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Old 06-13-2011, 07:15 PM
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1932 Ford drive shaft with a T-56 trans.

Hi Fellows ! Running a Flathead V8 in a 1932 ford with the original transmission and rear end. Which the drive shaft is enclosed. Can a guy replace only the transmission with something like a T-56 overdrive transmission. And still have the rest made to fit. Or will he have to change the rear and enclosed drive shaft to a non enclosed drive shaft. Like a later model. Trans adapters are easy to find like through speedway. But can the
original enclosed drive shaft be modified ? My reason for this change you ask.
This is a 1 1/2 ton 32, and I want to be able to drive it at highway speeds.
50-60 with out turning high RPMS. Saving the Flathead. But yet since it is a
1 1/2 ton The rear and drive shaft are big. And the way it sits or drives down the road you can see both the drive shaft and rear. Thus changing them wil be shown. I have had lots of regular drive shafts be shorten and made longer.
But never a enclosed one. Besides being this is a 1 1/2 ton, it has a 2 piece drive shaft. The way the original drive shaft is built it looks so cool. Not forgetting to mention that since this is a 32. Henry Ford made them with mechanical brakes not hyd. like later models. I am more the willing to send pictures out if needed. If it was a coupe or sedan you could change the rear foe a late model and hide it more then in a truck. I was told the drive shaft could be modified,but I do not know for sure or how. Thanks for you time and input, for any information that you may offer.

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brownie box?

I don't know if a 2 speed brownie was ever made to fit that early style.. mabe you could run an open drive from the T 56 to a brownie then the 32 shaft from the brownie back
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T56? wow the usual OD modern trans for the flathead is the BW T5. Interesting idea
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