I have a Ruckstell axle that I'm getting ready to rebuild. It has a oval tag on it and a serial number. Just curious if anybody know what year it might be, it has large brakes but think they may have been added later. It came with my car but it was all disassembled, I have most all the pieces but still need the shifter housing that bolts to it, I have the part that bolts to the tranny. Attached a photo of the tag.
If it has the 11 inch backing plates it would have been made in Canada around late 1925 up. It should use the long shifter housing, the short will work. Post a photo of the backing plate and drums if you can.
I'll take a guess here. Along with what Mark posted above, the small print on the right in the border that reads- "ES-22" most likely stands for Eaton Spring form number 22.
This axle was produced after Eaton Gear and Spring Co. purchased the manufacturing rights to the Ruckstell Axle from Glover Ruckstell.
Most likely made after 1925.
Here is the backing plate, had to remove it to straighten.
26/27 rear end so dating sounds right. Canadian or American should have all the same parts.
Neil - Your backing plate looks kind of rough on the bottom. In case you would like to replace it, Lang's (and probably other vendors also) has new reproductions of this part: part nos. 2560 and 2561.
Thanks everyone for your help. I have another backing plate attached to a stock 1926 Ford housing and they look very similar except for the hole around the brake lever is smaller. Will it work on the Ruckstell?
I've seen those oval Canadian plates several times. Not all Canadian plates are oval however. I've seen retangular ones too. Several months ago, I posted photos of a bunch of Ruckstell plates that I have.
The backing plates will fit. The only part that is different on a Ruckstell is the LH diff housing.
Thanks Steve, I thought they might be the same just wanted to make sure before cutting the rivets on the other one.
The question is, why does it say Made In USA at the bottom of the plate when the address is Montreal, Canada?
Maybe the tag was made in USA
Nice Plate. The question is why does it say Made in USA at the bottom of the plate when the address is Montreal, Canada?
Is this a quiz Glen?
If it is, then I'm going to say that because of import tariffs, Ruckstell was selling rear axle kits and/or complete assemblies in Canada that were manufactured here in the U.S. and to avoid larger tariffs, they had a branch office in Montreal.
Here is mine, very close in number
I was puzzled by the Montreal Canada and the Made in USA too. The tariff thing might be it. Chris that is cool, close numbers