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Old 12-15-2005, 01:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sterling FRONT axle????

ok... no one may know what the hell I'm about to try and describe, but I'll try.

I saw, in PA, on an older (mid 90's?)Asplundh F450 (or so, might have been a -350) with a utility bed (cant' remember if it had a bucket or not...anyway) with a weird looking front end. My pal Spicergear was with me and neither of us have seen that axle before...

It looked kind of like a Sterling pumpking, and where the knuckles joined the tube, it looked like a big angled collar, not your usual ordinary weld. Very beefy, and if I remember, the knuckles looked pretty tough too. It was NOT a Dana axle, at least not anything I've ever seen before. Totally different diff cover etc.

anyone know anything at all about something like this??? the web is not giving me a damn thing, and local trucks feature normal Dana axles.

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Old 12-15-2005, 08:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you need to carry a camera with you, or a picture phone or something, i'd like to see what you're talking about.
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I know! I didnt' have one with me and I've regretted it since.
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Marmon-Herrington is my guess.

http://www.marmon-herrington.com/
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Old 12-15-2005, 10:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Tacoma, I'll try and remember the camera tomorrow...I gotta go past there. Maybe they'll still be there.

That Marmon site is about useless. No good pics.
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Old 12-16-2005, 11:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Was it like this one?

http://cgi.govliquidation.com/auctio...&convertTo=USD
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Old 12-16-2005, 12:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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that's big...
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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nope, not like that. Normal sized.

Spicer got a pic! So let's wait for that, then it will all make sense and I can stop thinking I didnt' really see whatever it was I saw.
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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THIS is the axle. I swung by and got a couple of pics of it.

Out of a Later model Ford F maybe 450 or 550. Closed knuckle with conical ends to knuckle (not a closed ball look), true high steer, disc brakes, small 10 hole pattern and Selectros.



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i've seen a similar (if not same) axle before and been wondering the same thing... a local fire truck F-450 w/ utility bed w/ all the boxes and stuff on there,,, so what is it?
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could it be an AAM?

edit: apparently not.

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Old 12-17-2005, 05:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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ford stupidduties only had 2 axle choices for 4x4 conversions dana70 or MH AFAIK
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that's big...
I should post my pics of 5 tons and 20 ton front axles again.... Now those are big!

I'm with jstarnes on the axles.
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how strong is it?
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IIRC, MH's model number for that axle is MC-80. I've heard it italian-built... by a company called Carerra.

MH also made a D70 for the same application.
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Old 12-18-2005, 11:12 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I have worked on asphlund trucks, ford f?? used as spray trucks, they were breaking rear axle flange studs, but anyways they were MH axles that were in the front
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Old 12-18-2005, 07:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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You guys are literally about 2 miles from that truck! Behind the 2nd Sunoco on front street! LOL! Yep, it's ASPLUNDH.
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I should post my pics of 5 tons and 20 ton front axles again.... Now those are big!

I'm with jstarnes on the axles.
I've seen 5's, but never 20's !!!
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Old 12-19-2005, 05:46 PM   #20 (permalink)
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You guys are literally about 2 miles from that truck! Behind the 2nd Sunoco on front street! LOL! Yep, it's ASPLUNDH.
come say hi sometime,you know about old dueces,,aj has one here that iam supposed to get running one day, i need some tech help
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