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I bought and use this press and so far ITS never had the slightest difficulty doing any of the jobs you listed and several more like U-joints

this is cheap and slow
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=38335

below a better tool

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=33497



the money saved on a single u-joint swap on a corvette will pay for the press

the local machine shop wanted $20 EACH just to press out and re-install the U-joints, with ME suppling the u-joints or $40 each if they supplied the u-joints, keep in mind thiers 6 u-joints in a corvette, two on the drive shaft and two on EACH half shaft, and if ones bad thru normal wear and mileage then the others have significant mileage on them and should be replaced at the same time

the press cost was $129 when I purchased mine several years ago, its far more than paid for itself since then, and its far easiet to use than the screw thread hand held c-clamp type


heres helpfu info , read thru the links below

http://personal.tmlp.com/scorp/vette/images/ujoints/index.html

http://www.corvettemagazine.com/2005/december/u-joint/u-joint.asp

http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76752

http://www.corvettemagazine.com/2005/november/arms/arms.asp

http://www.micro-controls.com/article-ujoints.html

http://www.micro-controls.com/cartools-ujoint.html

http://www.dennysdriveshaft.com/html/faq.html

http://personal.tmlp.com/scorp/vette/images/ujoints/index.html
first Ill point out that the U-joints made in china are JUNK, so get the AMERICAN MADE u-joints WITHOUT the grease nipples as that design is stronger
next , many machine shops charge $15-20 to remove and instal EACH u-joint with a press, thats 4 u-joints on the half shafts and two on the drive shaft (TOTAL 6) so it can EASILLY run you $90-120 in just labor IF YOU PULL THE SHAFTS and REINSTALL THEM (99% of the LABOR) and have a shop remove/reinstall the u-joints themselfs, thats INSANE if you are doing it on a regular basis, when you can buy a decent press for about the same cost as a single series of replacements

[http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=38335

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=33497


this is a differant year but most of the info applies

http://www.corvettemagazine.com/2005...nt/u-joint.asp

http://www.micro-controls.com/article-ujoints.html

http://www.corvetteamerica.com/cf/di...ategoryid=X935


basically youll need a shop manual or similar instructions like the HAYNES manual,

you jack up the rear, place the frame on sturdy jack stands, remove the tires and youll need a long 1/4" extension with a universal and a 10mm socket to reach the straps retaining the u-joints on the inner ends and a shorter extention and box end wrench for the outer ends and the use of the floor jack to reduce the pressure on the rear suspension as you work on each side

BTW once you get familiar with the process you can replace ALL six u-joints in UNDER 4 hours, only need to do the 1/2 shafts, great youll complete that in under 2 hours with practice (WITHOUT AIR TOOLS) (under an hour WITH THEM)
 

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Thats the unit I have, works great.
 

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I bend too many things couldn't get any thing done with out a press to straighten them out again...
 

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:agree: on the Harbor Freight Press. We've had one in the last two
Body Shops I've worked in. It's inexpensive and handled 99% of the
wheel bearings I had to install. Don't need a big expensive rig to do
this job. :thumbsup:
 

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I'm picking one up this Saturday:thumbsup: . Time to do the U-joints.

BTW, Great right up Grumpyvette! :thumbsup:
 

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I buy a lot of the Harbour Freight stuff. I have their press, and you're right it is great for u-joints. Their hydralic power pack is also a useful piece of equipment, great for prying things apart.
 

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Thanks.

Thanks for all the information on the u-joints, and half shafts. I'll be posting a lot of pics when I start this project.
 

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PRESSES ARE GREAT FOR MOST ALL BEARINGS, AXLE, WHEEL, ect. But not very good with U-Joints. There is a much better way to perform two of the most critical steps. Take apart and install should not be done with a press or sockets. Everything about cleaning and prep are good steps to follow, but stay away from sockets there is a easier way.

Simply stated they should go in from the outside, the same way it`s best to install. Once super clean as little force as with a ball peen hammer can install therm. :WTF Oh hell no one going to read this anyway,,,
 

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PRESSES ARE GREAT FOR MOST ALL BEARINGS, AXLE, WHEEL, ect. But not very good with U-Joints. There is a much better way to perform two of the most critical steps. Take apart and install should not be done with a press or sockets. Everything about cleaning and prep are good steps to follow, but stay away from sockets there is a easier way.

Simply stated they should go in from the outside, the same way it`s best to install. Once super clean as little force as with a ball peen hammer can install therm. :WTF Oh hell no one going to read this anyway,,,

If youve got a better route/method or way to do things, PLEASE post it, PREFERABLY with a few pictures, IM always MORE than willing to learn new stuff :thumbsup:
 

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If youve got a better route/method or way to do things, PLEASE post it, PREFERABLY with a few pictures, IM always MORE than willing to learn new stuff :thumbsup:
I would need pictures to show the method. But I dont know how to get a group of them up here and whether or not I have the correct statis to do so any way. I too would like to learn, but about those damn videos and pictures..:nuts:
 

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Hell, there super clean at the factory. The factory presses u-joints in and they don't utilize ball peen hammers:laughing: . It's supposed to fit tight hence the need for a press. A poor man's press is a vice with two sockets and it worked fine but slower than a press.


I'm a little confused with your statement.
 

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I'm glad to hear that the Harbor Freight press is decent quality. I was thinking about buying one, but I'm always nervous about stuff from those guys. If I can find a place to put it I think I'll pick one up. Probably would have saved me from messing up my distributor bushing install, so there would have been $30 saved right there!
 

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...I have one at work that I use it is "Air over Hydraulics's", goes to 60 ton....:thumbsup:
...you always have to keep an eye on the gauge , pressure climbs real quick...:surprised
 

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I lucked out and got that press in new condition off Craigslist for #30.00. One of my best finds. By the time I got there the seller said he had 20 calls.
 
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