While removing my rear wheel to replace spoke I guess I got too rough and split the shaft.
Any advice before I order parts and tackle this, or is it a straightforward R & R?
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Split my axle
Chris do you know if the rear end has been rebuilt? If not, I would highly recommend planning to just rebuild the rear end and driveshaft - you do these at the same time. Get the Chaffin rear end book ($12), do what it says. Also, plan on getting a Fun Projects pinion bearing kit.
ok, thank you
This project keeps expanding...
I wish I could find a used set of Rocky Mountain brakes to install at the same time.
Chris, you did not split the shaft. The key seat cracked because somebody in the past did not tighten the axle nut tight enough and the wheel knocked repeatedly on the key until it cracked the axle. The rear axle must be fully rebuilt. Take the entire thing apart and determine which parts need be replaced before you start ordering things.It's very straightforward and easy. Like Seth I recommend the rear axle book from Chaffin's Garage. It has all of the information that you'll need.
Don't forget to inspect the taper and keyway of the hub.
Chris, as a recent survivor of a rear axle rebuild I agree wholeheartedly with the advice about Chaffin's book.
Step-by-step instructions, clear as a bell.
Buy it, you'll be glad you did! Rebuilding the rear axle is not daunting if you follow the book.
You may as well rebuild the whole drive-train. As Seth mentioned above, get a Fun Projects pinion bearing kit.
If by chance you find that you do need a new driveshaft contact John Regan of Fun projects, he may be making more drive shafts. His shafts fit perfectly, and are the next best thing to a NOS Ford driveshaft, maybe even better in some ways.
Criss, Like everyone else says "get the book" it will be worth it. Read it through before you start tearing into it because it has a lot of hints and good advice of things to watch out for on disassembly and reassembly. I just finished mine and it is like driving a new car compared to what it was, no noise or thrumming just quiet. And in looking at your picture it looks as if it has been drilled out and a new piece possibly welded in to repair bad threads. Jim (currently near Hershey)