Gentleman,I was wondering if there are any issues with the new reproduction universal joints. Naturally, I would like to find clean no-wear original that hasn't sat outside in the elements for decades, but if I can't I may have to go with a reproduction. Thoughts? comments?
I had one a few years ago that gave me all sorts of drama's, the square end was over sized and stuffed my drive plate and trans bushing's, tried my luck and bought one a couple of months ago and it was fine, unless you are unlucky with an old stock one, you would be good to go.
Dave Huson from Colorado always seems to have good used or even NOS u joints. Try him
I bought one years ago where the halves were not riveted together properly and you could see light through one of the seams. Sent it back and the second one was put together tighter and has worked fine for the last 15 years.
I have one in my car right now. Working fine .No issues. The only problem was like Frank stated. The square end was a wee bit oversized. Had to file it down a little.
I had a new u-joint for a man whose rear axle I was rebuilding and the square end was two big to fit in the driven plate. I will never consider using anything other than a good origional ford u-joint. Ask Dave Huson. He'll have what you need.
Wow, I typed two instead of too. I've committed one of my own pet peeves.
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the input. The search for an original begins.
If you can weld and have a metal lathe they are easy enough to rebuild. Oh and yes you have to be able to rivet too. Probably done 10 over the years.
The fact is the two piece "ring" is REALLY hard and almost never seems to wear. The "crosses" have centers in them, so after welding up are not hard to remachine to size
There lots of good u joints at every swap meet I go to. I have dozens of good used ones. I just don't see the need for the repos!