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Old 12-02-2016, 06:26 PM   #61
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I haven't posted in a while but I've been chipping away at some things slowly. I have been splitting my time between the Vette and a 67 Ford F250. Not sure if I am going to keep the truck so I am doing some stuff to get it roadworthy either for selling or maybe to drive for a while. Anyways I got the differential back in the car today. I don't have a trans jack and the car is pretty high up on jack stands so I used some ratcheting tie down straps to lift the differential and the differential cross member into place. I used a long threaded rod to lift the front differential mount into place as I ratcheted it up into position. New rubber bushings on the cross member and also the front differential mount. I also used the press to flare the spring cups onto the freshly painted leaf spring. I used a tapered impact socket seen in the picture to start the flare and then switched to a larger socket to flatten it down. The cups were already primed so I just had to mask off the end of the spring and hit it with a little Eastwood Spray Gray.
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Old 12-02-2016, 06:27 PM   #62
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Here is the finished spring cup flared onto the end of the spring.
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:54 AM   #63
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looks good , one less thing to do !
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:51 PM   #64
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Making some progress. Almost ready to install the new bearings in the trailing arms. I have the races installed and I measured the end play and selected the shims that I am going to use. The parking brake threaded stud was not included in the hardware kit so I had to de-rust them and paint them. Waiting for the primer to dry and then I'll hit them with some paint before installing. Everything is refurbished except for the trailing arms themselves. I ended up buying new ones for both sides because the ones that I took off seemed to be bent.
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Old 03-22-2017, 04:00 AM   #65
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looks good , just make sure you torque those nuts down ! not good if they come loose !!!

Do you have a press for the bearings ?
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:13 PM   #66
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Nuts are all torqued down. I have a press to install the bearings. I just need to locate some iron pipe that is the right size so that I can press on the outer bearing on the spindle. I have all of the original lug nut studs that I pressed out of the spindles. Should I clean them up and reuse them or buy all new ones? I was going to buy all new but I've been reading that the new ones that are out there are not the same quality as the originals.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:20 PM   #67
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I have never heard any complaints from using new ones , but I never looked for any comments about the subject. I put new axles from Zip corvette in my 77 , they came with studs already on them , never really took much notice of them after and never had a problem and that's been down the drag strip a few times as well. No big burn outs or such ,but as hard a take off as you can get without spinning the normal type tyres. Just a bit of fun .

I think the Moroso ones are a good quality , I've got the 1/2 inch ones for another project .

As for a pipe , yeah I was lucky enough to find some steam pipe that has the right internal dia. I had to get the external turned down a bit . (which reminds me I lent it to someone , thanks for the reminder )
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