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Factory Touque tube/open driveshaft hybrid??
#1335734 Fri Nov 29 2019 03:01 PM
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1950 1/2 ton suburban stock.

My buddy has a 3/4 ton AD truck that has a 1/2 torque tube/open driveshaft. Looks factory.

Anyone ever seen one of those? Can someone use one of those setups to convert a rear end to an open driveshaft while keeping the stock peanut three speed transmission?


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Re: Factory Touque tube/open driveshaft hybrid??
windyville1 #1335736 Fri Nov 29 2019 03:24 PM
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That setup was used on long wheelbase trucks because the full torque tube system had problems with the extra length. If you try it on a SWB 1/2 ton, the open driveline section will be too short to work properly- - - -there will be some radical angles involved which will cause vibration and/or premature universal joint failure.
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windyville1 #1335739 Fri Nov 29 2019 03:46 PM
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Ahh...ok. thanks!


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windyville1 #1335746 Fri Nov 29 2019 04:29 PM
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I wonder why so many do not realize that 3/4 ton trucks had torque tube bells on all their transmissions from 54 back?


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Re: Factory Touque tube/open driveshaft hybrid??
windyville1 #1335748 Fri Nov 29 2019 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by windyville1
Can someone use one of those setups to convert a rear end to an open driveshaft while keeping the stock peanut three speed transmission?
You need a crossmember to hang the intermediate bearing. But it can be done.
Check illustration
Check this POST
Check attached pics
2nd pic shows 4 speed trans.

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windyville1 #1335758 Fri Nov 29 2019 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by windyville1
Can someone use one of those setups to convert a rear end to an open driveshaft while keeping the stock peanut three speed transmission?


It's technically possible, but I believe you would need to shorten the torque tube section by a foot or more to be able to use a long enough open driveline to avoid problems with angularity. That would require some pretty creative machining, especially on the internal driveshaft- - - - - -cutting new splines, etc.
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Hotrod Lincoln #1335760 Fri Nov 29 2019 06:24 PM
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I can’t see how the torque tube length would be an issue on a suburban, my 1940 1.5 ton has a very long torque tube.

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Tony292 #1335770 Fri Nov 29 2019 08:57 PM
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It would be easier to flip the 1/2 ton torque tube leaf springs and use a open Hotchkiss axle.
Then change out the torque tube 3 speed tranny for a open 3 speed tranny and have a machine shop make-up a two u-joint propeller shaft. Or find a 1955 1st series 1/2 ton truck and swap the drive train & rear leaf springs.

Jim Carter tech tip Alignment Solution Rear End (loads slow)

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