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Unidentified Rear axle

Rear axle

Dear All 



I have attached pics of a rear axle that I have had for a while. I have been trying to find what it would have been fitted to? I am sure that its from around the 1920s era. Not a lot of info to go on and I wonder if you could help ? 


As you will see from the photo it has a top mounted worm drive diff, top mounted leaf spring brackets, cute rear mounted oil filler with swing lid, 9 inch brake drums with 2 sets of shoes each side and the cam levers mounted at the front. It also has 5 wheel studs and would have had artillery wheels fitted but they are badly corroded. There is very little in the way of identification as the screw on hub/bearing caps are missing. The worm gear has a "DBS" in a circle mark which I think is the patent stamp of David Brown & Son that would have made the diff, but who would they have made it for ? The only other name I have found is one on the brass diff drain plug that is stamped with "Showells Strichley". A West Midlands company that made all things brass until mid 1900,s but I cannot find a link to a vehicle maker.


Any help would be very much appreciated.


Regards,  Steve


#3 Steven 2014-06-07 08:10
Hi John,can you email me at corriesteve@hot and I will send pics.
#2 Steven 2014-06-06 21:21
Hi John,where do I sends the pics ?
#1 2014-06-06 07:55
Hello Steve I have been looking for a DEASY..( NOT Siddley=Deasy ).for years,they have both brakes in the rear hubs ONLY, and are worm drive. I have the housings which are empty and with some bits of a SPUR gear type, instead of the normal hem.would you please send me some additional photos. where are you.?. Thank you..John..

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