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Jack you have all the fun. If you ever need help call me only live 10 - 15 min. away wouldn't want you to hurt your self.
Yeah, I got the whole knuckle service kit with the uber tuff seals from Marlin. I'd like to go for a long time with no oil puke on the knuckles.Thanks for sharing everone, now I don't feel so bad. Seems like everyone's projects are putting up the good fight.
RustyDan, are using Marlin's new seals in the front axle of the 40?
Yeah, I got the whole knuckle service kit with the uber tuff seals from Marlin. I'd like to go for a long time with no oil puke on the knuckles.
The good news is if anybody needs a hand with a knuckle service I pretty much have the procedure memorized.
BTW I hope you didn't undo the surgery you had this winter.
Wouldn't the D44 be a downgrade in terms of strength?Good deal on the front axle. I am the point where I am debating on whether I want to go with Toy axles on Drippy. I really hate the greasy mess that is Toy front axles. I have both the stock axle and a complete '84 front mini axle, so I have two to choose from/build, but I just don't know if I want to put the money into them. I might go dana. I might be able to score a built d44 with gears/arb, etc. from a buddy or I just might go all the way and do a 60 front. Depends on whether I can find a deal or not.
Me too. I think I am pretty good, I have a bionic lower abdomen now, it's all fiber/mesh re-inforced. ;p
I could tell you all about replacing the front output bearing on the transfer case of the 80, dropping the case as I was removing it, buggering up a flange stud and breaking a $190.00 sensor in the process. Not being able to find a die for the stud (11mmX 1 thread pitch), filing it back into shape, blowing a lower extremity getting t-case remounted, not being able to finish because the $190 sensor is located on top of the t-case, so until I can get one (looking for one used now) the t-case is being supported by straps, the drivelines are still out, the skid plate is lying on the floor.
So yeah, I had a great weekend.
That's what I have been up to.
Hey Fellas...hope you don't mind if I share too. Sorry to hear about your debacle Jack, I'm feeling ya. I've had frustration lately with my 40. It runs good with the TBI going now, in fact it runs like a whipped dog. I love driving it, even if the steering is sloppy as hell! I decided several weeks back that I ought to finally get the thing registered and street legal - you know I've owned it for a long time and gotten to drive it very little. Anyway, got a temp moving permit from DMV and took it for emissions test. Guy lifted the hood and said, "Uhhhh......uhhhhhhhh.......you got a special letter for that engine?" (that's an actual quote ). My reply, "Uhhhh......"
I have since learned that I need a letter from DMV for the engine swap (chevy 350 by previous owner) before anyone will even test it. The process with the DMV was more than I care to re-tell here, but eventually I scored the letter and they even agreed to smog it to '68 standards rather than '86 standards which would have really set me back. So, with letter in hand and hope in my heart, back to the emission place I went. And failed. To make an already long story short, I have tested it now 3 times and failed. The last test was close. I had reconnected the EGR, installed a the charcoal cannister and installed a PCV valve as well as fixed a couple exhaust leaks. It's funny...with computer controlled fuel injection I thought smog would be a breeze. My carbon monoxide is too high now...everything else is in range. Seriously stumped and frustrated. 'Bout ready to just tear it down and start the frame-off I've been fantasizing about for so long....oh wait, I'll need a small fortune to pull that off . With that said I will echo others comments, at least I've got a decent job and my family is happy and healthy...all the rest is just gravy after that.