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I will be posting some pictures of 324 during my time working on it.
With the newly painted bumper, I washed her up and took a 100 mile trip up to the mountains to visit family. This was the first time sleeping in it since Fall 2019. I've only driven it on a couple short drives just to exercise it.
Time to look at the stub axles. I found the passenger side has some slop between the yoke and axle. Hopefully it just needs serviced and re-tightened up.
plenty of room to roll around underneath....
stub axle snap ring
I've done a couple stub axle jobs, and until now, I fought getting the internal snap rings out because I didn't have the correct tool. I purchased these Knipex 44 11 J3 40-100mm internal snap ring pliers and life is beautiful.
The yoke nut was loose, but that wasn't the issue, the axle's forward/backward rotational movement was between the drive flange and axle splines.
You can clearly see the worn teeth. This axle could have gone another 20k miles?? I don't know? But it's not going back into the FMC I'm driving. I will keep it as an emergency spare.
After I pulled the yoke off, I could see the beautiful clean blue in color (probably synthetic) grease inside the axle cavity, I honestly did not want to tear it apart, the bearings were clearly lubed perfectly, BUT I had to see the drive flange end of the axle. Yes, I could have just pulled the drive flange off and inspected, but if you are just planning on servicing stub axle bearings, removing the drive flange is unnecessary.
This is the reason I haven't been working on 324 as much as I would like to...I'm putting disk brakes on it, the rear is done.
1953 cj3b. 1963 Corvette 327, with a 1968 Mustang GT top-loader 4-speed. Should haul a$$! Was originally built in the early 70's as sand dragger. It had been setting for the last 7-10 years before I bought it. Someone added a winch and some poorly designed power steering, I think it was used to pull logs around the property and drive through mud holes up in WA state....
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