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Re: Video Premiere: Pioneering Front Wheel Drive!
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On further research it seems Ruxtons were known for losing wheels. They have left and right hand lugs, like old Chyslers, but I believe the problem is with the taper on the stub axle. Don't think they were handed. Maybe the material was too soft or the torque spec too low. Will have to look into it more.
On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 12:37:56 PM PST, Ken Nelson <citbuff@...> wrote:
So R & L hand threads on wrong side like I heard some Chrysler prods had way back? Or were they knockoff splines??
An interesting fact about Ruxtons. If you accidentally swap the front hubs and fit them on the wrong sides of the car, the wheels DO come off. A few years back there was a beauty entered in the Pebble Beach Concours and on the Tour D'Elegance drive on the Thursday preceding it lost a front wheel on the stretch to Bixby Bridge. Embarassing for the owner I am sure. Wonder how the conversation with the restorer went afterwards?
On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 12:09:37 PM PST, Christopher Freitas <christopher64@...
Interesting - according to wikipedia, the Ruxton body was designed by Joseph Ledwinka (a cousin of Hans Ledwinka of Tatra) when he worked at Budd Manufacturing - which had sold a license for their body stamping system to Citroen in 1923. So lots of connections there for sure. Joseph also worked with Porsche on the early VW Beetle design as well.
The Cord L-29 apparently beat the Ruxton to market by a few months as the first production front wheel drive car - but neither it nor the Ruxton where produced in that substantial of numbers - Cord built around 4,400 of the L-29 between 1929 and 1932.
DKW built a front wheel drive car with a transverse engine called the F1 (1931-1932 with 4000 produced) and then the F2 (1932-35 with 17,000 produced) and so should also be recognized as well.
There were also two Alder models in Germany, called the "Trumpf" and "Trumpf JR", released in 1931 which were also front wheel drive.
The Citroen Traction Avant started production in 1934. It was the first steel monocoque front wheel drive car though.
On Wed, Feb 2, 2022 at 10:21 AM Ken Nelson <citbuff@...
Well well, and here I thought Citroen invented production FWD! And what's really impressive about this Ruxton bit is the push/pull shifter which may be where the 2CV got its cueball! So - is there any other obscure marque which REALLY was the first FWD vehicle? Anyone?
And please don't anyone suggest the horse!
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