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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.
Author: Steven Wednesday, 04 June 2014
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