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How’s that diff build coming along?
Nothing new yet, getting kids to scouts activities and yard work, decided I should strip the 3rd from the front axle as well before deciding which one to use in the f/r of the new axles.
Gotta search up the video I had seen on the quick way to get the front apart, I’m tying to leave the stock 55 axles somewhat intact so I can store them up on a rack. (Never seem to throw anything out :meh:)
 

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I remember someone saying the fronts usually have a fraction of the miles on them that the rears do. So you can swap front to rear, rebuild the rear third and then stab that back in the front...
 
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Shop time before dinner, got the front driveshaft out (the PO had crappy grade 3 imperial hardware on one end:() started getting everything loose so I can pop the knuckles and salvage the 3rd.

Tiny leak past the front pinion nut, not as bad as rear.
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I wonder how long ago we still made shocks in Canada
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Gotta pull pretty much all of this out to do the 62 axle and power steering
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More progress today, pulled both knuckles off before lunch and got the 3rd loose to drain it (drain plug has been peened by rocks) so s-l-o-w coming out so I fixed lunch and came back...
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Got the 3rd out, nasty soup!
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And reinstalled the knuckles for storage, both stock axles are going up for storage, rather than thrown out, also plan to keep most of the stock steering etc I remove.

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Yeah, I kept my stock steering around for a couple years after installing the PS. Then one day while tripping over my parts pile, I laughed knowing that crap would never again bolt to my Cruiser and tossed it in the scrap😆
 
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Like to hear comments on these U bolt savers...worth buying? Maybe build them (look straight forward) or skip them? I’ll need something for at least the front.

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Also still need to source a local rear 60 axle.

I keep wanting to do rear disks with Toyota parts (4R) but what does the Sty say about the common Chevy kits...or keeping with 60 series drums (which I’m hesitant because I will need to buy most of the brake parts regardless, rusted out backing plates are common problem too)

Thanks in advance :hmm:
 

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Those skids are probably a cheaper way to go than the u-bolt flip kits I got from Man-A-Fre back in the day. Still have mine and have always loved them. Personally, I’d recommend saving a little more money and going with the u-bolt flip kits, if you can find any. I’ll look around some also. I know Dave at 4Plus makes 60 series flip kits, but they’re meant to sit on top of the factory u-bolt guides that the 60 axles have. For some reason, the idea of scarfing those things off and mounting to the axle housing seems more appealing.
 
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I had been advised not to do the u bolt flip when I bought my springs, I think @scrapdaddy had issues with them too? At any rate I’m building more for gravel travel than crawling, but need plates for the front 60 axle...
 

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I tried both flip kits and the homemade skid plates, but my issue was with the dreaded "strecthy nuts ". My u bolt nuts constantly loosened until I went with 5/8" bolts and heavyduty nuts.
 
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