I visited Morocco about 25 years ago. One thing I remember about Morocco, and for that matter other countries where they used this mode of transport, is the way ox carts were constructed using the rear axle of an old rear wheel drive car. It just occurred to me to wonder, what people do now that such cars are now very rare, since front drive and independent suspension became the norm.
Anyone help me with such a trivial but nagging question?
I am a Moroccan, from Rabat, but to say the truth, I do not get your point at all, may you explain it, and I would be glad to help, to answer then!
Well, I was struck by the local peoples' ingenuity in recycling the back axle of a car to form part of an ox-cart. People had obviouisly taken the axle, wheels, differential and even springs from an old car with what is known as a "live" rear axle. The stub of the old drive shaft would be visible, rotating at the point where it joined the differential housing. I noticed very many carts constructed like this.
However, this type of car is now very rare. Current designs of back (and front) wheels and suspension would be much less easy to adapt in this way, I would have thought. Do people still use car parts on ox-carts? Do they use so many ox-carts? Or do they have some other solution?