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09-17-2006, 07:35 PM
SILVER Dana 44 axle/differential
Got the "Differential Rebuilding" DVD from www.technicalvideos.com. Great DVD, it had normal and Trac-Lock Dana 44. Came to two conclusions:
1. I can do this... and
2. I do not wish to get all that equipment/meters et.al. for one time rebuild.
Good investment, I now know the jargon, the methods, and the tricks. I found a drive train expert locally and found that he does it for about the same price as I could with buying the parts, consumables, tools and meters.

Here is my question:

ALL the differentials/axles in the DVD are painted SILVER!

What is the standard for Avanti? I thought it was black, did Studebaker repaing the standard Silver axles Black?

Is there anything wrong with painting my axle Silver?


1963 Avanti R2, 63SR1065 http://sterkel.org/avanti
1985 Kubota L2202 (Diesel)
2000 VW Jetta GLS
2003 VW Jetta TDI (Diesel) http://sterkel.org/tdi

09-17-2006, 07:38 PM
I believe that semi-gloss black is correct. However, it's your car - if you want to paint it Safety Orange go nuts, just please do a good job!


55 Commander Starlight

Dwain G.
09-26-2006, 04:05 PM
My guess is the silver paint was used simply to make the parts more visible while making the DVD. When everything is painted black it tends to lose a lot of definition when photographed. If it's gloss black, light reflection makes things even worse.

Dwain G.