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  • Took the left axle out. Plan is to inspect the bearings and replace as needed and the axle seals.

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    I don't have a slide hammer or axle puller, although I probably could make one. A few taps with a hammer on the race and it moved, so I heated the housing up and used a bearing splitter on the axle. Using my dead blow on the splitter and it popped out.

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    Oops, it's going to need bearings.

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    This also fell out. It looks like it butts up against the spider gears. It must have broken off since I cannot imagine it would be loose overtime you go to grease the bearings.

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    Dana 44 indicator on the web.

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    Maple syrup. Nothing more I can do until I get the right side out so I can drop out the differential.

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    • I moved on to the heater box.

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      Going to need the blower hoses.

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      Also removed the wiring that was left over from the trailer controller. That included that weird electrical cord.

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      While under the back end, trying to figure out the best approach to replacing the floor and rotted bits. Looks like a lot of work and will need to cut out the rest of the hitch. I'll try to just remove the rear bumper.

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      Wanted to get the brake pedal off the floor as I was fighting it every time I messed with the master cylinder. That return spring fought me for over half an hour, but I was victorious! Took a strong string, spring hook and needle nose to get that little bugger on. I painted a few things also, but that's enough for today, I'm tired

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      • The button piece does but into the spider gear. One on each side. Originally had a split roll pin holding them together. I have a broom stick with the end drilled deep enough to fit the head of the button. A dab of grease on it and put back into the spider gear. Don't worry about the split pin.

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        • Originally posted by DieselJim View Post
          The button piece does but into the spider gear. One on each side. Originally had a split roll pin holding them together. I have a broom stick with the end drilled deep enough to fit the head of the button. A dab of grease on it and put back into the spider gear. Don't worry about the split pin.

          Thanks DJ. Does the larger end go towards the spider gear or the thin end? I see the split pin inside. I was thinking of just using museum wax and placing it on the axle when I go to reinstall it.

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          • There is a hole in spider gear cross. The small end goes in it. The button end out toward the axel.

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            • Thanks DJ, I'll figure how to reinstall it.

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              • Happy to see your making a car out of that project!

                I have a set of half decent front seats, centre console and rear bench, but there are a couple of problems
                Firstly there for a 63 so have horizontal stripes.
                second "larger" problem there in the UK...

                Keep up the good work!

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                • Originally posted by mitka88 View Post
                  Happy to see your making a car out of that project!

                  I have a set of half decent front seats, centre console and rear bench, but there are a couple of problems
                  Firstly there for a 63 so have horizontal stripes.
                  second "larger" problem there in the UK...

                  Keep up the good work!

                  Thanks, I appreciate the offer and i would imagine that the left front seat would be in good shape from the UK. When I had Rovers, we always tried to source UK seats, as your passenger side made good driver's side in the US. Shipping though..... Cheers!

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                  • Happy New Year everyone! As usual I went to bed around 9pm and my wife wakes me at midnight to wish me happy new year and I go back to sleep. Been like this for the last 35 years.

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                    • I have some GT hawk head light rims that would look great on your hawk
                      Joe


                      Joe Parsons

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                      • Originally posted by 58 Hawk View Post
                        I have some GT hawk head light rims that would look great on your hawk
                        Joe

                        Hi Joe, I purchased some from an SDC member here. Thanks for the offer though.

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                        • Just a little more work today.

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                          Pulled passenger side axle out.

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                          It barely cleared the wall.

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                          Looks like the seal was leaking. Number on the old sea is 530573, a flanged seal. A replacement I got from eBay is not flanged.

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                          • Came home from work and wanted to work on the battery tray. I had a piece of strap steel that broke off the trailer harness bracket. It looked perfect, to fit into the battery tray.

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                            I did a bunch of pounding and bending.

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                            Didn't turn out too bad for my limited talent. Still have to make a small filler for the corner piece. Time for dinner.

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                            • Looks pretty good. Do you have a sand blaster?
                              RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                              17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                              10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                              10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                              4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                              5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                              56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                              60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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                              • Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
                                Looks pretty good. Do you have a sand blaster?

                                Roy, not yet. Looking on CL for a used one, since they are usually used very little, but take up tons of room in the garage.

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