and Timken truck 2 speeds.etc.

It does not seem heavy duty enough to be for a truck... 12" drums.

Mystery 2 speed Brakes.JPG

mystery 2 Speed Rear End 6.JPG

mystery 2 Speed rear End.JPG

mystery 2 speed Torque Tube front.JPG

Mystery 2 speed.JPG

Mystery 2 speed.5.JPG

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I couldn't tell from the pics, but Cadillac did offer a 2-Speed axle on only their 1914 cars.

Maybe someone more familiar could tell from your post and pic

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Looks very similar to the 1917 studebaker transaxle assembly, it is a three speed trans and differential combined. Fairly common in cars prior to 1920

 

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It’s not a 1914 Cadillac rear........much too small. 

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Looks alot like the one in the 1916 Overland I am restoring in the shop . It is a transaxle , the same  brake set up. Kings 32

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So maybe a 1916 Overland ?.....I'll search that out for pictures and info...

Thanks!

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Looks Overland to me. 3 speeds with reverse hence the 2 shifting rods. Transmission at the rear axle, often mistakenly called a transaxle.

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