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Project A: SILVER Dana 44 axle/differential

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  • Project A: SILVER Dana 44 axle/differential

    SILVER Dana 44 axle/differential
    Got the "Differential Rebuilding" DVD from 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 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
    1985 Kubota L2202 (Diesel)
    2000 VW Jetta GLS
    2003 VW Jetta TDI (Diesel)

  • #2
    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
    55 Commander Starlight


    • #3
      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.