It is a Canadian model and maybe too many hard pulls on the hand brake.
Went over a railroad track, frame whacked the differential housing & bang.
Happened to a guy on our Michigan Jamboree of T's many years ago. (Actually, happened to his car, not him, thankfully) Though I'm not sure a RR track was the cause in his case. He actually drove the car to the tour with the cracked axle tube, unbeknownst to him. Obviously the axle shaft didn't break in his case.
Maybe running it dry was a contributing factor -- there doesn't look to be a drop of oil under it!
I'm guessing the bearing ate into the rivets. Saw this inside a rear end once.
Sabotage with a hammer and cold chisel!
By golly Ed, I think you have something there...
Awww that little leak don't mean nuttin, as long as it is leaking it's got oil in it. Guess it leaked a little too much.
Maybe the guy on the assembly line failed to install the rivets?
Didn't someone ask late last year for an example of how to mount a non electric tail light with a rear spare tire carrier? Perhaps I am not recalling the thread correctly, but here is an example.
Yes, there was but that is a non Ford spare tire carrier.
Somebody jacked it up under the pumpkin.
No idea how it happened, but I'd sure like to know how to prevent it !!
Synthetic diff oil ???
Go slow over RR crossings or any other places that might bottom out your spring.
It's actually a very rare thing. I don't believe anyone has to be worried that this will happen to their car.
That being said, I'm certain it was caused by the use of a water pump, but Marvel Mystery oil could have prevented it. Now, for a tube of JB Weld to fix it and it'll be on its way. ;)
My best theory is that the inner bearing sleeve was installed wrong. The hole didn't align with the tang. I had an axle break at the outer bearing that I attributed to that. The tight bearing got the axle hot enough to crystallize and break. I can imagine the heat getting great enough to weaken both the housing and the axle at that point.
There is a lot of metal in the axle and the housing at that point and I don't see how any force could snap it there if the metallurgy wasn't compromised.
My best theory is that the guy in the back seat shouldn't have had seconds at lunch! Two double cheese burgers are jut too much for the rear axle!
Dennis, that sounds like a wimpy theory to me.
I'm with Walt. Not a drop on the ground. Contributing factor.
How on earth do you figure that lack of oil will crack a rear end housing tube?
I tend to agree with the notion that the rivets failed, either by the bearing eating into them or a chisel and hammer or some other cause. I think the fact that there does not appear to be any damage to the clam shell or the axle tube supports this notion. If it had broken due to impact and/or overload it would seem we'd see damaged and broken parts, which we don't. It seems more like it came apart rather than broke, if you know what I mean.
Afternoon Delight?? Bud.
LOL!!!! Good one Bud!!!
The guys at The Texas T Party would have that back on the road overnight. Little JB Weld, a little this, a little that and good to roll in the morning. Seen them do it.