A while back I had my ruckstell popping out of high into a free wheeling state. I posted the question and got a ton of answers. I found that the P146 Sliding clutch gear and the P147 Notch plate were worn. So I pulled the rear and it is going back together. In reading the Repairing and Restoring the ruckstell axle book, I am installing the ball bearing and I believe that I have it correct. I wanted to double check before I put it in the car, then have to say some bad words if I had to take the rear out again.
I don't know if you're joking or not, but just in case you're not, part of the thrust plate has broken off inside the ball bearing. You need a new thrust plate.
Holy crud your right. This is my first venture into the ruckstell rear end. Good pick-up. The sad part was that it shifted fine and ran great. it would just pop out of high under torque load.
Chaffins order here I come.
Thanks for the heads up!
Richard beat me to it!! I was just about to fire off a shot of warning over the bow!!! I've never seen that before but it ain't right.
What the heck. I nearly had to check to see if it was April first. Never heard of a fracture like that.
John, it sure is a good thing you took it out of service for a look see before there was a very unfortunate accident. Now you will know for sure the diff is dependable and free of babbitt thrust washers.
really bizarre, the whole thing. I think I am going to tear it all down and start from scratch now. I hope its not a sign of things to come with the rest of the car. Like the creeping crud.
You got a 350 Chevy in that thing??? <lol>
Gotta say it runs along pretty good :-)
I see text reading "Hall Scott" so that unit may have had a lot of time on it. Seems a very prudent idea to start from scratch. Do you have the ruckstell axle book? Its indispensable.
OOOOPs. I see you already have it. Please do a careful examination of each part as shown in the book. At this point it would be a shame to reuse a worn out part and have to revisit the inside of that diff in a short time.
Got it. I will be digging deeper today. If more questions arise Ill post.
A week or so ago my Ruckstell in my TT came out of high to a free wheel condition going up a steep hill. I had shifted down on the flat but usually pull this hill in Ruckstell high and Ford low. I started to roll back but pulled hard on the stick and pulled it into low. I thought this couldn't happen? Anyhow I stopped and haven't had another problem. Ideas? Tanks,PK.
Ok this should be better. Ready to go in the rear tonight.
Pressed it on with a steel slug under it so that I would not crush the assembly like the book said
John, that looks so much better.
OK, so not much work got done tonight, but my daughter and I had fun. My modern outer roller bearings has a bad seal, so tomorrow I will order one from a supply house.
Can I borrow her??? My little neighbor girl that hung around the shop and helped for years moved a couple miles away. I could use another helper, I'm working on a Ruckstell for the next couple days.