Skip to comments.My torque tube needs help. Why should I do it?
Posted on 08/25/2010 7:44:29 PM PDT by When do we get liberated?
I am ordering parts to repair the torque tube on my 1970 Opel GT. The question I have is, why is it there? What purpose does it serve? It would seem to me that a simple driveshaft would suffice, but no, I have a heavy (everything seems heavy in an 1800 pound car) piece that serves, as far as I can see, no purpose. I have read the Wikipedia definition of what it does, but this makes no sense to me. Can someone tell me in layman's terms why it is there?
I have no idea - but an Opel GT is a seriously COOL car!
Yup, I think they build 'em with that darn dent....
(Robt pings xena because she likes heavy torque tubes....)
It’s a Dunsel.
The “dent” was to make room for the top of the carb ... 145 mph in east TX in 1973 between Bastrop and Rockne. (Don’t tell my dad.)
More mass implies more angular momentum. The mass might have been built into the shaft to allow the car to overcome deformations on the path without overloading the engine with shock loads.
“My torque tube needs help. Why should I do it?”
Take a shower & call your Dr in the morning.
(Patton remains confused. Gets knew tread for Opel.)
This thread could go downhill quickly...
A torque tube system is an automobile driveshaft technology, used in cars with a front engine and rear drive. It is not as widespread as the Hotchkiss drive, but is still occasionally used to this day.
The "torque" that is referred to in the name is not that of the driveshaft, along the axis of the car, but that applied by the wheels. The design problem that the torque tube solves is how to get the traction forces generated by the wheels to the car frame. The "torque tube" transmits this force by directly coupling the axle differential to the transmission and therefore propels the car forward by pushing on the engine/transmission and then through the engine mounts to the car frame.
Does Viagra work for a “torque tube”?
A friend of mine had one of those in HS.
It was yellow.
He had Earl Schieb paind it green, the left the headlight cowlings yellow.
The car was ever after known as “Froggie”
I would start talking with these guys:
They look like they know what they are doin ...
It’s there to keep the flayrods from going out of skew on the treadle.
your what? needs what? geez, i’ve heard a lot of names for it but that sure takes the taco. sounds like a personal problem ya got there.
No dents, no rust, painted Carracas Red with black interior. Lenk Racing lowered suspension, 1 inch sway bar front 3/4 inch rear, BBS wheels, front brakes modified from a “75 station wagon, new interior, Weber 36/32 carb, header (still feels weird not having an S on the end of header), polyurethane bushings all around, 50 series BF Goodrich z rated tires. Koni gas adjust shocks on the way tommorow or Friday. Built it frame up, it is a monocoque car, so that means engine and spring cradles removed. Replaced every part with new. Every bolt, clamp, bushing and washer. Rewired the car front to back (That was wicked pissah fun)She bad.
Without it, those forces would very likely form a singularity that would devour the entire earth. Well, some of it, anyway. We'd lose Toledo, for sure.
(Patton remains confused. Gets knew tread for Opel.)”
Oh no. The last tread we had was Mr. Piper’s Opus.
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