Dangel Four Wheel Drives
Automobile Dangel make four wheel drive vehicles
particularly based on
cars and vans.
(Peugeot does not make 4x4s itself, except for the military
which is essentially a version of the G-wagen.)
"Automobile Dangel was established in 1980
by Henry Dangel and is located in the Alsace
region of eastern France near the Swiss border."
Its conversions are well engineered products,
involving major transmission, chassis and suspension
components specially made by the firm.|
The first Dangel conversions were based on Peugeot 504
and 505 station wagons (estate cars), vans and utes (trays).
It is "relatively" easy to add a transfer case
and a front diff' to a rear wheel drive car.
The results gained a good reputation in North Africa.|
The general move to front wheel drive in passenger cars,
and even light commercial vehicles, and
increasing vehicle regulation brought new challenges
to all makers of four wheel drive conversions and many gave up.
It is no longer just a matter of putting a transfer case behind the
gearbox and running an extra propeller shaft forwards.
Dangel have tackled this problem in various ways.|
Dangel's simplest conversion method for a front-wheel drive,
transverse-engined vehicle, uses a bevel gear to tap drive from
the gearbox output, turn it through 90° and
take it towards the rear wheels.
Dual-range gears (1:1 & 1.5:1) are also incorporated.
This method is used in the Peugeot Boxer `le tout-chemin' van (left).
A visco-coupleur (doesn't French sound sensuous)
automatically distributes torque to the rear axle
where a lockable differential is fitted
(and de Dion rear suspension).|
the single differential of the front wheel drive Peugeot Partner
(right) is replaced by two differentials -
(i) the lockable (verrouillable)
"centre" diff' which drives the bevel gear
to the rear wheels from one output and
(ii) the diff' for the front wheels from the other output.
In a very neat piece of engineering the two differentials are co-axial.
Low-ratio gears are 1.72:1.
The Partner has a 1761cc petrol or a 1868cc diesel engine.|
For a heavier duty application, the Peugeot Boxer High Mobility HM3
(Haute Mobilite, below left),
the original transmission is entirely discarded.
The engine remains in its original transverse mounting but a bevel gear and
shaft take the drive rear-wards from the clutch output.|
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F-68780 Sentheim, France,
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