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  • Rear Axle: '65 Daytona Dana 44 Axle Bearing Replacement

    I bought a 65 Daytona Sport Coupe that was archived since '99. The previous owner actually left a list of things that needed tended to in the console. I got the car running easily and have driven it around town just to work out the bugs. I fixed everything that rattled and now that it is a bit quieter and there are a few miles on it one thing on the list is a concern, "check drivers side rear wheel bearing". It is starting to make noise. I want to replace both sides as long as I have it apart. What do I need to buy and from who? It seems S.I. has the parts but I want to make sure I order the correct parts.

    JK

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    The 'Special" Axle Seals are NLA, you will have to search "Other" vendors for those, if it is a Late enough '65 to have Flanged Axles.

    Look for a Axle end with a Nut or NOT, behind a Rear Wheel Cover.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Rich,

      I have had the rear wheels and drums off to inspect the brakes, it has flanged axles. So are seals "unobtainable"?

      JK

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      • #4
        What about the CR13165 seal. They came out around mid 90's, fit my 44 axle, still available...
        64 GT Hawk (K7)
        1970 Avanti (R3)

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        • #5
          I see "National" still lists the seal on their web site so no need to panic tonight. I will go to the local parts store tomorrow.

          JK

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          • #6
            64V,

            Is it a "flanged axle" ?

            JK

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            • #7
              Well, you are looking at the and of it does it have a Nut or not?
              StudeRich
              Second Generation Stude Driver,
              Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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              • #8
                If parts become a problem and it is a flanged Dana 44, look at Jeep or Off-road parts suppliers from around that year. On my 74 Avanti, I found the International Scout II Dana 44 axle bearing rebuild kit was a direct fit. One difference before my 74 was axle spline count. Make sure you know your spline count and axle diameter when you start looking.

                Bob

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                • #9
                  So all that said, inner seals are available from S.I. and others. Bearings are available from S.I. and if I have the numbers I am sure they can be found elsewhere as well. The key it seems are the "outer" seals. This is a factory flanged axle housing. Is there an outer seal available or not?

                  JK

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                  • #10
                    Stephen Allen's has the outer seals. Along with everything else.

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                    • #11
                      Matt,

                      Thanks for the info.

                      JK

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 3x2stude View Post
                        64V,

                        Is it a "flanged axle" ?

                        JK
                        Yes, flanged
                        64 GT Hawk (K7)
                        1970 Avanti (R3)

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                        • #13
                          National seal#40769s is still available.

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                          • #14
                            Is there a diagram of parts for the dana 44 ? Replacing wheel bearing l~h and am having trouble getting axle fully seated into carier and or housing. 65 DAYTONA SUPER SPORT COUPE

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                            • #15
                              Welcome to the SDC and to the SDC Forum Scott!
                              I am always glad to have another Pacific Northwest "Member" on board. You should have a Local SDC Chapter, maybe close enough.

                              Your issue is probably because your Daytona has the Optional "TT", Twin Traction, Limited Slip Differential.

                              They have a Tiny little "Thrust Block", Picture 1002-11, Part Number 1544810 (for the Model 44 Axle) on V8's, that connects with the Inboard end of each Axle used as a Spacer.

                              The problem is, you will have to shine a bright small light inside and see if it has fallen down in the Axle Tube and re-insert it into the Carrier before you damage it trying install the Axle.

                              Do you have a Flanged Axle in your '65 or a Tapered Axle with a Nut on the end?

                              To more directly answer your Question, YES you really do need the Studebaker Chassis Parts Catalog, on '65/'66 Models, the Chassis Parts are Combined with the Body Parts Catalog, in addition to the '65/'66 Studebaker Shop Manual to get really good Maintenance/Repair/Restoration Help Instructions and Photos.

                              FYI: I think you have a '65 Daytona Sports Sedan, a 2 Door Post SEDAN.
                              No Super, No Sport, No Coupe.
                              Last edited by StudeRich; 12-17-2020, 03:08 PM.
                              StudeRich
                              Second Generation Stude Driver,
                              Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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