This is the next stage of my project. To read the previous feed to get up to speed, here you go, Previous Project
So I am looking for pointers for pulling my '23 axle and inspecting its current condition. It was recommended that I check to see if have original babbit thrust bearings/washers or something else. I am looking for other forum discussions related to this project that can be linked to this feed as a central reference point. ANY and ALL feedback will be greatly appreciated. Project begins tomorrow afternoon. Thanks.
Just follow the directions in the MTFCA Axle book. Glen Chaffin tells you just what to do.
This shows the end of the job: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfxWPsF4KhQ.
Correction: the lock washers go in back, not in front.
As Steve alluded to, get the MTFCA rear axle book. You can order it before you remove the axle from the car. By the time you have removed it from the car, disassembled it completely and cleaned out all the decades old dirt and grease you will have received the book and be ready to figure out how to get it done and what parts you need.
use the search function with rear end or differential as keywords. you won't believe how much info is on the forum.
i just finished the same job and will be posting some of what i learned in the next few days.
here's one tip. i separated the driveshaft from the pumpkin with the whole assembly on 3 sawhorses. once separated don't let the rear axle rotate until you have a bucket under it. then rotate it with the driveshaft opening down and let it drip into the bucket for a day or two.
makes for a LOT less mess.
Steve - I sent you a PM. I have the MTFCA axle book that Steve and Ted are referring to, and I'm in Beavercreek, so I'm only about 10 miles away. Let me know if you'd like to borrow it.
I'm in the process of rebuilding the differential on my 16 coupelet as I write. From reading posts on the forum one might believe that rebuilding the diff is difficult but it's not. The model t diff is extremely simple in design and construction. I've built rc cars with more complicated mechanicals.
Be prepared to spend money. I'm at $900 into it at this point. My diff needed everything replaced (gears, axles, bearings, sleeves, thrust washer, thrust bearings, bolt and nuts), don't forgot to include a drive shaft rebuild also.
I went with the FP kit for the driveshaft as suggested from more experienced and wise t-guys then me.
The hardest part so far is removing/cleaning the 600w oil from the parts - what a mess so be ready.
As of last weekend I've deburred and checked the internal diff housing, removed all the bearing sleeves and cleaned the housings. Driveshaft tube is primed along with the diff housings.
Next is assembly per Mr. Chaffins book as a guide.
Takes lots of pictures as reference when disassembling.
If all else fails, buy a Model T Service book. Everything you need to know is in that book.